Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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

Limited services will continue in St Luke’s church into October

The relaxation of official restrictions now permits certain services to continue in church buildings, but subject to strict conditions including social distancing being met and comprehensive risk assessment.   St Luke’s is a relatively small church and keeping to the recommended social distancing requirement limits the maximum number who can safely attend to about 30 people. 

Following support from the parish replying to a questionnaire consultation the Church Council decided to resume limited services in church on a trial basis during August on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 10.30amAttendance at these short restricted Holy Communion services has been good with around 30 communicants on Sundays.  The necessary precautions including wearing face-masks, correct social distancing and cleaning were maintained to keep everyone safe and so these limited services in church will  continue into October.

There is a Link guidance sheet available in church which sets out the ways in which we can help one another keep safe, while at the same time finding encouragement and Christian fellowship in church.

Our regular Sunday morning service using Zoom continue but at the later time of 10.30am for parishioners with internet access, as do our short services of Morning Prayer on Monday – Wednesday at 9am and our Prayer Meeting on Thursday at 9.30am – please contact if you do not have the Zoom access details.

Please continue to check our website and FaceBook page for support in your individual worship and prayer.

More information on the Noticeboard

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Sunday September 27th: 16th after Trinity

The Bible readings today are:

  • Philippians 2.1-13
  • Matthew 13.10-17

9.00am in St Luke’s church: our vicar Canon Rob McLaren will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion

The church will be open from 8.30am and will remain open after the service for private individual worship until midday.

We are limited to a maximum of around 30 inside the church for the service. Please observe all the face-covering and social distancing requirements whilst inside the church.

10.30am: our vicar Rob will lead our virtual service of Morning Prayer via Zoom available to those who are unable to attend in church.
[Please login at 10.25pm  on Rob’s Zoom ID so that we can begin on time.]

Before today’s services, why not watch the short video address (below) recorded for us by our vicar, Rob, the second of a short series based around the Parables of the Kingdom.

11.15am: Zoom catch up informally for a chat in small groups with other Church members; session hosted today again by Jean McLaren on her Zoom ID.

The joining details for the Zoom meetings have been sent to all our parishioners with email addresses.  We’re sorry that we can’t open these Zoom meetings up to everyone but if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in, please let us know by email

The coming week

Continuation of limited corporate worship in church:

10.30am WEDNESDAY 30th September – our vicar Rob will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion.

The church will be open from 10am – please follow the safeguarding instructions on the notices as you enter church and on the pew Link sheet – face-masks should be worn inside church – we are limited to a maximum of about 30 people in church so that everyone can remain safely distanced.

  • The Bible readings for Monday 28th – Sunday 4th October are shown below.

Our weekday worship services continue on Zoom:

9am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Zoom short Morning Prayer service – led again by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.

9.30am Thursday: Zoom Intercessions – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.

Opening of church for individual private prayer:  please note that the church is only open for this purpose on Wednesday and Sunday after the services until midday.

Bible Readings: 28th September to 4th October

Mon 28th Sep: Psalm 44, 1 Kings 12.25-13.10, Acts 19.8-20.

Tues 29th Sep: Psalm 34, 1 Kings 13.11-end, Acts 19.23-end.

Wed 30th Sep: Psalm 119.57-80, 1 Kings 17, Acts 20.1-16.

Thurs 1st Oct: Psalms 56, 57, 1 Kings 18.1-20, Acts 20.17-end.

Fri 2nd Oct: Psalm 51, 1 Kings 18.21-end, Acts 21.1-16.

Sunday 4th Oct, 17th after Trinity, Harvest: Psalm 19, Corinthians 9.6-11, Matthew 9.14-17

Next Sunday 4th October - our Harvest celebration!

Extract of a letter from our vicar Rob – Happy Harvest!

This Harvest will be different from previous years (see image above from 2016) because of the consequences of Covid-19 – but it won’t be so different.


It is Harvest Festival and we can still offer our thanksgiving for the ways our needs have been graciously met over the last year. God is good and we have received much that is good, even in times which are bad.


We can express our thanksgiving by supporting the local foodbank, Storehouse, based at the New Life Church in Congleton.


Please leave your gifts of packeted dry food and tins (see items needed below) in the chancel after the service on Sunday 4th October from 10 am to 12.30pm.  Please wear a face-mask when in church and observe social distancing.


And don’t forget to admire the special harvest loaf baked each year for us by Mandevilles and brought to church again by Barbara and Mike Street.

Praying Together after Trinity Sunday

Praying Together @St Luke's, Holmes Chapel in the weeks of Trinity  - to help you in your personal worship see a printable version of this prayer sheet here 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...

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Praying Together – when sickness is near

you can view or download this whole 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.

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.

Crozier Service, 20 September 2020 – Chester Cathedral

Bishop Mark Tanner began his public ministry as the Bishop of Chester on Sunday 20 September.

Bishop Mark stands on the threshold of the West Door and prays a blessing over the city, county, and diocese.

The service of welcome for the new bishop had to be altered to conform with the coronavirus restrictions. This meant just 30 people were able to attend and witness the beginning of Bishop Mark’s ministry.

On a bright autumnal day, with the sun illuminating in multi-coloured splendour the almost empty nave, the scene was set for the special occasion.  Bishop Mark processed formally through the cathedral into the Quire with prayers at the door, the font, and the nave platform. He paused at the cathedra and reflected on the consequences of coronavirus before sitting with the College of Canons and Choir for Evensong.

At the end of Evensong, Bishop Mark received the Melanesian Crozier at the High Altar and delivered a sermon to the 30 people in physical attendance and the hundreds of others watching online.

In his sermon, Bishop Mark reflected on life’s struggles and reminded us that people have worshipped at Chester Cathedral for centuries and have continually brought their burdens before God as “the one still peaceful point of calm in the midst of the storm.”

I can not tell you what the future holds, but, as the hymn writers put it, I can tell you who holds the future. And I can tell you that if we resolve even here and now, that, at this phase, indeed for every day of the life of this diocese, we will look in two directions: at Christ and at the lost.


He will shape and form us, that we continue to be his beautiful bride, ever fit for purpose however the world might change around us. Looking at Christ, in order that daily, as we feed on his word and join together in worship, we are shaped in his image and filled with love which goes far beyond our human capacity.


As we partner with people and agencies of peace and seek to serve those around us, particularly focusing on those who are most vulnerable, those who are abandoned and abused, overlooked and oppressed, we will find, that, as we serve them, we serve Christ, and that we are always shaped for relevant mission in this world.


We look at Christ and we look at the lost because that is what Christ himself did: ‘I did not come for those who are well, I came for the sick.

Bishop Mark brought the service to a close by praying a blessing over the city, county, and diocese.

You can watch the service on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel

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The recent relaxation of the official virus restrictions to allow some limited services to start in churches under carefully controlled conditions is very welcome but poses real problems in small churches like St Luke’s. To guide discussion at the July meeting of the Church Council about how and when to resume the limited church services now permitted, we consulted our congregations through a short questionnaire. Read more for some of the statistics and findings which led to the PCC deciding to resume limited services in St Luke’s on a trial basis in August.

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A poem by By Kristi Bothur

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began, Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

 People were sick, hospitals full, Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring, The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen, They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed, “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out, No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

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