You may see workmen in St Luke's in the week commencing 22nd June 2020. It's not for repairs but for an important upgrade to the facilities.
Those who visit or worship at St Luke's will know that the church has a sound system that works well with speech but struggles with music. Also, until this year, the only projection system that we could use was a portable one with a small screen that displayed in the almost square format seen on old televisions. It's done a great job, considering that was all that was permitted.
The ministry team is keen to make worship as accessible as possible for everyone and realises that good quality sound and vision are part of everyone's expectations. The team was conscious that the old system was potentially getting in the way of worship.
The Parochial Church Council has supported the installation of a modern audio-visual system that will allow services to "go paperless" if required; all songs, hymns and other worship materials can be displayed and played through the new system. The system will include a modern digital hearing loop covering the entire footprint of the church, replacing the old analogue system.
It is coming at just the right time as we plan to reopen St Luke's, since we have been advised that we should avoid using traditional hymnbooks and service booklets for some time, because of the potential risks of covid-19 transmission. The new system will help in avoiding that risk.
The system is designed to respect the existing building and the screen will be fully retracted when not in use, becoming almost unnoticeable in the rafters in front of the main arch between the nave and the chancel.