Spiritual Life

Avondale’s spiritual focus is part of what makes us unique—it’s been the core of our existence since the beginning. Our history as a Christian higher education provider means our spiritual focus impacts everything we do, and each fresh group of faces helps shape Avondale’s spiritual identity.
There are plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth on campus, with weekly services, outreach programs and special events all contributing to Avondale’s community.

Avondale College Church

Located on the Lake Macquarie campus, Avondale College Church provides a focal point for the spiritual life on campus. With a vision of “Worship, Love, Learn, Serve,” the church aims to provide students with a church experience that is as enriching and relevant as possible. Avondale College Church holds weekly services on Saturday mornings and hosts the 7:28 program during the academic year. The weekly services are also available to watch live online through the church’s website.

Avondale College Church

For those studying on the Sydney campus there are several churches nearby. The Wahroonga and Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist churches are within walking distance of the Sydney Adventist Hospital, where Avondale’s Sydney campus is based.


Each Friday evening during semester, Avondale College Church hosts the 7:28 program, a contemporary service run for and by the youth of Avondale and the surrounding community. The name 7:28 refers to the starting time as well as to the inspiration for the service, which comes from Matthew 7:28.


On Wednesdays during semester Avondale hosts Pulse, a community-building event that brings staff and students, both on- and off-campus, together for a time of fellowship and activity. Pulse takes place outside (weather permitting) in the centre of Lake Macquarie campus and includes a variety of games, live music, and inspirational speakers. The initiative aims to bring together students with both spiritual and non-spiritual backgrounds in a relaxed and stress-free environment.

Festival of Faith

For one week each semester, Avondale hosts Festival of Faith (FoF) on both the Lake Macquarie and Sydney campuses. FoF features nightly talks by powerful and inspirational speakers from around the world, as well as other social and relational activities throughout the week.