St. Mary’s Church Luton UK
St. Mary’s Church in Luton, England is an Anglican Church where it’s practice is Western Christian Tradition. St. Mary’s Church is a Parish church that was built approximately in 930 AD by a king. King Athelstan had the church built as a gift for ending victorious over the Danes.
The original church when first built was nothing compared to the appearance it contains in the present. In the 12th century, a new church was created that is the current church, just greatly reconstructed. It had become consecrated in 1137. In the 13th century, the church started to be updated more on the inside to make it more useful. Though it did not seem to that useful, it has always been the main place of worship for the entire town.
Another hundred years passed and the church took on a great expansion as it grew in size with a massive tower, new chapels, a vaulted sacristy with another room above it. St. Mary’s church has been expanding for centuries, even adding a chapel named the Wenlock Chapel that is homed to William Wenlock.
As time went on, the church continued to go through restorations as Wenlock Chapel was fixed up in 1914. More workspace and just space, in general, were created in the 1960s along with more halls and offices. The church has been restored to be more modern as many churches have been, with the installation of a new heating system in 2019.
There is a foundation, The Friends of St. Mary’s Luton to help raise money for the restorations and additions to the church as it has raised more than £1 million in 60 years.
The church had also installed the clock of St. Mary’s along with a new bell in 1901. The clock needed to be restored in 1979 as it had stopped running and was reopened in the later months of 1999. Currently, the church is looking to be neighbored by a new soccer stadium, but the church is still standing and holds its history and will continue for as long as it stands.
You can visit St. Mary’s church located on Church Street, Luton, England, LU 1 3JF United Kingdom.
The church is open on Monday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, closed on Tuesday, Wednesday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, closed on Friday, often closed on Saturdays except for events, and open on Sundays from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. On Wednesdays, the church holds Soul Space Service and Lunch as on Sundays the church holds Morning Worship and Holy Communion.
The church also holds many Young People’s Programs for children, youth and students. The Church of St. Mary’s has become more and more beneficial and useful for the youth as they can participate in events and classes that are held just for them. The Church of St. Mary’s holds so much history that can be visited at any time of the year on the days they are open if you are interested in checking it out.