Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

Serving Christ in our local community

Lent challenge 2024

This Lent season our challenge is to listen to the whole of the New Testament read by the Christian actor David Suchet (well known to many in his role as Hercules Poirot!). The readings can be found on YouTube or similar – see below for link to Playlist.

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Argentina appeal 4Feb24

Thank you for raising £300 in the bucket appeal to help village survivors of recent devastating tornado in a remote part of North Argentina.

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Christian Aid Lent 2024

Lent lunches supporting Christian Aid will be held again in St Luke’s Church Hall (from 12 noon) followed by recitals in the Church (from 1.15pm) on Friday 23rd Feb and Friday 1st, 8th and 15th March,

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March letter 2024

March letter 2024

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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February letter 2024

From our vicar, Rob:

Let me introduce six of our Anglican friends from North Argentina.  They visited St Luke’s for an evening in mid-January and some of you may have met them personally.

They come from the Diocese of Argentina Norte with over a hundred churches serving a vast area of sparse population across the Gran Chaco, together with a few large cities in the Andes foothills. Our link parish is in Salta, a city of 700,000 souls – see collage above- and from where the northern diocese has been administered.

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Praying together in Lent

Praying Together in Lent and at Passiontide @St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel.

Ash Wednesday Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
You hate nothing that you have made
And forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
That we, worthily lamenting our sins
And acknowledging our wretchedness,
May receive from you, the God of all mercy,
Perfect remission and forgiveness;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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You can download the full Prayersheet for printing below

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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 13th November at 7.30pm in the Massey Room of the Church Hall
  • Meeting agenda here
  • 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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