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The interior of a church building. We see a circular stage, surrounded by seating. On the left is a large pipe organ
The exterior of a church. It is a brick building, with stone stairs leading up to two large doors. A very tall bell tower extends to the sky
The interior of a church, looking down from above. We see the seating lead into the stage, with the large pipe organ in the background
The interior of a meditative space. A rock sculpture stands in the centre of a small room, with a geometric, abstract lighting fixture above.
The interior of a church building. We see a circular stage, surrounded by seating. On the left is a large pipe organ

St Michael's Uniting Church

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Joseph Reed 1866

Description

St Michael's Uniting Church, completed in 1866, is notable for its striking architecture and cultural heritage. The National Trust-classified building features Romanesque arches, a turreted spire and multicoloured brickwork. The theatre-inspired auditorium is unique in Melbourne and today the church is home to an inclusive, progressive Christian community committed to compassion, justice and full inclusion of LGBTIQA+ people. 

Visitors can enjoy the contemporary stained-glass windows by artist Klaus Zimmer and the elegant sanctuary furniture, and hear the magnificent Grand Organ. Mingary—the Quiet Place, a peaceful sanctuary for people of all religions and cultures devoted to healing and restoration, will also be open.

What's On

The church will be open from noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided tour information will be accessible by QR code. Explore the unique architecture, take a moment in Mingary—the Quiet Place, or enjoy the music. Volunteers will be available to provide information about the church’s architecture, history, and ethos. St Michael’s organist, Rhys Boak, will perform 10-minute recitals on the Grand Organ hourly from noon to 3pm both days.  

Due to safety requirements, the upstairs gallery is closed to visitors. 
Visitors are welcome to attend the 10am Sunday Service to experience the life of the current congregation.

Images: (1-5) St Michael's Uniting Church. All photos: courtesy of Marcus Matthews.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 July
Open access 12pm-4pm
Organ recitals 12pm, 1pm, 2pm + 3pm
Running for 10 minutes
No booking required

Entry doors open in Collins Street

ACCESSIBILITY

Partially wheelchair accessible

Limited wheelchair access via St Michael's walk. While wheelchair users can enter the building, there are stairs inside which limit access significantly.

Location

120 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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