An update on the growth at St. Luke’s Rincon

St. Luke’s, Rincon, is one of the Diocese of Georgia Mission congregations currently growing due to the Diocese’s emphasis on congregational development. Exciting things are happening at St. Luke’s.

Growth in Children and Youth
One of the highlights of St. Luke’s ministry to children and youth is the Music and Arts camp held during the summer. Last year in 2014, there were approximately 40 participants. This past June in 2015, over 80 children and youth participated throughout the week. During the week, children chose from different art projects or sang and took lessons on a variety of instruments. Activities also included a shared time of worship, dance/gymnastics, and a low ropes course focusing on character development and musical and artistic shows.

Throughout the last year, a concerted focus was placed on recruiting and training acolytes, resulting in a core of 12 acolytes now serving regularly on a rotating schedule. The nursery and preschool formation program is strengthened from a year ago, with an emphasis on learning stories through play and artistic expression. On a typical week, 20-25 children and youth will participate in a church sponsored activity.

Worship and Prayer
Over the past six months, the average Sunday attendance is at 85, up from 75 a year ago. Worship at St. Luke’s is still characterized by an atmosphere of hospitality, friendliness, and openness. It is a common occurrence for babies in the congregation to make themselves known by singing, or event “preaching” along during the sermon. Part of the development of the congregation has been the establishment of a new chapter of the Daughters of the King, with seven charter members. The past year also saw seven people baptized and with that a renewed sense of mission and evangelism.

Renewed Sense of Outreach and Mission
Members at St. Luke’s have made it a priority to open their building for community groups to use throughout the week. St. Luke’s became the charter organization for a local Boy Scout troop, began hosting three more Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as two Ala-Non meetings, and opened its doors as an emergency warming shelter for Effingham County during the winter months. During any given week, approximately 200 different people may come through the doors of the church separate from regular worship times.

Throughout all the activities and programs, there is a sense of excitement at how the Holy Spirit is moving and calling St. Luke’s to stretch and grow. Because of the support of the diocese, St. Luke’s has made strides in living into its mission of sharing faith through hearts that welcome and hands that serve.


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