On Saturday 6th May, 1899 Archbishop William Saumarez Smith laid the foundation stone for a new Anglican Church in Miranda. The small weatherboard building would serve the people of Miranda for more than seventy years. However, its inadequate capacity was soon recognised, as both the church and the surrounding population of the Shire quickly grew. In May, 1970, to pave the way for the next stage of growth for St Luke’s, the Reverend Keith Gowan laid the foundation stone for a new church building.
St Luke's has grown from that little weatherboard village Church into a vibrant community within the thriving commercial center of the Shire. 120 years on, we’re still meeting in the same place, with the same goal of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ, the most significant person in history, to the community.
IMAGINE A CHURCH
WHERE DELIGHT IN GOD OVERFLOWS INTO ALL OF LIFE
Life's circumstances can leave us feeling that our faith is dry, or that it's just one compartment in a busy lifestyle. We are committed to creating space in life to delight in God as the pace of life becomes increasingly busy (not only to help people find space for God, but also to be a space).
WHERE ENDURING TRUTH INSPIRES COURAGEOUS WITNESS
The Gospel is the one truth that penetrates society's pervasive post-modernism and pluralism. This truth rouses us to action and turns our gaze outward to the many who do not know Jesus, locally and around the world. We are committed to being Bible-based and Gospel-focused because the Scriptures declare the Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16).
WHERE THE LOST SURRENDER TO THE MERCY OF CHRIST
We pray that we will see more and more people turn to Christ for the first time. We are committed to humble and prayerful dependence on God because He is the gracious Father who delights in giving good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11).
WHERE A HUNGER TO KNOW, LOVE AND SERVE CHRIST RENEWS EVERY SEASON
Our prayer is that people at St Luke's will continue to grow in Christian maturity throughout life. We aim to help this process by nurturing faith through teaching, training and discipleship. We are committed to embracing, nurturing, sharing and celebrating giftedness and diversity because God has created the church as a body in which many parts work together.
WHERE THE BROKEN FIND A FAMILY AND THE OUTSIDER IS EMBRACED
In a world that is suspicious of the stranger, we seek to love all whom we encounter - no matter where they're from, actively welcoming and creating a new family of God. We are committed to costly love for others because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16; 4:11).