SERVICES

Worship

Christian worship is participation in the relationship Jesus Christ has with the Father in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. When we gather together, we believe that God meets with us, speaks with us and renews us for our worship of Him, every day wherever we are.

Sunday Afternoons, Family Service
5.00pm

Please join us in the hall following the service for supper each week… and for a Family Meal on the first Sunday of each month.

During school term time we have a children’s programme — currently it is focussed for pre-school aged children. There is also a crèche room for parents to care for their very young children.

WE ARE THE UNITING CHURCH

The Uniting Church SA seeks to be an innovative, growing church proclaiming Jesus Christ, empowered by the Spirit to transform God’s world. Read More.

The Uniting Church is a young church – formed on 22 June 1977, when the Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches united to become one. The Basis of Union is the document which affirms our Christian faith and is the guide to what is central to the life of the Uniting Church in Australia. Read the Basis of Union here.

VALUES, PURPOSE, VISION & HISTORY

The Fish Gate is an orthodox Christian church holding to the Apostolic and Nicene Creeds with a Biblical evangelical heritage. The Fish Gate began as an intentional church plant from the congregation of the Coromandel Valley Uniting Church but has now become a recognised congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia in its own right.

The Fish Gate is an endorsed ministry of the South Australian Presbytery of the Uniting Church and is part of the Hope Network of the churches in the SA Synod.

Values

The Fish Gate values:

Community
We are a community. Each person has a vital role and purpose in the whole community; we need each other. Personal faith is lived out in the context of the network of relationship that exists both within the church community and beyond. True community is inclusive of people of all age groups, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Loving God means loving people (1John 3:16-20). Love is the key to the authentic community (1Corinthians 13:1-5). God has made room for us in his family and has gone to extraordinary lengths to make this possible. So, we aim to reflect this in openhearted hospitality that includes being generous in welcoming people into the community of faith. Such things as a listening ear, practical help, openness of hearts and homes, and prayer are all important factors in hospitality.

Service
Everybody has something to bring to the table of the community. Every person is uniquely gifted to provide for the whole community (1Corinthians 12). There are no passengers; everybody has access to an oar.

Wider Community
We see the church community is only the nucleus of the wider community. God loves all people and we see it as vital to have real relationships beyond the church as well as within—real friendships that are beyond simply “fodder for the gospel.”

The Poor
Caring for the poor is a vital aspect of service in the Church Community and is a practical demonstration of God’s love. The poor includes anyone who is disadvantaged in any way be it financial, political, physical or spiritual. Indeed circumstances will inevitably mean that each of us will be counted among the poor for various reasons at various times. Nevertheless how we view and treat those who are in various kinds of poverty is a litmus test of our faith. As James has it “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress” (James 1: 27). The Fish Gate is a church for the broken, not only the well.

The wider Church and our common Christian Heritage
We are not alone. The communion table has sat around it people of faith from every denomination, every ethnic group and from every time in history. We are very much in debt to those who have contended for the faith before us and again we have received our heritage by grace from previous generations. We hold to both the Apostolic and Nicene creeds and receive them as gifts to the church. We value fellowship with other church communities and seek the good of all believers in speech and action. (Genesis 12:2-3, Hebrews 12:1)

Theology
We value the role of theology, both historically and contextually. Theology aids us to say what the gospel reveals more effectively and helps to shape our faith and practice more accurately. Every believer is a theologian of sorts. We value the work of recognised theologians who have brought richer and fuller expressions of faith to the church.

The Bible and biblical teaching
Our faith is rooted in the Bible, which we believe is a revelation of God’s Word. We can learn much concerning life and the nature of the universe from other sources. However, the scriptures transcend natural revelation and point us to Christ in a unique way. We believe the Bible is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice.
For these reasons, we believe in biblical theology and expository preaching. Biblical preaching of the gospel is one of the ways that God has chosen to reveal himself to the church and the world.

