People often say…
…that St. Luke’s is a friendly church, and I certainly hope that will be your experience. We try to be informal without being casual, Anglican but not rigid, Bible-based but not dogmatic. St Luke’s is essentially a local parish church with a rich mix of races and cultures reflecting our local area. We aim to provide for all ages and to include as many tastes as we can. At the heart of who we are and what we do is the faith that, in Jesus Christ, God has given us himself. I hope that whether you are ‘just looking’ or wanting to belong, it is this faith that makes the difference.
Revd Alastair Thom, Vicar
Term is underway, Sunday groups for children are back in church, and church is beginning to look a bit more familiar. If you are thinking about returning you can still enjoy some social distance as we have more spaced out chairs on each side. With more people in the building and more mixing afterwards we need to continue to be careful of one another. Please do wear a mask while in church and try to avoid too much ‘bunching’. If you are new to St. Luke’s, do check out the website for details of what’s going on and if you would like to receive our emails, follow the email sign up link on the ‘about us’ tab. Whether we are together or apart, staying connected is the essence of who we are. If you haven’t seen our new programme card, there are copies available in church and we’ll have it up soon on the website.
Coming back to church safely
‘All things are lawful but not all things are helpful’ writes St. Paul.
With the removal of legal restrictions there are now no legal constraints on how we make church services safe for worship. The Church of England and Diocese of London has also delegated all decisions to incumbents rather than issue specific guidance. In planning for how we can return safely to church we need to bear in mind in particular those who are most vulnerable and those who have anxieties about safety. This stems from our identity as ‘one body’. During the period when people are returning to church in greater numbers we will continue to run the service on zoom to enable the fullest participation. We will continue to keep the zoom element under review.
Here are the steps we will take to keep everyone safe. All the provisions will be kept under review.
- Wearing of Masks: Aerosol and airborne transmission remains the greatest risk of spreading covid and we will therefore continue to ask that all who attend public worship wear masks. This will help all of us stay safe.
- Social distancing; We are all used to the idea of social distancing and by now most will do it naturally in public spaces. We will arrange the seating in church to allow for greater capacity as numbers returning to church increase but also providing areas where seats are distanced for those who need or want them.
- Singing; Many have expressed the longing for singing by the congregation to return. Because singing is a relatively high risk activity we will reduce the risk by asking those who wish to sing to continue to wear masks while doing so, and we will introduce singing gradually rather than all at once.
- Communion; The use of the common cup feels at present too much of a risk and instead we will provide the opportunity to receive communion in ‘both kinds’ through ‘intinction’ , that is dipping the wafer into the cup. Because of this we will continue for the present with wafers as a bit safer and less messy than bread when intincted. We will also maintain good spacing at the communion rail.
- Sanitising. While surfaces seem to be a relatively low risk aspect of the transmission process we want to maintain clean procedures and so will continue to encourage hand sanitizing and provide sanitisers.
- Refreshments. We have missed the social aspect of church greatly and we can now serve refreshments while doing so safely. We will make use of the garden when possible and encourage those not actually consuming refreshments to wear masks as well as maintaining informal social distancing. Those serving refreshments will do so in as safe a way as possible.
Our Church services are now back in the building as well as online.
You are very welcome to join us on Sunday Mornings at 10.30 at St. Luke’s or by using this zoom link.
Meeting ID: 898 4720 3915
You can find recordings of daily prayer including the night prayer on our YouTube page
We also hold daily morning prayer 8.00am Monday-Friday, 9.00am Saturday