Parish Church of St Luke Holmes ChapelCome to Christ, Love to Learn, Learn to Love!
28th November: Advent Sunday
We look forward to welcoming you to worship in St Luke’s church today at the new times of 9am and 10.30am.
The Bible reading for today is:
Matthew: 1: 1-17
9.00am: Holy Communion in church
A traditional service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) with classic hymns led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.
10.30am: Morning Worship in church
A service for all ages with lively fellowship, down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs and classic hymns, followed by refreshments in the Church Hall.
Although it’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, we suggest that for everyone’s safety you continue to do so when singing and also maintain seating distancing and other COVID-19 precautions when in church.
11.30am: Special Zoom “After Church Coffee” get-together at 11.30am for 40 minutes on Jean’s Zoom account**
Renew contacts and chat informally in small groups over coffee in our homes and catch up with many of the folk we used to see in our Zoom services before we returned to regular worship together in church.
**If you have forgotten the Zoom account details, please contact email@example.com.
Fron time to time Canon Rob records video addresses to help in our worship at home. If you have missed any of the earlier videos, you can find them here.
Coming week at St Luke’s:
Monday 29th – Wednesday 1st December
9am on Zoom* – short Morning Prayer on Zoom on Rob McLaren’s account*
Wednesday 1st December:
10.30am – mid-week Holy Communion in church
a restricted service (consecrated bread only) led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.
It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering but, for everyone’s safety, for the moment we suggest you do so when singing and maintain seating distancing and other COVID-19 precautions when in church.
*Note: we are continuing our short Zoom service of Morning Prayer at 9am on Monday to Wednesday. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.
Zoom is also being used for some small church meetings and study groups.
Bible readings for 29th November to 5th December:
Mon. 29th Psalm 50; Isaiah 25:1-9; Matthew 12:1-21
Tues. 30th Psalm 147; Isaiah 26; Matthew 12:22-37
Wed.1st December Psalm 7; Isaiah 28:1-13; Matthew 12:38-end
Thurs. 2nd Psalms 42,43; Isaiah 28:14-end; Matthew 13:1-2
Fri. 3rd Psalms 25,26; Isaiah 29:1-14; Matthew 13:24-43
Sat. 4th Psalm 9; Isaiah 29:15-end; Matthew 13:44-end
Sunday 5th Matthew 1:18-25
Life is not straightforward at the moment. We have been glad to resume all of our services in church, but the need to be careful has been heightened by the relatively high number of local Covid cases in recent weeks. So we take care. And we are busy planning……
One of our plans is to host the Knitted Bible Experience next February 2022 and invite local primary school children to enjoy the experience.
Another is to resume our tradition of lively busy Christmas services. We are also working with the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council and the Uniformed Organisations to enable a Remembrance Sunday with large participation.
As a church, we are keen to regain momentum and help our community forward…….
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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.
See this latest song/video setting out in simple terms the importance of the Easter message, and share it with your friends. Help them get a feel for the real meaning of Easter.
Genesis returns on Sunday 10th January, again at 9.45am- 10.15am. We are very excited about seeing everyone again on our Zoom account: (the Genesis Zoom access details have already been sent by email to parents.) We have planned a programme of meetings through to Easter Sunday.
Time to renew or start your New Daylight notes to help with your daily Bible reading.
We write because the latest announcements of the authorities mean there will be no services in church for the next four weeks (and maybe more!). This is disappointing news as our regular 9am Sunday and 10.30 Wednesday small services had been going well. People were positive. Numbers were averaging 30 on Sundays and 20 on Wednesdays. We have made the most of our window of opportunity since the end of July, and thank you for your responsible participation. We will write again when we are able to re-open church services in church.
The recent relaxation of the official virus restrictions to allow some limited services to start in churches under carefully controlled conditions is very welcome but poses real problems in small churches like St Luke’s. To guide discussion at the July meeting of the Church Council about how and when to resume the limited church services now permitted, we consulted our congregations through a short questionnaire. Read more for some of the statistics and findings which led to the PCC deciding to resume limited services in St Luke’s on a trial basis in August.