Welcome

Updated Sunday 21st November

Our buildings are now re-opening for regular users in line with the Victorian Government Roadmap through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person worship services are resuming from Sunday 21st October 2021.

9:30 Service (Weekly) – no number restrictions, vaccination status is checked.  Please have your proof of vaccination ready for check in.  Streaming online from Youtube when volunteers are available to produce the stream.

11:30 Service (Fortnightly commencing 28th November) – vaccination status  not checked, limited numbers, held in Lane Memorial Room.

Church council will review these arrangements and adjust as necessary according to public health orders, availability of helpers for COVID safe cleaning and compliance, and feedback from our community.

Worship services are posted in the news section of our website.

Following is an excerpt from a pastoral letter from the Moderator of the Victorian Synod, Denise Liersch:

“In Victoria, new public health directions include responsibilities for ministry agents, authorised workers and Church Councils.

In planning for reopening of worship and use of congregational buildings, Church Council responsibilities include compliance with requirements relating to vaccination.

Authorised workers, both paid and volunteer, must also provide evidence of their vaccination status to their workplace. The number of people who may attend religious gatherings in any part of Victoria depends on whether everyone present is fully vaccinated, and churches are responsible for how this is implemented.

The story of the Good Samaritan and Jesus’ call to love God and neighbour, is one guide that runs deep to our faith. It’s a call to focus on the welfare of others, and to give special consideration to those most vulnerable to risk of harm — beyond our usual circles of interest or personal preferences.

Read more

 

On Wednesdays at 8am we gather on Zoom for prayer time together.  If you would like to come, please email info@stlukesuca.org.au for the link to join.

Join us for worship on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJAL8289CyXTVBd-Y8dvT6Q

And on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/stlukeschurchgeelong

For a shared conversation online you can join our St Luke’s Members and Friends group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1862447484018154

Check the events calendar for all current information on St Luke’s activities and events.

New to the Uniting Church?

You might like to watch this video for a 7 minute introduction –

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Groups that operate from our facilities

About St Luke’s

St. Luke’s aims to be a warm and welcoming “all age” faith community that is passionate about engaging with the people  around us and the world we live in.  We believe in kindness and faith in action!

Worship services happen weekly on Sunday mornings, and monthly gatherings include Messy church for all ages, House church for the more intellectually minded person, and a mid-week service especially for folk who find it difficult to get to weekly Sunday services.

Our community activities include helping newly arrived immigrants settle into the Geelong area; a well attended Mens’ Shed, open to all; and a monthly Repair Cafe organised by our Environment Action Group.

We are also building our knowledge of Mental Health and Wellbeing as we support people in our own community and our wider community of Highton and surrounds.

Through our Men’s Shed, Community garage sales and Refugee support, we’re able to ensure that furniture and goods otherwise destined for landfill are repaired in good order and distributed to people who arrive in Geelong with nothing but the clothes they wear.

We welcome volunteers and the spiritually curious – anyone in search of a place to belong – if you’d like to chat to someone, please contact us on 5244 2997.

Please take the time to explore our website and get to know us better.

COVID updates

While in lockdowns the faith community continues to gather in virtual ways, and you can find us online here:

These are the virtual spaces we will use to deliver Worship recordings and other messages, we also post our worship links here tagged ‘Worship’. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1862447484018154 – email Robyn info@stlukes.uca.org.au to be invited.

Key Contacts

When possible, the St Luke’s congregation gathers on Sunday morning for worship in a COVID safe way

 

Events and Activities

Dec
7
Tue
Church Office Open
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Church foyer open for dropping off groceries for Uniting’s emergency pantries in Grovedale and Corio-Norlane and other donations.

“Drop and Dash” from the driveway is available and don’t forget to wear your mask!

Dec
8
Wed
Weekly Prayer time
Dec 8 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am

A weekly prayer time held on Zoom. Contact the office for meeting details: info@stlukesuca.org.au

Dec
9
Thu
Midweek Worship
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Co-ordinators: Pam Seller/Lyn Robinson
a traditional style service designed for people who find it difficult to attend church on Sunday morning.
Contact the church office 52442997 for further information

Dec
10
Fri
Church Office Open
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Church foyer open for dropping off groceries for Uniting’s emergency pantries in Grovedale and Corio-Norlane and other donations.

“Drop and Dash” from the driveway is available and don’t forget to wear your mask!

Collectibles Sale
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
11
Sat
Collectibles Sale
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geelong Repair Cafe – Highton
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Geelong Repair Cafe Highton is meeting within COVID constraints.  For more information about how to participate either as a volunteer or as someone bringing items for repair, head to their facebook page.Geelong Repair Cafe Highton

Dec
12
Sun
Worship
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Good news! Sunday “in person” worship returns to St Luke’s!
If you are fully Covid-19 vaccinated join us from Christ the King Sunday, November 21st, at 9.30 am.
We do not want to exclude anyone from the opportunity for face-face worship so starting on the first day of Advent, November 28th there will also be a second service offered at 11.00 am in the Lane Memorial Hall. The numbers for this service will be strictly limited so that we will not require people to declare their vaccination status. This service will include playing of the video of the 9.30 am service, along with prayer.
Our Christ the King Sunday Service will be followed by a special morning tea, again only for those who are fully Covid-19 vaccinated.
Currently, masks are still required for all worship services held inside, you need to “sign in” whenever you attend an event at the church, and the numbers of people in particular spaces in the building are capped.
You will only need to share the details of your vaccination status with us once (for the 9:30am services), and we’ll keep a note for the next time you come.
If you are helping as one of “leaders” you do need to provide your vaccination certificate details (not just show the tick) -contact Robyn or Lynda Salamy who can take the necessary details.
Blessings for the seasons of Advent, Christmas and for the coming of a New Year,

Lloyd Walker (Chair, Church Council) Rev. Paul Stephens (Minister in Placement)

Dec
14
Tue
Church Office Open
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Church foyer open for dropping off groceries for Uniting’s emergency pantries in Grovedale and Corio-Norlane and other donations.

“Drop and Dash” from the driveway is available and don’t forget to wear your mask!

Dec
15
Wed
Weekly Prayer time
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am

A weekly prayer time held on Zoom. Contact the office for meeting details: info@stlukesuca.org.au

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