This page will be regularly updated to
reflect the response of St Luke’s and Christ Church to the Coronavirus outbreak, guided by advice from the government and the Church of England.
Last updated 13/5/20, 11:30.
As of 13 May, Café Portico has reopened at St Luke's, offering a takeaway service of jacket potatoes, toasties, hot lunches and smoothies. Why not enjoy a delicious meal in the beautiful St Luke's Gardens?
St Luke's and Christ Church (like all churches in the country) will remain closed for the time being. All public worship and midweek activities are suspended until further notice. The parish halls are closed. Our Rector Brian, having returned from sabbatical on Thursday 19th March, offers these thoughts.
We are creating a regular 15-20 minute video of music, readings and prayers from our churches, as we seek to continue our regular pattern of worship together. This is typically weekly, with daily services in Holy Week and a special service for Ascension Day.
View our recent videos:
We have also created a series of short video reflections on aspects of faith and the Coronavirus.
We are very grateful to all those who continue to support us financially while we are not able to meet. This is a financially challenging time for many of us. The church is no different: our regular income has dropped significantly because of the closure of the halls, and because of the loss of giving in church each Sunday. At the same time, while making savings where possible, we need to continue to pay our hugely dedicated staff and to sustain our thriving ministries in music, children, community outreach and so much more.
Please can we encourage you to consider giving by standing order each week? This is especially the case if you are one of those who puts your donation into the plate on Sundays, but may also be a moment for you to review an existing standing order if you would be able to give even more generously in this difficult time.
To set up a standing order, please fill the relevant form (for St Luke's and for Christ Church), and return it by email to John McVeigh or by post to John McVeigh at the Parish Office. Alternatively, you can set up a standing order directly with your bank; if so, please email John McVeigh to let him know so we can thank you.
Thank you for your generosity.
Resources for Prayer and Worship
You may wish to pray the Church of England’s prayer for the current situation:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Short passages of Scripture for reading and contemplation
· Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation
· Psalm 46 Be still, and know that I am God.
· Psalm 91 He shall cover you with his wings
· Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me
· Isaiah 43 (esp vv.1-7) Do not fear, for I am with you
· John 14 Do not let your hearts be troubled
support yourself whilst self-isolating
· Please do call friends and fellow congregation members on the telephone.
· We operate a buddy scheme to put members of the congregation in touch with one another. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to be involved.
· The charity MIND have some excellent guidance on looking after your own wellbeing at this uncertain time.
· You can call the Samaritans free on 116 123
· You can call Silverline (aged 55+) on 0800 4 70 80 90 to arrange for a weekly 30 min phone call from a friendly volunteer who will be there to listen.
Prayer on TV, Radio and the internet
· Songs of Praise Sundays at 1.15pm on BBC 1
· Prayer for the Day daily at 5.43am on Radio 4
· Sunday Worship Sundays at 8.10am on Radio 4
· Daily Service Monday to Friday at 9.45am on Radio 4 Longwave and DAB. (The Daily Service is available on a Radio 4 DAB side channel which is automatically made available about a minute before the programme begins.)
· Lent Talks Wednesdays at 8.45pm on Radio 4
· Choral evensong- Wednesdays at 3.30pm and the same service is repeated Sundays at 3pm on BBC Radio 3