Our Sunday School welcomes children and young people from three years old to teenage. We aim to make children of all ages feel a valued part of our church family.
On Sundays, we gather just before 11.00 a.m. and go into church together for the first part of morning worship. Then our experienced and enthusiastic staff provide a range of Bible-based stories and activities which suit the varying ages of the children.
We also have willing and capable volunteers who can provide a crèche for babies and toddlers in a safe environment to allow their parents to attend worship
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
The Bible Study Group meets every second Tuesday, from 10.00 a.m. -11.00 a.m. in the Galbraith Hall. We are a small group, all finding our way through Scripture and looking for its application to modern living. All are welcome.
New start time for September/October 2018 still to be decided.
On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 The Wednesday Break hosted, on behalf of the Outreach Group, a talk from Sandra Chrichton of the Johnstone Food Bank which operates from Johnstone High Church. It works under the auspices of The Trussell Trust.
She gave us a graphic account of the reasons people have for being unable to feed themselves and, in some cases, unable to afford even the electricity to cook the food when they do get it.
"The Trust says:
1 IN 5 PEOPLE ARE LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE IN THE UK.
Today in Renfrewshire there are families struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crises- redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill-can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating.
Renfrewshire foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.
Please watch MISSION on this site for further action.
THE THIRSTY THURSDAY CAFE
The Thirsty Cafe now meets only on the first Thursday of the month and will be a baking day, the proceeds of which will go to a designated charity. The next cafe Meeting will be on Thursday 4th October at 2.30 pm and will be in aid of MacMillan Cancer. Coffee/Tea is £1 plus anything you wish to buy.
WOMAN 2 WOMAN
The Woman 2 Woman Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2pm in the Galbraith Hall. There is usually a talk which follows a theme preceding a cup of tea.
The first meeting is on Tuesday 11th September 2018 at 2 pm. The Speaker will be Valerie Reilly talking on "Made in Scotland".
FITNESS ON FRIDAY
Fitness on Friday is a gentle exercise class run by Sharon Campbell,a member of St. Luke's congregation. It will run from 10am till 12 noon weekly in the Galbraith Hall. If you see us all running nimbly for buses from then on, you'll know where we've been!
______The Choir meets for Choir practice every Thursday evening (apart from the summer months) in the Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. There are about twelve members but they are always on the lookout for more.
The choir is ably and enthusiastically taken by our organist,Ian Munro.
The garden is tended by a small but dedicated group of members and is often commented on by passers-by, especially when the daffodils are out
SAFEGUARDING in the CHURCH OF SCOTLAND and at ST LUKE's
WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults at risk in or known to CHURCH CONGREGATIONS or using CROSSREACH SERVICES.
It is about
RECOGNITION and AWARENESS through Safeguarding training programmes for Volunteers, Kirk Session members and paid staff which covers child and adult protection issues.
POLICIES and PROCEDURES through Human Resources and Disciplinary Processes including the covering of the safe inclusion of convicted sex offenders in congregations.
PREVENTING and RESPONDING TO HARM AND ABUSE by having policies and procedures in place to protect children and adults at risk and having structures in place such as a CHURCH SAFEGUARDING PANEL and a SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR with support and advice available through the CHURCH OF SCOTLAND SAFEGUARDING SERVICE.
LINKS WITH OTHER AGENCIES such as the Police and Social Services
SAFE RECRUITMENT and SELECTION via PVG checks for church staff and volunteers working with children and protected adults, coupled with safe recruitment of paid staff .
At St Luke's all of the above points have been considered and addressed with appropriate training in place and being carried out with PVG check procedures in place. These have been in place for a considerable number of years and are well tried and tested
The CHURCH of SCOTLAND is committed to comply with the appropriate legislation and have all volunteers and paid staff PVG checked by OCTOBER 2015
At St Luke's we have a SAFEGUARDING CORDINATOR appointed, ALAN MORRIS, who took over from IRENE CRAWFORD in 2014. We also have a SAGEGUARDING PANEL in place.
Alan's job is to ensure that the CHURCH of SCOTLAND's CODE of GOOD SAFEGUARDIG PRACTICE is effectively implemented in the congregation. He is the recognised person for receiving reports of any witnessed, suspected or reported harm or abuse of children or adults at risk. There are quite specific legal and working definitions of the people covered by such actions.
Alan receives opportunities for initial and further training in PVG matters for staff, volunteers and Elders from the Presbytery and these can be held from Greenock to Paisley. The Church of Scotland has an annual event on PVG and SAFEGUARDING and in 2014 Alan attended at the POLICE SCOTLAND training centre at Tullieallan, Clackmananshire.
Do not hesitate to contact Alan for further information, advice or to express any concerns of a relevant nature. He can be identified via his photograph on display in the large hall in the montage with all other Church office bearers and functionaries.