Members of our congregation are involved in the local community and active in pastoral care. Our Minister is available for weddings, bereavements, counselling and other needs. An emergency relief fund is provided for those in need. Our building is available for use by community groups.
We invite you to come and share in Sunday Worship with us. Please feel free to use the church during the week for a time of quiet prayer or meditation or for a chat over coffee.
Foothills St Martin’s Uniting Church, our sister Uniting Church, is located in Hale Rd Forrestfield.
The Kalamunda Congregation began its life as a small Methodist community in Carmel around 1900. We moved to a new ironstone church building on the corner of Railway Cres and Mead St Kalamunda in 1918 and the current premises in Heath Rd was built in 1990.
The Memorial Rose Garden was prepared and planted by the congregation in the same year.
Our congregation of around 100 regular worshippers have a significant involvement in the Kalamunda community.
This stained glass window was installed and dedicated in December 2008.The window was designed by Mr Graeme Quartly (a member of our congregation) and built by Ms Julia Reay under the supervision of senior staff at Boyce Western Glass, 90 Dundas Rd, High Wycombe.
The theme for the window is based on the text from 2Corinthians 5:17 – “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: every-thing old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” NRSV.
As we are a Church on the move – not one which lives in the past – the design uses contemporary motifs.
The cross of Christ is central to our faith and to the design, and as it represents Christ’s death and resurrection it sets the focus for the total concept.
This design is a spiritual statement: not a social or political statement.
In the Basis of Union statement (of the Uniting Church in Australia) which was quoted during the dedication service, we are reminded that Christ feeds the Church with Word and Sacraments.
You will notice that the Bible is open, not closed. This represents the opening up of God’s word to all humankind. It is for every-one.
The letters on the pages are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet – ALPHA and OMEGA. In the Book of Revelation, we read:
“And the one who was seated on the throne said …. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” Rev 21:5,6
God was there before creation and will be there at the end.
The sacrament of the Holy Communion is represented by the bread and the cup. The bread is not a whole loaf but a broken loaf, representing the body of Christ broken for us. In Mark we read: “While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body. ” Mark 26:26.
The cup of wine echoes Jesus’ words: “:.. for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. ” Mark 26:28.
Through Word and Sacraments we receive nourishment to grow in our spiritual journey. These symbols are featured at the foot of the empty cross. They point to Jesus’ suffering on the cross and his ultimate victory over death in his resurrection on the third day.
Underneath the cross is the rising sun representing the dawning of the new creation. Each day we rise renewed, to follow Jesus as part of his new creation.
In the Uniting Church Basis of Union statement we are also reminded that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may not lose the way. The bird soaring in the sky, the dove, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, and speaks to us of the presence of God in his creation, and as Guide, Counsellor and Advocate in our own lives.
We are not alone. God is with us.
The background to the entire window is representative of the world of God’s creation in this locality. The trees, the plants, the sky, the hills with all their splendour, are reminders of God’s presence with us, in his creation around us.
This has been a reflection on the iconography and spirituality of the design by the Designer, Mr Graeme Quartly, 2008.