Prayer-Faith-Work – these must surely have been the watchwords for the early settlers, when Rosewood was known as Rosewood Gate, with a few homesteads scattered among the dense scrub.
Mr Samuel Waight opened his home for people to gather for worship. Attendances increased and Mr Matthews, another early settler, donated an acre of land in John Street.
A building was erected at a cost of 125 pounds and opened as the Rosewood Congregational Church on May 24th, 1875.
By 1888 the fellowship had 11 members and 90 adherents. A Manse (Minister’s residence) was opened early in 1898.
Walloon opened their church in 1900 and Haigslea in 1911. In 1923, the Rosewood Church celebrated their Jubilee by erecting the distinctive bell tower, which is still a prominent landmark in the main street.
The original church and Sunday School buildings were sold for removal, and became the Masonic Hall in William Street. The new Church building opened in 1954 and the present hall in 1963.
In 1977, the members all voted to become part of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Through all the years since then, our church members have continued to maintain their worship of God and their service to the community. The present members of the Rosewood Uniting Church strive to show the love of God for all people through their activities in the community.
They have a concern for the protection of the local environment and as a ‘green’ church, they actively support the work of the Rosewood District Protection Organisation, and offer them the use of the Uniting Church hall for their regular meetings.
The Uniting Church in Queensland, through its Agencies – Blue Care (Home and community nursing care), Uniting Care Community (Lifeline) and Uniting Care Health (Hospitals and allied health care) – provides services to improve the health and well being of individuals, families and communities, as they reach out to those in need; speak out with fairness, justice and equity; and offer care with compassion, innovation and gentle wisdom. They provide these services in 400 locations with 15,000 staff and 8500 volunteers involved.
Through Frontier Services, the Uniting Church in Queensland, provides pastoral care; aged and community care services; and volunteer support to people in remote, rural and regional parts of Queensland, and indeed throughout Australia.