Top of the Valley – Luther 500

promo poster Luther 500 Top of the Valley final
On October 22nd, a special worship service will be held at Lobethal Lutheran Church, followed by lunch and afternoon fellowship.
Top of the Valley – Luther 500 is a collaborative effort aiming to bring together Birdwood, Lobethal, Spring Head & Woodside Lutheran Churches, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation of the church.

Click here for more information.

Dress up!

Everyone is encouraged to dress up in period clothing – such as monks, peasants or royalty – or to wear red.

Have a look at the following links for some inspiration:

Women’s Reformation Garb

Early 1500s Western European Fashion

Colouring Competition

Two colouring competitions will be judged on the day, open to kids and adults of all ages. Print out the pages below, colour them in, and bring them on the day to enter.



From 9am Cuppa & chat
9.45am Nailing of 95 theses on  Church door re-enactment
10:00am Worship in the church (offering to LCA agencies inc ALWS)
Sunday school in the basement (before  sermon, all back in church for Holy Communion)
Followed by Cuppa & chat
12:00pm Lunch on the oval—long line on tables, chairs etc.  (Long Lutheran Lunch)
12.45pm Initial afternoon activities
1.15-3pm Activities– games, Luther Trail, Museum tours, etc
1.15pm talks—3—choose one
2.15pm talks repeated, choose another one
3:00pm final event,
3.30pm Goodbye

Attractions throughout the day will include:
Spring Head bellringers, Rev Noel due preaching, LCA archivist talk & display, Lutheran media & ALWS stands, tonsured hair (Monk shaved head) as a fundraiser – set a challenge & a hairdresser will do the shaving for you, colouring competition, beer stein holding competition, Luther trail to collect things.


Youngish Adults Group

An informal group aimed at people from 20 and 40 years old.

We get together for dinners, games, fun and friendship.

Single, married, with children or without all are welcome.

Events are organised as it suits people in the group.

Communication and organisation runs through a private Facebook group.

For more information, or if you’d like to be added to the Facebook group, contact:

Verity Colyer
ph. 04 1983 3980

Cameron Seidel
ph. 04 4823 5642

Youth Group

A Youth Group for students aged from years 7 – 12, to help keep them engaged both with each other and their church community.

Activities throughout the year will include:

  • Hills Hangout and Pizza
  • 52fortyfive
  • Bonfire
  • Hills Connect Church services


Once a month on the 2nd weekend of the month (as it fits best around other events).  The day will vary from Friday evening, Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday afternoons, (depending on the activity). The dates are flexible, dependent on the activities and the people available.


We are aiming at students from years 7 – 12. We would love to have parental involvement in the planned events.  The kids will be strongly encouraged to help in planning and organising events and may need parents to help with this.  Siblings and friends are also more than welcome to attend.

More information

This is a joint program between the Birdwood, Lobethal, Spring Head and Woodside Lutheran Churches.

For more information contact:

Bronwyn Norsworthy
ph. 0409 940 262.

Rachel May
ph. 0457 929 998

Pastor Joe
ph. 0451 055 852



Women’s Fellowship

Women’s Fellowship meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 9.30am in the church basement, beginning with a Bible Study open to everyone (both women and men).

After the Study and a cuppa, the Women’s Fellowship meeting begins.

For more information, contact:
Beryl Smith
Ph. 83896700

Lobethal 175th Anniversary

A Journey of Faith to a Valley of Praise

On the May 7th Lobethal will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of its town.  On May 4th 1842, Lutheran Pastor Daniel Fritzsche, together with eighteen pioneer families, gathered for a thanksgiving service under a tree believed to be near where the Post Office now stands.  Pastor Fritzsche read from 2nd Chronicles 20: 26, from  Luther’s translation of the Bible, and from that text, named the new village lobe-thal, meaning ‘praise – valley’, thus the settlement became known as Lobethal.

This was the culmination of a long and arduous journey that began many years before from various German provinces of Prussia, now part of  Poland.  Lutherans were being persecuted in many ways because of their reluctance to adhere to the Kings proclamation to only worship in the state church.  After many years of planning and negotiating, Government delays including waiting for Passports, they eventually set sail from Hamburg on 3rd of July 1841 on the Skjold.  This journey was marred by delays, storms and illnesses, more than 50 of the 275 pioneers on board died during the difficult voyage.  Four month later on October 28th 1841, they landed at Port Misery (near Pt Adelaide.)  They initially lived with other German migrants at Klemzig and Hahndorf, villages previously settled by Pastor Kavel’s congregation in 1838, before taking up land in this valley in 1842 and establishing their own community – the foundation of the Lobethal we know today.

