Who We Are

Welcome!  Join us as we grow in love for God and each other during this unprecedented time.

As of June 21, we will gather in person for worship at 8 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm on Sundays.  In-person worship will look and feel different, however, as we return to be together, and we will continue our online worship as well for all those who cannot or should not worship in person with us.  We encourage those most at-risk, including those over 65 years of age, to continue worshiping at home and we encourage everyone to follow their instincts with regards to their own family's health.

                                              

 

We will be gathering outside in the patio between the garden and the sanctuary, and will soon have a new shade structure to complete what will be a beautiful scene to sing God's praises!  Speaking of singing, only Matrida will be singing to drum and keyboard accompaniment in order to follow COVID-related guidelines.  All attending will need to wear masks (we will have extra if you forget yours) and will need to stay in their family groups during the service.  Family groups will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other.  And there will be no in-person children's ministry time -- online children's ministry will continue at 10 am on Sundays.

If you cannot or shouldn't attend in-person worship, please let us know if you would like a church member to bring you consecrated bread each week.  If you are able to attend worship in person and are able to complete a three hour online training, we invite you to become a Eucharistic Visitor so that you can bring communion bread to members who are not able to worship in person with us.  Do let us know.  We are excited to announce that a professional baker in our congregation will be baking our communion bread in the St Luke's kitchen each week!  We will be in need of ushers to help with each worship service so please let us know if you can help with this important ministry.

While our in-person gatherings will be different, they will be beautiful and moving all the same and we look forward to seeing many of you again!  We are committed first to your family's health and safety and will follow all best practices for sanitation, physical distancing, and mask-wearing.  And regardless of whether you will be able to gather with us in person, please know how much we and God cares for you.  We as a church stand ready to support you during these tumultuous, hopeful, and unsettling times however we can.  So stay in touch!

Our online offerings include a weekly worship service that airs on Sundays at 11:15, a weekly children's activity video, a series of conversations on race and grace, and Zoom Bible study and prayer gatherings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Please reach out to Colin at colin@stlukesnorthpark.org for details.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!



Christian Formation Offerings

 

SUNDAYS

"A Word for Today" Sunday Bible Study:10 a.m. each Sunday
This summer our lectionary readings journey with the apostle Paul in the glorious letter to the Romans, and St. Matthew in his gospel account of Jesus as messiah. Each week we will focus on either the passage from Romans or Matthew, discerning with the help of the Holy Spirit how God is speaking through these passages into our lives and hearts today. All are welcome!   Click here to join via Zoom.
In-person Worship at 8, 11:15, and 12:30
Masks are required and households need to remain seated together -- but our joy in gathering again can be unbounded!  Matrida, Donny, and Martin move us to heavenly places with their music, and fellow parishioner Karmen is baking delicious communion bread in our kitchen.  Check out this video to get a feel for the service.
Online Worship
We will continue indefinitely to provide an online prayer service that can be viewed online beginning at 11:15 on Sundays.  Over the coming weeks we hope to include more and more of the in-person worship in this online offering!  Click here to view this offering each week.



WEDNESDAYS
Children's Ministry Time with Ms. Dawn at 4 pm
Tune in on Wednesdays at 4 pm for story and lesson time with Ms. Dawn (and Declan!) on Facebook Live!  Click here to view the video at that time or afterwards.
How to be an Antiracist Group Reflection: July 1, 8, and 15 at 7:30 pm
A 3-week series on Wednesday nights, 7:30-9 p.m, Led by Mtr. Laurel. Looking for an opportunity to discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi with other Christians? Whether or not you plan to read the whole book, you're invited to join a conversation about its important ideas and how they intersect with our lives as followers of Jesus. Each week we will pray, reflect on a passage, and share a bit about where the Spirit is calling us forward in our own lives. Click here to join the conversation on Zoom.
God, Race, and Grace: A Facebook Live Conversation at 8 pm
We've hosted a number of live conversations with congregants about the role of race and faith in our lives -- we hope you'll tune in and engage in the discussion, and perhaps be a conversation partner sometime soon!  Click here for past conversations and here for upcoming conversations.
Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.  Our very own Robin Withers and Martin Japtok will be facilitating a group on Wednesday evenings starting in August -- please let Ruth know if you would like to be on the interest list for more info as the date approaches.
 



FRIDAYS
Simple Noonday Prayer: Each Friday at Noon
All are welcome to this brief (30 minute) prayer gathering as a way to refresh your soul in the middle of the day with Mtr. Laurel. No materials required! Click here to join in via zoom as we pray, reflect on a small portion of scripture, and draw encouragement from one another.

 

Who Are We?

St. Luke's North Park is a Christian community seeking justice and healing in this colorful and dynamic neighborhood of San Diego.  Our congregation began in 1923 with the arrival of All Saints' chapel building on 30th and Gunn Streets, and became known over the decades to follow for its service to others (as with the organization of the first school for children with autism in the city) and for healing (the founder of the International Order of St. Luke, John Gayner Banks, was St. Luke's first rector).  

In the past fifteen years God has led us to a new blessing: to serve as one of the primary cultural centers for South Sudanese Americans in the city, and more recently, for Congolese refugees. Worshipping with us is a joyous and memorable experience!  We also are proud to host sixteen twelve-step support meetings on campus each week and look for new ways to serve our local recovery community; and we are grateful to host Uptown Community Service Center and its good work with the unhoused persons of North Park.  We are also proud partners with RefugeeNet and the International Rescue Committee on an urban farming and commercial kitchen project.

We dream to be a place where all people can enter into uncomfortable and brave spaces with others different than themselves -- different races, ethnicities, classes, creeds, sexual orientations, and gender identities -- and find their perspectives and hearts transformed.  We follow a God who loves each of us especially for who we are and desires that every single human among us has all she or he needs to thrive in this world.  Until that day comes, we will work alongside God's powerful Spirit to do justice in this hurting world and help all people find a loving and dignified home.  We are members of the Episcopal Church, a denomination striving imperfectly and sincerely to offer this radical hospitality to all.