About Us

 

Our Purpose

Growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage

Throughout his life Jesus called people to follow him.  The church continues to hear this call in the twenty-first century.  Our purpose identifies our congregation as a disciple-making community and challenges each one of us to go deeper and more fully into a living and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 22:37 – 39

In worship we surrender ourselves to God, praise his name and experience the transformation by the Holy Spirit.
 


Luke 8:1-15

We will grow as disciples as we explore, being part of a small group where we will learn more about being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
 

John 13:14

Led by the Holy Spirit, we live out our faith through service that stretches and challenges us to use our spiritual gifts.
 

Acts 1:8

We will have at least one intentional relationship where we will share our faith, in the belief God will lead them to faith in Jesus Christ.
 


For each member of the congregation to fulfil our purpose, and to grow as a disciple of Christ, we ask that you:

 

  1. Attend worship regularly and frequently – Sundays at 8 am, 9:30 am, 6 pm.

  2. Be part of an Explore Group – click here for group times

  3. Have at least one area of service that stretches you to a God-only place – click here for serving opportunities.

  4. Have at least one intentional relationship in which you are able to share faith.

 

Our Core Values

The core values of our congregation are the values that form the foundations of why we do ministry.  These values are central to our congregation.  They are drawn from the multitude of values of the Christian faith.  These core values remain constant, even as our ministry evolves.

Our core values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfil God’s mission. 

 

Transforming Worship

We value worshipping with authenticity, honouring God and being affirmed, challenged and renewed.
Hebrews 13:15; Romans 12:1, 2; Matthew 22:37


Healthy Relationships

We value relationships that model Christ’s love, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, encouragement and care.
John 13:34; Romans 12:14-21

Fervent Prayer

We value praying together and individually, recognising prayer as essential to life and our relationship with God.
Ephesians 3: 20 – 21; Colossians 4:2

Intentional Outreach

We value serving generously and sharing the gospel locally, nationally and internationally, as called by Christ.
Matthew 28: 18 – 20; James 2:14-17

Christlike Growth

We value ongoing transformation and growth, through which we all become more like Christ.
Philippians 3:14; Ephesians 4: 13 - 16

 

 

Our Basic Beliefs

The beliefs of Emmanuel Uniting Church are drawn from the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia.  The Basis of Union is the document which most congregations of the Congregational Union of Australia, Methodist Church of Australasia and Presbyterian Church of Australia adopted when they formed the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) in 1977.  The Basis sits under the authority of scripture, which itself is subject to the ongoing revelation of the Holy Spirit.  Click here http://assembly.uca.org.au/basis-of-union-1971-1992) for a copy of the Basis of Union.

The Uniting Church in Australia “lives and works within the faith and unity of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church” (Basis of Union para 2).  Emmanuel Uniting Church is a congregation, and therefore part of the wider Uniting Church.  Our beliefs are:

1. The centrality of Jesus Christ.

a. Fully God – Luke 1:34, 35; John 1:1, 2; John 10:30
b. Fully Human – Matthew 4:1 – 3; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 4:2, 3
c. Died for our sins – Mark 10:45; Romans 5:8
d. Rose to new life – Luke 24:36 – 47
e. Will come again – Acts 10:34 – 43

2. Salvation is found in Jesus Christ

a. The work of Jesus Christ is to reconcile broken humanity to God – 2 Corinthians 5:17
b. Through grace, not through any works of humans – Ephesians 2:8 – 10

3. There is only one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

a. Known as the Trinity
b. Testified to by scripture – Matthew 28:19; 2 Coriinthians 13:14; John 14:16, 26; John10:30
c. Affirmed in the words of the
Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed.

4. The Church is called to be “an instrument through which Christ may work and bear witness to himself” (Basis of Union para 3); Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:18-23; Ephesians 3:10-11.

5. The Books of the Old and New Testament are a “unique prophetic and apostolic testimony.” 

a. Psalm 119:129 -136; 2 Timothy 3:15 – 17; Hebrews 4:12.
b. The bible points beyond itself to Jesus Christ (John 1: 1-18; 14: 6; Acts 4: 10-12)

6. The sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are Christ’s gifts to the church through which we experience the grace of God.

a. The Sacrament of Baptism “initiates people into Christ's life and mission in the world.”  The Uniting Church baptises “those who confess the Christian faith and children who are presented for baptism” (BoU para 7); Romans 6:3-4; Titus 3:4-7;
b. Holy Communion is a sacrament whereby the people of God “have communion with their Saviour, ... proclaiming the Lord’s death, grow together into Christ (and) are strengthened for their participation in the mission of Christ in the world” (BoU para 8); 1 Corinthians 11:23 – 26).

 

 

Our History

Emmanuel Uniting Church has been a part of the community of Enoggera and surrounding suburbs for over 100 years.


The original building in South Pine Road was opened on 3 August 1902 as Enoggera Methodist Church. Several other churches were erected during the 1940s as part of the Enoggera Methodist Circuit. The Mitchelton Methodist Church was opened in June 1948 on the corner of Mashobra and Station View Streets. Worship in Everton Park commenced in September 1945 on the corner of Buller and Baden-Powell Sts.

The Enoggera Presbyterian Church was opened in JUne 1914.  A building was erected soon after in March 1915 at the corner of Pickering street and Station Avenue, Enoggera.


In 1977, the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches combined to form The Uniting Church in Australia.


Believing that God was calling the Parish to bigger and better things, the four congregations combined to form Emmanuel Uniting Church. The first combined service was held in the existing building at Everton Park on 27 November 1994. On 23 November 1996 the new complex was opened in South Pine Rd, Enoggera, following the redevelopment of that site.

 

 

Our Name

The name Emmanuel is an ancient Hebrew word that translates to ‘God with us’.  The name Emmanuel signifies that God is a part of all that happens in the Church. God is a part of all the worship, mission and service that is carried out under the name Emmanuel Uniting Church.

Emmanuel signifies that we worship a personal and all-knowing God. He is intimately aware, and is part of, our circumstances and all that surrounds us. He knows what we’re going through because he’s right here – God with us!

Emmanuel signifies that we are, as a congregation, concerned with sharing God’s love with a World that needs it. Jesus Christ (who was fully God, yet fully human), helped people deal with the circumstances and hardships they were facing. His preaching called his followers to look out for those who were less fortunate than themselves. In the same way, the Church is called to be the personification of Jesus Christ in our local community. Just as Jesus was, Emmanuel Uniting Church is about helping people deal with their hardships, and caring for those less fortunate in our community.