St Luke’s, Downham

Corona Virus Pandemic and St Luke’s (last updated 20th January 2021)

Dear Friends,

As we are seeing a continued rise in cases of COVID19 in our city and our local NHS trust has raised alarm about the strain on local hospitals, the DCC of St Luke’s has taken the difficult decision to suspend in-person services for January 2021

Our Church at Home service is made available every Sunday on YouTube from 10am with prayer, songs, Bible readings and talk, and Holy Communion and lasts about 35 minutes. Following this we meet at 11am for about an hour on Zoom for a time of conversation and prayer. We also have our Facebook groups and WhatsApp group where we can encourage each other, share prayer requests and find out the latest news.

Please can I urge you to get involved in these services and groups if you are not currently and are able to. It is important to continue to feed our faith in Jesus especially when we can’t meet together normally.

To access our service on YouTube search for Rev Nick Walsh or use the link in the email. To follow us on Facebook search @StLukes70 or to join our WhatsApp group text Rev. Nick on 07774516204 with your name and ask to be added.

Resources for Children: If you would resources or support with teaching your children about Jesus and the Christian faith please contact Kirstyn via email: asdoutreach.stluke@gmail.com

Other Projects and Activities:
The Front Room Club, our café drop-in is currently closed to the public but the team are available to provide a food/activity parcel or for practical support on Friday from 10am to 12noon – please ring the doorbell to be seen.

All of our other projects remain on hold at the moment as we try to work out how to resume them safely.

To stay in contact with the church and to keep building up our faith and community please do one or all of the following:

  • If you use WhatsApp please text me on 07774516204 so I can add you to the St Luke’s group
  • If you use Facebook, please follow St Luke’s Downham (@stlukes70) for regular updates
  • There will also be regular updates on this website 
  • If you can’t do any of the above or if you would like to talk or pray or request support, please contact Rev. Nick – 07774516204 or revnickwalsh@gmail.com

Please do pray for us all as we will continue to pray for you. And as always, we encourage you to look after each other and care for those around you.

Grace and Peace

Reverend Nick Walsh, Vicar

Safeguarding:

The District Church Council (DCC) of St Luke’s Downham recognises the need to safeguard the children, young people and adults in our care and guard against the possibility of any form of abuse of children, young people and adults by persons who may be acting in the name of our parish. We take our responsibilities to safeguard everyone who attends our church very seriously and have therefore paid due regard to safeguarding policy and procedure. We therefore resolve that we will comply with the duty under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (duty to have due regard to House of Bishops’ guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults).

If you have any safeguarding concerns please speak to Rev. Nick Walsh on 07774516204, one of the Church Wardens or our safeguarding officer – Lucie Walsh on 07817478110 / walsh.lucie@gmail.com. Alternatively please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 020 7939 9423 (office hours), 07982 279713 (out of hours).

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.