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Map showing St John's Lutheran Church

Phone: +61 3 9682 4995

History of St Johns
The St Johns congregation was first established in Melbourne in 1861 and, on 31 July 2011, a special service was held celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Foundation of St Johns congregation.

The original St Johns church was built in 1927 and located off City Road not far from the present church. The foundation stone was laid on 18 November 1928 and the building was dedicated on 2 December 1928. The site was chosen because of its central location and access to public transport. In 1989 the church building was demolished to make way for the Southgate development.

The beautiful, modern church building was designed by David Cole, an architect from Buchan, Laird and Bawden, and was dedicated on 22 March 1992. The design of the church links architecturally with the Southgate complex.

St Johns is first and foremost a place of worship. However, St Johns was designed also to serve a range of purposes, and it is an ideal venue for concerts and a centre for meetings and functions.

For its many visitors the church provides a place for friendship and support.

The Lutheran Church
The Lutheran church is one of the major Christian churches, and the largest Protestant church. There are more than sixty million Lutherans in the world, traditionally mainly within northern Europe and the USA. Currently, the fastest growing Lutheran population is in Africa, with more than 14 million members. Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Cameroon have substantial Lutheran memberships. In Australia and New Zealand 250,000 people call themselves Lutheran.

The Lutheran church is the oldest Protestant church. It dates back to the Reformation in the sixteenth century when Martin Luther challenged some of the teachings and practices of the church of his day, nailing 95 theses on the doors of the church at Wittenberg, Germany. Lutherans celebrate the Reformation as an event that signifies a freedom that is founded in Christ Alone.

The Lutheran church was established in Australia and New Zealand 180 years ago. In the 1830s small groups of the Lutherans emigrated to Australia in search of religious freedom, settling mainly in rural areas in various parts of the country. Today the Lutheran church comprises people from rural and urban areas and many different cultural backgrounds.

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