Notices and information

St Luke’s Church – Holmes Chapel: COVID-19 restrictions (@17th October):

The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on opening church buildings for worship (see detailed Church of England guidance regularly updated) now enables safe access to St Luke’s for limited services of corporate worship and individual private prayer, subject to a full risk assessment and careful conditions being met. These include everyone entering the church following the instructions inside the church porch and on the service Link sheet about wearing a face-mask, using hand sanitiser and where to sit to maintain the required social distancing. 

Summary Situation:

  • Services in church – restricted short Holy Communion service in St Luke’s at 9am on Sundays and 10.30am on Wednesdays (max number of about 30 in church). Congregational singing is still not permitted.

The church will remain open for individual private prayer until around midday after each Communion service has ended on Wednesday and Sunday mornings during August.  Unfortunately the church has to remain closed at other times after cleaning to ensure it remains virus free.

  • Funeral Services in church – these are now possible on a small-scale (max number about 30)  – contact our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren for more information.
  • Access to St Luke’s for individual private prayer – now only possible after the services on Sundays and Wednesdays until around 12 noon (to allow for necessary cleaning etc.)
  • Church Hall – regrettably this will remain closed for meetings and any hiring but the Church Council continues to review whether limited opening may be possible. 
  • Zoom Sunday morning service  – this continues at the later time of 10.30am for parishioners with internet access: Zoom ID 856 031 5150 password 902272
  • Zoom Morning Prayer services – these continue each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am and a Prayer meeting on Thursdays at 9.30am.

    [Note: Information about our Zoom meetings and other Church activities is sent to parishioners on our email list; if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to be added to the list, please contact ]
  • Daily Bible readings for each week and links to other devotional materials are posted on our website and Facebook page.
  • House Groups and other Teaching Groups are continuing using Zoom – contact our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, if you’d like to join one of these groups.
  • Updates and notices will continue to be available through emails, our website and Facebook page.
  • Parish Magazine – an interim electronic version is available through the website whilst printed copies are no longer produced.  
  • Our Prayer Network partners are keeping in contact by phone and socially distanced conversation with those parishioners without internet access.
  • We continue to support village initiatives to help those affected during the emergency whilst complying with government movement and social distancing restrictions.

Although we do our best to ensure that the surfaces and door fittings etc. likely to have been contacted by people in church are carefully cleaned after each morning opening period, we cannot eliminate all risks involved in coming into the church during the pandemic.  Everyone entering the church building is advised to take special care, particularly with regard to the risk to others entering or already present in the building.

Government guidance still strongly recommends that people deemed to be at particular risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including the over-70s as well as those with serious underlying health conditions, should minimise their risk of infection by continuing to follow the current stay at home and social distancing guidance.

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic remains a challenge for us all but helps us remember that the Church is the people of God, not a building or a particular meeting.  We encourage you to keep trusting the Lord, spending time in the Bible (through which our soul is refreshed) and in prayer (presenting our requests to the heavenly Father who cares for us like a good shepherd).

Canon Rob McLaren – Vicar (tel. 01477 668695 or 07591 730255) email: )
Alastair Cragg, Jayne Weaver – Churchwardens (email: )

2020 Revision of Church Electoral Roll

2020 Revision of Church Electoral Roll has now ended The required annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council began as notified on Sunday 22nd March in readiness for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). This meeting was delayed...

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Well-being and the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis means life has changed for all of us. It may cause us to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely, or frustrated.

If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone.

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Safeguarding: Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a national Past Case Review which sought to look at the handling by the Church of child protection case over many years. All parishes nationally are required to respond by checking records and reporting to the review all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults.

Revised Churchyard Rules 2007

A copy of the revised Churchyard Rules 2007 applying to St Luke’s Knutsford Road Churchyard and now adopted by the Church Council in January 2019 can be downloaded here.

Website Changes

The Church website is now published in new more secure software. The process is continuing but we now provide basic information about services and who to contact – we can’t include everything but please let us have your suggestions and feedback –

During the necessary public health restrictions of the COVID-19 emergency, we developed an online version of our Parish Magazine linked to this website. 

We are pleased to say that from November 2020 we are able to produce the Magazine again in printed form.  You can obtain it from our new printer, David Bennett of the Print Room in Church Walk, still at only 50p a copy.

photo – Jayne Weaver

Knutsford Road Churchyard spruced up again!!

