The spread of COVID-19 has meant we have had to close our church buildings and suspend our normal activities until the government advises that it is safe for people to gather again. As Christians we are called by God to submit to those in legitimate authority over us and to love our neighbours, so although it is obviously frustrating, we are urging all our church members to comply with the restrictions out of love for the Lord and love for the vulnerable.
As God continues to lead us through these difficult days, as well as praying for an end to the pandemic, we are praying that our natural fear of sickness and death will be tamed by the knowledge that “the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 33:18)
Church services and prayer meetings
Until we are able to meet again normally we are using the free conferencing service Zoom to hold our Sunday Services, which last about 1 hour and include hymns, bible teaching for all ages, and prayer. The service is also live-streamed to our Facebook page and an edited audio recording of the service will be available to listen to on our website shortly after it finishes.
During the week, on Monday-Friday at 9am, we are also holding a short daily service of Morning Prayer. Please contact us for details of how to join in with us if you’d like to.
Pastoral counselling and prayer
As is normally the case Richard our Vicar will be available if you need pastoral counselling, or want him to pray with you, either over the phone or by video call. Please contact him on 01902 340261 (do leave a message on the answerphone if he happens to be unavailable when you call) or by email at .
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
The latest advice from the Church of England is that no church weddings, and only emergency baptisms, can be conducted until further notice. Although some churches are now able to host funeral services the PCC of St Luke’s has not yet decided whether that will be possible in our church building, so for the time being funerals in our parish will only take place at the Crematorium or the graveside. If you have been bereaved please contact Richard on 01902 340261 or 07855 062341, or ask your funeral director to contact him.
If you are facing hardship
If you have an urgent need as a result of this crisis, please feel free to get in touch. We can’t promise to be able to do everything, but we can pray, and will also try and do what we can as a church to help you as we follow the command of Jesus to love our neighbour as he has loved us.