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July and August at St. Luke's

The last couple of months have been full of life and activity at St Luke’s.  We have had a wonderful  houseparty weekend at Sidholme, a successful Christian Aid Week, a good Tearfund speaker, two elections, the commissioning of eight Lay Worship Leaders and three Lay Pastoral Assistants, some great services and our amazing Flower Festival "Creation Praise.”  This festival was attended by around 500 people and 300 pupils from BCS.   Everyone commented on the quality and variety of the displays, the Christian messages, the generous hospitality and the creativity and commitment of so many.  It was a tremendous success and showed off our lovely church and the God we know and worship.  Thank you and well done to everyone for such an excellent event!

We were delighted to reconnect with the Pains (back to Tokyo in July) and the Bennett family (returned to Rwanda).  From Ascension to Pentecost  we prayed Thy Kingdom Come along with thousands of Christians in the UK and beyond.   The church is in good condition and we hope you like our new noticeboard!   Keep praying for God to work in us as we seek and serve Him.

And then there are new babies, baptisms planned, holidays and much to be celebrated at church in school, in the town and beyond. 

As we move into July and August can I draw your attention to a few matters:

  • We value our youth and children’s ministry and are thankful for all our leaders. We are again looking to employ someone part-time to lead us. Maggie is stepping down from her one day a week role at the end of July.  Your prayer and generous support will enable us to invest for the future.
  • Alpha in Connect Groups concludes this month and we look forward to the Bible Society’s Bible Course in the autumn. Do let me know if you would like to join a group. Sunday Worship and Connect groups are key to our shared life at St Luke’s – and keep with us over the summer hols!
  • We ordered lots of the excellent Hope for All magazines for the Flower Festival. Please read, take many, pass to friends, leave in surgeries etc!
  • Thank you to those who serve St Luke’s so willing. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with gardening, making coffee, fabric, being involved in the projects with which we link – MARS. Routes to Roots etc.

In these uncertain days and in our own personal struggles, it is good to know that God is loving and faithful, and we can trust Him

May St Luke’s continue to be “a community of whole-life disciples committed to worship, growth, partnership and mission.”  

With every blessing and thank you!        Chris Strain           Vicar


St. Luke's Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded by going to: click here

 If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Office, Julie Murphy on 01202 767893 or email:

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07500 664800 or email





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