Christmas at St Luke’s

by Dave on December 8, 2016

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 hard on a fun and creative interpretation of the Christmas story – not to be missed!

That evening, at 8pm on 18 December, we have our annual candle-lit carol service. The St Luke’s choir will lead us in favourite hymns and carols, and wow us with some of their own stirring performances, too. Afterwards, there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies.

On Christmas Eve at 11.30pm, we gather 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 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 our usual services, so you can head home to get the dinner sorted). It’s a joyous all-age gathering to kick off the big day with a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.

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.

Nightshelter needs YOU!

by Dave on November 24, 2016

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 rest of the week). As well as food, shower facilities and a safe, comfortable place to sleep, we also offer recreational activities and other services.

Each year, the Islington Nightshelter hosts around 90 guests, and thousands of hours of volunteer time go into making it run smoothly. Without the help of so many members and friends of St Luke’s, the project wouldn’t be possible.

We’re now preparing for Nightshelter 2017, and we need lots of volunteers to make it happen. We’re looking for people to cover evening, night and morning shifts (serving food and making guests feel comfortable and supported). We also need volunteers to buy and prepare food (costs can be reimbursed), do laundry and other essential tasks.

If you’d like to help some of the most vulnerable people in our area, please speak to Stef Cagnoni or Dan Northam Jones, or email There will be a short training session on Sunday 4 December at 1pm, directly after the morning service (but you can still volunteer if you miss the session).

Thank you – we couldn’t do it without you.

Remembrance Sunday – don’t be late!

This Sunday, 13 November, is Remembrance Sunday, when we’ll remember and honour all those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. For this reason, our service this Sunday will start at 10.45am, rather than the usual time. We need to begin promptly so we’re ready to join with others around the country […]

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A Welcome For All Newcomers

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 11 November at 8pm, we’re hosting a special welcome evening for those who are relatively new to St Luke’s […]

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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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Don’t miss the Speakeasy

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. […]

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