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Who we are

Balmain Uniting Church is proud to be one of the churches across Australia offering Sanctuary to Asylum Seekers facing immanent transfer to off-shore detention centres.


We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who have contacted us with messages and offers of support. We are having difficulty responding to all the generous messages we have received in the last few hours. We hope to respond as best we are able in the next few days.

In the meantime there are a couple of things you can do immediately:

Unfortunately we are not able to take donations of goods e.g. blankets, clothing, furniture and food. Please contact your local op shop to see if they are able to make use of these items in your area.

Thanks again for your kind and generous support.

Peace be with you,  Nicole



Balmain Uniting Church has a reputation as an inclusive and compassionate community. We affirm the gifts of people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities. We are socially active and diverse in our theology, views and opinions.

We are a Christian community with a unique set up. Until the mid ‘80s the Uniting Church in Balmain worshipped in the Methodist Mission in Montague Street. The mission was sold and the congregation moved into a converted terrace on Darling Street, from the Circle Café operates during the week.

Balmain Uniting Church is a place where people can come and worship, be nurtured and cared for as well as engage in justice issues. In the last six years the church has had a steady growth of new members from a range of theological and social backgrounds.

We welcome new members. If you’d like to visit occasionally or join us regularly, just turn up at9.30 am on Sundays or contact the Rev. Nicole Fleming if you’d like further information or how to participate.

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