Story: Diverse Christian churches

New Zealand Lutherans: German Church, Christchurch (3rd of 4)

New Zealand Lutherans: German Church, Christchurch

The Deutsche Kirche (German Church) was opened in 1874 on the corner of Montreal and Worcester streets in central Christchurch, to meet the needs of German Lutheran migrants. The large wooden church, seen here in 1898, was confiscated by the government and its bells melted for scrap during the anti-German hysteria of the First World War. It was reconsecrated in 1923 and replaced by a larger church in 1933. In 2010 Christchurch Lutherans worshipped at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Burwood.

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Mark Derby, 'Diverse Christian churches - Lutheran, Dutch Reformed and Brethren churches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31109/new-zealand-lutherans-german-church-christchurch (accessed 20 November 2018)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2018