ABOUT US

We use the school hall for Sunday Worship at 10.30 a.m. where we enjoy Stained Glass Windows of the Apostles by Kemp, that came to us from the Royal Marine Chapel at Deal in Kent when it closed. St. Luke's has modern lighting, heating, seating and PA, which help us to get the most from our building and our worship. We are fully accessible to the disabled.

St. Luke's Congregation has grown twenty fold in the past twenty years. Including children we now expect to have about a hundred in church each Sunday. Over 90% of our church membership come from ethnic minority backgrounds, which is a joy and perhaps something of a glimpse of heaven!

We have a weekly Sunday School as part of our Sunday Morning worship programme for children in Reception to Year 5. Our worship is designed to accommodate children under and over this age.

We also have seasonal mid week Bible Studies through the year and occasional Special Services. St. Luke's has helped to set up a range of Community Projects that happen each week. We are continually seeking to respond to the needs of our community in new ways and are always open to new ideas. In our work we always seek to adopt a 'bottom up' and not 'top down' approach. If you have an idea for what you think we should be doing why not let us know.

The community work that St. Luke's Church has helped to set up, has a reputation for being both innovative and value for money. If you would be interested in supporting St. Luke's, as we seek to serve our very needy community, we would be pleased to hear from you. We are currently funded from a wide range of sources including our congregation, generous individuals, a Livery Company and some grant making trusts. However, there is always more work we can do when we have the resources.

Rev'd Canon Dave Wade is Vicar of St. Luke's and Honory Cannon of Chelmsford Cathedral. He loves his job and can think of nowhere he would rather be. Dave is amazed at the changes God has enabled to take place at St. Luke's in recent years and he is certain that St. Luke's is now well placed to serve God and its local community for many years to come. The completion of the new St. Luke's Church Centre and School at Easter 2000 and our continued work in many locations around the parish means St. Luke's Church can now serve and impact its community in ways that has not been possible for many years. Dave was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England in 2000- 2005. He is interested in Urban Theology and the needs of the poor. Dave is married to Nicky who works in a local school. She is also the Director of Music at St. Luke's. Jazmin is their daughter.

Ven Emeka Ejinkonia joined the ministry team at St Luke's as a Curate in 2008. However Emeka and his family have worshiped at St Luke's for many years, and Emeka has been involved actively in worship througout this time. Emeka is a "Self Supporting Minister", who works as a Manager for a London Bus Company. Emeka is married to Liz and they have four children, Joshua, Liz, Sharon and David. Emeka was made an Hon. Archdeacon in Nigeria and will help to support IT links in the clergy.

Carole Davison is our Lay Reader, Carole also excercises a wider ministry across the Deanery. Carole works in our local Six Form College and has a passion for working with both children and young people. Carole is married to Peter and they have two sons. Carole leads our Sunday School team and organises Active Church for St. Luke's.