Lent Summary – 2017

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Mar 012017

Lent Summary – 2017

There are two main aspects to St Luke’s approach to Lent this year.

Lent Sessions

Each Wednesday in Lent we will be meeting together in church. After our traditional Ash Wednesday Communion Service on 1st March our sessions will build on the Natural Evangelism Course we have been studying on Sunday mornings, as we prepare for the J.John “JustOne” event at the Emirates Stadium on 8th July. Using material called “Reach – The Challenge” we will pray and consider what practical steps we can take to reach our neighbours, family, work colleagues and friends with the Good News of Christ.

The Lent series “The Reach Challenge”, will be:

Date Title Readings
1/3/17 Ash Wednesday Communion Joel 2:1-2,12-17 & Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
8/3/17 1. Ready Your Life 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 & Ephesians 6:10-20
15/3/17 2. Engage Through Kindness Colossians l 3:12-17 & Matthew 9:35-38
22/3/17 3. Advance to Relationship Matthew 22:34-40 & 1 Corinthians 13
29/3/17 4. Connect to Community Colossians 4:2-6 & John 3:14-21
5/4/17 5. Hope In Jesus Romans 5:1-8 & Matthew 25:31-46

Practical Demonstrations of Love

As well as a time of reflection and study Lent is also about Christian service. During Lent our Partners In Mission Group have prepared opportunities for us to work alongside some Christian organisations and groups in our local community. These ‘taster’ sessions could be for a life group to do together, or for individuals to sign up for themselves or in small groups. Sessions are spread across the week, daytimes and evenings, and with different organisations (including: YMCA, Local Council, Street Angels, Foodbank, New Hope, Watford Schools Trust). The aim of the taster sessions is to:

  1. Encourage us to show an outward demonstration of Christ’s love
  2. Inform our prayers for these groups and organisations
  3. Potential give us a passion for this ministry and a desire to volunteer regularly.

Please sign up using the sheets in the Gathering Area at church and pray that you will be challenged, inspired, and have fun, while serving Christ and the people in our community.

I pray that this Lent we will see an outpouring of Christian love in this community, and more people coming to know Christ as Lord.

Rev’d Canon Dave Middlebrook

St Luke’s News – March 2017

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March 2017

Being Angry – Dave Middlebrook introduces this topic and asks what scripture says about it.

News and pictures from the recent Confirmation Service, CAMEO breakfast and Faith Pictures course.

Look out for upcoming events – Lent Labyrinth and pancakes on Shrove Tuesday; Ash Wednesday and the Lent Course and what about coming to the Peace of Cake coffee morning?

Dave Middlebrook talks about Faithful Presence and how to do this purposefully.

On The Road To … Steve Bolton asks who do you want to see have an encounter with Christ?

And with Easter not far away – are we choosing the right chocolate eggs?

St Luke’s News – February 2017

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Feb 2017

Psalms – Worship for Life Dave Middlebrook unpacks the current 8am and evening series on the Psalms. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord” – Psalm 150:6

Natural Evangelism – where have we got to in our series?

Find out why Steve Bolton is shouting Read All About It!!

Faith in Politics – very topical.

Find updates from our Local Mission Partners.  

Check your diary for events planned in February and March.

St Luke’s News – December 2016

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Dec 2016

An Encounter With God. Dave Middlebrook writes that we too can have that encounter with God through meeting Christ and, through the Christmas story, look into the very eyes of God! Each of us remains of infinite importance and value to God, and Christmas tells us that again and again.

How will you do in The Big Harvest Quiz?

Which events are you coming to during Advent and at Christmas? The Christmas Fayre, Carols and Mince Pies, Christmas Light Club, Nativity Services, Midnight Communion, Christmas Day All Age Celebration? There is something for everyone.

Who is Coming Home for Christmas?

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration of the New Church Building came to end with a Wedding Celebration Tea – see the pictures.

Read about all the ways the Thanksgiving Fund has helped others over the past 10 years.

St Luke’s News – November 2016

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Dave Middlebrook writes about the Evangelism training that J.John gave us in preparation for the JustOne day next July.

There are pictures of the Maasai Warriors’ visit.

God Grows His Church. Dave prays that we can continue to hold onto, and work upon, the promise of Christ to his disciples, and to us: “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5.

The Season of Invitation continues……. Who might we invite to come with us to church and to what event?

Deep Jyoti ‘Chori [daughter] Church’, Lamachaur, Nepal gives us an update of their building project.



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