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St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions (revised 5th September)
- Restricted services of Holy Communion and opening of the church for individual private prayer continue on Sunday and Wednesday mornings during September
- Small funerals now possible in church
The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on opening church buildings for worship (see detailed Church of England guidance) now enables safe access to St Luke’s for limited services of corporate worship and individual private prayer, subject to 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. Congregational singing is still not permitted in church.
We have carried out a full Risk Assessment and are ensuring that the surfaces and door fittings etc. likely to have been contacted by people are carefully cleaned after each morning opening period. However, necessarily, we cannot eliminate all risks involved in coming into the church during the pandemic and individuals are 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.
After consulting many of our parishioners, the Church Council decided to trial restricted services of Holy Communion at St Luke’s on Wednesdays (at 10.30am) and Sundays (at 9am) meeting the official conditions during August. However, as St Luke’s is a relatively small church, it is necessary to restrict numbers attending to about 30 in all.
Following the success of the August trial, we have decided to continue limited services in church during September.
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.
Our regular 10am Sunday service using Zoom will continue for parishioners with internet access – please contact email@example.com if you need access details or help in joining in. Please also check our website and FaceBook page for support in your individual worship and personal prayer.
Summary situation (5th September):
- Services in St Luke’s church – restricted short Holy Communion service at 9am on Sundays and 10.30am on Wednesdays.
- Funeral Services in church – these are now possible on a small-scale – 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.
- Church Hall – regrettably this will remain closed for all meetings and any hiring but the Church Council is carefully reviewing whether limited opening may be possible.
- Zoom Sunday morning service – this continues to be well attended and will continue (but at the later time of 10.30am) for parishioners with internet access.
- Zoom Morning Prayer services continue each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am and a Prayer meeting on Thursdays at 9.30am.
[Note: Joining details for our Zoom meetings have been emailed to most of our parishioners but if you don’t have these and are local to Holmes Chapel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ]
- Daily Bible readings for each week and links to other devotional materials are posted on our website and Facebook page.
- Housegroups and other Teaching Groups will be continuing through Zoom meetings – 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.
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: email@example.com )
Alastair Cragg, Jayne Weaver – Churchwardens (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
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.
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
Parish Giving Officer
HOLMES CHAPEL CHRISTIAN COMMUNICARE - urgent need for volunteers 'Communicare' (full name Holmes Chapel & Area Christian Communicare), is our local voluntary transport service, taking patients to medical appointments when they can’t get there any other way. This...
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
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.
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.
During the necessary public health restrictions of the COVID-19 emergency, we have developed an online version of our Parish Magazine linked to this website – access it here
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 www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk and click donate now.
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 https://magazine.stlukesholmeschapel.uk/ .
Please continue to send proposed material for publication in the e-Magazine to the editor, Alan Rickards, at email@example.com
Our regular Church Groups are suspended during the coronavirus emergency
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!
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.
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!