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4 July, 2018

Our History

Craigmore Christian Church is affiliated with the Christian Community Churches of Australia.

Our story began in 1962, when the new City of Elizabeth just north of Adelaide was being built. One of the many hundreds of construction workers involved in building the city was a man named Bill Springham. He had a passion to share the gospel of Jesus with the people who were moving into this fledgling community. He with his friends Murray & Heather Jackson began a Sunday School in Elizabeth Park Primary School in the new satellite city.

The Elizabeth Christian Church began to meet a little while later in the home of Ron & Lib Sweetman. The church fellowship grew and eventually moved to its new building on the corner of Hart Street and Yorktown Road in 1967, where it continued until May 1981.

Due to God’s blessing, the growth of the church congregation and the need for larger facilities for the newly established Craigmore Christian School, Elizabeth Christian Church moved up the hill to 213 Yorktown Road, Craigmore where it is today, and changed its name to Craigmore Christian Church.

Over the years God has continued to bless and grow both the church and the school ministry and we have continued expanding on the same property at Craigmore.

Early after the move to Craigmore, Yangala Retirement Village was built through the generosity of the church and a number of its Christian friends. The Craigmore Christian Community Inc. is a ministry of the Craigmore Christian Church, through which it operates the 19 unit village on the corner of Blair Park Drive and Carinya Street.

In 2010 Craigmore Christian Church moved into its new church facilities comprising of a 1000 seat auditorium, a café area, the church offices and other facilities. The school shares the site, and with the church jointly operates a new gymnasium, as part of wonderful new classrooms, administration and library. All of this was provided wonderfully by the generosity of God’s people.

In 2011 further buildings were added to the impressive complex, courtesy of the the Federal Governments Building Education Revolution which extended the existing complex with both primary classrooms and secondary science laboratories.


Our Heritage

In the mid 1800’s, a movement under the leadership of men like George Mueller began in Ireland & England in reaction to church restrictions on Communion. Believing that the only basis for sharing in Communion was saving faith in Christ, without the mediation of any human Priesthood, they met in homes to celebrate Communion in a very simple way. Their spontaneous worship focussed around the Lord’s Table is regarded by many church historians as the purest expression of primitive Christianity since the early church. Their leadership in autonomous local assemblies was relatively unstructured relying on a plurality of lay Eldership rather than paid clergy or a denominational hierarchy. They were marked by their strong commitment to the authority of the Bible, to sound doctrine and thorough biblical teaching, and to a profound dependence on the Holy Spirit’s enabling and empowering.

At Craigmore Christian Church, we still hold to many of our distinctives to this day and our membership of Christian Community Churches of Australia reflects this history and heritage.

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We’re glad you found us!

We are a church that believes in the message of the gospel as found in the Bible, a message of hope, truth and love.

Like almost every church we say we are all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is the gospel? Does it really have the power to change our lives? How does that happen? If you only do one thing while you’re visiting this website, please follow the links under the tab “Meet Jesus”.

We have come to know the reality of Jesus Christ’s words, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free!” It is because we have proven this promise in our lives that we worship together. Our goal is to know the truth that God has revealed in His Word.

You’re most welcome to visit and join in with us as we worship God together on Sunday mornings. You’re also welcome to join in any of the other activities hosted by the church. If you do, we pray that you will find the truth of God’s Word to be encouraging, uplifting and life-changing.

Please have a look around the website for more information on the many activities that might interest you. Whether you’re an older person or a young mum, whether you’ve been a Christian for years or just interested in finding out more about God, we trust that you will find something that meets your need.

We would love to meet you in person, so come and visit, have a chat and a coffee and let us show you around. Who knows, it may just be that we can introduce you to what becomes your new church family.

We can’t wait to meet you!


What Makes Us Tick

Our Core Values – What Matters To Us

In 2002, we studied the Book of Acts and found the following eight things are what mattered to the early church. They are also the things that matter to us too…

the Pre-eminence and Lordship of the resurrected Jesus Christ,

a deep, and expectant, dependence upon the Holy Spirit for His filling and empowering.

a whole-hearted submission to the absolute authority of the Word of God,

a dependence on, and an intimacy with God expressed through prayer, and the meditation on His Word,

a deep commitment to fellowship with the local body of believers, characterised by submission and sacrificial service,

a sense of calling, and a passion for the mission of reaching a lost world with the gospel of faith and repentance,

the worth of every person, created in God’s image, tho’ tragically lost, yet for whom Christ died to redeem, in order to transform into His own likeness and powerfully use.

the expectation of dynamic growth of the church, in number, in extent of influence, and in Christ-like character.


