St Luke's, Watford

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St Luke’s Church in Watford, St Alban’s Diocese, used an unexpected legacy to boost its building project constructing a new church and a community centre in the carpark.  The former church, built in 1937, was attractively converted to a hall space, which was in fact the original plan.  The legacy was received from a parishioner named Joyce who had been a church member for many years, and her generous gift contributed towards the £1.75m building project.  

In memory of Joyce

St Luke's, Joyce 4Canon John Kiddle, Diocesan Director of Mission, who was vicar of St Lukes at the time of the building project said:

“The legacy was the much needed last step to realising a project that had already been given huge support from both church members and those in the community. 

We dedicated the first storey of the community centre in memory of Joyce who donated the money.  Her particular wish was that the money would fund a building where people could come to explore faith. This is an excellent example of where a legacy, however unexpected contributed to the mission of the church in its local community.”

Current vicar of St Luke’s Canon Dave Middlebrook said: “St Luke’s continues to thrive and be an active community centre and hub in the local parish and although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Joyce, it is a reminder of the dedication and support of our members.”

Listen to Canon Dave Middlebrook and Canon John Kiddle, Diocesan Director of Mission discussing the impact of Joyce's legacy, on the Helen Legh Faith Show with BCC Three Counties Radio.

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