Sunday Services


10-30 am Morning Service
This is our main service. You will find in it the familiar elements of a Christian service but it is informed by Biblical scholarship and progressive Christian theology and is invigorated by use of contemporary and inclusive language and modern prayers and hymns.
Communion is usually offered on the 2nd and 5th Sunday in the month. As is the case in all Uniting churches, we practise an open communion table.
We encourage participation in the service. There is an opportunity for people in the congregation to express their cares and concerns; we pass the peace; and following the sermon, there is a time for comments or questions from members of the congregation.
Leadership of each service is shared between two co-presiders. Our Minister, the Rev Chris Lockley, usually preaches on the 2nd and 4th Sundays with lay leaders in the congregation taking this role on other Sundays.
Morning tea is shared after the service.
All are welcome.


5 pm Meditation
(In the Brindabella Room)
This is a small group which meets “in the round” for about 45 minutes.
We draw on Christian traditions of meditation or contemplative prayer. Our meeting comprises short readings, music and some practical guidance on how to meditate, all structured around 20 minutes of silence.
The guidance we offer follows the practice of the World Christian Meditation Movement (WCCM)
Sources for our readings, including spoken prayers, in 2019 include:

• John Main, Daily Readings – Silence and Stillness in Every Season [and other WCCM material]
• Francis Macnab, A Fine Wind Blowing [A modern interpretation of Psalms and other readings]
• Geoffrey Durham, The Spirit of the Quakers
• This We Can Say, Australian Quaker Life, Faith and Thought.

  • John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us [a book of blessings]

For more information contact Evan

All are welcome.


6 pm Evening Service
(In the Brindabella Room)
This is a small and informal service. It has three main elements: a simple liturgy, a period of sharing and a discussion led by one of the group. Recent discussion topics have included:
• Talks given at the 2019 Common Dreams conference in Sydney on the theme of “Sacred Earth: Original Blessing; Our Common Home”.
• Selected passages from the Gospels.
• Sebastian Smee’s Quarterly Essay, Net Cost: the inner life in the digital age.

• Articles from the “Progressive Channel” of

On the first Sunday in the month the group shares an Agape Meal, a simple meal which commences with the sacramental sharing of bread and wine. It recalls the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his Ministry and is an expression of the fellowship and sharing of the community at St James. Singing, prayers and discussion over the meal are also part of the service.

On the third Sunday in the month our Minister the Rev Chris Lockley leads a discussion on issues in contemporary progressive theology.

All are welcome


Our program of discussion topics for  November 2019 can be found here.

evening service TOPICS for NOV 2019



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