The Parish Halls

Tel: (01803) 299934

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St. Luke's Halls offer a spacious and roomy venue for all occasions at a reasonable hire charge. Particularly popular hosting birthday parties with excellent facilities, offering a large kitchen and adequate parking.

The Upper Hall is particularly suitable for smaller groups and is complete with kitchen.

All enquiries for hire are dealt with by Pat Reynolds, Hall Custodian and she may be contacted on (01803) 299934 or 07886800140.

TEL: (01803) 299 934To Book The Parish Halls

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Welcome to The Parish Church of ST. LUKE

As we await the Ascension of the Lord in May

we may ask

What is Easter all about?

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with the greatest joy.

Churches are filled with flowers, and there are special hymns and songs.

The Easter story is at the heart of Christianity

On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body.

On the following Sunday, some women visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

The events leading up to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus are well-told by the Gospel writers, as are stories of the Resurrection.

But why did Jesus die?

In the end the Roman authorities and the Jewish council wanted Jesus dead. He was a political and social trouble-maker. But what made the death of Jesus more significant than the countless other crucifixions carried out by the Romans and witnessed outside the city walls by the people of Jerusalem?

Christians believe that Jesus was far more than a political radical. For them the death of Jesus was part of a divine plan to save humanity.

The death and resurrection of this one man is at the very heart of the Christian faith. For Christians it is through Jesus's death that people's broken relationship with God is restored. This is known as the Atonement.

What is the atonement?

The word atonement is used in Christian theology to describe what is achieved by the death of Jesus.  The word reconciliation replaces the word atonement. Atonement (at-one-ment) is the reconciliation of men and women to God through the death of Jesus.

So it is a basic idea in Christian theology that God and mankind need to be reconciled. However, what is more hotly debated is how the death of Jesus achieved this reconciliation. The New Testament uses a range of images to describe how God achieved reconciliation to the world through the death of Jesus. The most common is the image of sacrifice.

For example, John the Baptist describes Jesus as "The Lamb of God" that takes away the sins of the world". (John 1:29)

And here are some examples of how the New Testament explains the death of Jesus: 'For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'.

Words attributed to Jesus in Mark 10:45

'Drink all of you from this', he said. 'For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'

Words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 26:28

 

St Lukes Church Torquay

ABOUT ST LUKES

The Church was constructed in 1863 to the design of Arthur W. Blomfield. It is a Grade 2* listed building and as such has been able to attract English Heritage Lottery money.
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