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Ebenezer Church

Building  From 26/7/1871  To 2013

Categories: Property, Religion

From Exploring Southwark: "The Norwegian Mission Society opened a mission in Rotherhithe in 1868, originally in a temporary church until a permanent building, called the Ebenezer Church, was opened in July 1871. The site had been donated by the Surrey Commercial Dockyard Company and located in Bickley Row which became a part of Rotherhithe Street. It was on the eastern side of the peninsular {sic}, north of Greenland Dock and close to Norway Yard and Norway Dock." The site is now occupied by Oscar Court, on a bend in Rotherhithe Street, opposite Odessa Street.

From Faith, Fatherland and the Norwegian Seaman: The Work of the Norwegian Seamen ... By Virginia Hoel and from Know your London: The church opened on 1 May 1872 and initially ministered to both Swedish and Norwegian sailors. In 1905 the union between the two countries came to an end and a separate Swedish Seamen’s Mission was founded.  Ebenezer church remained in use as a church until the 1920s when St Olavs was built. The old church building was then used as a Dockland Settlement Community Centre until it was demolished about 2013. The foundation stone of St Ebenezer was re-erected on the new church.

The church name, Ebenezer, can mean Stone of Help, as in the Biblical passage referenced (1 Samuel 7.12) "Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."

Archaeology Data Service has more photos and plans of the building.

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Ebenezer Church - Prince Oscar

This is the foundation stone from the Norwegian church that preceded St Olavs...

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