Steering the good ship St Luke’s

by Dave on April 18, 2015


Life at St Luke’s isn’t all fun and games (although it mostly is!). Running a church is a big task and a serious responsibility. We’re very grateful to our PCC (parochial church council) and church wardens for helping to steer the ship, and supporting our hard-working clergy and their families as St Luke’s sails through sometimes choppy waters. All hands on deck!

On Wednesday 29 April at 8pm, St Luke’s has its APCM (annual parochial church meeting). This is the church equivalent of an AGM, when we review the last 12 months, make plans for the upcoming year, and have the chance to air any issues.

The APCM is also when we vote to appoint our two church wardens (‘officers of the bishop’ and legal custodians) and nine members of the PCC (trustees of the church). Most of the nominations are now complete, and personal statements must be in by 22 April, so if you have any last-minute nominations, you’ll need to move quickly. Then we’ll vote in the committee for the coming year.

To be eligible to vote at the APCM, you need to be on the electoral roll at St Luke’s. As well as giving you the right to vote and hold office in the church, and to be married here, the electoral roll gives the Church of England an idea of numbers, so it’s important to St Luke’s that you’re on the list. You don’t have to attend every week or live in the parish – you just need to identify yourself as a part of the St Luke’s community. Ask Dave or Pat for a form.

The APCM will also include supper – cooked by Dave’s own hand! Please email if you plan to come, so we know how many to cater for.

Easter at St Luke’s

by Dave on March 31, 2015


Easter is one of the busiest periods in the Christian calendar, and St Luke’s will be buzzing with activity over the bank holiday weekend.

Events kick off on 2 April, when we’ll gather for a Maundy Thursday meal at 8pm. Food is provided but you’re invited to bring a bottle (‘With something in it, preferably – alcoholic or not,’ says vicar Dave). The meal will be followed by a brief meditation and table communion. It will be a relaxed and sociable evening, and an ideal opportunity to bring along friends (churchgoers or otherwise).

Good Friday meditations at 12 noon will be a short, reflective service, when we’ll be using a series of ‘stations’ to aid our contemplation. These are artworks or installations created by members of the congregation. This year, the theme is ‘Wind in our sails’ – the things that inspire us.

In the evening of Good Friday, at 7.30pm, Justin Butcher will be performing his latest play, The Devil’s Passion (or Easter In Hell) on the final night of its tour. You can learn more here:

On Saturday 4 April, we’ll gather at 11.15pm for the most dramatic service of the year. The St Luke’s Easter vigil of fire (midnight mass) uses darkness, fire and light to meditate on the dark hours after Christ’s death, followed by his glorious rising.

Finally, due to the midnight vigil, there won’t be a 9.15am communion service on Easter Sunday. Our only service will be the family Easter celebration service at 11am, when there will also be activities for the kids.

Whether you’re a regular at St Luke’s, an occasional visitor or have never joined us before, we’ll be delighted to welcome you to any of our Easter events.

A special Palm Sunday at St Luke’s

Palm Sunday – the Sunday before Easter – commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, before the tide rapidly turned, leading to his crucifixion five days later. Churches traditionally start their Palm Sunday services with a procession by the congregation carrying palms, woven crosses and other symbols. In keeping with tradition, that’s how we’ll be kicking [...]

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The Devil’s Passion at St Luke’s

Our talented musical director Justin Butcher wears many different hats: as well as overseeing all the wonderful music at St Luke’s, he’s also an award-winning playwright, director and actor. On Good Friday 3 April, at 7.30pm, we have a chance to see Justin performing his latest play, The Devil’s Passion (or Easter In Hell), here [...]

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Bishop of London to visit St Luke’s for confirmation service

This Sunday, 15 March, St Luke’s will be holding a confirmation service – and we’re excited to be welcoming Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, to preside over this special evening event. Confirmation is a ceremony that marks the point in the Christian journey when you affirm for yourself the faith into which you were [...]

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The day St Luke’s went worldwide

If you didn’t make it to last week’s crack-of-dawn service, which was broadcast around the world on Radio 4’s Sunday Worship programme – or you’d like to listen back to see how we sounded – you can hear it on BBC iPlayer until 15 March. Our vicar Dave Tomlinson was given the theme of ‘Fifty [...]

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