Welcome

St Luke’s, Burton Stone Lane is an inclusive Church of England just north of York City Centre.

We meet to worship God every Sunday at 10am and this Sunday (2nd October 2022) is our Harvest Thanksgiving. We’d love to see you there and invite you to join us for a soup and bread lunch after the service.

We also host a monthly gathering of LGBT+ people and friends who have found that there are no outsiders to God’s love and that God welcomes us in to share God’s life just as we are. We call this OutsideIn and our next meeting is this Saturday (1st October 2022) which is a welcome evening for students (and anyone else who wants to come) at St Luke’s including free food from 5.30pm with Rosie Evans and Rev Jackie Doyle-Brett

We serve a parish of about 5,500 souls about a mile north of York Minster; standing on the corner of Burton Stone Lane and Shipton Street, St Luke’s has been home to warm, welcoming and worshipping Christian community for over a hundred years.

We meet to worship God every Sunday and have a vibrant programme of events during the week; St Luke’s sees weddings, Christenings and funerals throughout the year, and our Church Hall is a busy hub for church and community social events.

During term-time, we offer a range of children’s and young people’s activities mostly on a Friday evening. We welcome new members to choirs for young people and the young-at-heart, and our Tuesday Club for senior citizens meets every week.

St Luke’s is committed to growing in Christlikeness, influence and numbers; to welcome all, to work to safeguard God’s creation, and to promote justice in the world.

See you soon…

Current Covid situation

We are consciously aware that Covid is still present in our communities and, therefore, we encourage people to wear face coverings while in church if they are able to do so.

To help keep everyone safe, we are continuing to monitor CO2 levels and opening doors to increase ventilation as needed. You may also like to pick up a ‘space saver’ card on your way in and place it on the seat next to you if you would like to retain some distancing.

Communion is currently by intinction (dipping the wafer/bread into the wine), due to the risk of sharing a common cup. If you wish to receive the bread only, please indicate this to the priest when you come forward. The choir/musicians take communion at the altar rail first, and then the priest will come down to the chancel steps. Each row will then be invited for communion by a warden or sideperson.

Who’s Who?

Vicar of St Luke’s (we’re praying for our next one)

St Luke’s previous Vicar left in February 2021; we are already praying for her successor – though it will be a while before we know who it is.

The Revd Liz Carrington (Deacon)

Liz was ordained Deacon in 2009 after nearly five years as a Reader. A member of St Luke’s for many years, Liz was International Development Adviser to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy until her retirement in 2010.

 

Lynn Comer (Reader)

Lynn became a Reader in 1996 and is a long-standing member of St Luke’s. She is married to Mark with a son and a grandson, and is Director of the York School of Ministry for the Diocese of York.

Colette Longbottom (Churchwarden)

Colette’s life is a whirl of learning French and the guitar while cooking, baking, reading, helping husband John with the allotment, walking in the countryside and being a mother and grandmother. It’s just as well she’s retired from a career in local government.

David Titterington-Cook (Churchwarden)

David is a Lancastrian who crossed the Pennines to live in York over a decade ago. Married to Neil with one son, David’s career has been varied but he now works happily in Stonegate. He gladly admits his guiltiest pleasure is a love of 1980s music.

About Us

  • We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We are a Christian family of people who worship and serve God in the Burton Stone Lane area of York.
  • We are a praying community, committed to caring for each other and those in our community, and sharing God’s love with everyone.
  • As a registered Inclusive Church, we welcome everyone regardless of physical ability, mental health, gender, race, sexuality or economic advantage.
  • We are committed to serving our local community; we run ‘Joyful Connections‘ (a weekly Community Café), and work with local schools and businesses.
  • As an Eco Church Silver Award holder, we aim to live simply, responsibly and sustainably in order to care for God’s creation.
  • As part of our commitment to justice we are a Fairtrade Church and sell a range of fairly traded goods at our ‘Joyful Connections‘ Café and sometimes after our Sunday morning worship.
  • We celebrate the creative arts using music and drama in our worship and at other events during the year.
  • We support each other on our faith journey with opportunities for growing, learning, listening and quiet meditative prayer.

Weddings

We’d love you to get married at St Luke’s.

Although the outside of St Luke’s doesn’t win many prizes, step inside and you’ll be surprised by the bright airy and spacious body of the church and the beautiful chancel area around the altar – the backdrop to many wedding photos.

When you get married at St Luke’s, most of the service takes place at the chancel step, just in front of where family and friends will be sitting.

You’re welcome to marry here if either of you live or grew up in St Luke’s parish, or if you worship regularly at St Luke’s, or if your parents live or lived here, or if they are or were members of St Luke’s – in fact there are lots of ways people can be able to get married here.

You can get in touch and we’d be delighted to show you round and talk about how your wedding would take place in St Luke’s.

We’ll arrange to meet up, give you the information you need, help you with the form-filling stuff and spend some time making the service personal to you both.

  • If you live in the parish but are having a church wedding somewhere else, you will still need to have your banns read in St Luke’s as well as in the church where you are marrying. We have to do this at least three weeks before your wedding so make sure you don’t leave it too late! Contact us any time about this and we will arrange it for you.
  • You can find out much more about marrying in the Church of England, including about fees, online at Your Church Wedding.

Christenings – or Baptisms

We love baptisms and Christenings (they’re the same thing) at St Luke’s.

Whether you’re nine minutes, nine months or ninety-nine years old (or more), God welcomes you into the family of Jesus Christ and so do we (we’ve baptised people at all ages).

Being baptised is being welcomed into the family of God and the Church, and it can happen at any age – some people’s grownups decide for them, and other people decide for themselves once they’re old enough.

Once you’re baptised you can go on to receive Holy Communion and to be Confirmed; talk to us about this and about how we prepare people to take these steps.

If you have a connection with St Luke’s or if you live in the parish we’d love to hear from you – come along to any service, or any of our regular weekly activities, or get in touch any way you like, and we’ll get you all the information you need.