Love · Grow · Serve

Love · Grow · Serve

Welcome to St. Luke’s Church;
a place of worship, warmth and hospitality.

St. Luke’s is the Church of England parish church for Moulsham Lodge and Tile Kiln, on the edge of the city of Chelmsford. We aim to love God, each other and the world around us, to grow together as followers of Jesus and to serve our local community.
Whether you come here for a service, event or a visit we can assure you of a warm welcome.

Our clear glass windows are a constant reminder to those inside that their mission is to bring the Gospel to those outside”

John Tiarks, Bishop of Chelmsford speaking at St. Luke’s dedication service in 1962

Re-opening
St. Luke’s Church

As lockdown eases the government and the Church of England have given permission for worship services to begin again. From Sunday 19 July we will alternate services in church with a pre-recorded service online. Every service in church will also be live streamed. For more information about our pattern of worship during this time, please read the following:

The latest guidance from the Church of England can be viewed here:

We continue to post our online services to help you to pray and be part of the church family on our Worship at Home page here:

Re-opening
St. Luke’s Church

As lockdown eases the government and the Church of England have given permission for worship services to begin again. From Sunday 19 July we will alternate services in church with a pre-recorded service online. Every service in church will also be live streamed. For more information about our pattern of worship during this time, please read the following:

The latest guidance from the Church of England can be viewed here:

We continue to post our online services to help you to pray and be part of the church family on our Worship at Home page here:

Welcome to St. Luke’s Church; a place of worship, warmth and hospitality.

St. Luke’s is the Church of England parish church for Moulsham Lodge and Tile Kiln, on the edge of the city of Chelmsford. We aim to love God, each other and the world around us, to grow together as followers of Jesus and to serve our local community.
Whether you come here for a service, event or a visit we can assure you of a warm welcome.

Our clear glass windows are a constant reminder to those inside that their mission is to bring the Gospel to those outside”

John Tiarks, Bishop of Chelmsford speaking at St. Luke’s dedication service in 1962

Opening the Church for Private Prayer

We have continued to be a ‘church’ over the last few months and I am so proud of our community but I know that not being able to access the building has been hard for many. The government has now announced that we can open for private prayer if we can create a safe environment. We have been working really hard on this and we are very pleased to announce that we will be opening the church for timed sessions for individuals to come in and pray from Wednesday 17 June.

To start with this will be one session on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm till 4pm. The church building will be open for you to pop in and pray or just to enjoy a quiet space. There will be candles lit on the altar plus set prayers and reflections available to read. Volunteers will be on hand to assist at all times. Things will look a little different when you come into church as we are using the grey plastic chairs rather than our usual green fabric chairs, and these are spaced out in line with social distancing guidance.

We need your help to make this work well for everyone:

  • Please stay at home if you are feeling at all unwell, even if you believe it is something other than Covid-19;
  • Please stay at home if you are required to be self-isolating because you have recently been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms;
  • Please note that the government guidance strongly discourages those who are vulnerable to Covid-19 from visiting public indoor spaces;
  • Please wear a face covering. We understand that some people are against wearing face coverings but the government guidance recommends this in indoor spaces. It is about protecting each other as well as protecting ourselves; and
  • Please follow all guidelines on social distancing and hand sanitising. There will be signs in church to help guide you.

We are continuing with our services on Facebook (also available via the Worship At Home page), we have a pastoral team who would be happy to offer support and we have people ready to pray for you (requests can be emailed to moulshamprayers@gmail.com).

Every Blessing,
Gemma

13 June 2020

Remember Me

In honour of the thousands who have lost their lives in the UK to coronavirus, a new online memorial has been launched so that people can pay their tributes. Family, friends and carers of those who have died can submit the name and photograph of their loved one, along with a short message in their memory, through the Remember Me website. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has shown his support for the unique project, recording a special message in honour of the launch.

If you wish to make a contribution in honour of a loved one, please visit the website:

Virtual Home Group

Revd Gemma has restarted the monthly home group. This virtual home group, using Zoom, is open to anyone from St. Luke’s and St. John’s and meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7.30pm.

The Zoom details will be sent out beforehand, including details joining by phone, so please let us know if you would like to join.

The home group will focus on the Easter Pilgrim: The Lord’s Prayer Course.

The details can be found online here:

Online Giving

Across the nation, indeed across the world, people and organisations are suffering financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic; St. Luke’s Church amongst them. We are working hard to protect our financial future but we anticipate the impact to be approximately £10,000 due to loss of income.

We want our building – the church and the halls – to continue to be at the centre of our community, as a resource for so many groups and clubs, for the young and not so young. We want to be able to continue to provide services and prayer as well as offering pastoral care to people who are struggling spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Some of you are already regularly supporting the work of the church and we are so grateful to you. If you feel that you could support St. Luke’s financially, please consider making an online donation – and gift aiding your donation if you are a taxpayer. If you feel able to give a regular monthly donation, please contact us by phone or email.

Your donation will help steer us through this difficult time and ensure that St. Luke’s is here to live out the vision to ‘Love, Grow and Serve’ for many years to come.

A Prayer For Those Affected by Coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
Under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
That we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate
us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen

Follow Us on Facebook

Have you checked out our Facebook page yet? It’s developing all the time and is a great way to keep up to date with news, photos, events, or to stay in touch. Please visit, like and share our page and help us reach as many people as we can.

We would love for you to join us on Sundays for Holy Communion and Morning Worship, and Weekdays for Morning Prayer. While we are currently closed to the public you can join us online via one of our live streamed or recorded services on our Facebook page.

Church of England Digital Charter

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched the Church of England’s Digital Charter. The charter aims to help make social media and the web more widely positive places for conversation to happen.

Here at St. Luke’s we’ve signed up! Will you?

Children, Young People & Adult Safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse, and vulnerable adults. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding. Please click here for the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policies.

Our Safeguarding Officers are:

The Chelmsford Diocese Safeguarding Team can be contacted on 01245 294444 or safeguarding@chelmsford.anglican.org

Social Services Contact numbers:

  • Adult Social Services 0345 603 7630
  • Children’s Social Services 0345 603 7627
  • Out of hours for both 0345 606 1212

In a safeguarding emergency dial 999.