80th Birthday connects with friends old and new
St Luke’s Church Bricket Wood has just turned 80 and celebrated over three days with a concert, a fun day attended by many in the local community and a service attended by some very important guests.
St Luke’s is one of the younger churches in the St Albans area, in the midst of a sea of antiquity. Bricket Wood has a long and varied history stretching back to the Bronze Age and before and more lately being part of one of the Abbot of St Albans’ manors. Although there was a Roman presence, it was small and related to the use of clay for pottery and population settlement was largely absent until the 20th century.
St Luke’s was built to serve this growing village community, opening its doors in October 1937 as a church/village hall.At that time it was a daughter church of Holy Trinity Frogmore and only became a parish in its own right in 1981. Its first vicar was Nick Bell, who went on to serve at St Mary’s, Luton until his retirement, and the current Vicar who has been in post for just a year is Kylie Hodgins.St Luke’s birthday celebrations began with a concert given by Jonathan Vieira, the accomplished Bass-Baritone who also sang at Celebrate 100, the diocese’s 100th birthday in 2014.
The fun day included a performance from the Bricket Wood Community choir which brings community and church together with music, as well as face painting, a barbecue, tea and cake, music and a variety of stalls in the church.
The service on Sunday included a time for people to say what their connection with the church was. One man, Bob, explained that although he was no longer living in the area, his connection with St Luke’s went back 80 years as he had been baptised there in 1937 and later went into missoinary work overseas .
Many members of the church who had also been on overseas missionary work, also present, gave a sense of St Luke’s success as a sending church for some years.