Who is Welcome?
We are a campus community and largely a student community, so students and college-age folks of all stripes will find a comfortable and open space at Houston Canterbury. At the same time, friends, parents, community members, faculty, staff, neighbors, church members, people who’ve never been to church before, and people of all kinds are equally welcome and invited to celebrate, worship and take part in this community. We proudly welcome people of EVERY gender, identity, orientation, race, class, status and beyond.
What Should I Wear?
Whatever you’d like! This is a “come as you are” community, and we truly mean it. Shorts & tee-shirt? cool! Pajama’s? all good! Jeans? Dress? Tie? Tutu? All fine with us! Whatever makes you comfortable & happy in relationship with God, including whatever expresses your gender identity, style and comfort level is more than welcome in our community.
What Should I Expect on Sundays?
Check out our page on The Gathering for more information on this. The Gathering at St. Luke is a student-centered Christian worship community in the Episcopal tradition. During the school year, we gather every Sunday night at St. Luke the Evangelist on the doorstep of Texas Southern University and just down the street from the University of Houston. We gather at the table each week to share Holy Communion and a hardy delicious meal together, while also sharing prayer, scripture, song and ourselves . Every Sunday, you can count on a fresh Word and fresh tasty food.
So What Does that Actually Mean?
Each Sunday evening during the school year, when you walk in, someone will greet you at the door and invite you to have a seat at a table wherever there is an open space. There will be candles at the table, a few Bibles, an order of service sheet and most importantly a welcoming group of friendly people to greet you. At about 6:30pm the service will begin, and will proceed with these elements in the following order:
- Gathering and Opening Prayer
- Candle Lighting and Procession to the Table
- Blessing of Food and Sharing the Meal
- Scripture Readings and Gospel
- Brief sermon and discussion
- Renewal of Baptismal Vows or Nicene Creed
- Prayers of the People
- Confession and Absolution
- Holy Communion
- Cleaning Up
- Extinguishing the Candle and Announcements
- Blessing and Dismissal
The full order of worship is available at this link:
What About Parking & Public Transit?
If you’re driving, on Sundays, you are welcome to park in the lot at 3531 Rosewood Street, in front of St. Luke’s Church. You’ll see the signs welcoming you inside! PLEASE DO NOT park there on other days, however, because the church uses those spaces and you must receive permission beforehand from the church administrator. All others will be towed on weekdays.
If you are taking public transit, you can get off at the UH/TSU Metro stop and walk about 3 blocks West to 3530 Wheeler Ave. Look for the signs to welcome you in! Likewise, the 025 & 054 bus lines will take you to the corner of Scott & Wheeler, from which you may walk 3 blocks West to 3530 Wheeler Ave.
What if I Have Dietary Concerns?
We endeavor to make all of our meals and gatherings as accessible as possible, including options that are gluten-free, dairy free and/or vegetarian. We also have a relationship with Lindiana’s Kitchen, which is a vegan soul food truck usually parked right next to us at St. Luke’s. Lindiana’s will gladly help to accommodate vegan attendees or those with other dietary concerns. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m interested in preparing a meal. What do I do?
If you’re interested in participating in a Shared Meal Sunday by preparing a meal for our students, please click here.