This brings us to the present time.  The community of Lobethal is celebrating this anniversary with a number of community events.  All of the community, past and present, is invited to participate in the celebrations being planned for this year, starting with an official opening ceremony and Thanksgiving Service on May 7th, 2017 at 10am at the Lobethal Lutheran Church for all to celebrate.

The day is as follows:

  • 10am – Official “open air” launch of the Lobethal 175th Anniversary year opened by the German Ambassador, Dr Anna Prinz, and unveiling of the Pioneer Family Monument
  • 10:20am – Guests and visitors will be invited to ‘take a journey’ through the old chapel and into the main Lutheran Church for a Thanksgiving Service. The service is historically focused and seeks to remember the faith, hope and sacrifice of the settlers who travelled from Prussia to the Adelaide Hills to establish Lobethal in 1842.
  • Midday – The descendants of the pioneer families will lead a procession from the church to the Lobethal Centenary Hall for a community lunch, which is provided by the community, for all. This event is all about bringing the community together to share a meal. We want the lunch to be a reunion or ‘home-coming’ – encourage your relatives and friends to come along, travel back to Lobethal and reconnect with those from the past and meet the folk who call Lobethal home now!
  • 1pm to 5 pm – Lobethal History Comes Alive! Displays, live history talks, museums and walking tours – The Lobethal Archive and Historical Museum will be the hub for a wide variety of history activities for everyone to participate in.

Many former Lobethal residents and distinguished guests have been invited to this celebration, and you are invited as well.  Come and join the celebration of the founding of Lobethal.

More information:

Lobethal 175 on Facebook

Phone: 08 83896069 (Lobethal Lutheran Church office)


More information in the Grapevine as the year progresses.

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Feasting with Friends – Longest Lutheran Lunch 2016

Sun Oct 30th 2016 from 12pm

For all ages. A burger lunch to suit all tastes.

BRING YOUR FRIENDS… to the long table on the Lobethal Lutheran School Oval.

What to bring:

  • A table and chairs
    (to add to the long table)
  • Drinks & glasses
  • A dessert to share
  • A friend

Join in with games & activities
for all ages through the afternoon!

Donations can be made on the day to Lobethal Christian Community Care for Christmas hampers.

For more info contact:
Wendy Rohrlach Ph. 0438363519

Inspired by the Longest Lutheran Lunch initiatives.

Feasting with Friends flyer

It’s Just a Phase—So Don’t Miss It

Great resource: It’s Just a Phase—So Don’t Miss It: Why Every Life Stage of a Kid Matters and at Least 13 Things Your Church Should Do About It

Every church knows that kids matter. That’s not in question.

A better question is, does your church act like every kid matters at every phase in their lives?

A phase is a timeframe in kids’ lives when we can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. That means the whining toddler, the dramatic fifth grader, and the stressed-out tenth grader are not just “going through a phase” that should be wished away; rather, they are transitioning through critical periods that we are called to discover, celebrate, and navigate strategically with them.

More Information

Professional Standards, Ethical Behaviour and SP3

Child Safe Refresher test, Professional Standards training information and to register, get started etc

More Information

Contact Margy for further information:
Ph. 0408894457

Police checks are currently undergoing a change. Stay tuned for news in early November 2018.

Shed Men

Meeting monthly, at various sheds and venues.  Generally the second Tuesday for BBQ tea followed by a sharing/guest speaker time.
BYO meat, drink, chair.

For more information about the next event, contact:
Ph. 8389 5152

Lobethal Lutheran Reception centre

The Lobethal Lutheran Reception Centre is located at 10 Church Street, Lobethal and is a 100-120 seat venue that is available for hire.
It would be ideal for parties, weddings and general gatherings.
It has full amenities, bar area, stage and a fully working kitchen having both electric and gas ovens together with modern dishwasher.
The building is air-conditioned with both heating and cooling.
This venue also offers off-street car parking.

More information can be obtained from Barb Schubert:
Phone 08 8389 6167

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