The name Eldergreen is derived from one of the five historic farms in the Tea Tree Gully area. ‘Elder Green’ farmhouse was built in 1888 by George Chapman, a runaway sailor who had left his ship in Port Adelaide with one shilling and a pocket knife. He married Lavinia Dowton, having five children with her, then married her younger sister, Rebecca, after Lavinia’s untimely death, having a further seven children with Rebecca. They lived in a slab and daub cottage with two stone rooms nearby, both of which are still standing to this day. Thirty seven acres of land was wisely used for farming hay for the horses, fruit tree orchards and vineyards.
An investigative study into the birth, growth, development and lifestyle patterns of this magnificent species of the animal kingdom, often known as the ‘Winged Warrior’ or the ‘King of the Sky’, reveals its all-encompassing qualities and characteristics:
‘…appreciative, secure, confident, bold, courageous, purposeful, visionary, versatile, flexible, teachable, patient, having a sense of humour, loving and faithful, protective, providing, rejuvenating, enduring, industrious, and altogether healthy.’
We therefore encourage each Eldergreen member to rise to the heights God intended for them.
To really live is rare. Most people are content to merely exist! Instead…LIVE!
Life on wings is exciting,
Life on wings means to come alive,
Life on wings is to live one’s life as an adventure of faith.
Come eagle FLY!
Whatever the endeavour, sometimes being stretched beyond comfort zones, each person has been offered the chance to discover hidden talents and innate creativity, has learnt how to relate better to others, and has learnt the essence of ‘living life to the full’ (John10:10).