Parish Church of St Luke Holmes ChapelServing Christ in our local community
We always celebrate the first meeting of the year with an Epiphany party.
Our Vicar, Rob, conducted a lovely short Communion service for the 30 members who attended in spite of the cold and icy weather conditions.
There has been a rise in antisemitism in recent years, and an explosive increase in hatred towards Jewish people in the last two months. How can we make sense of such a troubling pattern, which has had a profound effect on the Jews in our nation?
On the cold afternoon of Saturday 25th November 2023, the dulcet tones of the Community Choir could be heard resonating from the entrance block to the Farm at Tatton Park, under the leadership of Wendy Macdonald.
On 15th Nov 23 we welcomed Jane Colley as our speaker. She is a volunteer at St Paul’s Centre in Crewe Christian Concern. St Paul’s was one of the Railways Churches and was built in 1869. The centre continues to work with disadvantaged people in society.
‘Early Birds’ – our regular weekly activity for Toddlers continues each Thursday morning in St Luke’s Church Hall from 8.45am to 10am during school termtime.
Time to renew or start your 2024 subscription to New Daylight notes from the Bible Reading Fellowship to help with your daily Bible reading. and prayer.
On 5 November David Phillips, received a presentation recognising his 65th year as a bell ringer at St Luke’s. He is pictured with his wife Ann who received a bouquet of flowers. David has now added his personal thanks for the presentation and the support of his wife!
On Thursday 18th October, we welcomed Jean McLaren to speak about her life as the wife of a vicar. She entitled her talk: “A Pot of Coffee, a Jam Muffin and 17 Pairs of Welly
She first of all told us the story of how they met, with Jean working in the Birkenhead Bookshop and a certain curate who kept coming in and ordering obscure books! They at
least did have a shared faith…….
The Christmas Bible Readings at the Carol Service this year will have extra resonance because of the disturbing events in Israel and Gaza in recent times. The same land that has witnessed such brutality and death this year, that same land saw the birth of the Prince of Peace and the giver of eternal life two thousand years ago.
It is worth pausing to receive the help of the Bible and the Christmas story in understanding the long history of the land at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. It will help us to be aware of the complexities often ignored by the political rhetoric, and of the fuller list of peoples who have claimed ownership of this land over the centuries…………………
There are practical issues which are proving a challenge for us at St Luke’s Church, as we play our part in helping people remember during the month of November.
On Remembrance Sunday 12th November, we welcome hundreds of local people to the Churchyard as we remember the sacrifice of so many servicemen and women, and also of our forebears, whose resilience has carried our community through world wars, terrorism and other threats of danger. In the last 18 months, the Churchyard has also been a good focus for village Jubilee and Coronation celebrations………..
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.
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
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.
Church Council 2023-2024
See the PCC page for details of the new Church Council for 2023/2024 after appointments made at the Annual Church meetings on 14th May and the first Council meeting on 15th May 2023.
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: email@example.com or phone 01477 537491 to make sure of your copy!
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.
We are sharing this video to help us remain hopeful and focus on what matters and those affected during the global pandemic.