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St John’s Lutheran Parish in Shelly Beach

St John’s Lutheran Parish in Shelly Beach is located in a quiet, leafy area in the popular holiday destination on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The congregation at St John’s is friendly and very welcoming to visitors and new members to the church.

Church services are conducted in English. After the services, conversations around the tea and coffee, will also be mostly be in English while some German and Afrikaans may also be heard.

This site contains information concerning our parish, church and its location. We trust that the site will enable you to gain insight into our Christian faith and beliefs. More importantly, we hope that the information in this site will inspire and provide spiritual guidance, through our library of sermons, articles and live-streamed services. Should you have any comments concerns, or questions, please feel free to contact our pastor. He would love to hear from you.

National Covid-19 Safety Measures

Great care is taken to ensure the health and safety of our members and visitors. While the Corona virus is still around, we exercise all the necessary, prescribed health protocols at the church. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Face masks, worn correctly within the church and church hall
  • Hand sanitizing
  • A minimum of one-and-a-half meters physical separation between families
  • All service material is displayed on a screen. Hymnals may be used, but should be left at the pews for sanitizing
  • Holy communion is served under sanitary conditions
  • A register is kept of attendees

For those that still prefer to stay home, church services are live-streamed every Sunday, on St John’s dedicated YouTube channel. If you do happen to miss the live service, please watch the recorded service, at your leisure, on the same link.

Pastoral Ministry During Covid-19

Our pastor is registered as an essential services provider. By arrangement, he is able to visit the sick, provide Holy Communion and minister to families in their homes. For safety, the highest standards of hygiene and physical distancing will be maintained. Should you wish to make use of this service, please contact Pastor Tobie Ahlers at 0785752604.

Should you have concerns, or require more information on the Covid-19 situation, please visit the government’s official website for more information.

About St John’s Lutheran Parish

We are a member of the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa (FELSISA). The Holy Scripture directs the preaching and actions of FELSISA and its members. We truly believe that the Holy Scripture is the indisputable word of God. The doctrine and confessions of the Lutheran church strongly reflects this belief.

St John’ parish is proud of its historical heritage. Early German, immigrant families established the parish back in 1893. The first pastor came from the local mission station. During the early years, the parish faced the challenge of not having their own permanent building. Church services were conducted in temporary lodgings, constantly shifting between Marburg and Izotsha. Eventually, after seventy-four years, or, three generations, the existing church building was built in Shelly Beach. The church was dedicated to our Triune God in 1967.

Our Pastor

Pastor at St John’s Lutheran Parish in Shelly Beach

Pastor Toby Ahlers serves the parish of St John’s. He and his family, live in the manse, on the property of the church. You can contact Pastor Toby at 0785752604, or by email at pastortobyahlers@gmail.com.