Many of our members come from traditional Lutheran backgrounds who moved to Canberra from many regions in Australia and the world to live, work and study.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church Belconnen is a multi-cultural congregation of the Lutheran Church of Australia. We provide a place of worship, fellowship and spiritual growth for Christians who live, work and study in the suburbs within Belconnen and Gungahlin in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Holy Cross Lutheran Church began when Lutheran families living in Belconnen came together to worship at the Weetangera Primary School in early 1977. The current building became the home of the congregation in April 1985.
Over the years we have gained new neighbours including the University of Canberra, Lake Ginninderra Secondary College, Kangara Waters Lifestyle Community, a McDonald's and most recently the Wayfarer apartment building.
The congregation has evolved over the 40 years of its life. We believe we are now on the cusp of exciting challenges and opportunities. The development of high-rise residential buildings (Altitude, the Link and Wayfarer) are close by.
We have a growing group of international and Australian students from the University of Canberra who worship with us. We provide support to the Chaplain at UC Lake Ginninderra College, and Christian Education in Schools.
Many of our members come from traditional Lutheran backgrounds who moved to Canberra from many regions in Australia and the world to live, work and study. Our membership has expanded to those from quite different cultural and faith backgrounds. Our pastor Hans has spent most of his life in India among an active Lutheran congregation before joining Holy Cross in September 2009. Among our current worshippers you will find people from Papua New Guinea, West Papua, a number of African and Asian countries and a few from Germany.
Our building was designed as a multi-use facility and thus it is not equipped with traditional church pews and stained glass windows – although for many years we did have a pipe organ. This flexibility allows us to arrange the furniture to suit different styles of worship and to accommodate worship activities such as drama.
We have installed overhead screens and projection equipment and therefore no longer use printed service orders and hymnals, as we found that this method facilitates participation in the service.
Church members usually meet for morning tea after the service on Sunday in the enclosed courtyard.