Our Mission – Why We Are Here

“Craigmore Christian Church exists to raise up disciples of Jesus Christ to reach a lost world.” 

These words resonate with Matthew 28:19-20. They touch on both the global scope and personal depth of the Great Commission. Making disciples is the church’s business. “Raising up disciples” implies that those who are reached by our mission in turn embrace it themselves. The term “disciple” implies qualities that Jesus Himself prescribed. A New Testament disciple is someone who…

Puts Christ first in his life and is taking steps to separate from sin

Maintains a rich daily devotional life, and is developing his prayer life

Continues in the Word through regular study, memorisation and application

Demonstrates Christ’s love by identifying with and serving other believers

Identifies with Jesus Christ and is actively sharing his faith

Is a learner, open and teachable


Our Vision – Where Are We Going

“Vision” is seeing what it will be like when we are succeeding. The profile above paints this picture for us individually, but as a church we are aiming …

for sustained growth and on-going leadership development through church-planting

for an ever broadening base to send and support effective labourers for World Mission

to maintain a congregation of 500, and a leadership core of 12 disciple-making families

to see a new church planted and a new missionary endeavour commissioned every five years


Our Strategy – How Are We Going To Get There

Embedded in our mission statement are three steps, each of which build upon one another in turn, like the tiers in a wedding cake;

Evangelising – Bringing lost people back to God. (See Acts 14:21)

Establishing – Building disciples to maturity in Christ. (See Acts 14:22)

Equipping – Developing leaders to fruitful living. (See Acts 14:23)

When we build into others lives to help them fulfil their potential, (as Paul the apostle charged Timothy in 2 Tim 2:2).

Then the power of multiplication kicks in as Jesus intended, and the task He left us to accomplish becomes achievable.


What To Expect

Family Worship Service – 10.30am Sundays

When you come to this 90 minute service you will have the opportunity to join many other Christians in worshipping our great God by singing contemporary Christian songs and hymns, taking communion, praying together and listening to practical Bible teaching that will help you live out your Christian faith.


What should I wear?

Casual clothes are the norm at Craigmore, so there’s no need to dress up. People wear anything from jeans and t-shirts to jacket and tie.


Where is Craigmore Christian Church?

213 Yorktown Road, Craigmore; across the road from the Craigmore Village Shops.


Where can I park my car?

There are two church car parks; one at the front entrance off of Yorktown Road, and another just around the corner off of Blair Park Drive.


What time should I arrive?

5 to 10 minutes before the service is great, so you can get settled and have a short chat to others in the congregation.


How do I make sure I am not in someone’s seat?

There is no such thing, really, even though people tend to sit in approximately the same place every week! If a seat is empty, you can sit there. We are always very happy to welcome visitors, and it does us good to get a different view from time to time.


What do I need to bring?

Just you! Song words are projected during the singing, as are Bible readings and verses during the message, but if you prefer, we encourage you to bring your Bible.


Can I bring my children?

Yes! Children are very welcome – at any age, bring them along with you. We encourage children to join their family in worship and listening to the teaching of God’s word. During the school terms, the children are invited to go out part-way through the family worship service to CCC Kids where they enjoy age appropriate teaching from God’s Word.


What if my child makes a noise?

Your child probably will make a noise, and that is fine – we would rather have the noise and your child and you join us. We are happy for you to get up and move around if it helps you to comfort your child – there is a cry room at the back of the auditorium, and some books and toys.


How do I know when to stand or sit?

The person leading the service will make that clear. We usually stand just for singing. Look around and see what other people are doing if you are not sure.


Do you have toilets?

Yes – just outside the auditorium, including facilities for people who are disabled.


What happens after the service?

At the end of the service, the speaker says a brief closing prayer and invites everyone out to the cafeteria for morning tea. People will tend to chat for a few minutes in the auditorium, then many will drift through to the cafeteria. We would love to meet you – so please come through and join in.


Will I be singled out?

At Craigmore Christian Church, you’ll never be put on the spot, never feel forced to give money, and never embarrassed. You don’t have to sign anything or register your attendance if you don’t want to.