Reverend Ann Rigby-Jones has been our minister since August 2015.
She has been Superintendent Minister of the Wirral Circuit since February 2013 and also has full pastoral charge of Heswall Methodist Church and titular pastoral charge of the churches at Little Sutton, Hope Farm, Woodchurch, Claremount and Trinity, Ellesmere Port.
Born in Eccles, Greater Manchester, Ann trained as an RE teacher and worked for some years as RE coordinator in various schools and colleges. She started her ministry in 2004 in the Delamere Forest Circuit, becoming ordained as a minister of the Methodist Church in 2006. Whilst there she met and married her husband Paul. Her various other interests include theatre, music and puppetry.
“Hello everyone – welcome to the website of St. Luke’s Methodist Church.
My life hasn’t panned out the way that either my family or I thought it would. I was brought up in a Roman Catholic home and, from an early age, it seemed that I would grow up to be an RE teacher in a Catholic school. So I did …. until God had other ideas. I always had something in the back of my mind that told me that God wanted me to serve him as a minister in his church, but as a female Catholic, this seemed impossible. That was until I felt God calling me to another denomination where I could serve him in this way and so I found myself in Methodism by divine intervention.
My spirituality had been enriched by my Catholic upbringing and so I felt able, with God’s strength, to follow his footprints and to make my way into a stage of my life that was unfamiliar and challenging. Becoming a Methodist was like finding a pair of shoes that fitted perfectly and events moved quickly after I became a member of a Methodist church in Leeds. In the space of a few years, I became a Local Preacher, went through ministerial training, was stationed in the Delamere Forest Circuit, was ordained, got married and arrived in Wirral.
Our mission at St. Luke’s is to guide people of all backgrounds into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and our church community offers a warm and friendly welcome to all who wish to visit, enjoy hospitality and worship with us.
I hope you will enjoy browsing our website and find all the information that you require.”
Reverend Ann Rigby-Jones has been our minister since August 2015.
Averil started her walk with Jesus after she met her husband in 1985 and began to attend St Luke’s, where she found a welcoming spirit. She served in children’s work at St Luke’s for many years and successfully completed the Certificate of Christian Education, despite continuing in full-time work in retail and, latterly, as Company Secretary and Administrator for a small private company until finally retiring in 2013. Her skills continue to be utilised at St Luke’s in a wide range of activities.
In addition to being a member of our Leadership Team and leading one of our mid-week Life Groups, Noel is church treasurer. He aims to keep the finances healthy, so that our church can continue to grow and sustain God’s mission in our community. He works as an IT Project Manager and enjoys outdoor activities.
Matt moved to the Wirral and joined St. Luke’s in 2001, first attending the Friday night youth club. He soon started worshipping at St. Luke’s on a Sunday morning and attended Youthie on Sunday evenings. After going away for university, Matt came back to St. Luke’s in 2012 and started helping at Youthie and in 2014 took on the lead role heading up all the youth work at St. Luke’s. He was appointed as a Steward in 2015.
Anne-Marie has been part of the church family at St. Luke’s since 2000 when she first attended with her (then) future husband Rich. Their two children Ceri and Liam attend the junior church ‘TransformUs’. Anne-Marie has worked within the Financial Services industry for 20 years. The last 12 years of these she has worked as an internal business auditor.
Peter has come to the Wirral Methodist Circuit from Lincoln, on the east of the country, and he enjoys meeting folk and learning about the lives of people across the communities of Wirral. Peter and his wife, Angela, live in Hoylake and they have 3 “grown up” children, Josh, Sam and Sarah, all of whom continue to live in Lincoln.
For 16 years, he was a bus driver, then after a spell as a community development worker for the Methodist Church for 8 years, he became a Deacon. He is here to work alongside three churches in the Circuit, (one being St. Luke’s, of course), and while he’s available to the whole Church, his focus is on work with young people. Peter says he loves to listen and chat about Jesus and the difference being loved by Him has made to his life and lives of others.
Sam is a member of the Stewarding Team, as well as Property and Finance and Circuit Teams. She oversees room bookings for both internal and external hirers of the church facilities. Sam also helps regularly at Kidz Klub, our popular Friday evening club for primary age children.
Sam hails from Yorkshire but has lived in Wirral for 23 years. She teaches English and RE at a local independent school and, in spare time, enjoys walking, skiing, the theatre and spending time in her newly acquired garden. Sam is married to David and their son is currently studying Theology at Cliff College. The family has worshipped at St Luke’s for the last seven years.
Diane, who has an Open University BA Honours Degree in Psychology, originally trained and worked as a nurse. After living on the IOM and in Scotland, Diane returned to the Wirral and. after visiting many churches, she felt called to join St Lukes. She moved to Hoylake to be near her church family and is now one of our Church Stewards and a member of our Pastoral Team. Diane, who gave her life to Jesus in her teens, has a wonderful testimony, having had to rely on the Love of God so often during her life. She has certificates in Pastoral Skills, Prayer Ministry, Counselling and Safeguarding and has completed an Intensive Ministry Course and a 3-year Bible Study course. Diane is also committed to training to become a Worship Leader for St Luke’s.
