Cherry Gardens Uniting Church is only 15 minutes drive from Blackwood via Main Road or Acklands Hill Road and 5 to 10 minutes from Aberfoyle Hub and Flagstaff Hill via Main Road or Oakridge Road. See the maps under the contact page on this site. Note that the speed limit on Cherry Gardens Road has changed!
A friendly family group welcomes you to join us for worship and to stay for morning tea.
Cherry Gardens is the oldest former Wesleyan Methodist chapel still used for worship within the Uniting Church. We celebrated our 170th anniversary during March 2019. View two videos that show the interior and exterior including the gravestones – http://youtu.be/mOpJYAK12So and http://youtu.be/noppnCfvT4E
Country weddings, baptisms, and funerals are also celebrated here. A variety of groups use the Church for retreats. The church can seat 100 people if additional seats are in place.
Update for Cherry Gardens Uniting Church
Cherry Gardens Church
To our dear friends in Cherry Gardens Church:
As you would be aware by now, due to the Government’s Coronavirus regulations, Sunday worship at our church is in recess for the foreseeable future. Despite this, we are still the body of Christ in this area and can continue to worship in other ways – we function as the church even though we are not meeting on Sundays.
The Leadership Team will undertake to be in contact with each of you from time to time to see how you are going. In the meantime, should you need any help or support, please contact one of the Leadership team or another member of the congregation whom you feel may be able to assist.
We encourage you to keep in touch with one another via email, messaging or by phone as we try to uphold and encourage one another through the times ahead.
There are many resources available to assist us in worship, prayer and Bible study. We would urge you all to continue in these things. It is important for us to continue reading the Word and spending time in prayer. Please pray for one another, for our families, our state and our nation and for those working in the medical field and other frontline situations.
The ABC ‘Songs of Praise’ program on Sundays at 11.30 am, for example, may be worth watching as it would ensure that we set aside time. For those who can access YouTube, there is a multitude of material available when you type ‘Christian hymns’, ‘Christian sermons’ etc.
Synod has sent information listing churches which are recording services with only the preacher and musicians present. For those of you with computer access, use the following link to that list of churches. https://sa.uca.org.au/documents/resources-board/Being-the-Church-in-Ungathered-Times.pdf
Darryl and Di have put a devotional aid on Facebook that is linked to Pastor Bob Goddard, Senior Pastor at the United Church of Christ in Columbia, Illinois which has been most helpful to them. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherryGardensUnitingChurch/ (Hover over the link, wait for the site to load and scroll down until you see Bob’s picture.) Other leaders can suggest different sources for daily devotions and supply them if they are required.
Offering. The church still needs to meet its obligations re insurance, regular commitments etc. While we are unable to attend worship, we encourage you to set aside your weekly offering. A cheque can be posted to P.O. Box 430 Blackwood, or direct debit is available: BSB 105 078 Account 055278340. The Account title is Cherry Gardens Uniting Church Savings Account. Please reference as OFFERING. Ruth doesn’t need to know who has transferred money unless you require notification of receipt.
Please contact us if you have any concerns at all.
Blessings, Peace and Hope to you all and ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.’ Romans 15:13
The Leadership Team
(Rob, Jane, John, Steph, Ruth, Darryl and Di)
Our church and meeting room are now air-conditioned! Lovely and warm this winter.
Our location is in a peaceful setting and provides the right atmosphere for retreats. Several church and other organisations regularly use the facilities, particularly the meeting room which is air-conditioned and carpeted. There is a good kitchen with a refrigerator and a stove for reheating food. With an abundance of natural light, there also is a good-sized deck outside with lovely rural views. There is a large video screen and a high definition projector that can operate from cable or WiFi. Please contact the secretary for more information. Thanks to the Cherry Gardens Garden Club and dedicated volunteers from our congregation, we have a developing garden with beautiful heritage roses and a growing selection of suitable plantings.
The church service plan is in suspension due to the Covid 19 Virus restrictions. Please see above information.
See our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CherryGardensUnitingChurch
Use the Coming Events link on the menu bar to see a number of interesting events coming over the next few months (All events suspended for now)
Cherry Church is part of the Uniting Church; use this link to see the structure of the Uniting Church within South Australia: https://sa.uca.org.au/pres-synod-meetings/introduction-to-governance-in-the-uniting-church/sagovstructure