The Upper Room CommuNION



The Upper Room Communion meets every Sunday at 9am for a worship service, communion and a tea social.


The Upper Room Communion

3b Wheeler House

12 De Mazenod Road

Greyville, DURBAN


The Upper Room Communion welcomes ALL.  Come as you are, the setting is informal and embracing of all persons regardless of their history or appearance.


The Upper Room Communion CELEBRATES the LGBTQI+ community and welcomes our queer brothers and sisters to worship in a non-judgmental and open manner.


Jesus welcomed, accepted and loved everyone and never turned anyone away; we believe the Body of Christ should do the same, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation or where they might be on their road or journey to discover God and His place in their lives


Revds. Sean Cameron Gunn and Gert van  der Linde started this ministry in 2012 with the aid of the fantastic Rev Joan Wakeford and Rev Linda Combrinck after several years of preparation and discovery.   We believe the role of the pastor is that of servant and guide, rather than authority figure and master, a position reserved for our Lord.

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be a part of this dynamic ministry in the following ways


  • Pray for us
  • Pray with us at one of our Saturday morning prayer meetings
  • Let us know your prayer needs


You can support this ministry by contributing financially or donating dry groceries for our feeding program for those struggling to get by in Durban


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him, all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he  ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Jesus invited, accepted and loved everyone. No one was rejected. We believe the Body of Christ must be the same, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation or where they might be on their road to discover God and His plan for their lives.

The Upper Room Communion was founded in October 2012 by Sean Cameron Gunn and Gert van der Linde, who both have been called by God to this work and have spent many years preparing for this task.

They have been ordained and inspired by the Reverend Joan Wakeford to fulfil God’s calling.
We will continue to make the Church and this world a more open, loving, and safe place for the LGBTQ community and their families.

We believe the Church must be fully inclusive in both the pews and the pulpit or it is less in the image of God than it could and should be.

We believe that gender identity and sexual orientation have no bearing on a person’s moral worth or their standing in the eyes of God. We believe we all are the beloved, as we are without alteration. We believe that everyone is a reflection of the Divine, created good, made of what God is made of. We believe Jesus calls us to love one another, not to tolerate one another; not to warmly embrace some and to hold others at a distance.

We celebrate all life with equal ferocity. We’re not going to apologize for any of this and we’re not relenting. We’re not stopping because our faith compels us, just as your faith compels you.
How many have left the Body of Christ because they have been told that they cannot be gay and a Christian? How many have been told that in order to serve God fully they need to repent from the sin of homosexuality? How many have been told that they must live a celibate life in order to be accepted by God? How many have been told that God, Jesus and the Apostle Paul condemned gay people? Well, we are here to tell you that none of the above it true! As a progressive, non-denominational, sexual and gender diversity affirming church based in Durban we welcome everyone – Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Curious and Intersex people and even our “straight” brothers and sisters. ALL ARE WELCOME. The reason for this is because just like Jesus welcomed, accepted and loved everyone and never turned anyone away; we believe the Body of Christ should do the same, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation or where they might be on their road or journey to discover God and His place in their lives. It is, therefore, our hope (and prayer) that as you read through this information you will discover the wonderful freedom that comes from knowing the truth about homosexuality, the Bible and your journey with God. Maybe you will start taking those first tentative steps towards God and begin to see that God does not and has not ever condemned you or rejected you. Rather His Arms are wide open waiting for you to return to Him or waiting for you to discover Him.

The setting is simple and the message truthful. We don't rely on smoke and mirrors to bring forth the Good News to the world.  Come expecting humility, servanthood and a deep desire to reflect the face of Christ upon the city of Durban.  

The informal service and lack of pressure to jump through hoops to reach some fanciful next level is not how we serve.  The family at The Upper Room Communion is one of compassion and prayerfulness where we hold hands rather than wag fingers.

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