Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

Serving Christ in our local community
St Luke’s in the rainbow – image courtesy of Martin Hobby

This week at St Luke’s

Sunday 24th September: Trinity 16

readings: Galatians 2: v5-21; Matthew 20: v1-16

9.00 am – Holy Communion in church – traditional communion service in contemporary language with hymns
10.00 am – Genesis meets in the church hall – launch of Operation Christmas Child at St Luke’s – see Notice
10.30 am – Morning Worship in church – “no books” service with songs and hymns, followed by tea/coffee in the Church Hall

Monday 25th – Wed. 27th September

9.00 am – Morning Prayer by Zoom (Tim’s account)*- short service with lectionary Bible readings, prayers and a video song or hymn 

*note: if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in one of our regular short services (30 mins) of Morning Prayer by Zoom, please email and we will send you the Zoom login details.

Wednesday 27th September

10.30 am –  Morning Prayer in church – a short, quiet service for midweek
7.30 pm – St Luke’s Community Choir – meets in the church hall again – open to anyone who enjoys singing

Thursday 28th September

9.00 -10.00 am – Early Birds toddler group meets in the church hall open to toddlers from the local community accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other relative or carer – see notice

Sunday 1st October: Harvest – Trinity 17

readings today: Philippians 19: v1-13; Matthew 21: v28-32

9.00 am – Harvest Holy Communion in church – traditional service in contemporary language with hymns
** No Genesis today in the Church Hall **
10.30 am – Harvest Thanksgiving and Parade Service in church – “no books” family service including many from Holmes Chapel Guiding in our big “Harvest Thankyou”, as well as your Harvest gifts, please bring a bread roll for the sermon;  refreshments as usual in the Church Hall after the service

our Harvest gifts this year will be given to the Storehouse Foodbank in Congleton run by the New Life Church – good items to bring include those shown below:

Brinnington update June 2023

For some time now, we have been able to deliver your donations to the Brinnington Parish Centre.

They hold two Drop In sales with stalls each week but there is no storage area and so stock must be sold before any new delivery may be accepted.

However, we generally go with gifts from Holmes Chapel about once a fortnight.

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MU Meeting May 2023

This month we invited Kath Murphy, a Reflexology therapist working in the village, to talk to us about reflexology, how she got into the specialty and how it can help us.

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June 2023 letter

This month we are starting our Summer sermon series from the Book of Daniel. It is from the Old Testament, and it is a book for our times.

Daniel was one of the young men who was taken from Jerusalem to Babylon, when the Babylonian Empire invaded and sought to dominate the Kingdom of Judah………

Very quickly, Daniel had to move from a society where worshipping the one true God was normal, to a society where normal was ‘competing worldviews and many gods’. In Babylon, the only god that all of the people had to worship was ‘whatever the Government says’.

If you have lived through the last 80 years in Britain, you have experienced a similar transition, albeit more gradual than Daniel’s………

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May 2023 letter

King Charles III still doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. I’m getting used to it as I pray for him by name every Sunday. But I’m taking a while to get used to it, as I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Elizabeth II in September. Her death was a shock. That’s one of the reasons why we have a delay between the accession of a new monarch and their coronation.

This month, the time has come for the coronation. In our Sunday morning services on 7th May, we shall be praying for the new king and queen, and praying for our nation, and singing the National Anthem. It is an important time. We want Charles’ leadership to be as good as it can be. We want our nation to pull together……..

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Church Council 2023-2024

See the PCC page for details of the the new Church Council for the coming year following appointments made at the Annual Church meetings on 14th May and the first Council meeting on 15th May.

The next meeting of the Church Council is on Monday 11th Sep at 7.30pm in the Massey Room of the Church Hall – see agenda here

Praying Together in the Easter Season

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Let your ways be known on earth,
Your saving power among the nations.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
Let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Risen Christ,
You filled your disciples with boldness
And with fresh hope:
Strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
And fill us with your peace,
To the glory of God the Father. 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.

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.

New history of St Luke’s

New history of St Luke’s

Take up of the newly published History of St Luke’s has been excellent. More copies have now been printed.

Please contact Peter Cotton by email: or phone 01477 537491 to make sure of your copy!

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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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