Church of the Reformation--Beit Jala
Church of the Reformation-Beit Jala
One of the oldest congregations of the ELCJHL, the Lutheran Church of the Reformation houses a vibrant and dedicated congregation, the majority of whom claim roots in Beit Jala dating back centuries or more.
The church compound of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation is located on a main street in Beit Jala, which winds up a steep hill. The church steeple can be seen from the street, but many surprises await the first-time visitor upon entering the main gate. A central courtyard on two levels with a raised garden in the middle is very welcoming, and a bronze sculpture in the garden quickly catches the eye. Created by the well-known Palestinian artist Suleiman Mansour, the modernistic sculpture of a family of four standing together in a row with arms outstretched gives the impression of family members loving each other and facing the world together, ready to reach out and embrace that world.
The Diaconal Ministry of the ELCJHL is also housed in this compound, as well as “Beit Ibrahim”, the ELCJHL’s guest house welcome to all visitors throughout the year, and the compound's newest program, “Abraham’s Tent”, an after-school program which provides tutoring and childcare for students throughout the week thanks to local teachers and volunteers.
The congregation of the Church of the Reformation worship spills into the week and into everything they do. They hold two or three weekly Bible studies throughout the year, and during special seasons of the church year host additional prayer meetings, such as "Ora Et Labora" (pray, then work), during Lent.
Youth are cherished at the Church of the Reformation, and there are two youth groups; one for children and one for young adults. Confirmation class is also available as well as a Family Bible Study where parents and their children can join together and dive into the scripture as a family and a faith community. We have also created a Newly Married Couples Meeting to provide marriage counseling and guidance to those who are just entering into family life.
Our Women’s Ministry is also vital to the life of our church, including a bible study and many other activities to grow in faith together and support the life of the church. Once a month, the pastor will also give Holy Communion and prayers with the elderly and homebound, as well as visiting local hospitals. Rev. Ashraf Tannous serves as pastor to this congregation.
Pastor Ashraf Tannous