Parish Church of St Luke Holmes ChapelCome to Christ, Love to Learn, Learn to Love!
Services this week at St Luke’s – Holmes Chapel
see also Diary
Sunday 16th January – Epiphany 2
9am Holy Communion in church – a service in contemporary language following Common Worship with thoughtful sermon and classic hymns
Luke 2: 41-52
10.30am Morning Worship in church – a service for all ages with lively fellowship, down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs & classic hymns.
Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th January
9am Morning Prayer by Zoom* – a shortened version with shared bible readings
Wednesday 19th January
10.30am Midweek Holy Communion – a quieter, shorter, friendly service for those with half-an-hour to enjoy peace and seek the Lord – for Covid reasons only consecrated bread is received.
Thursday 20th January
11.30am Funeral of Margaret Thornhill – followed by a private burial
PLEASE NOTE IT IS STILL A LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN YOU ARE IN CHURCH.
For everyone’s safety, please comply with this requirement (including when singing) and also continue to follow other COVID-19 precautions when in church as advised by Church Officers.
*Note: If you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join one of our short Zoom Morning Prayer services at 9am Monday to Wednesday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the access details.
Bible readings 17th – 23rd January:
Mon 17th Jan: Psalms 98,99,101; Genesis 6:11-7:10; Matt. 24:1-14
Tues 18th Jan: Psalm 103; Genesis 7:11-end; Matt. 24:15-28
Wed 19th Jan: Psalms 110,111,112; Genesis 8:1-14; Matt. 24:29-end
Thurs 20th Jan: Psalm 76; Genesis 8:15-9:7; Matt. 25:1-13
Fri 21st Jan: Psalm 139; Genesis 9:8-19; Matt. 25:14-30
Sat 22nd Jan: Psalms 120,121,122; Genesis 11:1-9; Matt. 25:31-end
Sun 23rd Jan: Matt. 3:13-17
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…….
It is Harvest Thanksgiving on the first weekend of October. I am always glad to be reminded of the importance of giving wholehearted thanks for the Lord’s provision, which has enabled us to live another year and look forward to the next.
For many of us, it has been a tough year. With some of us, we may look at the state of things and wonder how easy is it to look forward. But we must not let the ‘times in which we live’ dictate the outflow from our hearts. When it is such an ‘up and down’ time, it is even more important to give thanks.
Reflection on Remembrance Sunday, 14th Nov 2021.
The Community Choir is now singing together again in person on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Church Hall (except over the Christmas period on 22nd, 29th Dec and 5th Jan). It’s an ideal time for newcomers to join and have a good sing together…..
The plaque in church listing incumbents at Church Hulme St Luke since 1579 has now been updated with the name of our present vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.
Our new organ was commissioned at a recital on 2nd October by the acclaimed organist Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral.
Thanks to the generosity of many we have now been able to welcome our new organ into the church—and it is clear that it will be of great benefit to our worship.
Ian treated the audience to a superb programme of music chosen by him to demonstrate our organ’s capabilities. His wonderful musicianship and his interesting and engaging comments about the music and the organ itself made it an evening to remember.
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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.
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.
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.