About Us

Our Story
   
Wollondilly Anglican Community Church was started as a "church plant" in the new Wollondilly Anglican College, with the support of the other churches in the parish. Approximately 10 people who were members of other churches in the area volunteered to be part of the new church and committed ourselves to making meaningful connections with the school community

In 2003, several planning meetings were held, attended by the people who would eventually become the leaders of the new church. Meetings were also held with school representatives, including the foundation headmaster Stuart Quarmby and the now Chairman of the College, Mr Ron Webb (who was then Headmaster at Broughton Anglican College).
The school held an orientation day late in the year and the church members attended and asked parents to fill out a survey on what they were looking for in a church.

In January 2004, the entire church, as it was then, went on a house party to the South Coast as a way of bonding together as a community and getting a sense of where we were headed in our first year.
Our first service was held on February 2004 to coincide with the first week of the new College. It was a little unorthodox as we couldn’t actually get onto the site and instead met on the driveway in front of the locked gates.
Unfazed by the lack of walls, roof or seats, we prayed for our new church and the College community and even managed a song as cars whizzed by at 100km/h.
From our second week through to the end of 2004, we met in what was then a Year 7 classroom, using a Year 5/6 classroom for Kids’ Church.
Our service style was always flexible, using the gifts of the people we had on any given day, and we all became involved in setting up, running the service and packing up.
Morning tea after the service was a feature from the start, and we quickly discovered we had some outstanding cooks in our small group.
Although we started with a small number, by the end of 2004 things were getting cosy in our classroom, with 35-40 people coming each week. Early in 2005 we moved into the school’s new performance space which has tiered seating on two sides.
Although we felt a little small and lost in it at first, we found that we once again grew to (almost) fill the space we had, with numbers anywhere between 50 and 80. The emphasis in our services remained on getting as many people involved as possible, a characteristic reinforced when our parish minister moved on early in the year. We aim to have an active church with strong lay leadership.

Kids’ Church, meanwhile, was still in the same classroom and had also grown from 8-12 at the start of 2004. Our latest move was into the school’s new auditorium, with attached after-school care and prep facilities just before Christmas 2005.
We are once again a little lost in the huge auditorium, but enjoying the extra space (and all being on one level again!). Kids’ Church has been able to split into two age-groups and a crèche has started, thanks to the extra facilities we now have.
In our first ten years as a church, those of us who were there at the start have noticed dramatic change in the nature and size of our church as we grew to respond to needs. We are excited about the future, and we would love you to connect with us in new ways and share your gifts!
       

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