Welcome to St Luke’s –
the Parish Church of St Luke the Evangelist
on Burton Stone Lane, York.
Praise the Lord! – something more like a normal Sunday Parish Communion service re-started at St Luke’s on the 1st August.
Although the government has ended the law making face masks compulsory, we ask all those attending church to continue to wear a face mask, unless you have been exempt from doing so. This is to protect and reassure those of us who are clinically vulnerable or anxious about the risk of lifting lockdown. Masks feel like a nuisance to many but with Covid-19 cases still far too common, this would not be a good time to throw these masks away.
Please do not attend St Luke’s for the time being if you have:
- been outside the UK in the 10 days prior to coming to church
- had symptoms of Covid in the 10 days prior to coming to church
- been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the 10 days prior to coming to church
Thank you for your help with this.
Hand sanitiser will still be available at the church door, and cleaning after the 10.00am service will continue.
To improve air quality, the outside doors in the Lady Chapel and at the back of church will remain open during services.
We no longer need 2-metre gaps between seats or household groups of seats, but the seating rows will be more spaced than they were before lockdown. Please fill the seats next to the wall first to ensure that people arriving later do not have to squeeze past worshippers already seated. If you want to ensure space between yourself (or your group) and others may place a sign provided by the welcome team on request) on the seat next to you.
Socially-distanced seating will be available at the rear of the church and in the side chapels for anyone who is vulnerable and anxious not to be close to the rest of the congregation. Communion will be taken by the priest to worshippers occupying these seats.
Singing will be restricted during services to a limited choir to limit airborne infection, but the final hymn will be for everyone to join in while remaining masked. Anyone concerned about being in the church during singing may wish to leave before the final hymn.
Communion will continue to be in the form of bread only, due to the risk of sharing a common cup. Communion will be available at the altar rail, although all are asked to stand (and not kneel) to receive it. Rows will be invited to go to communion by a warden or sideperson. The choir will not sing during communion but music will be played instead so as to avoid communicants passing through aerosols produced by the choir.
We are delighted that tea and coffee will be served in the hall after the 10.00am Sunday service.
The windows and door will be opened and you are asked to take your drink outside. Chairs will be provided outside on request. During rainy weather the church will be kept open so that people may drink in the wider ventilated space there.
All are asked to wear masks whilst collecting coffee/tea and to remain masked until they have taken their drink to where they intend to drink it. If you are with a group, please will one of you collect drinks for your group?
Anyone who shielded during lockdown because of their health is asked to take advice and consider whether a return to church is appropriate now while cases are still rising.
We hope that in the near future, circumstances will improve and we will all be able to meet and worship as we did before. In the meantime let us work together to keep each other safe.
If you need any additional help or assistance please get in touch using firstname.lastname@example.org.
We serve a parish of about 5,500 souls about a mile north of York Minster; standing on the corner of the 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 at some time on most weekdays too; 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 Parent and Toddler Drop-in every Monday and Wednesday morning, and 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 for senior citizens our Tuesday Club meets every week.
St Luke’s is commited to grow 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…