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St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel
COVID-19 pandemic restrictions (under review: 26th July)

  • Limited trial resumption of restricted services of Holy Communion during August and opening of the church for individual private prayer – Sunday and Wednesday mornings
  • Small funerals now possible in church   

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. 

After consulting many of our parishioners, the Church Council has 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.

Our regular 10am Sunday service using Zoom will continue for parishioners with internet access – please contact secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk 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 (under review – 26th July):

  • 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 secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk ]
  • 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: vicar@stlukesholmeschapel.uk )

Alastair Cragg, Jayne Weaver – Churchwardens (email:  warden@stlukesholmeschapel.uk )

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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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)

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 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.

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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.

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

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 www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk 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 https://magazine.stlukesholmeschapel.uk/ .   

Please continue to send proposed material for publication in the e-Magazine to the editor, Alan Rickards, at media@stlukesholmeschapel.uk 

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. 

Bells

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!