Who we are

Our Vision:

Following Christ, walking together as first and second peoples, empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit and seeking community, compassion and justice for all creation.

Our Mission:

To empower individuals to grow in faith and commitment so that they can share in the Good News of Jesus Christ and together embody and enact our Vision, thus enabling God’s mission to be fulfilled.

Our Values:

We value:

  • The call to share the good news of Jesus Christ as a missional church.
  • Prayer, listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit, being aware of the movement of the Spirit in our lives.
  • Study of Scripture and the contemporary scholars of our times.
  • The importance of compassion, pastoral care and deep listening.
  • Mistakes being met with grace and understanding and without judgement.
  • The opportunity to experiment, to be creative  and to encourage.
  • Walking in solidarity with our First Peoples and learning from their ancient traditions and wisdom.
  • The imperative of peace making, environmental responsibility, reconciliation and justice for all of God’s creation.
  • Working ecumenically with our neighbour churches and seeking understanding of other faiths and cultures.
  • Welcoming people of all cultures, races, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientation.
  • We seek to interact with our community and to financially assist other organisations in supporting those in need in our community, our nation and internationally.

Our History:

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Centenary Banner

In the beginning, when God’s Spirit swept over the hill in what was then High Street, Waverley. it inspired the Lechte family to open their home to their small Methodist community and on 12th June 1887, the first Methodist service of worship was held.

But there is more than one strand to the tapestry that is the High Street Road Uniting Church. In June 1958 the Syndal Presbyterian Congregation was officially founded and the new Hall-Church in Larch Crescent Syndal was opening on 20th February 1960.

Both Churches grew and prospered and the Spirit of God continued to inspire many good people over the decades and much was achieved to further God’s Mission in the City of Waverley.

In March 1971 the two congregations of the High Street Road Methodist Church and the Syndal Presbyterian Church agreed to unite – a process they called ‘Oneness’. The first service of the High Street Road Uniting Church was held on 3rd February, 1974 – three years before the inauguration of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The concept of ‘Oneness’ continues as High Street Road Uniting Church are currently working towards becoming a single church with one or more congregations. At present, through regular combined services, joint meetings of our committees, a shared vision for Mission and a real caring for one another, with God’s grace, we envisage a bright future together.

The Australian Chocolate Lily

Artist: Alison Findlay

The symbol we chose for our 130 year celebration is the Australian Chocolate Lily.

It is a simple flower with six purple petals – three large and frilled and three small and fine – a double representation of the Trinity.

Each flower is carried singly on a slender branched stem suggesting the One-ness which was the foundation of the uniting of the High Street Road Methodist Church and the Syndal Presbyterian Church.

The Chocolate Lily was the floral emblem of the City of Waverley and was also used as the memorial emblem on the church fall made by Frances Friee in memory of her late husband Howard Friee – a faithful member of this congregation and former Councillor and Mayor of the City of Waverley.

To take the metaphor a little further, the Chocolate Lily has a sweet fragrance, reminiscent of chocolate or caramel – or perhaps the wind of the Spirit which ‘blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes’.(John 3:8)

It is the Spirit of God that has guided High Street Road Uniting Church for 130 years and will guide us into the future – inspiring our vision to reach out to the community and leave a lasting and faithful legacy and a Uniting Church presence in our city.

Alison Findlay, botanical artist and long-time member of this congregation, painted this lovely representation of the Chocolate Lily which now hangs in the church as a permanent reminder of our 130th Anniversary and our hopes for the future.

Our Leaders:

Rev Julie Ross – Minister

Paul Kirton – Chair Church Council

Ian McKinnon – Deputy Chair Church Council

Alan Easton – Elders’ Convener and Chair of Social Justice & Mission Committee

Ron Adams – Treasurer

Janelle Talty – Secretary

Marilyn Johnson – Pastoral Care

Cliff Harding – Communications

Karolee Jones – Children and Families

Keith Jones – Property and Administration

Shirley Lovel – Convenor Fellowship Groups

Shirley White – Office Administration, Director of Drama and Organist

Neil Whittington – Chief Steward