Celebrating His creativity
Men’s drink and chat
Children and youth
Brownies (12th Maidstone)
Brownies (24th Maidstone)
St. Luke’s Guides (12th Maidstone)
St. Luke’s pre-school playgroup
St. Luke’s (Maidstone) Scout group
Café ‘n’ Tots
During 2013, the girls worked collectively for challenge Badges and they also worked individually for a variety of other badges which hold particular interest for them including artist, swimming, cooking, dancing, gardening and reading. We had a fantastic Brownie Holiday at the coast, joined with the rest of the District for a joint Thinking Day service at the church, as well as the fun in our usual weekly meetings.
This year we are looking forward to celebrations of 100 years of Brownies (large event with County at Leeds Castle) and 70 years of our own unit.
Any parent whose child is interested, or any adult is interested in becoming involved with Guiding in any capacity, please contact Brown Owl via the church office.
Brownies are encouraged to work for interest badges individually and as a pack - this year concentrating on the craft, entertainers, healthy heart, gardeners, think pink challenge, world traveller, environment, number fun, musicians and the world culture badge which included a Chinese New Year celebration. We started work on the 100 Years of Brownies challenge badge which we will complete in 2014.
To gain the Fire Safety badge we visited the Fire Station for a tour and talk given by the fire safety officer and were allowed to practise using the water hoses outside which added to the excitement.
We had a trip to the Cinema followed by a walk to the Millennium Park for a picnic, and our summer outing was to the Kent Life Museum, which included a craft workshop and a Meet the Animals tour. We also visited the Buttercups Goat Sanctuary in Boughton Monchelsea as part of the Friend to Animals badge.
Towards the end of the year we arranged a successful London theatre trip to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". A circus instructor visited one of our meetings to teach the girls some circus skills to qualify for the Circus Performers badge. The girls raised money for pack funds by organising an entertainment and selling cakes and refreshments. They also entertained the residents at Eastfields Home for the Elderly at Easter and Christmas.
The Brownies were treated to a visit to Santa at Notcutts, finishing the year with a Christmas party and the pantomime at the Hazlitt.
Girls aged 7 - 10 years are welcome to join us.
We are putting this into action by being involved with children, and other children’s ministers, right across this country and beyond. St. Luke’s Kidz on a Sunday morning (including ‘490’, the school years 7 – 9 group), St. Luke’s Kidz lifegroup on Tuesdays, Kidz In services, T ‘n’ Tots, East Borough school, Starz (8 – 11s) at the Detling summer celebration, Kampala Children’s Centre in Uganda, Scripture Union, Church Army and The Family Trust, to name but a few. Read more
In August, 12 Guides and 12 leaders (coming and going as work allowed) went camping for a week to Mystole Guide Campsite, near Chartham. Our theme was Monsters Inc. University. We made spray dyed T shirts, new monster models from rubbish, went grass sledging, held fitness challenges and did badge work. On the last evening we had a full- blown graduation ceremony for everyone on site with gowns and mortar boards worn. The degrees conferred ranged from a degree in the best night waterproof footwear (wellies) to the person who slept the most. We had a very hot day out at Howletts Zoo and a very wet afternoon in Canterbury with a fish and chip supper on our return.
A number of the Guides have also taken part in District events to celebrate Thinking Day. Travelling around the world in an afternoon on 22nd February, to remember Guides, Brownies and Rainbows all over the world.
The group employs 8 members of staff who are all trained in early years, although our new member of staff only lasted six months and has now moved on, so we have employed an apprentice who is completing her level 2 in childcare.
Our new room is wonderful – so much lighter and bigger that we can do more activities with the children, and have an inside physical area for when it is wet outside. We bought a bird feeder and the children enjoy watching robins, chaffinches, blue tits and great tits come down and take the food. We have made wall hangings to try and reduce the noise in their room plus other posters that we take down every day. It has been a big improvement and we have really noticed a difference in the children’s behaviour for the better: they are more engaged in their activities.
Beavers ages 6-8yrs (Tues 6-7pm)
The colony is always full with children on the waiting list. We would encourage parents to put down their child’s name as early as possible to ensure there is a place available when the time comes. Theatre trips, seaside outings and craft activities are all features of the Beaver programme.
Cubs ages 8-11yrs (Weds 6.30-8pm, Thurs 6.45-8pm)
Pack holidays and outings are a main feature to be enjoyed in the Cub section. Various visits to zoos, places of interest and parks are all regulars during the year.
Scouts ages 11-14yrs (Mon 7-9pm, Fri 7.30-9.30pm)
Camping is the mainstay of the scout programme with hill walking, canoeing and climbing all included as activities.
