The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is an Episcopal church in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, located at 487 Hudson Street. The church is affiliated with the St. Luke's School, an elementary school located on the same block. Both are located within the Greenwich Village Historic District, created in 1969.
For many years, the church distributed bread to the poor after the 10am service on Saturdays. This "Leake Dole of Bread" was provided for in the will of John Leake. Starting in the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic deeply affected the Village community. The AIDS Project of St. Luke's was founded in 1987, providing Saturday dinner and weekend teas to tens of thousands of afflicted persons. One of the priests ministering to AIDS patients back then was the former actress Molly McGreevey. St. Luke's is actively involved with the gay and lesbian community, participating with its own contingent at the annual Gay Pride March. On June 26, 2011, the church held a Festive Choral Evensong for Gay Pride service.
St. Luke's is known for its vibrant musical life. The choir of the church performs several concerts yearly, with a series of three concerts each spring season. In the past these concerts have included performances such as the New York premiere of Telemann's St. Matthew Passion, the Tenebrae settings of composer Richard Toensing and many other works. The choir has made several recordings. In addition to the choir, the church is known for its vigorous congregational singing. Mr. David Shuler is the organist and choirmaster of the church.
Gwen Gould, former music director of the School at St. Luke's was also the founder of the West Village Chorale, currently directed by Michael Conley. Until last year, most of the Chorale's concerts were performed at the Church. They have currently moved to Judson Memorial Church at Washington Square Park.