St Luke’s was built in 1886 as the daughter church of St. Andrew’s; the oldest church in Newcastle. The faithful congregation dwindled until 2006 when the church was closed. The Bishop of Newcastle then invited Robert to become vicar at St Luke’s and to bring in the fledgling congregation (affectionately called ‘New Wine on Tyne’ by its members!) which he had begun 3 years earlier, with 7 adults and 3 children in a small council hall. Thus becoming a unique Anglican hybrid – a parish church that is also a Fresh Expression! There was a wonderful induction service held in January 2007.
Since then St Luke’s has been meeting in the adjoining Grade 2 listed hall, which has been steadily and fully refurbished over the last 6 years, complete with very lovely carpet upstairs and a professional catering kitchen downstairs, and it is a delightful place to worship!
However, as you can see from our ‘Restoration’ page and elsewhere, we are now in the throws of fully restoring the main church building, outside and in! We have so far managed to clean and repoint the brickwork, making the building water-tight (and beautiful!) before we move onto the interior, which needs very much attention. Watch this space for more updates…
God has given us a wonderful sense of family at St Luke’s, and we are always in anticipation of what God has next for us on our journey, as a church walking together with Him.