The recent dedication of a new worship and ministry centre at Noosaville on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the newest fruit of 35 years of collaboration between Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran College.

Both the congregation, which was formed in 1985, and the co-located college’s original incarnation as a Lutheran primary school which opened in 1986, were planted out of Cooroy Lutheran Church, approximately 17 kilometres to the west.

Since 1991, Lutherans in Noosa have worshipped in a multi-purpose hall on the campus the church shares with the college. After five years of planning and development, that hall has now been renovated and extended to provide a complex of worship and ministry facilities that will be used by both Lutheran communities. LCA Queensland District Bishop Mark Vainikka dedicated the new facilities late last year.

Good Shepherd congregation’s Pastor Mark Hansen said the development of the new facilities was based on five purposes church members had identified that they needed to ‘fulfil as a Christian congregation: worship, fellowship, discipleship, evangelism and ministry’.

The new facilities feature a dedicated worship space with a seating capacity for 250 people and an overflow area into the adjoining hall. In addition to being used for weekly congregational worship, the college will use this space for daily chapel services. Other new rooms will host church youth and educational activities as well as a playgroup, while the college will use these for outside school hours care and vacation care programs. Also included is an administration area with workspaces, offices, meeting rooms, a church library, storage and amenities.

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