Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 24th Jan: Epiphany 3

Today, and until further notice during the virus pandemic, our services of communal worship in St Luke’s church are now suspended  – see COVID-19 update.  

However, we will continue to worship together through Zoom (as set out below) and St Luke’s church will be open for individual private prayer on Wednesday and Sunday mornings from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

The Bible readings for today are:

  • Psalm 59
  • 1 Samuel 16: 14-23

Our vicar Canon Rob McLaren has recorded a special short video address to help us prepare for our worship by Zoom which starts at 10.30am.

His address today is  the second in a new short series about the life and development of David as a leader based on the 1st book of Samuel. 

Please join from 10.25am so that the service can start at 10.30am

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

11.15am: after service catch-up session  – a chance to chat in small groups with other Church members; session hosted again by Jean McClaren.

Note: Zoom joining details for this session have been circulated to those on our email list.  Please contact secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.

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  The coming week: 25th – 31st Jan

In order to keep everyone safe during the virus pandemic, until further notice we will not be holding any services of communal worship in St Luke’s church – see COVID-19 update above. 

We will continue our worship through ZOOM (as set out below), and  St Luke’s church will be opened on Wednesday and Sunday mornings from about 9am until midday for individual private prayer.   

Please note: whilst inside church for any purpose, you must wear a face covering, complete the Track and Trace sheet, and observe all of the hand-sanitising, social distancing and other requirements on the notices inside the church.

Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th Jan: ZOOM

9.00am (daily) – short service of Morning Prayer by ZOOM led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

Wednesday 27th: St Luke’s church

No service in the church today – see COVID-19 update above – but the church will be opened for individual private prayer from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the above COVID-19 precautions whilst in the church for any purpose.

Thursday 28th Jan: ZOOM

9.30am – Prayer Meeting by ZOOM led by Rob and Tim

ZOOM ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

Sunday 31st Jan

No service in St Luke’s church today – see COVID-19 update above.

The church will be opened for individual private prayer from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the above COVID-19 precautions whilst in the church for any purpose.

10.30 am – service of Morning Worship by ZOOM* conducted by Rob

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

11.15 am: ZOOM* catch up for an informal chat in small groups with other Church members; hosted again today by Jean McLaren.   

Everyone on our email circulation list has received the Zoom login details.  If you are local to Holmes Chapel and district and would like to join one of our Zoom sessions, please let us know by email with your contact details to secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk .

Readings and Music for the Epiphany – from York Minster


A special pre-recorded service exploring the great Epiphany themes through readings and music from the Choir of York Minster.

Donations to help support the upkeep of the building may be made through https://bit.ly/2V2LWsm.  You can find the order of service here: https://bit.ly/35ePv4e

Bible Readings: 25th - Jan 2021

Monday 25th January Psalm 66; Hosea 3;  1 Corinthians 9:15-end

Tuesday 26th January Psalms 34,36; Hosea 4:1-16;  1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Wednesday 27th January Psalms 45,46; Hosea 5:1-7;  1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

Thursday 28th January Psalms 47,48; Hosea 5:8-6:6;  1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Friday 29th January Psalm 61;   Hosea 6:7-7:2;  1 Corinthians 11:17-end

Saturday 30th January Psalm 68;   Hosea 8;  1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Sunday 31st January 1 Samuel 17:20-37;  17:55-18:5

Praying Together – when sickness is near

you can view or download this whole 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.

Praying Together in Advent

Almighty God,
Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
And to put on the armour of light,

Now in the time of this mortal life,
In which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

That on the last day,
When he shall come again in his glorious majesty
To judge the living and the dead,
We may rise to the life immortal;

Through him who is alive and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever.  Amen.

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Pastoral letter – November 3rd 2020

Pastoral letter – November 3rd 2020

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.

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Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044

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MU Evening Meeting Tuesday 11th February

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Genesis Update – 2nd May 2020

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