Lutwyche Anglican Church
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BECAUSE at the heart of the universe is a God who is Love; whose plans and purposes include every man, woman and child and the whole of Creation.

BECAUSE God sent his Son into the world to reveal himself to us; to give us the supreme pattern for living; to give himself for us on the cross, that we might know the forgiveness and mercy of God.

BECAUSE God desires our fellowship and love and wants to give each of us his Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide us.

BECAUSE our Lord Jesus Christ founded the Church to carry on his mission and make known the Good News of God's love for all people in order that people can be in a living relationship with God and one another in peace and love.

BECAUSE Christ calls us to study and learn together from the Holy Scriptures; to deepen our faith and understanding of God's plan for us - both as individuals and as a community.

BECAUSE through his Body - The Church - Christ wants to show his immeasurable care and concern for all people and we are invited to participate in this purpose.

BECAUSE everyone has the right to the opportunity to hear and respond to God's message of grace and love.



“To know & honour Christ and to mirror his love.


1866 - 2016

In the year 2016 parishioners of St Andrew’s Anglican Parish of Lutwyche celebrate the culmination of 150 years of faith and witness. Although St Andrew’s Church at Lutwyche in its present form dates from 1926, an Anglican church has stood on the site at 673 Lutwyche Road since 1866.


Judge Lutwyche

The existence of a church in this place is due to the benevolence of Judge Alfred James Peter Lutwyche

who was the first Supreme Court judge at Moreton Bay from 21 February 1859 and also the zeal of The Reverend James Matthews, Rector of the Parish of Holy Trinity in Fortitude Valley who began the building of much-needed churches in the outlying areas of Brisbane..

Situated approximately two hundred metres uphill from Kedron Brook and set back from the now busy Lutwyche Road, the land was originally purchased as a 47 acre lot by George and John Harris on 5 April, 1859. It was subdivided into once acre lots of which Judge Lutwyche purchased subdivision 16 of the original portion 195 on 12 January 1864. The Judge donated this block to the Church in 1865 in response to the unanimous decision by residents to build a church near Kedron Brook. On St Andrew’s Day (30 November) 1866 a Gothic-Style wooden church was opened, free of debt, due to public subscription.

On 1 December 1866 the Brisbane Courier newspaper described the original St Andrew’s Anglican Church at Lutwyche as being “comfortably accommodating 133 persons with the architect [Richard George Suter 1827-18Church74) endeavouring to produce, as far as the material at his disposal would permit, a building which should remind those who frequent it of the quiet English village church and at the same time prove the possibility of coming ecclesiastical character with the use of common everyday materials.”

Judge Lutwyche, who was an active and benevolent lay member died on 12 June 1880 and he requested burial in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church and left 100 pounds for the upkeep of his grave. A Celtic cross was erected as the headstone by his widow the grave remains a feature of the churchyard, located on the southern side of the Church. Generous to the end, James Lutwyche gave an acre of land adjoining the Church grounds to the parish for a parsonage.


By 1923 it was recognized that increased accommodation with a new church was required. Mr Louis R. Williams of Melbourne was appointed architect on the advice of the Bishop of Bathurst. The foundation stone was laid for the new Church on St Andrew’s Day 1925 with the Church being opened on 8 August 1926 by the Bishop of Brisbane, Bishop Le Fanu in the presence of the Governor-General Lord Stonehaven and Lady Stonehaven and crowd of over 2000 people.

The completed exterior includes a Church tower and clock. St Andrew’s Lutwyche is one of the few Churches in Brisbane to house 13 bells and the Church is well known in the local community for its beautiful bell ringing. The peel of bells was dedicated on 20 November 1927 made by the English bell-founders John Taylor and Co. at the famous Loughborough Bell Foundry.

The stained glass windows that date from the original church depict the natures of Christ; the Evangelists; the Blessed Virgin Mary; Sts. Andrew, Alban, Augustine, David, George and St. Clare. Memorials such as that for Captain Claude and Mrs Whish, early benefactors, who died when the RMS ‘Quetta’ sank on the Great Barrier Reef in February 1890 are featured within the Church. A banner from the original church in 1866 which was used in street parades is displayed above the original font in the baptistery.

