St Luke, Buckfastleigh
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We are the parish church for Buckfastleigh and the surrounding area, and aim to provide a warm welcome to all, whether local or visitors. Our Mission Vision is to be a seven-day-a-week church which brings the love of Jesus to the community around us and which helps all to grow in the Christian faith.
The original parish church, Holy Trinity, was on the hill to the north of the town, but was reduced to a shell by fire in 1992. (For details of Holy Trinity Church please click on the link to the right). The decision was then made to redevelop the existing chapel-of-ease, St Luke's, in Buckfastleigh itself. So a new church building was opened in 2002. This new St Luke's provides a striking modern worship area, with attached lounge, side chapel, office, toilets, etc, and with a large hall below the worship area.
Our main Sunday service at 10.45am uses Common Worship and is normally Holy Communion. In addition, the monthly evening worship service of contemporary music, prayer and reflection provides a different approach to worship (4th Sunday of the month).
In addition to services there are many events through the week, from a coffee morning on Thursdays which is attended both by regular church members and those who do not belong to the worshipping congregation, to homegroups, a prayer group, and a Bible study, which clearly are aimed mainly at regular church members. A discussion group entitled "When Christians disagree" enables discussion of a wide range of issues, and meets about every 6 weeks.
Children and young people are catered for by the monthly Family Church (3rd Sunday at 4.00pm, with activities, worship and food). Also "Cradle Days" on Wednesdays and "Stay and Play" on Thursdays, both 10.00-11.30am during term time, (for parents/grandparents/carers and their pre-school children, with crafts & activities, a time of stories & songs, ending the morning with a snack). Also "Songs and Stories" on Tuesdays after school, from 3.30 to 4.15pm, for 0-7 with parents/carers, (term time only)r.
We also seek to serve our area, and to offer pastoral care for those who are lonely, or in times of illness, or for funerals. We warmly welcome enquiries about baptism and weddings. The hall is much used by various groups, including the ABC Children's Centre, and can be hired, and the church is frequently used for concerts etc. A foodbank also runs in the church on Friday mornings.
Although there is very limited parking at the church itself, the town car parks are only a very short distance away, (and are free on Sundays).
The parish is part of the Dart Valley Mission Community, which also includes:
St George the Martyr, Dean Prior
St Matthew, Landscove
St Paul de Leon, Staverton
St John the Baptist, Littlehempston.
The vicar for the whole mission community is Tom Benson - please see the contact page for details. He is assisted by a ministry team consisting of curate Marisa Cockfield, retired priest George Day and three readers: John Vinton, David Harwood and Jenny Holton..
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This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
- Regular Services
Wheelchair accessible toilets
(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
|Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and some Tuesday mornings|
Foodbank or foodbank collection point
|Mrs G Stacey 01364 643224|
The current editor is: George Day