History

For over 50 years St Margaret’s Church has been a landmark at the crossroads of Dickson, Downer, Hackett and Watson and an open, supportive and loving community for the people of North Canberra.

We belong to the family of churches known as the Uniting Church in Australia, formed in 1977 when the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches came together.

Our Church predated this spirit of ecumenism by over a decade by coming together with the Anglican Parish of Holy Cross to share the church, hall and grounds on the corner of Antill Street and Phillip Avenue, and on many occasions, Ministers and services. We are proud to remain the only churches in Canberra to continue such an arrangement.

Inaugural clergymen before dedication plaque following 40th anniversary of the dedication of the buildings - 16 December 2007

The founding clergy Rev. Colin Rush (left) and Rev. Don Erickson (right) stand before the foundation plaque following the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the buildings on 16 December 2007.

When you come to our church we hope that you will experience our faith in Jesus Christ, our enjoyment of good worship which is based on varied and strong preaching, good music and a growing ministry with children all set within the liberal tradition of the Uniting Church.

We also value highly an engagement with our local community, through:

KAOS (Kids Activities on Sunday) – see entry under Sunday School

Meg’s Toy Box (Toy Library) – see entry under Activities

St Margaret’s Travel Club – see entry under Activities

Our monthly St Margaret’s Luncheon Group – see entry under Activities

Our partnership with the Stepping Stones for Life group – see entry under Activities

Ross Walker Lodge – see entry under Activities

Here is a link to a 7 December 1993 Canberra Times article about St Margaret’s: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104281021?browse=ndp%3Abrowse%2Fdate%2F196%2F1963%2F12%2F07%2Ftitle%2F11%2Fpage%2F11468257%2Farticle%2F104281021

St Margaret’s is in a covenant partnership with Holy Cross Anglican Church. The two communities share the use of the church, halls, meeting room and kitchen.

Combined services are held regularly, especially during Easter and Advent. A committee of both churches meets to organise these services as well as to deal with practical matters such as grounds maintenance and shared costs.

A highlight of the cooperation is the combined choir which sings for special services and other occasions.

This cooperation is unique in the Canberra region.

We also provide parking for students attending the Australian Catholic University campus over the road.

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