Parish Church of St Luke Holmes ChapelServing Christ in our local community
At the 9am service on 11th Feb Sue Wood received a bouquet celebrating her 25 years+ coordinating delivery of the Church Magazine.
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.
St Luke’s Goostrey are organising a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum on Friday15th March 2024.
Thank you for raising £300 in the bucket appeal to help village survivors of recent devastating tornado in a remote part of North Argentina.
The Alpha Course at St Luke’s continues in the Church Hall at 7.30pm on Sunday evenings during February.
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,
Update on St Luke’s Genesis group for the Spring term.
Please bring your Children’s Society box back to church for emptying during February.
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.
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.
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.
You can download the full Prayersheet for printing below
When sickness is near:
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
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.
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.
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.
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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