The Bell Tower
The bells in St Luke’s Bell Tower were given by an anonymous donor to honor Robert C. Alston, the senior warden who helped lead the church many years ago in its decision to stay downtown. The donor purchased a group of eight change bells from a church in England and funded the construction of the bell tower. The bell tower was talked about for many years and the renovation of the church in 2000 was an opportunity to incorporate the bell tower in church plans. During that time, two more bells were added. In the past, there were 10 bell ringers, but today there are only three trained ringers and two in training; the learning curve is 12 months to be proficient.
St. Luke’s bell ringers offer a way to connect both inwardly and outwardly. They normally ring after the 9 a.m. service and before the 11:15 a.m. service. They ring Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and for all Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve services. As an important music ministry, our bell ringers ring for parades, festivals and races on Peachtree Street. Upon request, they ring after weddings and ring half muffled bells before funerals and toll after funerals. St. Luke’s ten-bell tower gets a number of visitors due to our downtown/midtown location and proximity to MARTA transit. Groups of ringers from Great Britain have stopped by to ring our bells during the week.