Gütersloh and Bielefeld
Martin-Luther Kirche, Gütersloh
British Army Churches
- Living, currently, within the British military community in Gütersloh, I
am well blessed with Christian fellowship and resources.
- Within Gütersloh Garrison there are Protestant, Anglican and RC Army
Chaplains/Padres, each with their own Church within the Army bases.
- I attend St Barbara's on Mensargh Barracks where the Army Padre, Phil
Patterson, is a
Presbyterian minister from Northern Ireland. There are services every Sunday
- As well as the Padres, there is also a Salvation Army presence in the form
of tearooms and newsagents which they run as well as a Sunday evening
service and a mid-week fellowship evening.
- Also based in Gütersloh, but with a much wider remit is Derek
SASRA Scripture Reader. SASRA ( the Soldier's & Airmen's Scripture
Readers Association) is a missionary organisation with a long history that
sends Scripture Readers into Army Garrisons to witness to the soldiers in
their barrack rooms. He is based in the Chaplains Department at
Gütersloh. He also runs a Bible study every Monday evening.
German, English speaking, Churches
- In Bielefeld, there is a International Baptist Church. This Church is a
member of the European
- It meets every Sunday at 14.00 in Johanneskirche, Iimenauweg 1 (on the corner
of Elbealle), Sennestadt, just South of Bielefled( see map). The pastor is Andy
- There is also a fellowship and Bible study meeting every Thursday evening
I am not too familiar with German Churches but some details may be found
on the following sites.
If you need further help, let me know.
As any of you who know me well will know, in recent years I've been
particularly fascinated by the writings of German Theologian Deitrich
I've added a few links here to reflect this interest. I'd recommend
any of his books, but The
Cost of Discipleship is my favourite.
more about the war years
Although Germany was
united in its wartime efforts, it would be wrong to think that the Nazi regime
excesses went without criticism and this was particularly so in this area of
Nordrhein-Westphalia. In Bielefeld Dr Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, a
highly respected Lutheran minister, refused to deliver his charges from the
Bethel Institute - a home for the mentally handicapped - to the Gestapo who were
organising a euthanasia program. His defiance generated local support and the
Gestapo felt unable to act. Tragically the Bethel Institute was bombed by the
RAF on 18 September 1940, killing 12 of the inmates. Count Clemens von Galen,
the Roman Catholic Bishop of Munster, had long resisted the grosser aspects of
the Nazi regime and, in May 1941, he initiated his campaign against the
euthanasia programme. In a series of printed sermons, read in churches of many
denominations, Galen started to call the regime to account for its atrocities.
The sermons were pushed through letterboxes in leaflet form and broadcast back
to Germany by allied radio stations. Hitler felt Galen was too powerful a figure
and was best left alone rather than made more powerful through martyrdom.
Largely by Galen's efforts the euthanasia programme was ended. An
extract from "Flugplatz Gütersloh, a short History" by Gerry Lewis,
The Russian War Cemetry at Stuckenbrock
some scenes from the cemetry.
nearby Stuckenbrock there is a Russian war cemetery where approximately 65,000
victims of Nazi slave labour are buried, mostly in unmarked mass graves.
This page was last updated on 10/04/02
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