Christadelphians are a worldwide group of Christians whose aim is to follow as closely as possible the teachings of Jesus and his Apostles. The name ‘Christadelphian’ comes from two Greek words that mean 'brothers in Christ'. We are a lay community. All the members of our community contribute their time and energy voluntarily in service to God, and a strong common faith, hope and love bind us together (see ‘Our Basic Beliefs’). As individuals we endeavour to read the whole Bible at least once each year and to live by the principles which are expressed therein by our Creator.
Some Christadelphian congregations have their own church buildings; some smaller congregations such as ours in Taree hold their services in hired halls, whilst others meet together in homes. Each congregation is called an ‘ecclesia’, which is the New Testament word for ‘church’ and our Sunday service is called the Memorial Meeting.
Most ecclesias have a regular Sunday School or Youth Group. Christadelphians can attend various Bible study weekends, Family Bible weeks and biennial Conferences, held on a local, state or national level, where we enjoy fellowship and friendship both in the study of God’s Word and in the social activities. We own and operate retirement homes, nursing homes and schools in several states of Australia and we provide assistance in various forms to people living in poverty in overseas countries. In addition many Christadelphians are involved in Mission work both in Australia and overseas.
In Taree our program includes the following activities:
- Memorial Meeting each Sunday at the Girl Guides Hall, Douglas St , Taree at 11.00am
- Regular Bible Study Classes in homes
- Many other spiritual and social activities held throughout the year.
We invite you to use the Contact Us page on this website if you would like to join us in any of these activities or if you are interested in obtaining further information about our community and beliefs.
Christadelphians: A Brief History
Many believers since the apostles have held the same faith as the Christadelphians. There have been countless independent communities around the world who have eagerly studied the Bible and accepted its simple teachings.
The name ‘Christadelphian' came into existence during the mid-1800's. In 1830, an English physician named John Thomas sailed to America. On the voyage, the ship met some unexpected bad weather and nearly sank. For the first time, Dr Thomas faced the reality of his own mortality and was dismayed to discover that he was not sure what lay beyond death. In the midst of the storm, he vowed that, should he survive, he would not rest until he had found a satisfactory answer.
He did survive and kept his vow, beginning a life-long search for the truth. It soon became evident to him that many of the doctrines that were popularly taught and believed were inconsistent with the Bible. Dissatisfied, Dr Thomas devoted himself to a careful independent study of the Scriptures. He made no claim to any vision or personal revelation.
The work of Dr Thomas attracted the support of others in America and Britain who were convinced of the truth of his conclusions. Together they formed the Christadelphian community. Since then, Christadelphian ecclesias(churches) have continued to be established in many countries all over the world.
Relevant links in Australia:
Heritage College Lake Macquarie (Newcastle) NSW : www.lakemac.heritage.edu.au/
Heritage College Sydney NSW: www.hcs.nsw.edu.au
Heritage College Melbourne Victoria:www.heritage.vic.edu.au/
Heritage College Perth: hcp.wa.edu.au/
Mission & Welfare:
Christadelphian Aged Care: www.chomes.com.au/
Christadelphian Support Networks of Australia: supportnetwork.org.au/
Agape in Action: www.agapeinaction.com/about_us2.html
Meal-A-Day Fund: Asia Pacific: www.meal-a-day.asia/
Asia-Pacific Christadelphian Bible Mission: acbm.org.au/
Taree Christadelphians also support:
Indian Welfare Nutrition program: christadelphianwelfareindia.com/
Indian Shunem Home: christadelphianwelfareindia.com/
Jayanthi Rehabilitation Centre