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St Luke's Church celebrates 150th anniversary

A special weekend of events was held at St Luke’s Church to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The church in Norfolk Road put on an exhibition about its history, concerts and a ceremony with the Bishop of Reading.

On Friday, children from St Luke’s CE Primary School in Cookham Road came to the church for a special service. On Saturday a concert was held which was attended by more than 60 people and on Sunday the Bishop of Reading visited.

The Rev Sally Lynch, from St Luke’s, said: “The weekend went really well, we had the children in from St Luke’s Primary School and a really good turnout for the concert.

“For the exhibition we had old photographs of the church and got out the old registers. We also had an episode of BBC’s Songs of Praise that was filmed at the church 30 years ago on show and people kept pointing people out.

“The anniversary gave us the chance to look at the past, focus on the present and look to the future.

“We build on the past and look to the future. The church has always welcomed everyone and we’re involved with the community. For us it’s about inviting anyone into God’s life.”

The church held a flower festival in June and a street party in August to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

Sally, who has been a vicar at the church for five years, said they are now looking forward to their next big event.

She said: “Our sixth annual Christmas tree festival will run in December.

“It seems to get bigger and bigger every year.”

If people are interested in entering they should contact the church office.

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