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who helped to tidy the area around the interred ashes at the Knutsford Road Churchyard on Saturday 5th September. The grave stones were scrubbed and washed, the plots were weeded and the grass trimmed.  The area certainly looked loved and well cared following their efforts.

Well done to Charlotte, Jan, Dorothy, Trevor, Kathy and Phil for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

Jayne Weaver

Thank you!!

Thank you to everybody for your continued financial support of St Luke’s during the lock-down and the  limited re-opening of church.

Many people who make their donations weekly by envelope have delivered them direct to our Treasurer, William Hall.  Those giving by standing order have continued to give directly through their bank.

Some of our congregation have been able to make an additional donation to offer support during these uncertain times.

All your donations are greatly appreciated and enable us to continue the work at St Luke’s.  So many thanks again

Jayne Weaver
Parish Giving Officer

Ascension and Pentecost Hymn Quiz

How did you do? Here are the first lines of the Ascension and Pentecost hymn extracts played in the video:

1 Crown him with many crowns
2 Hail to the Lord’s annointed
3 At the name of Jesus
4 Alleluiah sing to Jesus
5 The head that once was crowned with thorns
6 Rejoice the Lord is king
7 All hail the power of Jesus’ name
8 Hail the day that sees him rise
9 Holy Spirit living breath of God
10 Breathe on me breath of God
11 Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me
12 Come down o love divine
13 O thou who camest from above
14 Holy, holy, holy Lord God almighty
15 Thou, whose almighty word

Coming events

Parish Weekend Cancellation 25-27 Sep 2020

Our church weekend away planned for 25-27th Sep at Willersley Castle, Matlock Bath is cancelled, which is very disappointing to me and those who booked for a late September spiritual treat.

It would be timely to say we have cancelled because of the coronavirus but that is not true.  Despite booking an excellent speaker and a lovely place and pushing it for ten weeks, we had only 26 people return their booking forms.

Pete Shackleton, the wardens and myself are keen to know why the take-up was so weak. Please fill in a questionnaire after Easter to help us see if it is worth planning anything similar in the future.

Your vicar, Rob McLaren

Lent Friday Lunches

Lent Lunches and Friday Recitals are now cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.  It is hoped to reschedule the Friday Recitals in the Autumn.

St Luke's April 2020 Music Festival

Now postponed until 2021

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Can you help?

Update: 27 Mar 2020

THANK YOU for your very generous past donations of food, clothing and money to this vital charity, supporting the homeless on the streets of Manchester.

St Luke’s Church and Church Hall is now closed for all purposes during the Government restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As a result local donation and collection of non-perishable food, clothes, shoes etc is not possible.

However you can still support BARNABUS directly now with a monetary donation during this time of great need.

DONATIONS: GIVE £5 a month (or more) or a one-off donation and make a real impact so that together we can change lives!

Visit and click donate now.

Other information

Parish Magazine during the restrictions

Update:2nd May 2020

Printing of our monthly Parish Magazine is currently still suspended during the Government restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Those subscribing to the Magazine received their last print copy as the April issue.

We have developed an interim online version of the magazine  – our e-Magazine – linked to our website and available from .   

Please continue to send proposed material for publication in the e-Magazine to the editor, Alan Rickards, at 

Our regular Church Groups are suspended during the coronavirus emergency

Mothers’ Union

Evening Group – Tues @ 7:45 pm
Afternoon group Weds @ 2:00 pm
in the church hall

Meets twice monthly in the Church Hall – see Diary for details.  Contact Carole (HC 533882) or Dorothy (HC 533704) for information about joining or just come along to a meeting!

House Group

Mondays @ 7:45 pm

Meets twice monthly – see Diary for details and venue.  Contact Tim (07773 756336) for more information.


GENESIS Sunday School

Each Sunday (except 3rd – see Diary)
@ 10:00 am in the Church Hall

Contact Fiona (HC 537796) for details or just come along on a Sunday morning. 


FridayS @ 7:30 pm

Practises most Friday evenings – contact Mervyn (HC 537187) for more information.


Daytime Group

Thursday @ 9:30 am in Church

Led by Rob every Thursday. Including discussion, study, prayer and spiritual encouragement. All welcome.


St Luke’s Community Choir

Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm
in the church hall

Meets most Wednesday evenings  – contact Wendy (HC 533718) for details or just come along to a meeting!


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