St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett

St Margaret's Uniting Church is a Uniting church in Hackett, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

St Margaret's Uniting Church
35°14′51″S 149°09′18″E / 35.2475°S 149.1551°E / -35.2475; 149.1551
LocationCorner Antill Street and Phillip Ave., Hackett, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Founded1964 (1964)
DedicationSt Margaret of Scotland
Dedicated16 December 1967 (1967-12-16)
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeChurch
Number of spires1
SynodNew South Wales and ACT
PresbyteryCanberra Region
Minister(s)Rev. Chris Lockley

The church shares a spire[1] with Holy Cross Anglican congregation is a major landmark in North Canberra, at the intersection of the four suburbs of Watson, Dickson, Downer and Hackett.[2]

40th anniversary celebration marking dedication of Holy Cross Anglican Church and St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett.

History Edit

St. Margaret's Uniting Church, together with Holy Cross Anglican Church, are the only remaining congregations from different denominations in the Australian Capital Territory to continue to share a church, hall and grounds, and on occasions ministers and even services.

The Church was founded in 1964[3] as a shared congregation of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the then newly built North Canberra suburbs of Watson, Dickson, Downer and Hackett.[4] In doing so it predated by over a decade the family of churches it now belongs to, the Uniting Church in Australia, which was formed in 1977 when the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches came together.[5]

Services were initially held in school rooms until the completion and official dedication of the church building on 16 December 1967.[6]

It faces the Signadou Canberra Campus of the Australian Catholic University, built in 1963 as the Dominican Sisters' Teacher Training College, across Antill Street.

The church is home to Meg's Toybox,[7][8] the major toy library for North Canberra, and the Stepping Stones for Life disability support organisation.[9]

Tradition Edit

Worship at St Margaret's is in the liberal Protestant tradition of the Uniting Church in Australia.[10]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Welcome to HOLY CROSS ANGLICAN PARISH". Holy Cross Anglican Parish. Anglican Church of Australia. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ St Margaret's : the first twenty years : a history of St. Margaret's Parish, Hackett, A.C.T. 1964-1984, National Library of Australia, accessed 2009-12-22
  4. ^ St Margaret's: the first twenty years: a history of St. Margaret's Parish, Hackett, A.C.T. 1964-1984. St. Margaret's Uniting Church. 17 December 1984. ISBN 9780959086102 – via National Library of Australia (new catalog).
  5. ^ "Synod of New South Wales and the ACT". Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  6. ^ Radshaw, Hamer (9 March 2008). "English: Dedication plaque for St. Margaret's Uniting Church and Holy Cross Anglican Church Hackett ACT Australia" – via Wikimedia Commons.
  7. ^ "Meg's Toy Box - Phillip Avenue Hackett". ABC Online. Australia. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  8. ^ "Meg's Toy Box Toy Library". ACT Library Service. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Canberra Region Presbytery - Canberra Region Presbytery".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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