Where have we come from?
Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church has a history which is intertwined with that of the local area. We have formed from a number of different traditions and places.
In Lugarno in the 1960s a number of new families were establishing homes and families in the area. On the 13th of August, 1961 a combined Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Sunday School commenced in the old Progress Association Hall in Lime Kiln Road, Lugarno. This became a new congregation on Christmas Eve, 1961. By 1963 the foundation stone was laid for the Lugarno Memorial Church opposite the Lugarno shops. This is now the LPUC hall.
In the mid 1800s, John Peake (the son of a convict) donated land for the first Wesleyan church and school in the area now known as Peakhurst. Though a new church was later built this congregation continued to meet, until November 1976, as the Peakhurst Methodist Church. With the widening of Forest Road and other changes happening in the area, the congregation decided to move, and merge with the Lugarno Memorial Church, to form the Lugarno Peakhurst United Church in 1976.
In 1977 the Uniting Church in Australia was formed from a combining of the Methodist church with many congregations of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches. The already united church changed its name once more to “Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church”. In December 1978 the building’s extensions were completed and the building, as we know it today, was completed.
Since that time many people have added to the life of the congregation from many different backgrounds, and we love people making Lugarno Peakhurst Uniting Church their spiritual home. We look forward to the years yet to come as we continue in our commitment to our God and the people of this area.
The Church comprises about 100 members who make up the Congregation. The Congregation then elects a Church Council comprising 9 members. Both women and men make up the Church Council.
The Congregation makes general policy decisions for the Church and the day to day matters are handled by the Church Council.