Who are we?
Rob Grinsell is the Vicar of Hawkinge and is the founder and leader of The Lighthouse Church.
Rob is married to Sarah.
Rob heads up the teaching, pastoral and mission direction of the Church.
Contact Rev. Rob Grinsell on 01303 893215 (or via our contact page).
Our services are informal and relaxed. We no longer sit in pews but together with our families and friends around cafe style tables so that everyone can feel at home.
Our vision, values and beliefs
Our model of the church is one of a family of people who love and care for each other, seeking to reach our local community with the love of God and the truth of the Bible.
All our children’s workers and volunteers are DBS checked and trained and we adhere full to the Canterbury Diocesan Safeguarding Policy.
St. Luke’s Church Hawkinge is a registered ‘Fresh Expression’ Anglican church called “The Lighthouse”, but usually referred to as The Lighthouse Church (but also sometimes known as “St. Luke’s Lighthouse Church”, or “The Lighthouse Church at St. Luke’s”).
This means that although St. Luke’s is Parish Church of Hawkinge, as the Lighthouse Church Hawkinge we also have a ‘mission-shaped expression’, which is contemporary, family friendly and informal.
We are a Christ-centered mission church in which our principle focus is on evangelism, compassion and outreach to adults and children within the Hawkinge community and beyond.
We are also a family church; we have always had a focus both on children’s evangelism and children’s ministry within the church. Our aim is to disciple our children and young people into complete men and women of God, who love the Lord, love others and are Bible-based, Spirit-filled followers of Jesus.
We are also a renewal church; our aim is to bring people into the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s life and ministry. We aim to enable Christians to discover their gifting, ministry, intimate walk with the Holy Spirit and God-given calling. We have a focused pastoral and discipleship ministry which aims to give personal attention to each member. We seek the renewal, refreshing and equipping of Christians, locally, nationally and internationally, with a particular focus on France and the rest of Europe.
Finally, and definitely not least, we are also a training and equipping church; we aim to establish ourselves as a teaching and conference centre, teaching on a range of skills and subjects for the personal and spiritual development and maturity of the believer. As a prophetic Christ centered church we aim to become a centre for intercessory prayer and prophetic ministry.
The Lighthouse Church began on the first Sunday in May 2007.
It was the vision of the newly appointed vicar Revd. Rob Grinsell and Bishop Graham Cray to establish a church that would reach the newly expanding and developing area of Hawkinge and would be relevant and dynamic for the community it served.
In the beginning, the service was simply “St. Luke’s Family Service”, in which every weekly service was aimed at being all-age to attract children and young families. Later it became apparent that the church needed its own identity and after 6 months, Bishop Graham Cray came and commissioned us as a new church and after that the church was given its name – “The Lighthouse Church, Hawkinge” – a light to the world.
Within the first few months KidzQuest and Fusion, an after school club, were launched, and they offered a significant bible-based ministry to children. KidzQuest continues as our Kids Church on a Sunday morning which aims to reach children and families with the Gospel.
On Easter Sunday 2008, the church celebrated its first full immersion adult baptisms with 4 candidates and enjoyed a time of great celebration. The Baptisms were carried out in Hawkinge Community Centre (where the church met until November 2009) using a purpose made portable baptism pool.