Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Back to church – September!!

Sunday 26th: Trinity 17

We continue our worship together in church today at the new times of 9am and 10.30am.  Please do come and join us!

The bible readings today are:

Philippians 2:12-18   Matthew 5:13-16

9.00am:  Holy Communion in church

a restricted service (consecrated bread only) led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.

10.30am: Morning Worship in church

a service for all ages with lively fellowship, down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs and classic hymns, followed by refreshments in the Church Hall. 
Our new organ and console are in the final stage of tuning and so aren’t yet in use.

It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, but for everyone’s safety we suggest you do so when singing and maintain seating distancing and other COVID-19 precautions during services.


Our vicar, Canon Rob, recorded a special short video to mark Back to Church September and introduce the new series of readings from the letter to the Philippians

If you missed any of the earlier video addresses, you can find them here.

Coming week at St Luke’s:

The church building is open again but still on a limited basis for the final tuning work on our new organ.

Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th September:

9am on Zoom* – short Morning Prayer on Zoom on Rob McLaren’s account*

Wednesday 29th September:

10.30am – mid-week Holy Communion in church
a restricted service (consecrated bread only) led by Canon Rob.

We suggest you continue to wear a face covering and comply with social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions during services.

Saturday 2nd October:

7.30pm – recital by Prof. Ian Tracey of Liverpool Cathedral,  celebrating the installation of our new organ (tickets £10 details opposite)

*Note:  our short Zoom service of Morning Prayer continues at 9am on Monday to Wednesday.  Zoom will also be used for some small church meetings and study groups.

Please contact with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.

Bible Readings: Sept. 27th - Oct. 3rd

Monday 27th Sept.           Psalm 71; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12; Mark 14:1-11
Tuesday 28th Sept.           Psalm 73; 2 Chronicles 10:1-11:4; Mark 14:12-25
Wednesday 29th Sept.     Psalm 75; 2 Chronicles 12:1-end; Mark 14:26-42
Thursday 30th Sept.          Psalm 78:1-39; 2 Chronicles 13:1-14:1; Mark 14:43-52
Friday 1st Oct.                      Psalm 55; 2 Chronicles 14:2-end; Mark 14:53-65
Saturday 2nd Oct.               Psalms 76,79; 1 Chronicles 15:1-15; Mark 14:66-end
Sunday 3rd Oct.                   2 Cor. 8:7-12  Luke 2:21-24

Churchyard tidying – 18th September

THANK YOU!! Knutsford Road churchyard tidied again on Sept 18th The area for cremated remains in the Knutsford Road churchyard is tidy again thanks to the efforts of the regular group of stalwart volunteers (above) at the final working party of the year.  This area of...

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First guest recital on our new organ – Sat 2nd October

First guest recital on our new organ – Sat 2nd October

We are excited at the thought that very soon we will be able to enjoy the contribution of our newly installed organ to our church services.

To celebrate its installation, we are presenting an organ recital by the celebrated Liverpool Cathedral Organist, Prof Ian Tracey, on Saturday 2nd October at 7.30 pm.

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Community Choir restarts 15th September

After a year and a half of meeting on Zoom, the choir is now looking forward to meeting again in person. Now is also a great time for newcomers to join and have a good sing together – if you want to know more, please call Wendy Macdonald or just come along to a rehearsal. The first is at 7.30pm on Wed. 15th September in the Church Hall.

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August Afternoon Tea in Beautiful Surroundings

In spite of the variable weather, Gill Brickwood held afternoon tea in her beautiful Brereton garden on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August to raise funds for St Luke’s Church Organ and Lighting Appeal and for the Alzheimer’s Society. In all the excellent total of £1,191 was raised shared equally between St Luke’s and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Barnabus – can you help?

The staff and volunteers at Barnabus continue to do wonderful things for homeless people in Manchester, but they need all the support we can give especially during the pandemic. Steve Best is a trustee of Barnabus and makes regular visits and so can deliver gifts of...

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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.

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: or phone 01477 537491 to make sure of your copy!

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