Being brought up in St Luke’s since I was a baby, I’ve never known anything different. It’s like having a second family, other people you can turn to in a crisis. I’ve been through the Sunday School as a child and now I’m there as a leader.
Over many years I have helped at the children’s clubs, from Adventurers, Big Bash Thursday and Friday and now I’m managing the Kidz Klub which is for Primary School children, we meet on Friday evenings during term time!
I work at the local Independent school in Hoylake where I’m a Teaching Assistant; I have been doing this for 12 years and support children on a one to one basis who have Special Educational Needs – it’s such a rewarding job.
I also attend a Christian Celebration week called ECG (Equipping, Calling, Going) which takes place in Scarborough around Easter time. We do bible study, worship, workshops and many more activities you can drop into. It’s lovely to go back and see all the friends that I’ve made there over many years.
David was brought up by parents who had first met in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where they both worked for many years as Methodist missionaries. He followed in their footsteps with eight years teaching in Sierra Leone, followed by 4 years in a 300-year-old Herefordshire boarding school and then 27 years at Calday Grange Grammar School.
David has the great blessing of being married to Averil. He is very active in campaigns for human rights and social justice with Wirral Amnesty Group and continues to mentor the CGGS Amnesty Group, as he regards these as intrinsic parts of his Christian commitment. He also acts a helper at Kidz Klub and represents St. Luke’s at Wirral Methodist Circuit meetings.
A lifelong Methodist, Catriona is responsible for helping run the weekly Parents & Toddlers and also 1st Hoylake (St Luke’s) Guides. Married to Noel, and recently becoming a grandma, Catriona works as a Teaching Assistant at the local primary school.
Clive is the co-facilitator for Food & Friends, our weekly Friday lunch club and ‘Drop In’.
For several years, Clive has been a member of the Wirral Street Pastors team, where he is a Team Leader, responsible for Training and Recruitment.
Andy is the part-time Co-ordinator of Wirral FUSS, a project supplying good quality School Uniform – FREE – to families on the Wirral. Uniform items are given regardless of family circumstances, as a sign of God’s grace, in the spirit and according to the values of God’s Kingdom. It also aims to care for God’s Creation by preventing large quantities of clothing from becoming landfill. This practical mission work is carried out alongside Sheila Fowler, the founder of the project, and an excellent team of volunteers working at our seven local hubs.
Andy’s family has been a part of the church family at St Luke’s since 1988. During that time Andy has worked for the Methodist Church as a Lay Pastor and Church Community Worker in Liverpool, Warrington and Wirral. He is a Managing Trustee of both the Methodist Fund for Human Need and the Sea of Faith Network UK.
Having lived on Wirral all her life, Sandra moved to Hoylake in 1990. She transferred her church membership in 2003. Sandra is married to John and they have 3 adult boys who benefitted greatly from many organised activities in/around Hoylake when they were younger. Since her retirement from teaching, this has led to a desire for voluntary work, to pay back time given by others to her family. Sandra is now the leader of the Saturday Club, a club for disadvantaged adults which has been at St Luke’s for more than 50 years. Sandra joined several years ago as a helper and progressed to leader in 2012. She is also the main organiser of our Community Lunch project, which commenced in 2011 with the objective of offering a warm and friendly atmosphere for anyone from the local community to come and enjoy a freshly cooked meal and make new friends. Since then it has grown to a very successful monthly event for approximately 50 people, thanks to Sandra and a really good small team of helpers.
Kathy has worshipped God in the Methodist tradition since childhood, mainly in central mission churches while growing up. She learned to play the piano as a girl, attaining her Grade 8 examination, and much later as an adult went on to learn viola and violin. In 2001, with a few friends she started the St Luke’s worship band to introduce modern songs into worship, and now coordinates a band of various instruments and singers of all ages to help lead weekly worship. In 2012, she took on the challenge of learning to play the church organ and most services now contain a mix of both traditional and modern hymns and songs, always focussing on God as the centre of worship. She is always happy to hear from potential band members and is keen to help develop emerging talents.
Dave has been part of the Tech Team at St. Luke’s for the last few years. He is originally from Yorkshire and has taught on the Wirral for over 20 years. He is married to Sam and father to William.
Mark became a Christian at the age of 15, through attending the youth club at St. Luke’s and has a passion to connect with young people in the same way. As such, Mark is one of the leaders of our current youth group (Youthie), acts as Secretary of the Worship Team, and is part of the Tech Team – providing audio and visual support for Sunday morning services and other church events. Away from church, Mark is an engineer at an oil refinery in Ellesmere Port and hopes to complete the final year of his degree in Industrial Electronics and Control Engineering this year.