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 4th November 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 4th November, you can fill in this form and return it to Martin or Joy at church, or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please return your requests by 30th of October.
We look forward to welcoming you to the All Souls service to remember those you’ve loved and lost.
Dear St Luke’s family and friends,
October 21st is when we have our annual Gift Day collection. We’re in an in-between moment in our community, having said goodbye to Dave and Pat and started down the path of finding the right person to join us in the next chapter. In the meantime, many people are volunteering extra time, talent and energy to ensure this remains a resonant and rewarding community.
Our Gift Day is key to help us meet our annual running costs - £12,000 per month - and to fund all the small but vital improvements to our shared spaces as we adapt to the evolving shape of our life together….(read more)
Please download a copy of our Gift Day Letter and forms if you are able to make a contribution.
Don’t miss the Speakeasy on 12 October
Here at St Luke’s, we’re blessed with some amazingly talented people in our congregation, from singers and musicians to actors and comedians. 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 11th St Luke’s Speakeasy is on Friday 12 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 https://billetto.co.uk/e/speakeasy-11-tickets-310817 (or on the door, space permitting) – 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.
You are warmly invited to a Swish Evening at St Luke’s Church, Penn Road, Holloway N7 on Friday September 28th at 7.30pm.
How does a Swish work? You bring along a couple of items of clothing – new, nearly new or vintage that you’d like to donate. Men’s or Women’s clothing and accessories are welcome. We just ask that they’re in really good condition.
We then all have a browse and buy what we fancy at a reasonable price.
This autumn we’re raising money for:
· Raising Voices – the charity based in Uganda working with women and children across the world who’ve been sexually assaulted as part of or in the aftermath of conflict. The money goes towards helping them rebuild their lives. This group also works towards educating young men about gender equality – from school age.
· Women at the Well – charity based in Kings Crossworking to help current and former sex workers, those trying to escape sexual exploitation. We’re hoping to supply them with new stocks of underwear, socks, hats and gloves.
Come and buy even if you have nothing to donate.
Swish for fun! Swish for good!
In our morning service on Sunday July 29th we said farewell to Dave and Pat.
Seven members of our community took part in a specially composed blessing for these great friends of ours.
A Blessing for Dave and Pat as they leave the parish of St Luke’s West Holloway.
May God bless you on the next stage of your journey with a holy compass pointing you always to the true north of faith, hope and love.
May God bless you with a restless discomfort at easy answers and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with a rich circle of friends to hold you in times of pain and dance with you in times of joy, to encircle you when the day goes wrong and guide you when the way is unclear.
May God bless you with a holy anger at all that is unfair and unjust in this good world, and a holy energy to work for freedom and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears for those who suffer from pain, rejection or loss, so that you may reach out your hands to comfort them, to transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with just enough foolishness to believe you can make a difference in this world… and just enough wisdom to know when it’s someone else’s turn.
May God bless you with the holy presence of your love for each other, that you may always cherish a beautiful friendship with St Luke’s West Holloway… and know that the friendship does not end.
May God bless you and keep you Pat
May God bless and keep you Dave
May Her Face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May God give you peace and may you share that peace wherever the road takes you.
(Written by Martin Wroe drawing on an original Four Fold Benedictine Blessing by Sister Ruth Marlene Fox, OSB (1985.)
When is Dave’s last service?
Sunday, July 29th will be the last service that Dave and Pat are with us.
Why are Dave and Pat leaving us?
The Church of England has a strict policy of insisting that all vicars retire at age seventy.
Will we be celebrating Dave and Pat’s eighteen years (plus) time at St Luke’s?
Yes, there is an all age party taking place at St Luke’s on the evening of Friday 6th July which will also be Dave and Pat’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration.
Get tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Who will be our vicar after July 29th?
Over the next 6-9 months we will embrace the church of England process of recruiting a new vicar.
This is called an interregnum or vacancy.
We have planned for a variety of speakers coming to St Luke’s who will be delivering talks loosely themed on introducing us to characters from the bible.
The Eucharist will also be celebrated every week with a variety of visiting clergy and our own Richard Burridge and Martin Wroe.
Weddings and funerals will be arranged through the diocese and we also have access to pastoral care through the archdeacon.
Who’s keeping the show on the road during the interregnum?
The PCC appointed a small steering group to help lead St Luke’s in the period when we have no vicar.
The Vacancy Steering Group meets every couple of weeks to follow through on PCC decisions and help manage any day-to-day issues which arise.
This group also helps inform/respond to the work of the new Parish Administrator.
The members are made up of Joy Hinson, Lay PCC Chair, Susie Holland and Dean Willars the two church wardens, Martin Wroe, Associate Vicar and two PCC members Jif Thomson and Sarah Rowe.
Who is doing church admin once Pat leaves?
Tina Cooney started work a month ago learning the ropes.
You can find her through the door just beside the organ working with Lucy Blair (booking person) in the church office.
She is in 4 mornings a week and can be telephoned on 0207 607 4892
You can email her on email@example.com
How does the recruitment of a new vicar work?
The PCC and church wardens are working on a parish profile and a person spec to send out through a formal advertising process in conjunction with our patrons, the Church Pastoral Aid Society and the Bishop of Stepney.
This process will start in September giving us time to consider assess what St Lukes is all about without Dave.
We have a target interview date for prospective new vicars in mid January.
If all goes well and we find the right candidate, then we could have a new vicar starting at St Luke’s next April or May.
If the first round of interviews does not result in a suitable candidate, then the process will continue until the right person is found.
What can I do to contribute to the (recruitment) process ?
There have been and will continue to be, meetings about the parish profile and a person spec.
Right up to it’s publication date around the end of October 2018.
These are the most important documents in attracting a new vicar as they describe who we feel we are and were we think we are going.
If you have something you particularly want to draw our attention to, please do approach a member of the PCC.
What if I still have questions?
Speak to any of the PCC or church wardens for an update or clarification.
Please pray that this process runs smoothly and is fruitful.
Friday 6th July, 7-11pm
Ticketed only: click here for Party Tickets
All age event.
No dress code.
There will be a bread and cheese style supper and some drink provided but please also bring a bottle of something you like to drink.
If you can make a cake/little cakes, please let Susie know.
There will be Speakeasy-style entertainment.
If you would like to be in the setting up team (during the day/afternoon) or the clearing up team (at the end) please let Susie know.
‘Knowing Me, Knowing You: How the Enneagram can help transform you and your relationships’ is a workshop led by Our Dave (and is unrelated to Alan Partridge). There’ll be teaching from Dave and panel discussions by different enneagram types. Dave promises it’ll be “very insightful, potentially life-changing, lots of fun.”
It’s on Saturday 23rd June, 10:00-17:00. You can pay a voluntary contribution of £10 for the day, with drinks provided. Bring a packed lunch. Email Pat to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday, 20 May, St Luke’s is hosting a musical evening with our community choir, Vox Holloway, celebrating the ife and legacy of Richard Cloudesley, and 500 years of support in Islington. A great evening, not to be missed!