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History of Woollahra (St Columba) & Double Bay Uniting Church

As the result of a division in the Paddington Parish, the Woollahra Church (St Columba) began its first service in the Oddfellows Hall in Queen street on 12th of February 1888.

Rev John Walker had been called and was inducted as the first Minister of the Parish on 31st of July 1888.  The first portion of the building was opened on 8th March 1890.  A second section in 1894 and the front and upstairs section in 1960.

Both churches were established as Presbyterian congretaions until 1977 when Woollahra & Double Bay congregations joined the Uniting Church which were formed with Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australia, and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

Since 1935 St Columba has been to the annual Pozieres Service in late July each year.  This year is the 100th anniversary of this battle in France in 1916 which involved the 1st Battalion AIF.

St Columba closed as a worship centre and combined with Double Bay in 1998.  St Columba is now the Church office and home for Messy Church, Godly Play (Story time), study group, prayer and meditation centre, playgroup, meetings the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, ballet, dance, pilates and various musical events.

Since 1998, Double Bay Chapel Court is the centre for Sunday Worship Service, Catholic Mass and hiring venue for the community, such as NA (Narcotice Anonymous), playgroup and various activities.

Our church is a member of Double Bay Chamber of Commerce, Queen St and West Woollahra Ass.  Also we are involved with Eastern Suburbs Suicide Prevention Network (ESSPN) and prevention of Domestic Violence.

Messy Church

Messy Church is a bible-themed activity and includes a welcome, craft and physical activities, a celebration involving story, prayer, song, games and similar and a meal time together at tables.  It is for adults and children to enjoy together.  Messy Church is held about 2 times a term.  All families are welcome!     Please find more information about Messy Church here http://messychurch.org.uk

RU Ready: Godly Play (Story time)

Godly Play is a new children's program at St Columba on Thursdays.  Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling Bible stories using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials.  It allows children to play and wonder.  This is for pre-schoolers (aged 3-5) and children in primary school.

More information can be found here http://godlyplay.org.au

Church Open Day - iJ Santuary

St Columba church opens from 9am until 1pm every Friday.  It opens for everyone who wants to have a quiet time, meditation and prayer.

You can just walk into church and have your own time.