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Celebrating His creativity
Men’s drink and chat
Tuesday 60s+ group
Children and youth
Brownies (12th Maidstone)
Brownies (24th Maidstone)
St. Luke’s Guides (12th Maidstone)
St. Luke’s pre-school playgroup
St. Luke’s (Maidstone) Scout group
Tea ‘n’ Tots
We are putting this into action by being involved with children, and other children’s ministers, right across this country and beyond. St. Luke’s Kidz on a Sunday morning (including ‘490’, the school years 7 – 9 group), St. Luke’s Kidz lifegroup on Tuesdays, Kidz In services, T ‘n’ Tots, East Borough school, Starz (8 – 11s) at the Detling summer celebration, Kampala Children’s Centre in Uganda, Scripture Union, Church Army and The Family Trust, to name but a few. Read more
Beavers ages 6-8yrs (Tues 6-7pm)
The colony is always full with children on the waiting list. We would encourage parents to put down their child’s name as early as possible to ensure there is a place available when the time comes. Theatre trips, seaside outings and craft activities are all features of the Beaver programme.
Cubs ages 8-11yrs (Weds 6.30-8pm, Thurs 6.45-8pm)
Pack holidays and outings are a main feature to be enjoyed in the Cub section. Various visits to zoos, places of interest and parks are all regulars during the year.
Scouts ages 11-14yrs (Mon 7-9pm, Fri 7.30-9.30pm)
Camping is the mainstay of the scout programme with hill walking, canoeing and climbing all included as activities.
“Jaguar” Explorers 14-18yrs (Tues 7.30-10pm)
Activities include wide games and camping trips, hiking and sailing.
We believe that we have seen this at different times throughout the past year.
Nexus meets on 2nd and 4th Fridays for school years 7 – 11. This includes social times including playing football, Wii, pool, sumo wrestling, themed evenings and short discussions on faith. Leaders include older youth, which we believe enables them to grow in their faith and use their gifts.
The girls lifegroup ran for a time, but closed in November as the number of girls fell. The boys lifegroup continues to run on Wednesday evenings. The format has been an open house group fortnightly and a group aimed at those aged 17-20 the other week. We are about to launch FaithWorks. This will meet on 1st Fridays 7.30-9.30pm and will be aimed to be a mixed group for those aged 16+. It will be social, have guests, be a place to share God stories and as the name suggests, see faith work in real life.
Bible reading notes
If you would like to know more or would like to join a lifegroup, please do contact us.
The aim is to enable you to be the right person in the right place for the right reason but it is not the churches recruitment agency! The people on the course were able to speak to a coach individually about the results of the course and it either confirmed they were in the right place of ministry or provided insight into where their calling could be. We would love to run more courses so please register your interest by contacting the team.
People Without Limits (Detling Summer Celebration)
Compassion child sponsorship
The co-ordinator for Maidstone Street Pastors is from St. Luke’s, as are many of the Street and Prayer Pastors. Maidstone was the first town in Kent to have Street Pastors and on each Saturday night from 10pm to 4am on Sunday morning a team of up to nine people provide practical help and support to the approx. 15,000 people who come to Maidstone’s clubs and pubs.
The Street Pastors are supported by a team of Prayer Pastors in their base in the town with direct radio communication between there and the Urban Blue bus (providing medical assistance), the police, the door staff, and the town CCTV control room, with whom the Street Pastors work closely, but independently. We are recruiting in 2012 for more Street and Prayer Pastors to replace those who leave and to expand our activities. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, please contact us.
St. Luke’s Church is in partnership with two child sponsorship projects in Africa. The projects are based in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Kieni, Kenya and Walukuba Elim Pentecostal Church, Walukuba, Uganda. Members and friends of St. Luke’s currently sponsor a total of approximately 200 children across both the projects.
Sponsors make a monthly donation so that their child can attend their project once a week to receive healthcare, education and Bible teaching. This gives the child the opportunity to develop spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Each child has only one sponsor therefore sponsors are encouraged to support their child in prayer and to build up a relationship by writing to their child regularly.
Outreach / mission
The 6 Course
Coffee Break Plus
Connect parish magazine
The Princess Project
PCC Mission Committee
It is designed for those who are interested in Christianity without presupposing any background knowledge. The course is run in a similar way to Alpha beginning with a meal, a guest speaker and occasionally, a testimony before breaking into smaller discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share together.
We serve coffee, teas and homemade cakes and provide a safe play environment for the children. Creative activities are being run for the older children and their carers.
We would be keen to hear from anyone who shares the vision of the church that we are ‘Here to love God and people’ and are gifted to do this through hospitality.
We welcome new members - anyone who has a heart for Africa and a heart for prayer.
We ran two pilot projects in 2011, firstly of a befriending scheme to offer one-to-one friendship and encouragement to new young mums who don’t have much of a support network around them. We have been working with mums who were residents of Trinity Foyer if they became pregnant, but we have also made contacts with other agencies such as Golding Homes and Surestart and look forward to being able to partner with them in the future. Further training courses are planned in the near future, and we are welcoming volunteers from many different Maidstone churches onto these courses.
The other pilot scheme was the Parenting Children Course. We are hoping to be able to join forces with other interested parties both inside and outside the church to be able to run this course in St. Luke’s Centre in due course. Read more
We aim to demonstrate God’s love for each young person in a practical way and we are often given the opportunity to share with them, the hope we have in Jesus.