About us

WHO WE ARE

St Luke’s is a church family of local people seeking to love and care for each other and the community around us in Cheltenham. There are around 100 of us made up of all ages and backgrounds. What joins us together is that we are followers of Jesus Christ. We aim to be rooted in the good news of his death and resurrection, being built up as we learn from the words of the Bible.

Whether you are looking for a church in Cheltenham, exploring the Christian faith, or simply want to meet people in the area, you can be sure of a warm welcome at St Luke’s.

Why not have a look at a short video from our Away Day in July 2017 to see the sort of people we are and faces you might meet on a Sunday morning.

 

PEOPLE

REVD PATRICK WHEATON

Vicar

PETER BURKE

Reader & PCC Secretary

VAUGHAN KERRY

Reader

GUY WOODCOCK

Churchwarden

ROBERT BOLTON

Churchwarden

JONATHAN CHESTNEY

Treasurer

SIMON PHILLIPS

Minister in Training

JASMIN WEGNER

Church & Community Intern

KYLE HOBBIS

Church & Community Intern

SYLVIA LAUDER

Church Hall Bookings Manager

HISTORY

St Luke’s was built during a wave of growth in the mid-1850s. Services were held for a while in school premises on Bath Road but in response to the need a new church building was erected.

The building was consecrated on 7th November 1854. It was designed by F.W.Ordish and from the beginning followed the style which the Victorians called ‘Geometric Decorated Gothic.’ Today the tower is fairly substantial but the oddly shaped ‘broaches’ on its corners betray the original intention to build a tower some 40 feet higher still!

The local edition of The ‘Buildings of England’ noted the ‘ugly fat broaches’ but states that St Luke’s has many details that are ‘delightfully peculiar’ including the window traceries. Look out, too, for the painted carvings of angels and bishops in the corners of the church.

The church was built partly as a chapel for Cheltenham College. It was designed to seat 1100 people and, at various times, it has had 3 separate galleries in use.

If you would like to more ‘A History of St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham – 1854-2004’ by Alan Munden, published by the PCC and printed by AST Print Group is available to purchase for £5. You can request a copy using the ‘Contact’ page.

St Luke’s Church is much more that a Victorian building on a traffic island in St Luke’s Road. It is a family of people from all backgrounds and stages in life, following Jesus Christ, and finding everything they need in him. The building is merely a means to worship Jesus Christ and to make the good news about him known to others.

To really get to know St Luke’s come and join us one Sunday morning at 8am or 10am.

 

ST LUKE’S HALL

St Luke’s Church Hall is just around the corner from the Church on Saint Luke’s Place. It is overseen by a separate charity and aims to be a facility for the benefit of the Cheltenham community. It is available for hire at very reasonable rates and is considered to be an excellent local asset.

Further details about the facilities at St Luke’s Hall, and details about booking, can be found on the website.

http://www.stlukes-hall.org.uk