Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Opening of St Luke’s for limited services continues during September

The relaxation of official restrictions now permits certain services to continue in church buildings, but subject to strict conditions including social distancing being met and comprehensive risk assessment.   St Luke’s is a relatively small church and keeping to the recommended social distancing requirement limits the maximum number who can safely attend to about 30 people. 

Following support from the parish replying to a questionnaire consultation the Church Council decided to resume limited services in church on a trial basis during August on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 10.30amAttendance at these short restricted Holy Communion services has been good with around 30 communicants on Sundays.  The necessary precautions including wearing face-masks, correct social distancing and cleaning were maintained to keep everyone safe and so the limited services will continue during September.

There is a Link guidance sheet available in church which sets out the ways in which we can help one another keep safe, while at the same time finding encouragement and Christian fellowship in church.

Our regular Sunday morning service using Zoom continues (new time of 10.30am) for parishioners with internet access, as do our short services of Morning Prayer on Monday – Wednesday at 9am and our Prayer Meeting on Thursday at 9.30am – please contact if you have not received access details.

Please continue to check our website and FaceBook page for support in your individual worship and prayer.

More information on the Noticeboard

Useful Links:

Sunday September 20th: 15th after Trinity

The Bible readings today are:

  • Philippians 1.21-end
  • Matthew 13.1-23

9.00am in St Luke’s church: our vicar Canon Rob McLaren will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion

The church will be open from 8.30am and will remain open after the service for private individual worship until midday.

We are limited to a maximum of around 30 inside the church for the service. Please observe all the face-covering and social distancing requirements whilst inside the church.

10.30am: our vicar Rob will lead our virtual service of Morning Prayer via Zoom available to those who are unable to attend in church.
[Please login at 10.25pm  on Rob’s Zoom ID so that we can begin on time.]

Before today’s services, why not watch the short video address (below) recorded for us by our vicar, Rob, the first of a short series based around the Parables of the Kingdom

11.15am: Zoom catch up informally for a chat in small groups with other Church members; session hosted today again by Jean McLaren on her Zoom ID.

The joining details for the Zoom meetings have been sent to all our parishioners with email addresses.  We’re sorry that we can’t open these Zoom meetings up to everyone but if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in, please let us know by email

The coming week

Church Council meeting:

        7.30pm MONDAY 21st September by Zoom – see agenda here

Continuation of limited corporate worship in church:

10.30am WEDNESDAY 23rd September – our vicar Rob will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion.

The church will be open from 10am – please follow the safeguarding instructions on the notices as you enter church and on the pew Link sheet – face-masks should be worn inside church – we are limited to a maximum of about 30 people in church so that everyone can remain safely distanced.

  • The Bible readings for Monday 21st – Sunday 27th September are shown below.

Our Zoom Services continue:

9am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Zoom Morning Prayer service continues – led again by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.

9.30am Thursday: Zoom Intercessions service – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.

Opening of church for individual private prayer:  please note that during September this will only be available on Wednesday and Sunday after the services until midday 

Thank you!!

For those who helped on Sat 5th Sept tidy the memorials for cremated remains in our Knutsford Road churchyard

see Noticeboard for more details 
For your continued financial support of St Luke’s during the lock-down and the  limited re-opening of church.

Many people who make their donations weekly by envelope have delivered them direct to our Treasurer, William Hall.  Those giving by standing order have continued to give directly through their bank.  Some of our congregation have been able to make an additional donation to offer support during these uncertain times.

All your donations are greatly appreciated and enable us to continue the work at St Luke’s.  So many thanks again

Jayne Weaver
Churchwarden and Parish Giving Officer

Bible Readings: 21st - 27th September

Monday 21st: Psalm 49, 1 Kings 8.32-61, Acts 16.6-24

Tuesday 22nd: Psalms 36, 1 Kings 8.62-9.9, Acts 16.25-end

Wednesday 23rd: Psalm 34, 1 Kings 10.1-25, Acts 17.1-15

Thursday 24th: Psalms 37, 1 Kings 11.1-13, Acts 17.16-end

Friday 25th: Psalm 31, 1 Kings 11.26-end, Acts 18.1-21

Sunday 27th, 16th after Trinity: Psalm 78.1-4,12-16, Philippians 2.1-13, Matthew 13.24-30

Praying Together after Trinity Sunday

Praying Together @St Luke's, Holmes Chapel in the weeks of Trinity  - to help you in your personal worship see a printable version of this prayer sheet here The Lord be with you And also with you. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in...

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Praying Together – when sickness is near

you can view or download this whole prayersheet here

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Rt Revd Mark Tanner, formerly Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in Northumberland, was confirmed as Bishop of Chester on Wed 15th July.   Although now legally the Bishop of Chester, he is not expected to take up his public duties until September.

You can view some of his first reactions (and  those of his wife, Lindsay) to his new appointment in this short video and also in his  video conversation with Bishop Christine, the Bishop of Newcastle.   You can also see his response to some searching questions about his faith from several young people from around the diocese who chatted online with the Bishop-elect recently, giving an idea of what may be in store when he starts his ministry with us in the autumn.

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A poem by By Kristi Bothur

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began, Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

 People were sick, hospitals full, Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring, The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen, They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed, “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out, No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

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