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Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church 04-03-2024 - Derek Flannery
Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church 04-03-2024 - Derek Flannery

Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Ceduna, SA 5690

Church Information

Church Name: Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Lutheran
Street Address: 48344 Eyre Hwy, Ceduna SA 5690, Australia
Suburb: Ceduna
State: SA
Postcode: 5690
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

Notice Board which is erected on the slab from the manse records: Denial Bay Lutheran Church - 1896 ~ 1996 - First Lutheran Church/School and Manse. - The first recorded service for this congregation was on July 19th 1896. Pioneer settlers met at the home of Mr W A E Lutz. Services were held there until 30th August 1897, when the first Lutheran Church/school was dedicated on this land, donated by Mr Gottlieb Handtke. - Travelling missionaries served the congregation until 1901, when Pastor C A Wiebush, of Koonibba Aboriginal Mission took over the spiritual care of the congregation. - A Manse was built on this slab for Pastor Benno Schwarz who was the first resident Pastor in 1908. He also taught in the German speaking school four days a week. The Pastors lived here until 1925, when a manse was purchased in Ceduna. - The present church, built on the same site as the original church/school, was dedicated in 1921. Improvements have been: - Backroom - 1952, Front Porch - 1956, Power - 1974, Sideroom - 1976. - Twenty seven ministers have served the congregation over this period. - Membership numbers have been 1902 - 56 People, 1963 - 41, 1973 - 44, 1996 - 38. - During its early years this church provided a stable, religious background for hard working pioneer families. Amongst today's congregation are many of their descendants. - Services are still held on a regular basis. - Psalm 100 V5 -'For the Lord is good and his love endures forever: his faithfulness continues through all generations.'

A plaque on a time capsule site beside the Notice Borad records: 14.7.1996 - 14.7.2071.

Date Opened: 19-07-1896
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The Denial Bay Bethlehem Lutheran Church, is part of the Ceduna & Denial Bay Lutheran Church in the Lutheran District of South Australia-Northern Territory and the Lutheran Church of Australia. No other details are known. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 3/5/2024.

Last Updated: Friday 3rd May, 2024