Minister - Rev. Brendan Byrne
Rev. Brendan Byrne was ordained on 14th October 2011 and inducted as Minister at Mountview on 4th November 2011. Brendan came to the ordained
ministry after a long involvement in the trade union movement, and he is passionate about social justice and proclaiming the dignity of all people as Children of God. Brendan is married to Rev. Sandy Brodine and they have a daughter, Sophia.
Mountview is committed to including children in worship, as well as nurturing them toward a mature adult faith. Using story-telling, multi-media, singing, and the involvement of the whole congregation, time is set aside in each service for engagement with the Scriptural message. Mountview is currently exploring ways to enable its children and younger teens to participate more fully in the Sunday service, as well as provide faith development through the Awaken! service.
Mountview is blessed by a vibrant group of young adults who meet at 7:30pm on Mondays
to study Scripture, discuss life and the world, pray, chat, laugh, and eat. The group aims to balance studying Scripture with examining social justice issues, as well as participating in fundraising and volunteering.
Falam Chin Christian Church
This worshipping community consists of minority Chin people from North-East Burma/Myanmar, many of whom are refugees fleeing persecution in their homeland. The community meets at Mountview on Saturday evenings from 6:30pm, and on Sunday afternoons from 12 noon. Although not a recognised congregation or faith community of the Uniting Church, Mountview has agreed to extend hospitality to this group commencing January 2014.
Centre 81 is a drop-in centre which is open each weekday morning from 10am - 12:30pm. It is located at 81 Doncaster East Road on the western side of the Mountview property. The centre opened in May 1989 and offers
companionship, referrals, and food parcels for those in need.
Operated in conjunction with the Uniting Church Uniting Care Connections agency, Music Together is a music-based learning and social program for pre-school children facilitated by a trained music therapist. Children (and adults!) have fun while learning social, language, and motor skills. Sessions are held each Monday morning during school terms at 9:30am and 10:30am.
Awaken! All Age Service
A new initiative at Mountview, Awaken! is an all-age service that aims to bring together congregation members from all age groups at Mountview - together with folk from all age groups within our neighbouring UCA congregations - for an evening of informal but thoughtful fellowship, interactive creativity, a shared meal, and reflection. Drawing on the inspiration of both Messy Church and our own engagement with different age groups, Awaken! seeks to offer community and hospitality to those for whom traditional Sunday worship doesn't work - as well as enable "traditional" Christians to engage their faith in a different way.
Awaken! occurs on the 1st Wednesday of the month starting at 4:30pm.
Vietnamese Faith Community
Formally recognised as a Faith Community of the Uniting Church on the 16th October 2011, the Mountview Vietnamese Faith Community is reaching out to the growing local Vietnamese community in Mitcham. The Faith Community meets for worship at 5:30pm on Sunday evenings, followed by a communal meal.
Mountview's Pastoral Partners program provides pastoral care to all members of the Mountview congregation, both through regular informal contact and in response to specific needs. The Pastoral Partners team meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every odd month for training, support, and conversation.