St Lukes was commenced in the early 1960’s in response to the rapid eastward expansion of the Frankston area. The Karingal housing estate had begun and there were many families looking for a local Sunday School. So a number of lay people from St Paul’s in High St Frankston commenced a new ministry here, a hall was built, and later the vicarage, with the church building dedicated in 1968. The design of the church is based around an upturned hull, linking our location near the bay, plus Christ’s call to be ‘fishers of people’.
During that time St Lukes has maintained an active ministry to all age groups, a variety of worship from traditional Anglican through charismatic and praise and worship, and a pastoral care ministry involving hospital visitation, Christian Education in schools, luncheons for the aged and infirm, small group and Alpha ministries, plus hosts of other programs and events.
In 1992 extensions were made at St Lukes incorporating a new foyer area and offices to facilitate the social interaction and relationship building that are high priorities in our corporate life.
St Lukes is increasingly looking to equip its own people for ministry and service and engage the community around. People from St Lukes are likely to turn up at community events with free give aways or activities for children, and generally to bless and minister to the needs of the community. We seek to be a people focused church, impacting the lives of people everywhere with the love that God has first given to us.
In 2002 a refocusing process was commenced to clarify the vision for the next 3-5 years through a process of prayer, consultation and vision casting. This is a participatory process, empowering all who desire to see the church alive and well in the 21st century to contribute their insight and wisdom.
Our current vicar is the seventh since the church began, arriving in January 1999. We give thanks for God’s work through our history and look forward to the future that He will lead us into.