St Luke’s, Downham

Corona Virus Pandemic and St Luke’s (last updated 08th May 2021)

Dear Friends,

As the UK slowly journeys along the roadmap to re-opening some of our activities have now resumed, though we remain cautious and taking things slowly.

Our 11am Sunday service on-site has resumed with a quieter, shorter structure allowing space to reflect and pray.

For those who don’t feel able to join us on-site 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. We also have our Facebook groups and WhatsApp group where we can encourage each other, share prayer requests and find out the latest news.

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 has re-opened on Fridays from 10am to 12noon only.

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.