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 pictures of Holy Trinity Church please see the photo gallery). The graveyard is still used for burials and there are occasional weddings by special licence, but the decision was 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, including a coffee morning on Thursdays which is attended both by regular church members and those who do not belong to the worshipping congregation, and homegroups, a prayer group, and a Bible study, which clearly are aimed mainly at regular church members.
Children and young people are catered for by the monthly Family Church (3rd Sunday at 4.30pm, with activities, worship and food). On the 1st Sunday the 10.45am service aims to be family-friendly, and there is a Sunday Club for children, which starts just before the main service, at 10.30am. Also "Cradle Days" on Wednesdays 10.00am-12.00noon 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). For details of any of these please email our Family Worker, Helen Whyman, on [email protected]
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, 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 and Avon Mission Community, which also includes:
St George the Martyr, Dean Prior
St Matthew, Landscove
St John the Baptist, Littlehempston
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Rattery
St Petroc's, South Brent
St Paul de Leon, Staverton
The team rector for the whole mission community is Tom Benson - please see the "get in touch" page for details. He is assisted by a ministry team consisting of team vicar Gina Radford (based at the South Brent and Rattery end of the mission community), curate Fiona Wimsett, retired ordained ministers George Day, John Summers, Peter Taylor and Charrles Masheder, and four readers: John Vinton, David Harwood, Jenny Holton and Pam Saunders.