Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Limited corporate worship continues in St Luke’s church in October

Our Annual Church Meetings are on 25th October but will need to be through Zoom

The relaxation of official restrictions now permits certain services to continue in church buildings, but subject to strict conditions including social distancing being met and a comprehensive risk assessment.  

After consulting parishioners, the Church Council decided to resume short restricted Holy Communion services in church on Sundays at 9am and Wednesdays at 10.30am, on a trial basis starting in August and limiting the maximum number in church to around 30 people.  Support for these services has been good with around 28 communicants on Sunday mornings.  The necessary precautions including wearing face-masks, correct social distancing and cleaning are maintained to keep everyone safe and so these limited services in church will continue into October.  

There is a Link guidance sheet available in church which sets out the ways in which we can help one another keep safe, while at the same time finding encouragement and Christian fellowship in church. Please cooperate with providing a phone contact number for track and trace purposes.

Our regular Sunday morning service using Zoom continues but at the later time of 10.30am for parishioners with internet access, as do our short services of Morning Prayer on Monday – Wednesday at 9am and our Prayer Meeting on Thursday at 9.30am.

Please use Zoom ID 856 031 5150 and password 902272 and contact if you need help accessing the services.

Please continue to check the Noticeboard for more information.

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Sunday October 25th: last after Trinity

celebrating St Luke the Evangelist

The Bible readings today are:

  • Isaiah 55
  • Luke 1.1-4

9.00am in St Luke’s church: our vicar Canon Rob McLaren will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion

The church will be open from 8.30am and will remain open after the service for private individual worship.  

Please note that we are limited to a maximum of around 30 inside the church for the service. Please observe all the face-covering and social distancing requirements whilst inside the church for any purpose

10.30am: our vicar Rob will lead our virtual service of Morning Prayer via Zoom available to those who are unable to attend in church.
[Please login at 10.25pm  on Rob’s Zoom ID 856 031 5150; password 902272.]

Before the  services, why not watch Rob’s short video teaching address (below) for St Luke’s Day earlier this week and based on Luke 1, v 1-4.

11.15am: Zoom catch up informally for a chat in small groups with other Church members; session hosted today again by Jean McLarenThe joining details for this Zoom meeting have been sent to all our parishioners with email addresses.  If you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in, please let us know by email:

4.00pm:  Zoom Annual Meeting to Elect Churchwardens (Vestry Meeting)

4.15pm (approx) – Zoom Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)

NOTE: both these Annual Meetings will use Rob’s Zoom ID 856 031 5150 password 902272 – please join from 3.55pm so that we can start promptly  

see PCC page for papers for these meetings.

 The coming week

Continuation of limited corporate worship in church:

10.30am WEDNESDAY 28th October – our vicar Rob will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion.

The church will be open from 10am – please follow the safeguarding instructions on the notices as you enter church and on the pew Link sheet – face-masks should be worn inside church – we are limited to a maximum of about 30 people in church so that everyone can remain safely distanced.

  • The Bible readings for Monday 26th – Sunday 1st November are posted below.

Our weekday worship services continue on Zoom:

9am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Zoom short Morning Prayer service – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID 856 031 5150; password 902272.

9.30am Thursday: Zoom Intercessions – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.

Opening of church for individual private prayer:  please note that the church is only open for this purpose on Wednesday and Sunday after the services until midday.

  • Our  Prayersheet to help in our personal worship in the weeks from All Saints to Advent Sunday can be viewed below – we are using it in our Morning Prayer services.   You can also download a copy here suitable for printing.
  • e-Magazine: the  October edition  is still available here 
  • Printed copies of the November Parish Magazine are now available from the Print Room in Church Walk at 50p a copy

Bible Readings: 26th October - 1st November

Monday 26th October: Psalms 123, 124, 125, 126; 2 Kings 21:1-18; 1 Timothy 1:1-17

Tuesday 27th October: Psalms 132, 133; 2 Kings 22:1-23:3; 1 Timothy 1:18-2:15

Wednesday 28th October: Psalms 116, 117; 2 Kings 23:4-35; 1 Timothy 3

Thursday 29th October: Psalm 143; 2 Kings 23:36-24:17; 1 Timothy 4

Friday 30th October Psalm: 144; 2 Kings 24:18-25:12; 1 Timothy 5:1-16

Saturday 31st October Psalm: 147; 2 Kings 25:13-30; 1 Timothy 5:17-25

Sunday 1st November: Matthew 13:31-35; Isaiah 35

Praying Together after Trinity Sunday

Praying Together @St Luke's, Holmes Chapel in the weeks of Trinity  - to help you in your personal worship see a printable version of this prayer sheet here The Lord be with you And also with you. This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in...

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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.

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.

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.

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August 2020 letter

August 2020 letter

Dear Friends,  It is hard to take decisions in these strange times, but the PCC has gathered good information from a questionnaire and has made new plans for August. From early July the government authorities have permitted church services of limited numbers and under...

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July 2020 letter

July 2020 letter

It is a step forward to be able to go into the church building again for private prayer, but let’s remember that’s not church. This whole challenging season of closure and disruption has not just knocked us out of our routine, and made us wary of taking anything for granted. It has caused us to consider deeply why we need church.

From Monday 22nd June, an aspect of the normal use of St Luke’s church building has been restored. The doors are open for half the week and everybody is welcome to pray and ponder privately within, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. There is clear guidance to be followed to minimise health risks and enable thorough targeted cleaning. It’s not much, but it is a step in the right direction.

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MU Evening Meeting Tuesday 11th February

MU Evening Meeting Tuesday 11th February

The speaker was Pat Riches – an old friend and member of the branch – she came to talk about the Sycamore Tree Course. Pat is a volunteer on the Sycamore Tree Course at Thorn Cross Prison. The Course is faith led and all the sessions are based on the story of Zaccheus,

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Genesis update: 4th April 2020

Genesis update: 4th April 2020

As you know, because of the public health restrictions, Church services and Genesis are now suspended and the church and hall buildings are now closed until further notice.  Further updates about the restrictions and how the Church plans to adapt during the virus pandemic can be accessed via the church website.

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