Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 1st August: Trinity 9

The Bible reading today is:

John 8:48-59

There is no short video address today but  if you have missed any of our earlier videos, you can find them here.

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

To help keep everyone safe, please wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst you are in the church.

The church will remain open for individual private prayer after the Sunday morning service today until around midday

10.30am: Sunday morning service by Zoom*, led  again today by Canon Rob on his Zoom account.*

Please join the Zoom session from 10.25am so that the service can start at 10.30am.

11.15am:  after service informal Zoom catch-up hosted again today by Jean McLaren on her Zoom account.*

Do come along for an informal chat in small groups with other members of  St Luke’s!

*Note: joining details for all our Zoom sessions have been circulated to those on our email list. 

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

Coming week at St Luke’s:

Monday 2nd August to Wednesday 4th August:

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

Wednesday 4th August:

10.30am – Restricted service of Holy Communion led by Canon Rob.

To help keep everyone safe please wear a face covering and comply with the usual social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions.

Thursday 5th August:

9.30am – Prayer meeting by Zoom on Canon Rob’s account*

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

Bible Readings: Aug 2nd - 8th

Monday 2nd:    Psalm 44; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Mark 1:1-13

Tuesday 3rd:    Psalms 48,52; Ezekiel 37:15-end; Mark 1:14-20

Wednesday 4th: Psalm 119:57-80; Ezekiel 39:21-end; Mark 1:21-28

Thursday 5th:   Psalms 56,57; Ezekiel 43:1-12; Mark 1:29-end

Friday 6th:         Psalms 58,59; Ezekiel 43:13-end; Mark 2:1-12

Saturday 7th:    Psalm 68; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Mark 2:13-22

Sunday 8th :      Proverbs 26:14, 6:9, 19:24, 26:13,16 13:4, 15:19, 10:26, 6:6-11

July 2021 Letter

July 2021 Letter

Dear Friends,

We want to make plans to get back in church, with wholesome hymn-singing and warmth of fellowship, but it is still not clear when.

The relaxation of social distancing has been delayed until later in July. Even so, there seems to be a lack of clear guidance for indoor singing for non-professional choirs and church congregations. We could make a habit of singing our last hymn outside in the churchyard, but we have tended to save that for special occasions like Christmas and Easter. In the mean time, we are exercising the spiritual fruit called ‘patience’ and trying to wait a little longer……..

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August 2021 services

During the installation of our newly refurbished organ and console, St Luke’s church will be closed for general access from Friday 6th August to Friday 27th August.  Scaffolding will be in place and the regular services usually held in church will be transferred to the Church Hall.

Details of the changes are given below.

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Churchyard spruced up again!!

Churchyard spruced up again!!

A big “thank you” to the ten volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm in quickly tidying the memorials area for interred ashes at the Knutsford Road Churchyard on Saturday 10th July. 

They weeded and strimmed around the plots and Rob did lots of mowing in the churchyard extension.  It was good to see the regulars as well as some new recruits.

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Afternoon Tea in Beautiful Surroundings

Afternoon Tea in Beautiful Surroundings

Gill Brickwood is holding afternoon tea in her beautiful Brereton garden from 2-4pm 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.

A tasty selection of savouries, sandwiches and cakes will be served between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August at Gill’s house in Brereton..

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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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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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