[The] Reverend Donald Davis urged the congregation to come closer.
“There’s not a lot of us today,” he said with his trademark staccato laugh. “Let’s huddle together for warmth….”
…a low point is also where the Church of England – of which St Luke’s is one of 16,000 churches – finds itself. Embroiled in divisive internal arguments over same-sex marriage rights and whether women should be allowed to serve as bishops, perhaps the most serious battle facing England’s state church is against an evermore secular society in which its role is far from clear.