Welcome

Welcome to St Luke’s –
the Parish Church of St Luke the Evangelist on Burton Stone Lane, York.

We serve a parish of about 5,500 souls about a mile north of York Minster; standing on the corner of the Lane and Shipton Street, St Luke’s has been home to warm, welcoming and worshipping Christian community for over a hundred years.

We meet to worship God every Sunday and at some time on most weekdays too; St Luke’s sees weddings, Christenings and funerals throughout the year, and our Church Hall is a busy hub for church and community social events.

During term-time we offer a Parent and Toddler Drop-in every Monday and Wednesday morning, and a range of children’s and young people’s activities mostly on a Friday evening. We welcome new members to choirs for young people and the young-at-heart, and for senior citizens our Tuesday Club meets every week.

St Luke’s is commited to grow in Christlikeness, influence and numbers; to welcome all, to work to safeguard God’s creation, and to promote justice in the world.

See you soon…

Who’s Who?

The Revd Jacqueline Doyle-Brett (Vicar)

Jackie became Vicar of St Luke’s in June 2016. Married to Dave and with two grown-up daughters and a granddaughter, Jackie is a former teacher from the East Riding of Yorkshire, and also serves as Assistant Diocesan Advisor – Young Vocations.

 

The Revd Dr Nick Sykes (Curate)

Nick is a doctor working in the National Health Service and at the University of York alongside his work in St Luke’s; married with three children, Nick was ordained in 2019.

The Revd Liz Carrington (Deacon)

Liz was ordained Deacon in 2009 after nearly five years as a Reader. A member of St Luke’s for many years, Liz was International Development Adviser to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy until her retirement in 2010.

 

Lynn Comer (Reader)

Lynn became a Reader in the 1990s and is a long-standing member of St Luke’s. She is married to Mark with a son and a grandson, and is Director of the York School of Ministry for the Diocese of York.

 

Martin Sheppard (Reader)

Martin became a Reader in 2013 after many years at St Luke’s. Married to Aniko with two grown-up children and a grandson, he is Director of Communications and Parish Resourcing for the Diocese of York.

 

Elaine Hill (Churchwarden)

Elaine is an experienced hospice manager when she can find the time alongside being a proud mother and grandmother.

 

Dave Pownall (Churchwarden)

Something here about our splendid Churchwarden.

About Us

  • We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We are a Christian family of people who worship and serve God in the Burton Stone Lane area of York.

  • We are a praying community, committed to caring for each other and those in our community, and sharing God’s love with everyone.

  • As a registered Inclusive Church, we welcome everyone regardless of physical ability, mental health, gender, race, sexuality or economic advantage.
  • We are committed to serving our local community; we run ‘Joyful Connections‘ (a weekly Community Café), and work with local schools and businesses.
  • As an Eco Church we aim to live simply, responsibly and sustainably in order to care for God’s creation.
  • As part of our commitment to justice we are a Fairtrade Church and sell a range of fairly traded goods at our ‘Joyful Connections‘ Café and sometimes after our Sunday morning worship.
  • We celebrate the creative arts using music and drama in our worship and at other events during the year.
  • We support each other on our faith journey with opportunities for growing, learning, listening and quiet meditative prayer.

Weddings

We’d love you to get married at St Luke’s.

Although the outside of St Luke’s doesn’t win many prizes, step inside and you’ll be surprised by the bright airy and spacious body of the church and the beautiful chancel area around the altar – the backdrop to many wedding photos.

When you get married at St Luke’s, most of the service takes place at the chancel step, just in front of where family and friends will be sitting.

You’re welcome to marry here if either of you live or grew up in St Luke’s parish, or if you worship regularly at St Luke’s, or if your parents live or lived here, or if they are or were members of St Luke’s – in fact there are lots of ways people can be able to get married here.

You can get in touch and we’d be delighted to show you round and talk about how your wedding would take place in St Luke’s.

We’ll arrange to meet up, give you the information you need, help you with the form-filling stuff and spend some time making the service personal to you both.

  • If you live in the parish but are having a church wedding somewhere else, you will still need to have your banns read in St Luke’s as well as in the church where you are marrying. We have to do this at least three weeks before your wedding so make sure you don’t leave it too late! Contact us any time about this and we will arrange it for you.
  • You can find out much more about marrying in the Church of England, including about fees, online at Your Church Wedding.

Christenings – or Baptisms

We love baptisms and Christenings (they’re the same thing) at St Luke’s.

Whether you’re nine minutes, nine months or ninety years old, God welcomes you into the family of Jesus Christ and so do we (we’ve baptised people at all those ages and quite a lot in between too).

Being baptised is being welcomed into the family of God and the Church, and it can happen at any age – some people’s grownups decide for them, and other people decide for themselves once they’re old enough.

Once you’re baptised you can go on to receive Holy Communion and to be Confirmed; talk to us about this and about how we prepare people to take these steps.

If you have a connection with St Luke’s or if you live in the parish we’d love to hear from you – come along to any service, or any of our regular weekly activities, or get in touch any way you like, and we’ll get you all the information you need.