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Greenwell Point Union Church

Services

Greenwell Point Union Church

Services are held each Sunday at 8.00 am, with services on Christmas Day and Good Friday. These services are organised by the Nowra Ministers Fraternal and the order of service is:

  • 1st & 5th Sundays non-denominational,
  • 2nd Sunday Presbyterian service,
  • 3rd Sunday Uniting service,
  • 4th Sunday Anglican service.

The Church is used regularly for weddings, christenings and funerals.

Enquiries may be directed through the web page www.greenwell-point-union-church.com.

A Pastoral Care Group meet in the church at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon during school term.

History

The Greenwell Point Union Church, situated in Jervis Street, was built with funds bequeathed by the Late David Berry Esq. in the late 1800's. The Foundation Stone was laid on 3rd December, 1890 by the Late Mrs H. G. Morton, wife of the Late Henry Gordon Morton. Mr Morton had come from Scotland as a young man and was appointed as Lands Steward and Surveyor to the huge Berry Estate. The builders were Ischmatt & Islay & Sons, of Berry. The church was dedicated for the use of all Christian worshippers.

Alexander Berry, who first visited Sydney in 1808, was given a grant of 10,000 acres and 100 convicts by Governor Brisbane to make a settlement in the Shoalhaven. Berry chose a site at the foot of Coolangatta Mountain. Berry's bequest was intended for the building of three churches on the Berry Estate but with inflation there was sufficient funds only for sister churches at Meroo and Greenwell Point.

The Greenwell Point Union Church is maintained by a Committee of Management which holds the Deeds. No provision was ever made for a cemetery. The Shoalhaven Heritage Study describes the Church as a "Beautifully constructed Federation Gothic Revival style church of social and historical interest."

There are no official records of the use of the church until 1941 but it is believed the first service would have been held around 1892, the year in. which the first marriage ceremony was performed between William Golding and Sarah Armstrong.

Old time residents have revealed that by 1924 the grounds were over run with rabbits, snakes and blackberry bushes. We assume restoration work was carried out as records show that by 1929 Sunday School was being conducted in the church. However, church attendance had fallen off so much by 1941 the building and surrounds had reached such a state that a group of concerned residents banded together on a fundraising crusade. This enabled vital repairs to be made and since that time the church has been in constant use. Further conservation and restoration became necessary in the late 1990s and today a very pleasant atmosphere exists in which to worship with excellent acoustics for praise.