Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

Serving Christ in our local community

MU AGM 20 Mar 2024

Our 2024 Annual General Meeting was held in the Church Hall on Wednesday 20th March and was attended by 20 members.

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Churchyard working party 20th April

Our first working party at the Knutsford Road Churchyard will be on Saturday 20th April from 9.30am until 11am. We will be mainly tidying the area around the cremated remains near the Chapel of Rest.

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Electoral Roll Revision 2024

The 2024 revision of the Church Electoral Roll will start on Friday 5th April and end on Friday 19th April. The requirements to be entered on the Roll are shown in the formal Notice in the church porch and in the website (link below).

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Brinnington – Spring 2024

Our friends at St Luke’s, Brinnington, have been delighted with generous donations from the people of Holmes Chapel area since Christmas time. Thanks to keen word of mouth by unknown donors we have received a constant supply of choice items. As a result, we have been able to deliver new supplies for the Brinnington stalls every fortnight, ensuring their weekly Drop-In has a variety of fresh items for sale.

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Christian Aid Lent 2024 – a big Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who supported us at the four Lent lunches and Music Recitals that we ran in March at St Luke’s Church Hall.

We raised the magnificent net sum of £1,263 which will be sent to Christian Aid to help the needy around the world. This sum includes £461 given as donations for the musical recitals held in St Luke’s Church after the Lent lunches and special thanks must go to Wendy Macdonald for kindly organising these events.

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April letter 2024

April letter 2024

From Jayne, our Churchwarden

Dear Friends
At the time of writing this Rob and Jean are enjoying a well-earned holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia, so Rob asked if I would write the magazine’s letter for April. I am delighted to do so as we move from reflecting on the dramatic events of Holy Week to celebrating the joy of Easter Sunday.

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March letter 2024

From our vicar, Rob:

Dear friends – we are in the season of Lent….. In St Luke’s, the adults’ Lent Challenge is called ‘Hear the Word’ when we commit ourselves to listening to the whole New Testament read to us by the Christian actor David Suchet.

You can find the link to the YouTube Play List of his reading of the whole Bible below.

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Praying together – Easter season

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Let your ways be known on earth,
Your saving power among the nations.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
Let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Lord of all life and power,
Who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in Him;
Grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory. Amen

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Praying Together

When sickness is near:

you can view or download this 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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Church Council 2023-2024

See the PCC page for details of the new Church Council for 2023/2024 after appointments made at the Annual Church meetings on 14th May and the first Council meeting on 15th May 2023.  

  • The next meeting of the Church Council is on Monday 18th March at 7.30pm in church
  • Minutes of Church Council meetings can be found on the PCC page.

Lizzie Pilcher’s charity walk

Lizzie successfully completed her Half Marathon walk around London landmarks for Crohn’s and Colitis UK on 19th June 2023 and raised over £700 in sponsorship. See route and photos.

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Organ recital – October 2021

Organ recital – October 2021

Our new organ was commissioned at a recital on 2nd October 2021 by the acclaimed organist Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral.

Thanks to the generosity of many we have now been able to welcome our new organ into the church—and it is clear that it will be of great benefit to our worship.

Ian treated the audience to a superb programme of music chosen by him to demonstrate our organ’s capabilities.  His wonderful musicianship and his interesting and engaging comments about the music and the organ itself made it an evening to remember.

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Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044

Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life The line –...

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