As the parish continued to grow, the Church was extended again in the 1960’s when the present sanctuary was added approximately doubling the size of the Church. Incorporated in the front left pillar at this time was some Caerbwdi stone from St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, dating from 1180CE.


In October 2016 St Andrew's celebrated 150 years of faith in a variety of ways.  A Celebration Eucharist with Bishop Godrey Fryar as Celebrant and Preacher was held Sunday 30 October at 9:00am with over 200 people in attendance.  A Celebration Anniversary Fete was held on 22 October and a Hymm Fest was held on 3 September.



Current St Andrew's Lutwyche (Build 1926 Extended 1960)




The Reverend Sandra Kjellgren, Area Dean of Brisbane North East

Our Rector is a graduate of Australian Catholic University from which she has a Master of Arts (Theology) and Brisbane College of Theology from which she has a Bachelor of Theology. Along with these qualifications she also holds an Associate Diploma of Ministry from St. Francis Theological College (Brisbane) together with several other qualifications for ministry.  She was ordained Deacon in 1993 and Priest in 1998 and serves as Area Dean of Brisbane North East. Commencement date as Rector of St Andrew’s Lutwyche was 15 July 2002.


Rector's Message


Rector - Sandra Kjellgren
‘Veni, Creator Spiritus!’ are the first three words of a well known Pentecost hymn by Rabanus Maurus (c.776-856CE). However, I think it is helpful for us to bear in mind that “Come, Creator Spirit!” is not just the first line of a hymn – it is a cry: an exclamation of longing and appeal.

Over the centuries, whenever persecution or death has threatened to overwhelm Christian believers, they have concentrated all their need and all their hope in this cry – for the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and his Spirit. Amidst the afflictions of our own age, it was quite appropriate for the World Council of Churches to choose “Come, Holy Spirit – Renew the whole Creation: as the theme of its 7th Assembly in our national Capital City, Canberra, in 1991.

The voices heard in Canberra in 1991 revealed unmistakably, the painful face of our day and the meaning of this appeal is still urgently with us. “Come, Creator Spirit!” remains our petition just as strongly today.

The Christian Scriptures proclaim a Risen Lord - inseparable from the One who sent him, the One he knew intimately and tenderly as “Abba”, “Father”. And they proclaim a Risen Lord given to us for one reason – to pour out among us through his life, death and resurrection – the healing love and communion of the Holy Spirit so that we realise that the ultimate paradox of Christianity is precisely because Jesus IS at its centre, Christian faith is not simply nor even finally, about Jesus alone – but about the Triune God whom Jesus discloses to us as our source, our meaning and the extravagant, definitive answer to all of our human longings.

Our faith in God as Holy Trinity is rooted in our concrete human history and experience. First of all, in the paschal event - the human experience of Jesus in his life, death, resurrection, ascension and Pentecost. Secondly, upon the Christian community’s actual experience of the triune God in the past and finally upon our own experience in the present.

Our own experience of God’s presence and activity in our lives today is inextricably linked with the foundational experience of the first Christians, with the Apostles’ and disciples’ witness to the healing and liberating power of the Risen Lord and his Spirit in their lives and communities. Our faith in the triune God is therefore a life-giving, future-oriented convergence of our own experience with that of the first Christians whose experience founds our own.
The apostles and disciples spoke of what they actually had experienced in their own lives. They spoke of the love which had radically changed them and impelled them to preach, and drawing others to open themselves to the Risen Lord and the healing power of his Spirit!

In turn, their love and proclamation inspired in still others, a conversion which turned their lives literally upside down. Here was a whole new way to live – not enslaved and bitter and alone – but as persons in relationship – growing in freedom and love in the midst of a community who cherished them as equals.

