The church continues to be busy with the premises used weekly by the community for FUSS, Pilates, Zumba, Weightwatchers, Slimming World, AA, West Wirral Music Society, Badminton, children’s parties, musical concerts. In addition, we hold weekly Sing and Sign, Parents and Tots, Guides, Food and Friends, What’s the Point, Prayer Meeting, Kidz Klub, Youth Café, Coffee Morning, fortnightly Singing Cafes and monthly Saturday Club, Community Lunch and Whist Evenings. Since our last meeting we have added another Zumba class, an OA class, a monthly Home Instead Connect café for lonely older people and fortnightly all day bookings by Sysco for training of staff.

  • It was clear from the community response to the Harvest Shared Meal Celebration, the Eco Festive Fayre and conversations with local people that environmental concerns/issues are high on the agenda for our local community. In addition, the feedback we have had about Forest Church and how pleased the community are,to see the outside of St Luke’s ‘being grown’, supports the consideration that we need to do more activities in this area.
  • We held a successful Tearfund Big Quiz with Hotpot Supper and again it was one of those occasions where we had a good number of people who don’t come to church regularly. The people attending “Food and Friends” and “What’s The Point?” enjoy our social gatherings and we need to consider other events that they and others would feel able to come to.
  • The outside of our church is a big opportunity. Whether its Remembrance, Christmas, Easter – people do notice what is outside and often stop and take notice. Again this is something we need to capitalise on in the coming year.
  • The Hoylake Lights Switch On coinciding with the Eco Festive Fayre saw our car park become a venue for Father Christmas, Carol Singers and two fairground rides. I hadn’t quite anticipated how busy this would be and my thanks to all who helped serve endless cups of tea/coffee on a very cold night; it was a great opportunity to showcase our love and generosity.

Cate Warbrick – Church and Community Lay Development Worker