Grace
One of the unique aspects of Christian faith is grace. Grace is all the fullness of God made accessible in Christ to humanity as a free gift. It is expressed in total forgiveness, the gift of the Holy Spirit, joy, covenantal love and much, much more. Grace undergirds and permeates all of faith and church life. No one can, or need, to try to curry favour with God. All we have is a gift from him and is to be received with thankfulness and humility (Romans 5:1-3, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Prayer
We believe in the practice of prayer, both individually and corporately. Prayer is participation in the conversation between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Prayer is the unfolding of Christ’s high priestly prayer recorded in the scriptures in John 17. Our prayer is a response in word to the Word, which God has spoken in Christ. In prayer the church is humbled and brought to a right dependence upon God as Father, Lord and Creator.

Purpose

The Fish Gate exists to enable God’s people to be the church and to serve the wider community with the gospel of Christ.

The Fish Gate is a Christian community, ideally living in the revelation of the original community of God the Father as seen in Jesus Christ and participated in by the Holy Spirit.

The Fish Gate is a middle-ground Christian Church with an Evangelical background with a Biblical and Trinitarian emphasis in theology.

Vision

The primary purpose of The Fish Gate is to live out of the revelation of the original community of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit. We believe every person is created in the image of God and has a need and desire for genuine community and connection. We believe The Fish Gate can be a place where the good news of the reconnection to the original community is proclaimed and lived.

The Fish Gate is committed to seeing and understanding the nature of God’s original community and to clearly portraying Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit in order that we can better know and live in the Father’s family.

Genuine community is a difficult thing to work toward and requires the gifts and abilities of each member to bring to fullness. Some of the aspects of community we hope to see in The Fish Gate are:
Music and song which celebrates and points to these truths
Social action
Relational and inclusive proclamation of the gospel
Proliferation of Home Groups and other special interest small groups
Fun and stimulating children’s ministry
Growth of teenage youth group
Special services to enhance connection
Crisis support
Teaching and theological intensives
BBQs, social outings, hospitality
Family camps, youth camps, men’s and women’s weekends away
Social action and mission both local and abroad

If you believe you can contribute to any of these ministries or have ideas that may enhance the community, please feel free to discuss them with the Eldership or other leaders in The Fish Gate.

History

The Fish Gate was originally a church plant from Coromandel Valley Uniting Church and commenced in February 2003. The name Fish Gate was derived from one of the gates in the ancient city of Jerusalem. It was through the Fish Gate that the food supplies for the city arrived and the markets were immediately inside the gate. Accordingly we believe The Fish Gate is a place through which spiritual food is brought into the city and a natural meeting place for those who are hungry.

Since those beginnings, when we met at the Glandore Community Centre, we have met at various locations, in Glengowrie, Warradale, and Hawthorn. Since August 2015 we’ve settled as an early evening congregation meeting at Ascot Park Community Uniting Church.

The Logo of The Fish Gate is derived from an early church symbol of the Trinity. This is the central theological theme of the church: everything is built on this most wonderful and primary truth—God is love, God is community, God is family.

MEET THE MINISTER

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Rev’d Andrew Klynsmith
Pastor

minister@thefishgate.ucasa.org.au

Andrew Klynsmith is the pastor at Fish Gate. He is married to Liz, and they live at Strathalbyn. They have four adult children. Andrew trained at Luther Seminary in North Adelaide, during which time he was youth worker at Walkerville Anglican Church. Following ordination he was an assistant pastor there for two years, and then was minister at Largs Bay Anglican Church for 11 years. Since then Andrew has ministered at Flinders University with Christian students on campus (for five years.) He was also a team member and director of ministry with New Creation Teaching Ministry (for four years.)

The Fish Gate is governed by an elected Eldership and Council in accordance with the regulations of the Uniting Church.

The Chair at our congregational meetings is Martin Carney.

Our Church Council is jointly chaired by Martin Carney and the Pastor, Andrew Klynsmith. With them on Council are Kay Carney, Ruth Pyatt (Treasurer), Vicki Zaplatynskyj, Andrew Nankivell, and Gareth Woodfield .

The Chair of the Eldership is Andrew Klynsmith. With him on the Eldership are Martin Carney, and Jono Schubert.