Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Home Fellowship group

Our new ‘Home Fellowship’ started on 19th May at the home of Jono and Sian Wylie. The Group will generally meet at the Wylies on Sundays from 4-6 pm fortnightly and enjoy an informal Bible time, some prayers and a home cooked meal. All ages are welcome.

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Genesis Children’s Group update

We are very pleased to have a new team of Genesis leaders at St Luke’s – Charlotte Flower, Debs Hinson and Steph Kirkham – taking charge of our Children’s Group starting at the new time of 10.30am.

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MU Meeting May 15

Our speaker on 19th May was Ruth McNeil, with her topic ‘Behind the Scenes at Royal Events’.

Ruth already worked for Manchester Chamber of Commerce on the organisation of big events, including mayors and Royal visitors, with a staff of 3000 and a budget of £32m! She was then asked to take on the post of Head of Protocol for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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May Letter 2024

May Letter 2024

We thank the Lord for over twenty years of Genesis leadership by Fiona, Jayne and Karen and we thank the Lord for a new Sunday Children’s Group team who have already started this term’s Genesis group.

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Praying together – Epiphany

Praying Together @St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel during Epiphany

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
From the rising of the sun to its setting your glory is proclaimed in all the world.

Epiphany Collect:
O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
Mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

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Praying Together

When sickness is near:

you can view or download this prayersheet here

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Towards normality? Your views on worship again 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.

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Sailing the South Pacific during lock-down

Sailing the South Pacific during lock-down

Sailing the South Pacific - with Carole and Martin Elliott - a holiday cruise of a life-time blown off-course by the corona virus emergency We were so overwhelmed by people being concerned for our safe return from holiday this March that we decided we ought to let you...

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