Get involved in our community
With St Luke’s at the heart of the community, we aim to serve both our regular congregation and the wider parish through services for all ages, as well as musical, pastoral and social events. To provide the range of activities that we do, we rely on the time and energy of volunteers. St Luke’s is very fortunate in having many gifted people generously giving of their time and talents. We always welcome more participation particularly from those new to the church – forging new friendships and developing our faith are shared benefits for us all.
The voluntary roles vary – from helping bake cakes for one of our coffee mornings to being on a rota to help with our Sunday morning services. The good thing is no experience is necessary!
HELPING WITH SERVICES
Behind the scenes on a Sunday morning is a variety of jobs that need to be done to ensure our congregation is welcomed and the services run smoothly - from setting up and handing out the hymn books and service sheets, taking the collection, reading the Gospel or tidying up afterwards.
During term time, at our 10.00 am Sunday service, we run Junior Church for children aged 3+, who are split into age-appropriate groups. Helping with one of these groups, as little as once a term, ensures that our children and young people remain involved in the church and its worship.
St Luke’s social calendar is busy, from barn dances and quiz nights through to coffee mornings and Safari suppers, our annual Summer BBQ and Christmas Fair. If you enjoy cooking for a crowd or are inspired by the Great British Bake Off, volunteering for one of these events is for you and you will be part of a group of like-minded enthusiasts!
Our Christmas market is a major fundraiser for the church and requires many hands to make light work – from setting up stalls, running one of our own stalls, delivering the raffle tickets around the Parish or just baking a cake for the cake stall. Held on the first Saturday in December, it is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Providing emotional and spiritual support to our community can be undertaken in many ways, with small acts making a big difference. For those suffering or who know of someone struggling, prayers are said, either at one of our weekday services or on a Sunday morning. It is also possible to add a name to a ‘Prayer Chain’, a group of people who have undertaken to pray for those in need on a regular basis. A letter with the names of those to be prayed for is distributed monthly.
Some of our congregation are not able to come as regularly as they would like, particularly our older members who are less mobile or housebound. A visit from a friendly face and someone to put the kettle on is a simple thing that can make someone’s day and takes up very little time. Or if you have a car, perhaps you could give someone a lift to church on a Sunday morning?
Music has always been a large part in our Parish life and worship. There is a large choir of about 16 adult members and 15 junior members, and the standard of choral singing for a parish church choir is high. The adult choir leads the worship at the 10.00 am Sunday service, with rehearsals from 9.00 am. There is no need to come along each week – we are all busy – but if you are looking to re-start, continue or develop your love of choral singing, it is a wonderful way to do so.
Our Junior Choir, for children aged 8 and above, are taught and guided by its own Junior Choir Director. Taking part on a Sunday morning, the Junior Choir lead the worship with the adult choir before leaving the service to take part in Junior Church. Members of the Junior Choir are paid (2018 rate £1 per week).
A separate entity to St Luke’s Church, St Luke’s Music Society promotes an annual concert series in our church. The concert series, while based around classical music, also includes jazz, poetry and other diverse performances, featuring internationally renowned artists performing in a beautiful venue with superb acoustics. Once again run by volunteers, many of whom are members of our congregation, SLMS always welcomes new helpers for their evenings.
"There is no doubt that the sign of a vibrant congregation is one in which many people take part in helping to run the church and its activities out in the local community"