St Luke’s Church during the coronavirus pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus that causes 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 to be so restricted, 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 leads 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

We are grateful to God for the opportunities modern technology affords to enable us to continue meeting online. At present we are using the popular remote conferencing service Zoom for the following regular meetings, which you would be very welcome to join us for. Please contact us on 01902 340261 or for details of how to do that.

Morning Prayer (Monday-Friday, 9am) – approximately 40 minutes of prayer and bible readings at the start of each day

Sunday Service (11am) – including hymns, bible teaching for all ages, and prayer

A recording of our Sunday service will be available to listen to on this website shortly after it finishes, and over the coming weeks we hope to try other ways of broadcasting our services and other resources, such as on our Facebook page.

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).

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, and that funerals can 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.