Welcome to St Luke’s in the City Anglican Church
12 May 2021
Anglican e-Life Message from the Bishop
On Sunday 2 May 2021, at a Special General Meeting, parishioners of the Parish of Christchurch St Luke’s voted unanimously that the Parish be dissolved on St Luke’s Day, 18 October this year. This is a very significant moment in the history of this parish and of the Diocese of Christchurch. St. Luke’s parishioners have shown courage in facing the reality of their situation and creativity in setting out a way for the mission of St Luke’s to continue in other ways.
The decision taken represents a significant rearrangement of our ministry to the inner city of Christchurch. As we move forward in the Regeneration of the Diocese through this decade, there will be changes and some of them will be painful as well as potentially very fruitful. But where possible, as in this case, I look forward to the initiative for change being taken from within our parishes rather than imposed by the Diocese.
REMINDER: ALL SERVICES ARE NOW BEING HELD IN THE KNOX CHAPEL
28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
St Luke’s in the City, has been worshipping as a community and serving the people of Christchurch since 1859.
Inspired by our patron, Luke the Evangelist - who proclaimed the inclusive and loving hospitality of Christ – we provide a place for peace, prayer and contemplation and welcome everyone into our community, regardless of colour, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other distinction.
St Luke's in the City offers regular liturgy and worship, a spirituality centre and an outreach programme to help members of the community in times of need.
St Luke’s is a place of stillness and peace, a place of prayer and contemplation for all. Life at St Luke’s is grounded in the proclamation of the Word, the celebration of the Sacraments, and caring companionship with each other.
St Luke’s in the City is a gathered community of seekers and searchers for:
- A contemplative Anglo-Catholic style of worship
- A Eucharistic focus, sense of the mystical and transcendent
- A sense of belonging to a Christ-centred family of faith
- A particular understanding of outreach to the wider community
- A desire to grow spiritually
The integrity and centrality of this worship life supports and anchors other expressions of mission and ministry in the parish.
St Luke’s is mostly an age/experience group in the second half of life that, no longer involved in establishing a place in society, can reflect on life. It is eucharistically grounded, acknowledges and values the importance of sacred space, welcomes a modern, relaxed and reverent approach to liturgy and ministry, good scholarship, collaborative leadership and inclusiveness.
St Luke’s in the City is for:
- Searchers after spiritual truth, seekers who are open to a living spirituality
- Those engaged in various parts of the church who are looking for spiritual nurture and development
- Those on the edge of the church who are looking for a spirituality sufficiently open to the Spirit breathing through their own experience
- Those looking for a way, for spiritual practice, rather than doctrinal information or church membership