During 2015, Parish Council took time out to imagine St Luke's in five years' time - we asked ourselves what we wanted to be like in 2020. Through this time of reflection, we discerned the following seven objectives, which we believed would develop the life of our community and shape us to follow Christ together in Mt Albert, Kingsland and Pt Chevalier, into the future.
Within these priority areas we developed practical steps many of which have borne fruit in our life in the last two years. We trust that further initiatives will emerge as we engage in this journey together. We commend the life of our community in Christ to your prayers and look forward to discovering how God will shape us together over the coming years.
Our Parish Review, in March-April 2017 encouraged us to update and refocus the practical outworking of our vision priorities. Analysing the feedback helped us to identify new areas for continued development. We are grateful to everyone who offered feedback. There is much about our shared community life that is hugely positive, and for that we give thanks!
The following list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of everything we do at St Luke’s. Many things that aren’t mentioned here will continue to happen and be valued in our day-to-day life, such as pastoral care and maintenance of our grounds and buildings. Those things are business as usual, though we might approach them in a different way.
Our focus in this Vision process has been on what we do to extend our mission. Another way of thinking about this is that we are seeking to understand and join in God’s mission, out in our local community. Maintaining our buildings and our finances are not ends in themselves; they are tools for mission. How do we share the love of Christ with those around us?
Sharing the love of Christ is a task for all of us. Each of us has a faith that sustains us and guides us in our lives and workplaces. How can the community of St Luke's support and resource you as you live out your faith? How can we all learn to share the story of our faith with those around us? How do our worship and our prayer shape us for mission?
In reflecting on the objectives, you will see that there are many areas of overlap, and many things that are starting to happen already. We are starting to plant seeds for new ways of doing things. But we don't have it all worked out.
This is a collective process that we hope will involve and energise our whole community over the course of several years.
We invite you to prayerfully reflect on this material and consider where you feel most inspired to participate and lend your time, energies and skills, what excites and interests you amongst the hopes expressed in our objectives, and to think about how you could help give concrete shape to that hope. We look forward to sharing more together as we move into 2018.
In all that we do, we trust and pray that God is with us at St Luke's - God is alive in our worship, our prayers, and our caring for one another and those with whom we share our lives in the world around us.
On behalf of your Parish Council, I commend this Vision to your prayers and your conversations as we begin a new year together.
With love in Christ,
Clare Barrie, Vicar
Feast of St Luke, October 2017
In 2015, we committed to a range of goals that emerged out of our objectives. Those objectives remain alive today, though our goals have been extended in response to our Parish Review.
To build the skills and awareness necessary to become a genuinely diverse community that welcomes all.
+ Continue advocacy for inclusion of sexual and gender minorities; support for Rainbow Youth; lobbying for change in wider church.
+ Engender a culture shift in our parish so that we become a community that is invitational and welcoming, a place of belonging. Re-build our sense of authentic community for all; develop a focus on growing in faith.
+ Create opportunities to practise deep, undefended listening to others.
To resource in each member a deep ownership of faith; an ability to recognise and speak about our personal journey and about the gospel.
+ Reframe education as formation, focusing on prayer and spiritual practice.
+ Continue to support our children and their families in their spiritual formation and education; encouraging them to interact with the same themes and ideas as adults in our services; providing a welcoming environment for children and families.
+ Encourage focus on spiritual formation in all small groups.
+ Develop our practice of testimony.
+ Initiate Pilgrim nurture/enquiry group.
To develop our practice of the Eucharist in a way that forms us for mission and living.
+ Redeveloping our liturgical space to remove the division between audience and stage, increase participation, and form us as a mission community.
+ Strengthening the liturgical/ worship development team.
+ Pursue embodiment/space/silence/simplicity as liturgical values.
+ Develop the variety of music offered in our worship, so that our worship is supported by music that draws on our tradition but is innovative, creative and worshipful.
Mind the Gap
To reach out to the generations who are missing from our church.
+ Regular group for 30-50s ('2nd Quarter').
+ Develop a range of non-eucharistic services and events designed to connect with young adults.
+ Support our young adults in discovering how to live out their faith as an intentional pilgrimage.
To develop new and varied ways of resourcing spiritual desire and growth beyond the existing church community.
+ Create a new parish website for St Luke’s to provide a professional, welcoming information and resource base for current members as well as for those who are exploring our faith.
+ Alternative services (contemplative/interactive), including using public spaces.
+ Supporting the paradigm shift from 'we go to church' to 'we are the church'.
+ Opportunities for healing/reconciliation/ community-building beyond the threshold of the church (e.g. community garden).
+ Building on occasional pastoral liturgies (e.g. baptisms, funerals, house blessings and child thanksgivings) to deepen connections with those beyond the church.
Partnering in Service
To encourage St Lukans to be more involved in our partnership projects.
+ Connecting the gifts and interests of St Lukans to the projects and ministries we are committed to as a parish.
+ Using the Church to support/host a wide range of creative community-facing activities (e.g. concerts, exhibitions).
To maintain/develop our existing plant and finances to align with our wider vision.
+ Begin work towards creating an inviting and welcoming complex of buildings and outdoor spaces that express our vision through our physical presence in the community of Mt Albert, Kingsland and Pt Chevalier, and sustain our viability for mission and ministry in the 21st century.