As it celebrates its 200th birthday, the Church of St Thomas and St Luke in Dudley (‘Top Church’) will be holding an open meeting on Saturday 22 September to let local people know a few of the plans for the future of the building and to give them a chance to input before any final decisions are made. In particular, plans to create a ‘resourcing church’ will mean that the majority of the pews will be removed to ensure the church can become more flexible as a community resource and there will be a chance to view the plans at the meeting.

All are welcome to come along to Top Church at midday to hear the Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki Groarke explain how those parts of the church which are of historic interest will be retained while some changes are made in order to ensure Top Church can remain for future generations to enjoy. The Revd James Treasure will also be present to outline the new and exciting vision for the church.

Nikki said: “Top Church is an iconic building and we want it to remain at the heart of Dudley Town Centre for many years to come. Although we’ll be keeping some of the original features, it’s essential to modernise the inside to ensure it is fit for the 21st Century. The alternative is to close the building and nobody wants to see that. I hope that as many people as possible will come to our open meeting so that we can involve the local community in our plans and find out more about what they love about the church.”

James said: “I am really looking forward to leading the resourcing church at Top Church and we’ve got exciting plans for its future and how it can serve the local community effectively. Top Church is 200 years old this year and we hope the changes we’re making will help make sure it’s still here for future generations – maybe even for another 200 years! Please do come along to find out more and how you can be involved in sharing the love of Jesus with the people of Dudley!”

The meeting will be at midday on Saturday 22 September at Top Church. All are welcome and refreshments will be available. 


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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