We Lutherans believe that we are called to love people as Christ loved us - and that doesn't mean only those people who are members of our church. Wherever we are able, we gladly extend our loving care to anyone who might need us, including those who are elderly, disabled or disadvantaged in any way. Increasingly we are offering a helping hand also to indigenous people, and refugees and new arrivals.
We believe the words of Jesus, who said that when we reach out in love and care to someone else, we do it for him (Matthew 25:37.)
One Loving God: Two Loving Hands - Saving and Caring is an LCA statement that explains in more detail why caring for those in need is so important to us.
To find out more about the community care services we offer for various groups, click on the links below:
- Retired and elderly people
- People with disabilities
- Homeless or at risk
- Families and relationships
- Indigenous people
- Refugees and new arrivals.
A wide range of community care services is provided by some districts of the church. Not all services listed below are available through every district.
Or contact a District Community Care Office - details below:
South Australia and Northern Territory
Lutheran Community Care SA/NT organises courses and training sessions, operates care centres and shops, provides emergency assistance, arranges visits, and coordinates a bevy of volunteer workers. Special seasonal care programs are initiated at various times of the year.
The scope of Lutheran Community Care is broad. It includes:
- Community visitors
- Emergency relief
- Emergency relief training
- Family emergency housing
- Financial counselling
- Foster carer advocacy
- Home visiting
- Low income support
- Lutheran community shops
- Marriage and relationship education
- Mobile crèches
- Refugee support
- Resource tools
- Respite care
- Support for homeless youth
- Support for long term unemployed
- Support for those with disabilities
Victoria and Tasmania
Council for Lutheran Community Care
Lutheran Church of Australia Victoria/Tasmania District
755 Station Street, Box Hill Vic 3128
phone: 03 9236 1200
This welfare agency of the LCA, operating in Victoria and Tasmania, assists families, individuals and communities in need of everyday support. The Council for Lutheran Community Care:
- operates a volunteer-based community shop
- helps those in need of emergency relief
- assists in capacity-building of African and refugee communities.