Welcome to St. Luke's!
St. Luke's Episcopal Church is a Christian community called to a vital, ever-deepening relationship with Christ and neighbor.
We are a growing, dynamic community, with programs for children, youth, families and people of all ages.
Our programs reach out to the community of Fort Collins and beyond with the Music at St. Luke's concert series, outreach ministries, St. Luke's Preschool, and shared programs with St. Paul's Episcopal Church including a middle school youth group and summer mission trip.
Our Christian Formation/Sunday School for Kindergarten through 8th grade runs on Sundays from September through May.
Please visit the other pages on this website to learn about our many programs.
Our members are among the several million Episcopalians in the United States today. We are part of a worldwide body, the Anglican Communion, numbering about seventy million.
A summary of what Episcopalians believe is found on page 845 in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).
History of St. Luke’s
In 1875, Colorado was just a territory with Indian tribes still living on the land. The frontier was pushing west and Fort Collins, a village of only 200 souls was part of this migration.
On the first Sunday in May 1875, an Episcopal mission station, St. Luke’s, was established with regular services. St. Luke’s was first housed in Tutton's Hall, a small building at the corner of Mountain Avenue and Linden Street. It had previously been a bank building and was even used as a billiards hall at one time.
Growth of the city and the tiny mission dictated a move to a new building at the corner of College Avenue and Oak Street. Consecrated in 1887, the tiny stone church in downtown Fort Collins was used for services until parish growth, about 168 communicants, necessitated a larger facility.
The church building where we now worship was consecrated February 14, 1965 and we recently celebrated 50 years on Stover Street. For further details, seeOne-Hundred-Five Years with St. Luke's Episcopal Church, available in the church library.
The Larger Church
The Diocese of Colorado
The Episcopal churches in Colorado are part of the Diocese of Colorado, headed by our bishop, currently headed by the Rt. Rev. Robert O'Neill. Bishop Rob will be retiring soon, so the diocese is in search for a new Bishop, with a goal of elections in October of 2018 and consecration of the new Bishop in July of 2019.
The Diocesan Digest, is a weekly email with news of the Diocese, information about music, art and theater events, special talks and programs, youth programs, retreats and programs at Cathedral Ridge. For both clergy and lay people, it's free and a great way to connect to the larger Episcopal Church in Colorado. You can sign up here.
In addition, if you are not receiving the quarterly Colorado Episcopalian (either in paper or electronic form), read online or sign up here.
The Episcopal Church USA
The Anglican Communion
The worldwide organization of churches to which the Episcopal Church belongs is the Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury ("Primate," or Senior Bishop, of the Church of England) is the symbolic head of this body.