In the family of the Risen Lord, made new by the power of His Spirit, believers came to know their own identity as daughters and sons of the one Jesus called “Abba”. This most tender Father was also Mother to them, a God whose love overturned all patterns of domination and manipulation. Here in this community of the Risen Lord, there was a belonging as equals, bound together in relationships of mutuality and reciprocity. Here they learned to love in a way that in turn healed and freed others. Through experiencing the Christian community’s love, they gradually began to recognize God as active in their own lives in inseparable and yet distinct ways.

Jesus of Nazareth sacrificed his own life for all people and now they know his own tender “Abba” as their own. They also experienced the power of Jesus’ Spirit as the very bond of their own communion with God and one another, making their lives a new creation.
In contrast to so many times when the disciples had resisted their own healing, when in fear and self-protection they had uttered an inner “NO!” in response to the offer of love, they experienced now a living “YES!” within themselves to the freedom and wholeness offered in the life of the Risen Lord. This inner “YES” drew them with such strength and freedom that it could only be the Spirit of Jesus binding them together.

The ancient Christian benediction “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 13.13) indicates that in the Spirit, God enters into relationship with women and men: that divine life is communicated to us, and God participates in our human life. What therefore comes into being in the Spirit of life is nothing less than fellowship with Godself. God is involved IN us, God responds TO us and we respond to God.

Out of the positive experiences of love, of life, we put together the picture of hope for the new creation of all things. That is why we hope for the ‘divine righteousness and justice’ which will drive injustice and violence from the face of the earth. Out of hope for eternal life, love for this vulnerable and mortal life, is born afresh. We are invited to realise that love founded on hope is the strongest medicine against the spreading sickness of resignation.

Wherever there is genuine love, there is the Spirit of Love, transforming, sanctifying, giving hope, as only love can do. For all love is the gift of Divine Love. People remark on how much sin there is in the world despite all the talk about a God of love. However, sin has its own power. And the remarkable thing is that love endures in the world even in the midst of so much sin. Love continues to touch peoples’ lives and transforms them – Christians see this is a sign of the Spirit’s presence. We know from our human experience that those who are in love “shine”. The tenderness that is within them radiates as light from their faces. This external manifestation of the love hidden in the heart especially marks those who live completely surrendered to the Spirit of Love. We cannot see the Holy Spirit with our physical eyes, yet the Spirit’s radiance within us cannot help shining on our faces.

The Holy Spirit does for us – what we cannot do for ourselves: confirms, completes and strengthen us in holiness. The Spirit’s presence assists us to become fully mature as human persons and it is the Spirit who brings us into the presence of Christ. It is the Spirit who enables us to confess that Christ is Lord! The Spirit reminds us of Christ’s teaching and the Spirit inspires us in the name of Christ.

So, as Christians we continue to sing “Veni, Creator Spiritus!” aware that already the world is being sanctified by the Spirit’s presence. As Christians we are conscious that the Spirit of Love is at work in the world, sanctifying the world by sanctifying people and building human community by enabling people to love. We are aware that it is only love that can give us insight into the things of God and therefore into the needs of a full humanity.

May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you

Sandra Kjellgren



Even Song Images

Evensong", also known as Evening Prayer, is a beautiful service in the Anglican tradition. Its equivalent is the combination of Vespers and Compline in the Roman Catholic Church.

This service has great choral potential for choirs of any level. At St Andrew's, Lutwyche Evensong is sung using mainly Anglican and Gregorian Chant and is the rite in accordance with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Booklets that outline the Order of Service provide Chant music to provide opportunity for responses to be sung by congregation to allow full participation in this beautiful and historic liturgy.

There are countless settings of the Canticles and plenty more for the psalms and prayers. The use of Fauxbourdon in chant is most evident in a service such as Evensong where the chant is often "interrupted" by periods of homophonic harmony - creating a stunningly beautiful moment!

The Office of Evensong begins at 6.30pm on 1st Sunday of each month from February to December and all are welcome.

There are no evening services during the month of January for the school holiday period.


On 1ST Sunday in December at 6.30pm the parish holds a Traditional Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent . Come early and hear Carols played live on the Church Bells from 6.00pm.  This service is in the style of Carols and Lessons from Kings College, Cambridge and all are welcome.

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