Welcome to St. Luke's Church Cannock.
Welcome to St Luke’s Church, a place of worship which has been at the heart of life in Cannock for 900 years. Here you will find a beautiful building with a history of Christian life that has witnessed to the love of God through the ages.
- Here you will find a vibrant faith community praising and worshipping God our Father, through faith in Jesus as Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Here you will find a church of all ages committed to loving and serving God in one another and in our local community.
- Here you will find a church which treasures its traditions but which is open to new ways of worship and to what God is doing in the present.
Above all, you will find a welcoming and hospitable Christian community that will encourage you wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith.
St Luke's is a Grade II* listed building. It occupies a prime location at the heart of the Town Centre and is surrounded by well maintained grassed areas to the north and south with a good range of mature trees making a beautiful oasis in the middle of our busy town
Peter's AGM report….
One of the things that is inevitable in a large church like ours is that we will have to cope with the loss of more friends than perhaps might otherwise be the case. Last year was certainly one of those years when many long standing members and friends of St Luke’s died in the faith of Christ. And of course we are sad and they will be missed as we remember and give thanks for them and their contribution to this community of faith in the service of Christ. Yet, because of their faith in the Lord Jesus and the hope that we all have in him, we released them into themercy of God our maker and redeemer in the full knowledge that Jesus died and was raised; and that in him we will be raised too. We remember our friends today with gratitude and thanksgiving!
But there is also another inevitability that comes from being part of a church like St Luke’s; inevitability that is, if we, as a church, are a community of faith and open to the Spirit. That inevitability is that we will grow. The Lord will call his people and they will find their spiritual home in this place. It’s not so much about the style of worship, or the structure of leadership, it is so much more about loving and worshipping God from our hearts and loving our neighbour as we love ourselves: that includes our welcome and hospitality. And so we give thanks that the Lord has added to our numbers those that are being saved. And we rejoice as we journey together in faith; to worship and serve the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Of course this year we can give thanks that our journey together and the ways that we have been able to use our gifts and abilities has been through the vehicle of Luke 900. Luke 900 was the brainchild of Nigel and Janet Bailey, and it gave us all the opportunity not only to look back in gratitude but to serve God and our community in the present whilst at the same time gaining confidence and faith for the future. And I say that because Luke 900 revealed a community full of gifts and commitment, a community willing to roll up its sleeves and not only have some great fun but contribute so much to the town in which we live. Luke 900 ticked so many boxes, including the mission box, because of the ways that it helped us not only to reach out into the community, but make so many friends and work with so many people and organisations over the twelve months that it lasted. Thank you to so many not least Nigel and Janet.
But of course, a Christian community as well as giving and serving must also be humble enough to receive. We were reminded on Maundy Thursday that the Lord said to Peter, who refused to allow the Lord to wash his feet, “unless I wash you, you have no part with me”. Amongst a number of things that means we must be a people open to the Lord in prayer, open to his love and mercy and equipping. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see so many committed to the prayer ministry at St Luke’s, and taking the prayer diary which is prepared by David Gethin. But it was also very encouraging and a wonderful sign of the church’s openness to God that so many took and read our Lent book this year. Some thought it was great, some thought it was helpful, others weren’t so sure. But the real point is that 50 people read and a good number discussed our Lent book. And so if all of this can be a start, a foundation on which we continue to pray, to read and be open to growing and developing and learning as individuals and as a community, that would be wonderful.
One of the things that I do so very infrequently is talk about money. I suppose that’s because I believe if a church is open to God and his generous, gracious Spirit, that church will be generous and gracious too. Well Geoff our treasurer tells me that our collective giving as a church has gone up each of the last two years. Which is again a great encouragement. However, just to help you to understand what a challenge finance can be for a community like ours with a beautiful old building like this, since 1980 we have spent, give or take, £500,000 on this building alone. That’s an average of around £15,000 a year before any other costs and expenditure are factored in. It is necessary each year to learn about the needs of the church and to review our giving, and perhaps the AGM is a good time to do that this year.
People, buildings, worship and prayer, mission and finance all part and parcel of being a church, a community of faith. But let me return to people. The Pastoral Care group is a small but faithful group who visit people at home and in hospital and in some cases take Home Communion to those who request it. I am grateful to those who offer so much to help me, but more importantly for giving support and encouragement to those in need. However, I think we know as a Pastoral Care group that we simply symbolize the kind of care that goes on in this community offered by so many quietly and effectively and without fuss.
I suppose it’s true to say that most of the work that is done by a church, prompted by the Spirit, is hidden. It’s not what the Vicar does, it’s not what those do who get a lot of praise, it’s what the majority does in church, and at home and in the community, humbly and lovingly, and all to the praise and glory of God.
So thank you to all those people who make this community a people of faith, hope and love. Because think about it; there is no other way of revealing God in the world than living and working in faith, hope and love. Amen.