Mission & Service
We believe we are to be a mission-shaped church, a community of outward-looking Christians. Projects that St Luke's are actively involved with...
International Needs is a worldwide Christian mission and development agency, a partnership that operates in over forty developing countries around the globe. We help people from all over the world as they struggle against persecution, poverty and disease whatever their colour, race or creed. Their work is focused on community development, human rights and Christian outreach. Through all that we do, we seek to serve God and bring people the good news of Jesus. Impacted by God’s love, our desire is to see people made whole spiritually and physically. Their goal is to make a world of difference in the lives of individuals and whole communities, working to free people from poverty and oppression. We support Christian outreach programmes and aim to plant churches within communities. Our heart is to communicate God’s love to people through all that we do.
We have partnered with International Needs building a new maternity centre in Burkina Faso; we gave a tithe from our building project monies to help build the the maternity centre. We have also given to their Farming project in Uganda through our harvest giving.
International Needs is a local Christian mission based in Caterham and you can visit their website on www.ineeds.org.uk
Paul & Alison Guinness
Paul and Alison are based in Burundi as missionaries working to train and support native church leaders. They were in the UK for 18 months to get married and to study at All Nations Christian College; they have recently returned to Burundi with their young son Jeremy.
SparkFish is a local, collaborative, Christian organisation that aims to inspire and encourage young people in faith, hope and love. SparkFish works in primary and secondary schools in Redhill, Reigate and Merstham and is supported financially and prayerfully by local churches and individuals.
Winter Night Shelter
Winter Night Shelter runs from December through to March each year under the umbrella of Renewed Hope Trust. over 400 volunteers from local churches and the community care for the homeless during these cold months. A number of churches open up their building from 7pm through to 8am and provide a hot meal, a warm bed, a shower and breakfast and the venue for Winter Night Shelter rotates over the week. At St Luke's we are passionate about this outreach and we have 6 or 7 people from our church family who help at Winter Night Shelter when we are hosting the night. Pearl Smith is our Winter Night Shelter Coordinator and would be delighted to give you more information 01737 222390 / 07969 393206 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We have six Street Pastors from St Luke's and they go out on the Streets of Reigate on the first and last Friday of the month. Street Pastors are a calming presence on the streets late at night when things can feel uncertain and people can become agitated. Street Pastors care, listen and help and we are delighted to be part of this important mission work. For more information phone our church office 01737 243846; Revd Anita Colpus is a Street Pastor Trustee and would be delighted to give you more information.
The Shonda project works to educate and train young people in Shonda, Kenya, who are in need due to poverty, sickness and distress. In partnership with a local minister the project has enabled a primary school for 250 pupils up to the age of 16 to be established, a regular feeding programme has been introduced for school meals, and a well has been constructed on the school site to supply clean water to the school and surrounding villages. Future projects involve the provision of a training workshop, regular teachers' salaries, maintaining facilities, sponsorship of children to pay for educational costs, e.g. uniform, tuition fees, exercise books, etc. For more details on the Shonda project contact Mike and Angela Prentice, founders of the Charity, via the Church office.
Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Appeal
Every year we fill empty shoe boxes with gifts for children who would not otherwise receive a present on Christmas Day. We pack up our boxes in October and they are collected in November so they can be transported across Europe and to Africa in time for Christmas. Phone our church office for more information 01737 243846.