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About Us at Albert Street Uniting Church

The Albert Street Congregation sits in the heart of Brisbane CBD at the corner of Albert Street and Ann Street and is the spiritual home of Wesley Mission Queensland. Since its first acts of compassion and kindness in 1847, the Albert Street Congregation has had a vital presence in the Brisbane CBD, particularly among those who have often found themselves in need or on the margins of society.

As it has done for 170 years, the Congregation endeavours to express the Good News through its worship, witness and service that God continues to transform the world, bring healing and justice for all people.  The church is committed to being a welcoming community of Christ: building faith, compassionately serving in mission with faithfulness, integrity and openness.  

Albert Street Uniting Church has a community services division called Wesley Mission Queensland which was established in 1907 when affiliated with the Methodist Church (Methodist Central Mission). Currently we provide services throughout Queensland to people from a wide spectrum across the community including: the elderly (retirement living, residential aged care), youth and families at risk of homelessness, those living with a disability and people struggling with disadvantage who have nowhere else to turn.  Wesley Mission Queensland employ a dedicated team of more than 2500 staff and 1500 volunteers.  We are committed to addressing the issues facing our community and to offer services that see the person as a whole being created in the image of a loving God.

Our Purpose

As part of the Uniting Church in Australia we participate in the mission of God towards reconciliation, transformation, justice and hope for all people.

Our Vision

In response to God’s faithfulness to us, we are committed to

  • proclaiming the good news of Jesus the Christ, Son of God
  • being a welcoming community of Christ,
  • building faith,
  • compassionately serving in mission.

For the Albert Street congregation this means that we continue to commit ourselves to the following directions, always alert, open, and responsive to new opportunities to fulfil our vision:

  • Engage with the community through social media

  • Engage in the WMQ Reconciliation Action Plan

  • Train leadership and lay preachers in the Congregation

  • Resource young and old to grow in their faith

  • Encourage a broad theological base within the Congregation: creating safe places for faith sharing

Our Staff at WMQ Albert Street Uniting Church
 Superintendent Minister: Rev Lyn Burden

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Lyn has been an ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia for 25 years, serving Kenmore/Brookfield Uniting Churches, Holland Park Central and Wesley Mission Queensland. Lyn loves serving the people of God through the ministry within the congregation at Albert Street Uniting Church. She feels it’s a unique position that allows an engagement with a wide variety of people from many different walks of life, cultures and beliefs.

Lyn serves the church on a number of committees and boards, including: Board of Christian Formation (member); Committee for Discipline (member); Grace College Council (Chair); Moreton Rivers Presbytery Education and Equipping Committee (Chair).

Lyn loves serving the people of God through the ministry within the congregation at Albert Street Uniting Church. She feels it’s a unique position that allows an engagement with a wide variety of people from many different walks of life, cultures and beliefs. She values her role as Superintendent Minister for Wesley Mission Queensland and sees it as a rewarding opportunity to journey alongside staff and management in a complex and innovative organisation.

 

Congregational Minister: Rev Dan Skippen

dans Dan is the congregational minister at WMQ Albert Street Uniting having been here since 2011. Before that he was at St. David’s Holland Park and Windsor and Wilston Uniting Churches.

 His ministry at WMQ Albert Street involves both the congregation and being part of the Community Meal at 316 St. Paul’s Tce, Fortitude Valley, where Wesley Mission Queensland's Emergency Relief is located. 

 

Wesley House Building Manager: Rosemary Hiley

Rosemary manages Wesley’s Mission Queensland's only commercial building, Wesley House. Wesley House is a five star, green star building and we have two rooms for public hire: the ground floor Function room and the Rooftop meeting room. Rosemary is a member of the Uniting Church and has been with Wesley Mission Queensland for several years. She is in the church office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Church Administration Officer: Susan Pietsch

Susan takes care of weddings, baptisms, church services and our social media pages including the website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages. Susan Is a member of the Anglican Church and is an artist with Visionaries Christian Art Group who regularly exhibits in the Brisbane area. Susan is in the Church office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

What does the Uniting Church believe?

The Uniting Church is Australia's third largest Christian denomination.  It was formed in 1977 as a result of the coming together of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches in Australia. For a detailed look at our churches explore the  Uniting Church Queensland Synod’s page which will take you through our beliefs, what to expect, Church jargon and much more.

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