Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Services this week at St Luke’s – Holmes Chapel

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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

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 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
August 2021 letter

August 2021 letter

Dear friends,

It is time for plans to come to fruition.

For a while we have been seeking to replace our church organ, previously characterised by the diocesan advisor as ‘not worth maintaining or repairing’. Since October 2020 we have so happily seen the Organ & Lighting Appeal receive donations from many supporters, such that we now have enough for the Organ side of the work. In late July, our previous organ was dismantled and removed from church. This month our specialist contractors, Cartwrights will be building the replacement organ and installing the new console.

While the work is being done, the church will need to be closed. From Friday 6th August to Friday 27th August our church services will be held in the church hall.

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Churchyard tidying – 18th September

THANK YOU!! Knutsford Road churchyard tidied again on Sept 18th The area for cremated remains in the Knutsford Road churchyard is tidy again thanks to the efforts of the regular group of stalwart volunteers (above) at the final working party of the year.  This area of...

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August Afternoon Tea in Beautiful Surroundings

In spite of the variable weather, Gill Brickwood held afternoon tea in her beautiful Brereton garden on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August to raise funds for St Luke’s Church Organ and Lighting Appeal and for the Alzheimer’s Society. In all the excellent total of £1,191 was raised shared equally between St Luke’s and the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Barnabus – can you help?

The staff and volunteers at Barnabus continue to do wonderful things for homeless people in Manchester, but they need all the support we can give especially during the pandemic. Steve Best is a trustee of Barnabus and makes regular visits and so can deliver gifts of...

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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.

Sailing the South Pacific during lock-down

Sailing the South Pacific during lock-down

Sailing the South Pacific - with Carole and Martin Elliott - a holiday cruise of a life-time blown off-course by the corona virus emergency We were so overwhelmed by people being concerned for our safe return from holiday this March that we decided we ought to let you...

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The virus and Easter

A poem by By Kristi Bothur

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began, Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

 People were sick, hospitals full, Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring, The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen, They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed, “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out, No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

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