nightshelter

One of our most important projects at St Luke’s is our annual cold weather shelter. Each January to March (the coldest three months of the year), we join forces with six other local churches to offer dinner, bed and breakfast to a number of homeless people – each church taking one day a week.

The Nightshelter is a project that involves many members and friends of the church, and we’d love as many people as possible to get involved. Volunteers are needed for evening, overnight and morning shifts every Saturday (into Sunday), and making dinner and breakfast for guests. We also need help with the laundry each week, people to run entertainment and activities for guests, and help with various other behind-the-scenes tasks.

This year’s Nightshelter starts in a couple of weeks’ time and Dan Northam Jones, who oversees St Luke’s part of the project, is busy drawing up rotas and making sure everything is in place to ensure this year’s project runs as smoothly as possible. If you’d like to help or find out what’s involved, please speak to Dan or email him at daniel.northamjones@googlemail.com. The first two weeks are now staffed, but there are plenty of slots to fill after that, particularly the overnight shifts. It’s great to sign up with a friend – many hands make light work, and having a buddy makes the experience less daunting (although there’ll be plenty of support for volunteers).

Nightshelter is also on the lookout for donations of clothes (especially warm clothes, jackets, socks, shoes and jumpers for men). Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors etc) are also needed, and any donations will be gratefully received.

Dan is also keen to hear from anyone with fundraising or sponsorship ideas to help cover the costs of the project.

Christmas at St Luke’s

by Dave on December 1, 2014

XmasCandles2Christmas is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar, and here at St Luke’s, we’re looking forward to some wonderful services and events over the festive period.

We kick off with our annual candle-lit carol service on 14 December at 8pm. The St Luke’s choir will lead us in singing favourite hymns and carols, and wow us with some of their own stirring performances, too. Afterwards, there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies (it’s the congregation’s responsibility to provide the mince pies, so please buy or make extras to bring along).

The 11am service on 21 December will be given over to the children’s nativity play. The kids are rehearsing hard, and we’ve been promised a fun and creative rendition of the Christmas story. Based on previous years’ efforts, this is not to be missed!

After Sunday morning services during December, there’ll be stalls selling church members’ handmade and fairtrade gifts, from books to jewellery, and crafts to Palestinian olive oil products. So if you’ve got presents to buy, bring your wallet. (Don’t forget our regular Traidcraft stall for Christmas goodies, too – visit http://www.saintlukeschurch.org.uk/2014/11/16/fight-poverty-go-fairtrade-this-christmas/ )

On 24 December at 11.30pm, we gather at St Luke’s for midnight mass. We’ll see in Christmas day with a beautiful candle-lit service, and more evocative performances from the choir. There’ll be an opportunity to remember and pray for absent friends, who we often miss more than ever at this time of year.

On Christmas morning, there’ll be a family service at 10.30am (earlier than usual, so you can get home to put the dinner on). It’s a joyous all-age gathering to kick off the big day with a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.

We’ll be back in church on 28 December at 11am for our usual Sunday morning all-age worship service.

Whether you’re a regular at St Luke’s, an occasional visitor or you’ve never joined us before, you’ll find a warm welcome at all our services over the festive period. Season’s greetings to everyone in the parish of St Luke’s, West Holloway, and beyond.

Top entertainment at St Luke’s this weekend

This is a bumper weekend for entertainment at St Luke’s – we’re spoiled for choice! First, on Friday 28 November at 7.30pm, we have Lyrical, an evening of ‘acoustic words and spoken music’. Expect a chilled out evening of top-class music and poetry from the likes of Iain Archer, Rhian Roberts, Cole Morton and others [...]

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Fight poverty – go fairtrade this Christmas

Here at St Luke’s, we’re keen to support fairtrade companies. If a product is labelled ‘fairtrade’, it means the producers are paid a decent price for their products and labour, and have better working conditions. This counters the injustices of conventional trade, which discriminates against the poorest producers. St Luke’s has its own regular Traidcraft [...]

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Remembering those we’ve loved and lost

Many people find their way to St Luke’s through the saddest of circumstances – planning a funeral for a loved one. Others have found comfort in the love and support of people at St Luke’s during the dark time after losing a friend or family member. As a church, we often include opportunities during regular [...]

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The Speakeasy Returns

Here at St Luke’s, we love a party. We’re also blessed with some amazingly talented people in our congregation, from singers and musicians, to actors and comedy writers. Our yearly Speakeasy is an opportunity to be entertained by the best of the church’s talent – and to enjoy a great social evening and a singalong, [...]

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