Newsletter – 26th March 2023

In our lent group, watching the series ‘The chosen’, we saw their version of the calling of the first disciples, and Andrew who was keen to introduce his brother Simon Peter to Jesus. In John’s gospel he simply says ‘come and see’. At Monday’s Church council meeting (PCC) we will be hosting Archdeacon Adam, and he’s going to be chairing a discussion around the question – how do we expect people to come to faith through St Luke’s? In many previous generations the question was never asked because it didn’t seem relevant – It was assumed that the church was there and that people would come. But now they don’t, at least not so many, and the question that was really always an urgent one now seems like a relevant one. The answer to how people will find faith must be through its members – like Andrew saying, ‘come and see’. When did you last invite someone to church? Maybe you could – café church next week or Easter Sunday. If you wouldn’t invite someone, what is it that would need to change before you would? I’d love to know the answer to that question.

Sunday Services:
10.30am Holy Communion with Children’s groups ‘ John 11:1-45 Leader: Alastair Thom, Preacher: Katy Hirst Passcode181058

Also happening this week:
·         Daily Morning Prayer: Monday-Friday 8am, Saturday 9am Meeting ID: 875 3262 8325 Passcode: 181058
·         Evening Prayer: 5.30pm Mon-Tue Emmanuel, Wed-Thurs St. Luke’s
·          Daily Night Prayer posted via the whatsapp group and streamed on the youtube channel
·  Monday 7.30pm PCC
·  Tuesday: 10am toddler drop in
·         Wednesday: 10am Craft and Chat
                          1.30-3pm Ladies bible study at the Vicarage

7.30pm Lent group – watching and discussing ‘The chosen’. Preceded by a simple
meal at 7pm
·  Thursday: 11am. ‘Dominos and donuts’
·  Friday: 7pm Youth Group

Next Sunday – 10.30am All Age Café Church for Palm Sunday. 6pm Holy Communion

Electoral roll: Please check the electoral roll at the back of church and make any corrections needed. If you’re not on it but are a regular attender at St. Luke’s, please fill in an electoral roll form. There’s one more week before the cut off ahead of the annual meeting on 23rd April.

Trip to Margate: Saturday 1 St April – A day out in England’s ‘coolest’ seaside town. Please speak to staff if you’d like to go.

Photo board: The photos on the board at the church entrance are a great way of making the point that the church is the people, as well as helping us put names to faces. However they are mostly quite a few years old so we plan to renew them. Phillip is going to be taking photos over the next few weeks. Please find him after the service to have yours done.

Verse of the month for March: ‘I have summoned you by name, you are mine’ Isaiah 43: v.1

For prayer this week
Sunday – Our church service and children’s group today
Monday – Our PCC meeting with the Archdeacon this evening
Tuesday– Our local and national leaders
Wednesday – Our lent course meeting this evening
Thursday – Those who are unwell and those bereaved
Friday – Joan Woodall at her husbands funeral today
Saturday – The Marylebone project working with vulnerable women