St Luke’s is a church whose life and worship is based on the sacraments and yet which seeks to reach out to the community. It is a church which values tradition and whose liturgy, worship and music seek to provide the best that we can offer to the glory of God but is flexible enough to embrace the newcomer and those on the edge of faith.
The Sunday 8.00am said Holy Communion is based on The Book of Common Prayer.
On the first Sunday of the month the 10.15am service there is a Family Service which may be Eucharistic but where the worship is informal and lively.
The Second, Third and Fourth Sunday 10.15am service Parish Eucharist is based on Common Worship (Order One) modern language and we take full advantage of the authorised freedoms in the choices of seasonal material. A set of service books has been prepared for use during each of the main seasons for the Christian year. Individual Orders of Service are prepared for use at each of the major festivals and on other special occasions. At the Parish Eucharist, members of the congregation read the lessons, lead the intercessions, administer the chalice and act as servers and side-persons. They teach and supervise in Junior Church and Creche.
The service is sung by the choir and congregation. Our services are well ordered and well sung – accompanied by our new combination organ. Choral music plays a major part in our worship and the choir sing to a high standard.
Refreshments are prepared and served by members of the congregation, after the 10.15am Sunday service so that the congregation can welcome visitors and socialise with each other.
On the 5th Sunday of the month at 10.15am we normally have a service of Mattins.
(Non Eucharistic Service).
Evening worship is at 6.30pm and is normally the Office of Compline. We hold the service between Harvest Festival and Trinity Sunday.
Every Thursday at 11.00am there is a said Eucharist (BCP) followed by refreshments in the Parish Room. The number attending is usually about 12.
Morning Prayer is said on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.00am.
Celebrating Common Prayer is used and everyone is welcome.
Hymns Ancient and Modern (NS) is used at the Parish Eucharist and at most other services at which hymns are sung. The hymnody is mainly traditional but is complemented by some of the more modern songs and choruses and chants, many of which are taken from a book specially prepared for St Luke’s by a former director of music.
Housebound members of the congregation and in the parish are given Holy Communion in their homes each month if requested.