Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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 This week at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel 

see also: Diary  –  Link(Oct) Daily readings

Sunday 2nd October – Harvest – Trinity 16

Readings today:  Genesis 9: v1-3; John 15, v 5-8
9am – Harvest Holy Communion in church –  traditional sung service in contemporary language following Common Worship, with classic hymns – PLEASE BRING AN ITEM OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AS A HARVEST CONTRIBUTION. 
10.30am – Harvest Service for all ages in church- “no books” service celebrating Harvest with lively fellowship and a mixture of contemporary songs and classic hymns – PLEASE BRING A FAVOURITE VEGETABLE!  – then join us afterwards for tea/coffee in the Church Hall.

COVID-19 precautions: many people locally continue to be ill with the virus and so please respect the wishes of those who feel vulnerable and wish to continue to wear a face-covering and maintain social distancing whilst in church.  

Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th October

9.00am – Morning Prayer on Zoom* (Rob’s account) – a shortened version with shared Bible readings

*Note:  if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join one of our short Zoom Morning Prayer services,  please email and we will send you the access details

Wednesday 5th October

10.30am – Midweek Holy Communion  in church  – a short unsung service to enjoy peace and seek the Lord.
7.30 – 8.45pm – St Luke’s Community Choir meets in the Church Hall.

Friday 7th October

7.00 – 9.00pm – Harvest Supper in the Church Hall
menu: Cottage Pie & Apple Pie (Veg options available) – entertainment includes a short Quiz and music by the Slipper Band
admission by ticket (or on the door): adults £8, children £3, family £20 – more information from Barbara Street HC  534745 or any Social Committee member
proceeds will support a Church project

Sunday 9th October – Trinity 16

Readings today:  2 Samuel 12: v1-13; Matthew 5: v13-16
9am – Holy Communion in church –  traditional sung service in contemporary language following Common Worship, with classic hymns.
10am – Genesis meets in the Church Hall: continuing focus on the Lord’s Prayer
10.30am – Morning Worship in church – “no books” service with down to earth Bible readings, contemporary songs & classic hymns , followed by tea and coffee in the Church Hall.
6.30pm – Service of Confirmation in church – conducted by the Rt Revd Sam Corley, Bishop of Stockport.
October 2022 letter

October 2022 letter

Do promises matter? Yes. The Queen’s life shows us why.

There is great merit in people making excellent promises, freely and without compulsion. The great merit shows itself as the promise-maker follows through, to the benefit of others as well as their own character and reputation.

We have been the beneficiaries of excellent promises of commitment made by the Queen.

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September 2022 letter

September 2022 letter

Some fellow vicars try to convince me that it’s not just about ‘bums on seats’. What they mean is that we shouldn’t be so worried if people don’t come to church. So it is that many clergy in our country try to make themselves feel better about small congregations and declining numbers.

However, the issue of ‘bums on seats’ should not be so easily dismissed.

Some locals might say ‘If you want bums on your seats, you’ll need to make them more comfortable!’ Well, we are tackling that one! By the end of this month, we hope to take delivery of pew cushions for all of the church pews (apart from the balcony).

At the Annual Church Meeting in May, a church member made a plea to address this issue: padding for our rears. Others backed the proposal and so we have researched alternatives, and ordered pew cushions.

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Operation Christmas Child 2022

On Sunday 25th September we are launching our contribution to this initiative run by Samaritans Purse to send gift filled shoe boxes to children in need around the world. This may be the only gift a child will receive.

Leaflets on ‘How to Pack a Shoebox’ and pre-printed shoeboxes to take away ready for filling will be available.

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Churchyard spruced up again!!

Churchyard spruced up again!!

Thank you to the group of volunteers who came to tidy around the memorials area for cremated remains in the Knutsford Road churchyard on Saturday 10th September.

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Genesis Autumn 2022

Genesis Autumn 2022

Genesis resumed after the Summer break in the Church Hall at 10am on Sunday 11th September. Read the letter to parents which includes a summary of Genesis Sunday sessions until Christmas.

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Hall reopened

St Luke’s Church Hall reopened for public use on Sunday 4th September 2022 starting with tea and coffee following the 10.30am service. 

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Prayers for the late Queen

Some prayers to help us remember our late Queen Elizabeth II and pray for our new King, His Majesty King Charles III suggested by the Church of England in their general resources for churches and schools

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Praying together in the weeks of Trinity

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 it.
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
whose judgements are true and just.
Praise our God, all you his servants,
All who fear him, both small and great.
The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns:
Let us rejoice and give him the glory.
For the marriage of the Lamb has come
And his bride has made herself ready.
Blessed are those who are invited
To the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

From Revelation 19

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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.

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.

Donations update Feb22

Donations update Feb22

Update letter from Judith and William Hall about donations to help the homeless in Manchester through Barnabus and our friends at St Luke’s Brinnington.

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Recital on our new organ – 2nd October

Recital on our new organ – 2nd October

Our new organ was commissioned at a recital on 2nd October 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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