A special welcome for newcomers

by Dave on November 24, 2015

St Luke’s is a growing church, with new faces arriving every week, and although we endeavour to be friendly and welcoming, it can be easy for newcomers to get lost in the crowd.

So on Friday 4 December, at 8pm, we’re hosting a special welcome evening for those who are relatively new to St Luke’s – although anyone is welcome, even if you’ve been around for some time.

There’ll be fizz and nibbles, and a chance to chat and get to know each other. Our vicar, Dave, will give an introduction to St Luke’s, including a guided tour of the building to check out all the secret rooms and winding staircases you’ve never seen. You’ll learn more about the ethos of St Luke’s, and there’ll be opportunities to ask questions.

Regardless of how long you’ve been coming to St Luke’s, if you’d like an introduction to the church, you’re welcome to join us. Please email davetomlinson@mac.com to let us know you’re coming – we wouldn’t want to run out of fizz and nibbles!

Music On The Mind

by Dave on November 17, 2015

Vox Holloway, our acclaimed community choir, is gearing up for a fantastic event on 29 November, when it will be presenting a brand new choral work written by Harvey Brough and our very own musical director, Justin Butcher. ‘Music On The Mind’ is a musical exploration of mental health, with songs of mania, madness and melancholy. It includes a new choral setting of Kay Redfield Jamison’s ground-breaking memoir, An Unquiet Mind.

This world premiere promises to be a remarkable evening exploring the agonies and ecstasies of the unquiet mind. But don’t just take our word for it. Vox Holloway patron Emma Thompson (yes, that Emma Thompson) says: ‘It’s fantastically refreshing to have visionaries like Harvey Brough and Justin Butcher commit their art to an examination of one of our most precious possessions: our minds.’

Meanwhile, Stephen Fry (yes, that Stephen Fry!) says: ‘A musical work that blends the voices of some of the finest poets in our language with the work of Kay Redfield Jamison, my own personal hero in the arena of bipolar disorder — well, that seems to me like a simply fantastic project.’

The 90-strong choir will combine the voices of Vox Holloway and Mind & Soul Choir (a community choir singing for mental wellbeing based in the Maudsley Hospital), plus leading soloists Clara Sanabras and Nicholas Garrett. It will be conducted by Harvey Brough. You can find out more at http://voxholloway.com/music-on-the-mind/ and see a video preview at https://vimeo.com/144363115

Music On The Mind is at 7.30pm, on 29 November, at St Luke’s. Tickets cost £15 (concessions £10) and are available at http://musiconthemind.bpt.me/ or by calling 0800 411 8881. All proceeds from the event go to Islington Mind and Soundwell Music Therapy Trust.

A blast from the past

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Don’t Be Late!

Please note that the start time for our service this Sunday is 10.45am, not the usual time. This is so we can join others around the country in keeping two minutes silence at 11am. We will need to begin promptly at 10.45. Thank you.

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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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St Luke’s Day – Food and friendship

Here at St Luke’s, we think church is much more than services and singing. We’re a community that likes to support one other, and socialise together. On the third Sunday of most months, after our 11am service, there’s an opportunity to enjoy a meal together (and this Sunday is extra special because we are celebrating [...]

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