The outside’s not pretty, but inside you’ll find a warm welcome and fair dinkum people —except the pastor, he’s Canadian!
At almost a hundred years old —that milestone will be hit in 2021 at Belfield— Croydon Park-Belfield Uniting Church has served this neighbourhood faithfully. This is evident in the fact that the suburb of Belfield was actually named after the church, which began using a contraction of Belmore and Enfield to identify itself in the local Ashbury Central Circuit (Methodist) when it took possession of the current property in 1921! While our property certainly seems to reflect its age, don’t be distracted! We’re a community with our hope and hearts set on the future … and redevelopment!
Known affectionately as "the church at the corner", while the main congregation is predominantly white Anglo-Australians of the Uniting Church-persuasion, various other congregations, ethnicities and denominations gather and worship and minister here:
There is a place for anyone and everyone at Croydon Park-Belfield Uniting Church. There’s most certainly a place for you in this community of diverse friends who support, encourage and challenge each other in Christian faith and lifestyle … food and coffee may be involved!
In February 2017, we welcomed Ian Forest-Jones as our new pastor. [here’s where we’ll let Ian have a few words]
Hey there! (that’s Canadian for, “G’day!”) I’m Ian Forest-Jones and I’m very pleased to make your acquaintance. I’m even more pleased to have been welcomed by the congregation at Croydon Park-Belfield Uniting Church. They’re really awesome and we’re having a ball getting to know each other. We’re also dreaming and praying together so as to discern what God has in store not only for us as individuals, families and a community. But we’re also excited to discover what God has in mind to do with and through us to make an impact in our neighbourhood and be a blessing to our neighbours.
I could rattle on about my qualifications but, if you’re really interested in all that, you can check out my LinkedIn profile.
In the Bible, being a friend of God is the highest complement made of only a few of the notable and infamous figures whose stories are described in there:
We believe that being a friend of God is a very special thing, something worth devoting one’s life to because, if God is real, then He is our creator and more than capable of making good on the free, full and forever life promised by Jesus.
If you have longed to be a friend of God, or are at least curious about this idea and what difference it could make to your life, then why not contact me and let's catch up over a coffee!