Aitkenvale Uniting Church
Aitkenvale QLD

4814

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Who we are

We are a diverse community all on a journey of faith. Wherever you are in your journey, we hope that you will become part of our church family and worship regularly with us. You are welcome here regardless of your religious background, age, race, colour, sexual orientation or status.

Located centrally within Townsville in the vibrant suburb of Aitkenvale, the faith community that is AUC – Aitkenvale Uniting Church invites you to come and discover and celebrate the ‘faithfulness and eternal loving-kindness of an amazing God’. It is our purpose to introduce all people to this love that has been revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, and extends to everyone.

Be a part of a vibrant Christian Community, enjoy uplifting Sunday worship, learn of the goodness of God through Bible Study, and put Jesus Christ where he belongs – as Lord of your life.

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Leadership

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Graham Huth   Edit
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Pastor Graham Huth commenced ministry in Aitkenvale in January 2018. With an administrative background, a love of music, and a passion for Christ and the Gospel, he has been working in church leadership in many varied forms for over 35 years. Graham easily embraces the traditions of the church, while also having a creative spark and passion for contemporary worship, and for building connections with the community around us. He is joined in Aitkenvale by his wife Ann-Louise.   Edit


Mailing Address

Po Box 195
Aitkenvale, Qld
4814   Edit

Driving Directions to Aitkenvale Uniting Church

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277-279 Ross River Rd, Aitkenvale, QLD
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Corner Ross River Rd & Anne St Aitkenvale   Edit


Parking

Off-street parking. Drive a short way down Anne Street off Ross River Road and you will find parking spaces on the church property, just behind the Church building. The main church entry is from this car park.   Edit


Aitkenvale Uniting Church Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES AND MINISTRIES:

9.00 am Service of Praise (Holy Communion 1st Sunday of the month)

Our morning service also includes Children’s Church – ministry for primary age children.

Our services continue to be live-streamed. See our Service Times page under ‘Gatherings’ in the main menu for more information.

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There are no rules about how you should dress. We are a multi-cultural church, so you will see people in formal clothes, others in jeans, shorts and sometimes in outfits from different parts of the world. Please come dressed in what is comfortable for you. Some form of footwear is normal.   Edit


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Aitkenvale Uniting Church History

The Aitkenvale Uniting Church has been a place of community for over 130 years. It began at a time before television and radio – when Sunday School picnics were big community affairs and children spent a lot of time at church singing and playing games. Women often spent time baking to raise money for church projects and only men would ever give a Sunday sermon from the pulpit. Throughout the decades, the church has adapted to meet the needs of the changing culture and has grown along with the town around it. At one time there was a sheep paddock located next door. The surrounding area is now one of the busiest shopping districts in Townsville.

Before the creation of the Uniting Church in Australia, the Aitkenvale church was a part of the Methodist denomination. Rev. W. B. Mather was the first Methodist minister appointed to Townsville in 1876. Upon his arrival in the 12-year old town, Rev. Mather found a number of Methodists that had already been meeting for about 3 years. In April 1877, this congregation opened a small wood church, 20 by 30 feet, at the corner of Stokes and Wills Streets in the downtown area, the site of today’s Central Uniting Church. As church membership grew, many people had to travel miles to get to church, so the congregation decided to expand into the suburbs. Churches opened in South Townsville in 1884, Aitkenvale in 1885 and West End in 1886. A horse, saddle and bridle were purchased for the one minister that would serve all four of these congregations.

The first building of the Aitkenvale Methodist Church was erected in 1885 at its current site. It was a small hall that was sufficient to serve the small congregation in an area that was considered to be ‘the bush’ rather than a true part of Townsville. At that time, Aitkenvale was just being divided into ¼-acre lots for sale. Growth of the area was sure to follow.

This hall was used until 1896 when cyclone Sigma completely destroyed the building. Church services were held in homes for many years afterwards until 1914, when a new hall was built. During World War II, services were once again held in private homes as the Royal Australian Air Force occupied the building at a rental of $1.70 per week.

As the Aitkenvale area rapidly expanded, the church grew considerably and by the 1950s, it was envisaged that a new and larger church would soon have to be built. In 1959, the old church building was moved several metres to make room for a new and larger structure. In 1971 a new building, seating 230 people, was officially opened. Renovations were made in 2002, and this building is still used by the church today.

Perhaps one of the most important community services of the Aitkenvale church was the key role it played in the establishment of a Lifeline centre in Townsville in 1975. Lifeline is a telephone counselling service that was started in 1963 through the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney.

With the historic union of Australia’s Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches in 1977, the Aitkenvale Methodist Church combined with St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church to become the Aitkenvale Uniting Church.

One can only guess how many cups of tea and glasses of cordial have been consumed on the church grounds. By now, it would surely be in the thousands – if not the millions. The Aitkenvale Uniting Church has been a place of fellowship, growth and encouragement for a very long time. God-willing, it will continue to serve the community in a relevant way for many more decades to come.

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Aitkenvale Uniting Church listing was last updated on the 11th of October, 2021
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