“Jaguar” Explorers 14-18yrs (Tues 7.30-10pm)
Activities include wide games and camping trips, hiking and sailing.
Café n Tots provides a space for pre-school children to play with a range of toys including a play house, bikes, trampolines, table top toys and activities whilst carers can meet and enjoy refreshments including cake. Snacks are also provided for the children.
The three sessions are open to all with Monday morning being the busiest group whilst Monday afternoon is much quieter. A donation of £1 is taken towards covering costs and any excess is donated to Demelza House Children's Hospice. We look forward to welcoming you.
We believe that we have seen this at different times throughout the past year.
Nexus meets on 2nd and 4th Fridays for school years 7 – 11. This includes social times including playing football, Wii, pool, sumo wrestling, themed evenings and short discussions on faith. Leaders include older youth, which we believe enables them to grow in their faith and use their gifts.
The girls lifegroup ran for a time, but closed in November as the number of girls fell. The boys lifegroup continues to run on Wednesday evenings. The format has been an open house group fortnightly and a group aimed at those aged 17-20 the other week. We are about to launch FaithWorks. This will meet on 1st Fridays 7.30-9.30pm and will be aimed to be a mixed group for those aged 16+. It will be social, have guests, be a place to share God stories and as the name suggests, see faith work in real life.
If you would like to know more or would like to join a lifegroup, please do contact us.
The aim is to enable you to be the right person in the right place for the right reason but it is not the churches recruitment agency! The people on the course were able to speak to a coach individually about the results of the course and it either confirmed they were in the right place of ministry or provided insight into where their calling could be. We would love to run more courses so please register your interest by contacting the team.
Compassion child sponsorship
The Princess Project
People Without Limits (Detling Summer Celebration)
St. Luke’s Preschool
The co-ordinator for Maidstone Street Pastors is from St. Luke’s, as are many of the Street and Prayer Pastors. Maidstone was the first town in Kent to have Street Pastors and on each Saturday night from 10pm to 4am on Sunday morning a team of up to nine people provide practical help and support to the approx. 15,000 people who come to Maidstone’s clubs and pubs.
The Street Pastors are supported by a team of Prayer Pastors in their base in the town with direct radio communication between there and the Urban Blue bus (providing medical assistance), the police, the door staff, and the town CCTV control room, with whom the Street Pastors work closely, but independently. We are recruiting in 2012 for more Street and Prayer Pastors to replace those who leave and to expand our activities. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, please contact us.
St. Luke’s Church is in partnership with two child sponsorship projects in Africa. The projects are based in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, Kieni, Kenya and Walukuba Elim Pentecostal Church, Walukuba, Uganda. Members and friends of St. Luke’s currently sponsor a total of approximately 200 children across both the projects.
Sponsors make a monthly donation so that their child can attend their project once a week to receive healthcare, education and Bible teaching. This gives the child the opportunity to develop spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Each child has only one sponsor therefore sponsors are encouraged to support their child in prayer and to build up a relationship by writing to their child regularly.
Parenting Courses- we have run 2 parenting courses in 2013, and plan to run several more in the coming year.
Fortnightly Fusion cafe drop-in coffee mornings- a great way to build deeper relationships with mums we meet at Totcycle. This is proving especially beneficial for those mums who don't feel able to commit to the 'official' befriending service.
Mum2Mum Befriending Service- 1 young mum is currently being mentored on this programme, with 2 more referrals in process. We pray that this would be an area of growth for us in 2014.
Totcycle Baby Goods Exchange A hugely popular forum for parents to bring along any baby and toddler clothes, toys and accessories they no longer need and exchange them for what they do need, without any money changing hands. It is held monthly at Christ Church, Park Wood and is typically attended by 20-30 parents, who get free refreshments and a friendly welcome as well as material assistance.
Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers, and for those who have supported us this year in so many ways, from praying for us to baking cakes; from washing up to delivering leaflets.
The St. Luke's church family continue to be a source of great blessing and encouragement to all of us at the Princess Project. Read more
We aim to demonstrate God’s love for each young person in a practical way and we are often given the opportunity to share with them, the hope we have in Jesus.
Outreach / mission
The 6 Course
Coffee Break Plus
Connect parish magazine
PCC Mission Committee
It is designed for those who are interested in Christianity without presupposing any background knowledge. The course is run in a similar way to Alpha beginning with a meal, a guest speaker and occasionally, a testimony before breaking into smaller discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share together.
We serve coffee, teas and homemade cakes and provide a safe play environment for the children. Creative activities are being run for the older children and their carers.
We would be keen to hear from anyone who shares the vision of the church that we are ‘Here to love God and people’ and are gifted to do this through hospitality.
We welcome new members - anyone who has a heart for Africa and a heart for prayer.