Worshipping God is at the heart of our church’s life. Celebrating our love for Jesus is what binds us together, so we enjoy gathering together to do that. We believe worship should inspire us. It should open up God’s Word, the Bible, to us and be relevant to our lives. Worship at Church in the Marketplace is relaxed and friendly, and includes contemporary music. Our messages focus on daily issues and needs, and bring biblical insight to modern living.
Sunday Mornings, 10am – We meet in the Coleman Auditorium on the ground floor of Church in the Marketplace. The service usually finishes around 11am, and many of us stay on after that to connect with each other over a cup of tea or coffee.
Children, Youth and Young People Worship
Children are an important part of Church in the Marketplace and there is a place for them every Sunday morning. This includes a great program of activities run during term time to help them experience the love of God in their lives.
Communion is open to all
Our worship service includes the celebration of communion once a month. All those who love Jesus or want to know Him better are welcome to share in this together. There is no requirement that you are a member of Church in the Marketplace to join in communion. We use non-alcoholic grape juice and gluten free bread during communion so that everyone who wants to can participate.
We would love for you to come and worship Jesus with us.
What We Believe
We believe in God and God’s love expressed for the world and in the world.
We believe the Bible and God’s Spirit reveal what God has done in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
We believe we are called to live as followers of Jesus, committed to sharing the good news of God’s desire for:
• Forgiveness of sins
• Converted lives, and
• A renewed world
We believe we are called to live as a church community, an expression now of God’s eternal purposes and values. We believe we are called to express that life in acts of worship, prayer and service.
One of the defining character traits of Church in the Marketplace is the incredible volunteer spirit of the people who make up the church.
Volunteering is not only a great way to build friendships and to get connected within the church, but it is also a vital part of helping build the church and making sure our Sunday service runs smoothly.
Areas of involvement include:
- Morning Tea
- Welcome Desk
- Music and Worship Team
- Production and Sound Desk
If you are interested in volunteering, please register below and we’ll get back to you shortly.
Our Heritage & Structure
Our heritage goes back 160 years, when a handful of Christians wanted to share their love for Jesus with their neighbours. In 1844 they built the first Methodist church at Bondi Junction. The physical church building has changed and moved a few times, but we value the faith and foresight of many generations of believers who have gone before us.
While we started as a Methodist Church, we are now part of the Uniting Church. The Uniting Church of Australia was formed in 1977. The Church in the Marketplace, along with all other Methodist churches throughout Australia, joined many Presbyterian and Congregational churches in forming this uniquely Australian denomination.
We have been at our current site since 1998. It is a purpose built 3 story building which includes a chapel that seats 150, an auditorium and a full size basketball court.
The Church in the Marketplace operates within the constitution of the Uniting Church. This constitution enables each local Uniting Church to make most of the significant decisions about its life and activities.
The structure of the church is based on 4 teams. The teams are built on the biblical foundations of church expressed in the New Testament; a church which
• is outward focussed (the Connect team)
• makes disciples (the Grow team)
• meets needs (the Making a Difference team)
• organises its life (the Resources team).
The teams are there to help us live out God’s calling to be people of adventurous and authentic faith.
The Church Council includes up to two team leaders from each of the four teams and our Minister. The role of the Church Council is to provide empowering leadership and effective oversight, so that we are equipped to put God’s love into action.
We also elect 4 Elders who provide pastoral support and guidance to the church.