Remembering those we’ve loved and lost

by Dave on October 23, 2016

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 services to remember and give thanks for people we’ve loved and lost – perhaps through lighting a candle, saying a prayer, or the shared experience of communion, which symbolically gathers together all people, both living and dead.

However, once a year there’s a special service dedicated to those who’ve departed this world. All Souls Day (also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed) falls every year on 2 November. St Luke’s will be holding its All Souls service on Sunday 30 October at 4pm. It’s an opportunity to pray for departed souls, give thanks for those we’ve loved, and light a candle in their memory. Their names will be read out as part of the service.

The service is particularly popular with people who’ve attended funerals at St Luke’s in the preceding year, but anyone is welcome to attend, and some people make the journey every year.

If you’d like the name(s) of your loved one(s) to be read out at the service on 30 October, you can fill in a form (which you’ll find at the back of the church) and pass it to Pat Tomlinson. Alternatively, if you’re not a regular at St Luke’s, you can email your request to We look forward to welcoming you to the All Souls service to remember those you’ve loved and lost.

Don’t miss the Speakeasy

by Dave on October 10, 2016

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 annual Speakeasy is an opportunity to be entertained by the best of the church’s talent – and enjoy a great social evening and a singalong, too.

What can you expect from a St Luke’s Speakeasy? You’ll arrive to find the church transformed into a twinkling candlelit café, with the stage set for the show. There’ll be a bar in the kitchen, and nibbles to snack on while you relax among friends and enjoy top-class musical performances, sketches, cabaret acts and a few surprise moments. Plus there’ll be a house band to lead a singalong we can all join in with. Crispin – who produces the event – will be our master of ceremonies.

The ninth St Luke’s Speakeasy is on Friday 28 October, 8pm-11.30pm. Tickets cost £5, or £2 concessions, and the event is only open to those aged 16+ (no exceptions). Tickets are on sale now at Sunday morning services and at (50p booking fee)  – advanced sales are encouraged so we can make sure the bar doesn’t run out.

As well as a chance for us all to get together and have some fun, it’s also a great opportunity to invite friends, family and neighbours along for a relaxed evening out. So get your gladrags on, tune up your vocal cords and get ready for a great night at St Luke’s.

A warm welcome to all students

As the new academic year starts, St Luke’s is waving off several of our young people to university for the first time (we’re proud of you all and we’ll miss you – come back and visit soon!). Meanwhile, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to any students in London. Perhaps you’re away from home […]

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Festival time!

If you happen to visit St Luke’s over the August bank holiday weekend, you’d be forgiven for thinking the congregation is on the sparse side. That’s because a lot of St Lukers will be decamping to Northamptonshire for the weekend for the Greenbelt festival. If you haven’t heard of Greenbelt, it’s a fantastic faith, arts […]

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Many hands make light work

Here at St Luke’s, we love to give all our members the opportunity to get involved in the running of the church. In fact, one of the secrets of our success is that so many of us play a role in making the magic of St Luke’s happen – plus it frees up our clergy […]

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Remembrance… in words and music

Our musical director Justin Butcher has many talents – musician, playwright, actor, director – and this week, we have the opportunity to enjoy another of his intriguing plays. Written and directed by Justin, and starring acclaimed actor Rupert Mason, Mr Owen’s Pocket Book is a new play exploring the First World War and its poetry. […]

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