Anzac Day services

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On 25 April in 1915, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers landed on Gallipoli. This year, on Saturday 25 April, people across Australia will gather for Anzac Day to commemorate the contribution of Australians and New Zealanders who served in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to remember the contribution of all who have served.

Several Uniting Church SA congregations will hold special Anzac services and events – as detailed below. If your congregation’s event is not listed, please email Turn on Javascript!

Broadview Uniting Church  (cnr Galway and Collingrove Aves) will hold an Anzac-themed service on Sunday 26 April at 10.30am. Rev Graham Pitman will be the guest preacher at this service.

Finniss Uniting Church (Railway Tce, Finniss) will hold a 100th Anzac Day service in honour of those whose names are on the Finniss Roll of Honour on Sunday 19 April at 11.15 am at the Finniss Uniting Church to be followed by lunch. Please bring a plate of food to share. Family of those named are welcome. RSVP to Judith on 8536 0050 or Pauline on 0438 195 506 or Turn on Javascript!

From 10am on Sunday 26 April at Kensington Gardens Uniting Church (29 Brigalow Ave, Kensington Gardens), Colonel Donald Beard AM, RTD, ED (Ret’d) will speak about his experiences in Korea and Vietnam as “The Diggers’ Doctor” – the subject of a biography by cricketer Ashley Mallet. Many SA cricketers know Dr Beard through his long-serving role as a medical officer, his fast bowling style and as a friend of Sir Donald Bradman. All are welcome to attend.

On Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April, Pilgrim Uniting Church (12 Flinders St, Adelaide) will hold three different Anzac events. The Evensong is a special event for Anzac Day, featuring the Howells Collegium Regale Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Ireland's “Greater love hath no man,” and the Pilgrim Choir and organ. All are welcome to attend this event, which is free of charge. Prior to evensong, the research work undertaken by Pat Button and Marilyn Hyde will form the basis for an exhibition to be launched at 4.30pm. A 30 minute presentation featuring the people named on the Pilgrim honour board will be also be presented directly before the evensong event. For more information, please contact the Pilgrim Uniting Church Office on Turn on Javascript! or 8212 3295.

Scots Church Adelaide (237 North Tce, Adelaide) will be open during the Anzac Day march on Saturday 25 April from approximately 9am to shortly after the march ends. The church is located in the marshalling area, on the corner of Pulteney Street and North Terrace. If you are in the city for the march you are welcome to drop by for a quiet place to pray or rest.

Semaphore Uniting Church (cnr Semaphore Rd and Young St, Exeter) will hold a special Anzac service with a focus on their WWI Honour Roll on Sunday 26 April from 10am.

Walkerville Uniting Church (17 Smith St, Walkerville) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings with a special worship service on Sunday 19 April highlighting their pipe organ which is, itself, a war memorial. Army chaplain Rev David Prior will be the guest preacher, and the Mayor of Walkerville and representatives of the RSL will be special guests. The service will commence at 9.15am with an organ recital by Noel Tiver.

Wesley Uniting Church (cnr Fullarton Rd and Grenfell St, Kent Town) will hold an Anzac commemoration service on Sunday 19 April at 10am led by Rev Matthew Stuart (Chaplain Australian Defence Force). On Saturday 25 April at 2pm the church will hold Anzac celebrations led by the Adelaide Harmony Choir.

Woodside Army Barracks (Nairne Rd, Inverbrackie) will hold a dawn service on Saturday 25 April at 6am. The general public is welcome to join in this occasion with current serving members and their families.

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