Lara Uniting Church
Lara Uniting Church - Original Church 04-01-2022 - Gilbert Read
Lara Uniting Church 04-01-2022 - Gilbert Read

Lara Uniting Church

Lara, VIC 3212

Church Information

Church Name: Lara Uniting Church
Church Previous Name: Lara Wesleyan Methodist Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 1A Flinders Ave, Lara VIC 3212, Australia
Suburb: Lara
State: VIC
Postcode: 3212
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

A stone above the door of the old church building records: Wesleyan - Church - 1865.

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known about the current church building. Information/photographs are invited.

Date Opened: 00-00-1865
Date Closed: unknown


The Lara Uniting Church is part of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. In the 1850s, a Wesleyan Methodist congregation was formed in Lara. They erectd their first church building in 1865, which is still in use. A Primitive Methodist congregation began in the home of Mr John Spalding in 1854. It established a Chapel next door to the Wesleyans. When the Wesleyan Methodists, the Primitive Methodists and the Bible Christians amalgamated in 1902, they joined together in the one building which was renovated to meet the needs of the enlarged congregation.1

A new church building was erected in 1979/80, on the existing site near the original 1865 buiiding. No other details are known. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 10/2/2022.

Note 1; Lara Heritage Review - City of Greater Geelong, February 2013 - page 59 - accessed -  - page 59.
Last Updated: Monday 28th March, 2022