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St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions (updated 4th July)
- Limited reopening of the church for individual private prayer – Monday-Wednesday mornings
- Small funerals now possible in church
- Resumption of other small services in church under consideration
Following recent relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions on opening churches (see detailed Church of England guidance here), it is now possible to allow limited safe access to St Luke’s Church for individual private prayer, subject to careful conditions being met. These include everyone entering the church following the written instructions inside the church porch as to the use of hand sanitiser, where to sit, and maintaining the Government guidance on Social Distancing. St Luke’s church will now be open for individual private prayer between 9 am and 12 noon each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.
The relaxation in restrictions also means that small funerals can now take place in church, subject to restrictions on numbers attending – please contact our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, for more information.
The latest relaxation of restrictions by the authorities also permits certain other services to resume in church buildings, but only subject to strict conditions including social distancing being met and after a comprehensive risk assessment. However, St Luke’s is a relatively small church and keeping to the current two metre social distancing requirement will severely limit the maximum number who can attend. We are actively looking at how small services such as midweek communion meeting the official conditions might safely be resumed in St Luke’s and consulting about the likely support from parishioners before deciding how and when to proceed further.
Our regular 10am Sunday service using Zoom will continue for parishioners with internet access – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Current situation – until further notice:
- St Luke’s Church remains closed except for individual private prayer and small funerals – please contact our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, for further information on restrictions.
- All other services and use of St Luke’s church remain suspended, including Sunday and Wednesday services, weddings and baptisms, and face to face meetings and discipleship groups, but relaxation of this suspension is under active consideration subject to meeting official guidance and our own local risk assessment.
- The Church Hall continues to be closed for all meetings and any hiring.
- Our regular 10am Sunday service using Zoom continues for parishioners with internet access
- Morning Prayer Zoom meetings 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 email@example.com ]
- 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 are continuing through Zoom meetings – contact our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, if you’d like to join one of these groups.
- Updates and notices continue to be available through emails, our website and Facebook page.
- An interim electronic version of the Parish Magazine 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.
This remains a continuing 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: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Alastair Cragg, Jayne Weaver – Churchwardens (email: email@example.com )
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
Because of the pandemic restrictions, our annual Church meetings need to be delayed until 25th October. However, the required annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council will still begin as already notified from Sunday 22nd March but the revision period will be extended until 10th October (15 days before the date of the delayed annual Church meetings).
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 cases 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!