We are a group of Christians that are seeking to grow in Christ to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We have an informal style with a strong focus on learning from God’s word, the Bible. There are usually around 80 of us, with a good mix of ages, from 0-90+.
We love to welcome new people into our community and rejoice to see them grow to know Jesus, so that they can find the peace and joy from a relationship with God. Our prayer is that they will grow to become the kind of people God made us to be and look forward with confidence to the eternal life that he promises.
We can be confident of this salvation not because of what we have done, but through faith in God as our Creator and Father and the saving work of the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ applied to us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Nonetheless we grow into a fuller appreciation and application of these truths to our lives and behaviour through the following key activities:
When we communicate regularly with God as our loving Father, we see him respond in amazing ways and learn a greater dependence and trust in him.
We are not called to be Christians by ourselves, but to live out our faith in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This goes against the grain of our individualistic society and can at times be challenging. Yet, in the end we find true blessing and real growth in faith when we commit to meeting regularly with other Christians.
God is not silent, but speaks to us through the Bible. By it we learn what God is like and what he has done for us. The Bible teaches us to trust him and learn what it means to obey him by loving him and others. Through it we also learn God’s wisdom for life, so that we can make good and right decisions in the everyday here and now.
As a church we want to share these great truths with each other and the world around us.
These activities are lived out through a number of different church events and meetings. During the Sunday Service there are groups for young people. On a Sunday Evening is Youth Initiative for Secondary School aged children. During the week many people meet in Study Groups to learn more from God’s word and to encourage, support and pray for one another.
On Thursday morning we have Cafe4All in the church, which is a great chance to come and relax with others, whilst enjoying hot drinks and cake or other delicious nibbles. There is Play and Praise for parents or carers and their pre-school children on Friday mornings in the Church Hall.
Just like any church we depend on the generosity and energy of our members who volunteer in many ways and contribute financially to the cost of running a church. We share a staff team of vicar, curate and administrator with our sister church, St. George’s, Ramsgate.
The church is overseen by the Parochial Church Council, which sets the direction of our strategy and policies. We are a registered charity. St. Luke’s is part of the Church of England, in the Diocese of Canterbury. Our patrons are the Church Pastoral Aid Society, who help ensure that we maintain our evangelical outlook.