Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

Come to Christ, Love to Learn, Learn to Love!

Easter: 6th Sunday 9th May

We continue to celebrate the joy of our Lord’s resurrection!

Alleluia – Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed – Alleluia

Today’s Bible reading is:

  • Acts 10; v44-end

Our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, has recorded another short address to help us prepare for worship.

If you have missed any of our earlier videos, you can find them here.

9.00am:  restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) in St Luke’s church conducted by our vicar, Rob.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

St Luke’s will remain open for individual private prayer after the Sunday morning service and also after the Wednesday 10.30am service until around midday.

10.30am : Short morning service by Zoom*, led today by our vicar Rob before the Annual Meetings starting at 11.00am – see notices for more details
Please join the Zoom session today on  ID 856 031 5150 Passcode  apcm21    from 10.25am so that the service can start at 10.30am.

Coming week at St Luke’s:

Monday 10th:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom*

7.30pm – Church Council meeting on Zoom* – see agenda

Tuesday 11th – Wednesday 12th:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom*

Wednesday 12th:

10.30am – restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) in St Luke’s Church – conducted by our vicar, Rob

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

St Luke’s will remain open for individual private prayer after the Sunday morning service and also after the Wednesday 10.30am service until around midday.

Thurday 13th May:

9.30am – Prayer meeting by Zoom*

* Note:  joining details for our regular Zoom sessions have been circulated to those on our email list.  Please contact secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.

Bible Readings: May 10th - May 16th

Monday 10th:  Psalms 80,82; Deuteronomy 26; 1 Peter 4:1-11

Tuesday 11th:  Psalms 87,89; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 1 Peter 4:12-end

Wed.  12th:      Psalm 119:105-128; Deuteronomy 28:58-end; 1 Peter 5

Ascension Day 13th May:  Psalms 110,150; Isaiah 52:7-end; Hebrews 7:11-end

Friday 14th:     Psalms 94,95; Deuteronomy 29; 1 John 1:1-2:6

Sat. 15th:          Psalms 96,97; Deuteronomy 30; 1 John 2:7-17

Sunday 16th:   Acts 1:15-end

May 2021 Letter

May 2021 Letter

We do well to hear God’s Word in Ephesians 4:2 through the coming weeks. Coming out of a series of lockdowns will be disorienting. Many people are struggling with their general wellbeing. It’s exciting for many and good for all of us that society is becoming more social again, but we will need to be careful……… not so much about the continuing vigilance with the virus (although there is that), but more about showing care for others. We need to be full of caring.

Ephesians 4:2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This teaching was written to address the need for the Christians in Ephesus to treat one another very well in testing times, as it continues “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

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2021 Annual Church Meetings

The Church Annual Meetings for St Luke’s Holmes Chapel will be held on Sunday 9th May 2021, starting from 11am and preceded by a short service of Morning Worship at 10.30am. 

These short but important meetings will again be held using Zoom telecommunications because of restrictions on in person meetings.   

Anyone with an interest in St Luke’s Church, its activities and Christian mission is invited to attend.

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2021 Church Electoral Roll Revision

The advertised 2021 revision for additions and other changes to be made to the Church Electoral Roll was completed on Sunday 18th April. There are now 214 individuals on the revised Electoral Roll . Their names are listed on the noticeboard in the church porch and on the website for checking.

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Easter Flowers

Easter Flowers at St Luke's     A special thank you to Anne Lane and her team of  flower arrangers who made sure that the church looked so colourful for Eastertide.  

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Restricted services in church resumed at St Luke’s

We are very pleased to announce that limited services of communal worship have restarted at St Luke’s Holmes Chapel. There is now a restricted service of Holy Communion at 9.00am on Sundays and at 10.30am on Wednesdays, subject to the usual COVID-19 conditions of social distancing, wearing face covering etc.

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St Luke’s Holmes Chapel

Church and Zoom services – Easter into April

Praying Together in the 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.

Risen Christ,
You filled your disciples with boldness
And with fresh hope:
Strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
And fill us with your peace,
To the glory of God the Father. 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.

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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New history of St Luke’s

New history of St Luke’s

Take up of the newly published History of St Luke’s has been excellent. More copies have now been printed.

Please contact Peter Cotton by email: papscotton@sky.com or phone 01477 537491 to make sure of your copy!

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Genesis 21 – what is Easter about?

See this latest song/video setting out in simple terms the importance of the Easter message, and share it with your friends. Help them get a feel for the real meaning of Easter.

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Genesis update – January 2021

Genesis update – January 2021

Genesis returns on Sunday 10th January, again at 9.45am- 10.15am. We are very excited about seeing everyone again on our Zoom account: (the Genesis Zoom access details have already been sent by email to parents.) We have planned a programme of meetings through to Easter Sunday.

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Mothers’ Union – April 2020 Report

Mothers’ Union – April 2020 Report

MU report  - April 2020 Well, what a strange year! Our AGM meeting usually is in March to coincide with the financial year, but this year both Dorothy and I were going to be away for that meeting so we planned it for April. Little did we know that April wasn't going...

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