Something for everyone at St Luke’s

by Dave on February 16, 2017

Here at St Luke’s, our main event of the week is an all-age communion service on Sundays at 11am. A relaxed gathering based on the Anglican tradition – with a few elaborations – this is where you’ll get a sense of how we do things at St Luke’s and have a chance to meet many of us. There are activities for children and a DIY crèche, and we enjoy catching up afterwards over tea and coffee (and cake, if we’re lucky).

However, we also have a variety of different services during the week that you might enjoy and find helpful. They usually follow this pattern (with some flexibility):

Every Sunday 9.15am: Holy Communion.
This service is short and sweet, with a said Eucharist (no singing) and no sermon.
Enter via the side door in Penn Road.

First Sunday of the month, 7pm: Choral Evensong. A cathedral-style (albeit rather smaller!) musical service led by our lovely choir in the chancel (that’s the bit at the front of the church, behind the altar).

Second Sunday of the month, 7pm: Soul Space. Ambient, chill-out worship, using music and images to inspire thought and reflection.

Fourth Sunday of the month, 7pm: Listen To The Silence.
Based on evening prayer from Iona, this service of quiet draws on Celtic spirituality, which finds a holy presence in all of creation.

Every Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am: Morning Prayer. Simple Celtic prayers to start the day. Enter via the side door in Penn Road.

We also have various social events when we get to hang out together and enjoy each other’s company. These include a church lunch on the third Sunday of the month, after the service; and a new pub lunch get-together on the first Sunday of the month.

Whether you’re an old timer at St Luke’s, a newbie or you’re simply interested in checking us out, you’re very welcome at any of our services and events.

Bishop blesses our icons

by Dave on January 31, 2017

The Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, visited St Luke’s in January to bless two new icons which will hang in the church.

‘Trinity – After Rublev’ by Meg Wroe, is a new interpretation of one of the most famous of all Christian icons, by the C15th Russian painter Andrei Rublev. Daisy Holland’s icon, originally conceived for our Easter Stations last year, reflects the refugee crisis by depicting Jesus walking through the deep waters of the Mediterranean carrying a small child.


‘Trinity – After Rublev’, features three members of St Luke’s – Kathleen Wenaden, Beatrice Addo and Julius Ajeigbe – and was first shown as part of the All Saints Day Service at St Paul’s Cathedral last November. The piece was inspired by an observation by Elizabeth Henry, National Adviser for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns in the Church of England, who said that when people from black or minority ethnic communities enter church buildings they often won’t see themselves represented in the iconography or visual art.
‘Art should be better than this,’ Bishop Adrian told the congregation at St Luke’s, ‘Countering the unconscious bias in our attitudes and approaches – especially with reference to diversity and difference.’

(Many thanks to Stefano Cagnoni for the photographs)

Bishop of Stepney to visit St Luke’s

This Sunday, 22 January, St Luke’s will be enjoying a visit from the Bishop of Stepney at our 11am service. Bishop Adrian Newman is joining us to bless our two new icons, painted by Meg Wroe and Daisy Holland, and to get to know the church better. He’ll be preaching on art and spirituality, and […]

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Happy New Year from St Luke’s

2017 has arrived, and St Luke’s wishes a ‘happy new year’ to everyone in our parish of West Holloway, and beyond. Our vicar, Dave Tomlinson, makes regular appearances on Pause For Thought on Radio 2 and Martin Wroe appears on Thought for the Day on Radio 4. This week, Dave delivered a new year message […]

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Christmas at St Luke’s

Christmas 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 begin the celebrations at the 11am service on 18 December, which will be given over to the children’s nativity play. The kids are rehearsing […]

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Nightshelter needs YOU!

Here at St Luke’s, one of our biggest projects each year is our part in the Islington Churches Cold Weather Shelter. From January to March (the coldest three months of the year), we open our doors each Saturday to offer a bed and meals to homeless people (six other churches in the area cover the […]

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