August 2020 letter

August 2020 letter

Dear Friends,  It is hard to take decisions in these strange times, but the PCC has gathered good information from a questionnaire and has made new plans for August. From early July the government authorities have permitted church services of limited numbers and under...
July 2020 letter

July 2020 letter

It is a step forward to be able to go into the church building again for private prayer, but let’s remember that’s not church. This whole challenging season of closure and disruption has not just knocked us out of our routine, and made us wary of taking anything for granted. It has caused us to consider deeply why we need church.

From Monday 22nd June, an aspect of the normal use of St Luke’s church building has been restored. The doors are open for half the week and everybody is welcome to pray and ponder privately within, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. There is clear guidance to be followed to minimise health risks and enable thorough targeted cleaning. It’s not much, but it is a step in the right direction.

August 2020 letter

June 2020 letter

Dear Friends,

‘When we are up, we are up. When we are down, we are down. When we are only half-way up, we are neither up nor down.’

It’s about the Grand Old Duke of York’s men, but it could be about our mental wellbeing.

For lots of us, life is a series of ups and downs. And presently quite a lot of us are feeling down. It’s not surprising, given our circumstances, but it is concerning. We want to keep going and keep praying. Where can we look for help?

May 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

May 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

The Prayerbook of the Church of England used to have these words in the Litany: “ From plague, pestilence and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death, Good Lord, deliver us.”
The recent revisions of the Prayerbook resulted in the litany being altered to this: “From famine and disaster, from violence, murder and dying unprepared, Good Lord, deliver us.”

Spot the difference? Why the changes, I wonder? Why, in particular, did we remove the mention of plague and pestilence in our set prayers? After all, that is the prayer I want to pray over and over at this present time: From plague and pestilence, Good Lord, deliver us.

Yes, I admit the words sound a little archaic. Plague and pestilence sound like they belong in the Middle Ages. But that is perhaps part of our present problem. Maybe we have been in some sort of privileged denial of the continuing threat of plague and pestilence…….?

April 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

April 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

​Dear Friends, I discovered this piece from The Gospel Coalition, quoting one of the most insightful Christian writers of the Twentieth Century, whose BBC radio programmes during the dark times of World War Two had 1.5 million listeners. On the next page, we give some...
March 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

March 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

Dear friends, Important jobs are best done alongside colleagues. For my first two months I have led all of the services and preached all of the sermons at St Luke’s (with the exception of Pulpit Swap Sunday). It has been helpful for me to learn St Luke’s foibles...