About Us

Learn a little more about us, our gatherings & our team

Who We Are

The best way to get to know us is to come along to one of our services. St Lukes is a family friendly evangelical church. We love the bible and all it teaches us about God’s plan for our lives. We believe that God has given each of us gifts and talents, and that together we make up the Body of Christ. We are being shaped by God’s love, and we want to give that love away.

Our vision is:

Knowing Jesus, Growing in Jesus, Showing Jesus to others

What We Believe

We believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our faith.
Christians believe that Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus reveals to us that God is our Father, and that God is available to us through the Holy Spirit.

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We are growing church with different activities happening across the week and we are always seeking to be more effective at serving our community. Our church buildings, like our relationship with God, are definitely not just for Sundays. 2020 has taught us that we need to find new ways of gathering when we can’t meet in church. We now gather regularly over Zoom and WhatsApp for worship, bible study and prayer.

Growing to become more like Jesus is essential for authentic Christianity. We call this discipleship and as a church intentionally provide an environment to make this happen.

As a church we are always looking for opportunities to go on mission, often right here in our own communities and town. We want to provide a variety of ways to connect with and bless our community and share with others what a relationship with God is all about.


We are part of the Diocese of Liverpool and we join with all of the churches in our diocese in asking God to give us a Bigger Church to make a Bigger Difference in the world. We want to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in all areas of life in St Helens, the UK and throughout the world.

You have a unique part to play in God’s world. Here at St Lukes we will support you in developing a Rule of Life. Together, we are trying different ways to Pray, Read the Bible and Learn about our faith. We’re encouraging each other to Tell others about Jesus, Serve each other in our community to make the world a better place, and Give our time, talents and money to support the work of the church here and in the world.

Called to Pray, Read, Learn

Sent to Tell, Serve, Give

Our Gatherings

Here at St Lukes we hold regular Sunday gatherings at 9.30am. Our services vary from Morning Worship to Holy Communion (on 3rd Sundays). During our services, every week there is a Kid's Church group who meet in the community centre for games, crafts and activities.

You will always receive a warm welcome with us, whether you are new to us or have been part of the family for years! If you’d like more information about our Kid’s Church, please contact Rev Gareth (garethrbanton@gmail.com).

Meet the Vicar

In addition to our clergy, we also have an amazing group of dedicated lay people who are part of the ministry team at St Lukes. They do a fantastic job of leading our gatherings and preaching both in person and online.

Gareth Banton

Team Vicar

I’m a husband, and father of two children. I’m passionate about teaching, and helping people to understand the Bible. I love good coffee, gaming, and wild-camping.

New to Church?

If you don’t normally come to church or haven’t been for a long time, you’ll be very welcome here at St Lukes. We hope our website helps you find out more about us.

If you’re wondering about Christianity, the message at the heart of what we believe is pretty simple. There’s a three minute video below to give you an introduction to what it’s all about. You may also like to look at this website. If you’re interested in finding out more about what it is to be a Christian any of our team would be happy to help.

We understand that church may be a new experience for some people, and that you might have some general questions about what happens at St Lukes. Our team are always happy to answer your questions, don’t be shy!

Here are some of the more frequently asked questions.

We have a friendly welcome team who will normally greet you at the door. If any notice sheets or books are needed for the service these will be given to you. However, most of the time, all words will be projected onto large screens. If you are unsure about anything, our friendly welcome team are available to help you.

Our service format is easy to follow. It is led from the front so it is always clear on what is happening. Words for the songs, hymns and responsive prayers are projected on two screens so its easy to take part if you want to, but nobody will think badly of you if you stay seated or choose not to sing. We want you to feel at home with us. People of all ages attend our services, and children are most welcome. We don’t expect them to keep still or stay quiet, because they need to feel at home too!

Please wear whatever you feel most comfortable wearing – there is no set dress code. You’ll find there will be a wide range from jeans and t-shirts to suits and ties. Face coverings are also optional.

You are welcome to receive communion or a blessing, whichever you are most comfortable or familiar with. If you want to talk to someone about what receiving communion means, please speak to whichever of the team clergy is present.

An offering may be taken during our services which helps us to continue our work in the community, with charities, and our outreach, as well as to maintain our buildings. All gifts are gratefully received, no matter the amount. We are aware that everybody’s circumstances are unique and there may be occasions where you are unable to make an offering. Please do not be embarrassed by this. Many of our regular members actually pay directly into our bank or via the Parish Giving Scheme. Learn more on our Giving page.

Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

At St Lukes we are here for people in times of joy and in times of sorrow.

We hold services for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. If you are looking for any of these services,
you will find information below on what you can expect from us for each service, and how you can access them.

Baptisms / Christenings

Baptisms (sometimes called Christenings) are the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all of your family and friends. We would love to to part of that special day. Please read the Eccleston Team of Churches Baptism Policy, to learn more. If you’d like to register your interest in baptism please email our administrator.


Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual just as you want it to be. Click here to find out more. Feel free to contact us using our contact form or give us a call. To find out more please email our administrator..

Sandra and Lee’s Story


A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends to express their grief and to give thanks for the life that has now completed its journey in this world. Click here to find out more.  Please email our administrator to find out more.