Summer Term at St. Luke's
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ changes how reality is to be viewed and our perspective on everything. That Jesus should be raised was a long way from the expectation of all who were at the Cross. But the tomb was empty, his body renewed, his presence experienced and all were changed. There is hope.
The Easter event tells us that though death, darkness, despair and all the personal and global sufferings of the world are real, they will not have the final victory. Christ has brought in a new order and the church, his body, is the foretaste as well as the sign and means through which we see his Kingdom come.
The Good News is that Jesus is alive, and all he is, said and did can be trusted. Faith does not dispel all our doubts but it confronts all our fears and transforms how we live for now in every context, and how we face eternity.
This Summer term at St Luke’s is to be an exciting one, and I hope you will be part of it and invite friends. Please know that everyone is welcome at St Luke’s. God loves us and his grace is made available to all. We have no magazine these days, but kindly take note of the following (also in newsheets and on web site):
- 12th – 18th May is Christian Aid week – walk, sponsor, visit – See other info!
- Then we look forward to having Steve and Catriona Bennett + Hannah & baby Rachel at the CMS Coffee Morning on Saturday 18th May, 10am in the Church Rooms. It will be great to link up and hear recent news. Join us for this.
- “THY KINGDOM COME” is the annual Prayer Initiative from Ascension Day (Thurs 30th May) until Pentecost (9th June). Details to follow. This is preceded by our annual Prayer Walk around the parish on Sunday 26th.
- Our own much anticipated FLOWER FESTIVAL runs from 7th – 9th It will be a wonderful occasion. Get involved and fill in the form please.
- Connect Groups are continuing to do the great ALPHA course or other studies. How about joining a group? Speak with me.
- For Women there is Oasis (happening this week) and Families First. The latter are visiting Kevin and Lorna’s on 9th Gatecrash this trip and see their new home and parishes! Speak to Anne or Virginia.
- Linda Jones, John Parrett and Andy Roberts are to be commissioned as new Lay Pastoral Assistants (to join our 11 others) on Thurs 13th
- On Saturday 29th June there is to be a Ladies’ Quiet Morning.
- On Saturday 6th July we have the Poole-Wau South Sudan sponsored walk around Holes Bay + BBQ. Come and walk with or sponsor me!
- 7th July is our annual Missions Information and Gift Day. Get ready.
- On Sunday 21st July we welcome Tanas Alqassis at 10.30 and for a tea meeting at 3.30pm. Tanas, a Palestinian, is the regional manager for CMS in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He will help tell his story and help us in our understanding. Put the event in your calendar
And of course there is weekly worship, prayer, coffee mornings, Youth Club, Parents and Toddlers, Voting at election(s?) at church, schools ministry and all you are being and doing on your front-lines. Join us as we share together the risen life of God who has come to us in Jesus Christ. Chris Strain Vicar
Welcome to our Church
Thank you for visiting St. Luke's Church website. We are a lively and friendly Christian Community in Lower Parkstone, Poole and would love to see you join us on Sundays and on other occasions. All are welcome. On Sundays we have a fairly traditional service at 9.00am with a more contemporary service at 10.30am with groups for around 40 children and a creche. There is a small evening service most weeks which takes place at 6.30pm.
During the week we have about 10 Connect Groups meeting around the area. Morning Worship and Coffee Hour on Wednesdays, Families First, 'Oasis', Parents and Toddlers on Thursdays at 10am, a Youth Connect and a Youth Club on Fridays, 7.30pm at the Church Hall during term time. There are lots of other activities like Fayres, Hall events, Pantomimes/Musicals etc. We welcome enquiries for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Our Church Hall at 37 Birchwood Road is well used by the church and community and can be hired out for children's parties etc.
We offer pastoral care, prayer and a listening ear to many. We also seek to serve the local community through our involvement with many local projects such as Routes to Roots, The Food Bank, Hope in the Community and the Women's Refuge. We also partner with eight missions around the world including members in Japan and Rwanda.
As a church we place a high priority on living out the faith and our values in the world, in which we live. Our purpose is summarised as being 'a community of whole-life disciples of Jesus Christ committed to worship, growth, fellowship and mission.'
We would be delighted to see you and invite you to participate with us. Do get in touch. Thank you again.
New to us?
Welcome to our website which will give you a taste of what we have to offer including upcoming events, latest news and sermons. Do explore the site and then come and see our friendly and welcoming church for yourself!
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