Sunday Services Moving to Church Hall

Press release from St Mary’s Luton 11th December 2017
You may download the original press release here.

Church getting to grips with heating loss over Christmas

Despite a total heating failure in the church, Christmas services at St Mary’s in Luton town centre will be continuing using the church hall.

St Marys Church have had to make the very difficult decision that due to a total heating failure in the church it cannot be used over Christmas and the next three months. All services for the immediate future have been relocated in the church hall, which is attached to the 900 year old building.

The church statement said: “Our heating system went down about four weeks ago, and all the
possibilities of repair or alternative sources of heating have now been explored. The heating system needs to be totally replaced. The requirements of a historic listed building of its size restrict the heating possibilities available to the church, and our electricity supply to the church limits it further. The only sources of temporary heating that would meet the church’s needs are all out on hire, or the costs prohibitive. The church has sadly judged the building to be too cold to use without any heating at this time.”

Vicar of St Mary’s Rev Mike Jones said: “We deeply regret the need for this decision, which has been taken with the full support of the Bishop and diocese. Worship over Christmas will be very different away from the atmosphere of our beautiful building, but we can promise a warm welcome, joyful worship and Christmas cheer in the church hall.

“Once the very busy Christmas season is over we will be working hard to ensure that worship can return to the church building as soon as possible.”

An update on church heating from Mike:

A meeting of wardens and key members of the church have made the very difficult decision that due to a total heating failure in the church it cannot be used over Christmas and the next three months. All our services for the immediate future, including all our Christmas services, will therefore be relocated in the church hall.

The heating system went down about four weeks ago, and we have now explored all the possibilities of repair or alternative sources of heating. The heating system needs to be totally replaced. The requirements of a historic listed building of this size restrict the heating possibilities available to us, and the electricity supply to the church limits us further. The only sources of temporary heating that would meet our needs are all out on hire, or the costs prohibitive. We have judged the building to be too cold to use without any heating at this time.

We deeply regret the need for this decision, which has been taken with the full support of the
Bishop and diocese. Worship over Christmas will be very different away from the atmosphere of our beautiful building, but we can promise a warm welcome, joyful worship and Christmas cheer in the church hall.

Once the very busy Christmas season is over we will be working hard to ensure that worship can return to the church building as soon as possible.

Mike

Our Christmas services are as follows:

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