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

Praying Together at Ascension & Pentecost @St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel – to help you in your personal worship.

You can download it for printing through the link in read more.

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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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June 2020 letter

June 2020 letter

Dear Friends,

‘When we are up, we are up. When we are down, we are down. When we are only half-way up, we are neither up nor down.’

It’s about the Grand Old Duke of York’s men, but it could be about our mental wellbeing.

For lots of us, life is a series of ups and downs. And presently quite a lot of us are feeling down. It’s not surprising, given our circumstances, but it is concerning. We want to keep going and keep praying. Where can we look for help?

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May 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

May 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

The Prayerbook of the Church of England used to have these words in the Litany: “ From plague, pestilence and famine; from battle and murder, and from sudden death, Good Lord, deliver us.”
The recent revisions of the Prayerbook resulted in the litany being altered to this: “From famine and disaster, from violence, murder and dying unprepared, Good Lord, deliver us.”

Spot the difference? Why the changes, I wonder? Why, in particular, did we remove the mention of plague and pestilence in our set prayers? After all, that is the prayer I want to pray over and over at this present time: From plague and pestilence, Good Lord, deliver us.

Yes, I admit the words sound a little archaic. Plague and pestilence sound like they belong in the Middle Ages. But that is perhaps part of our present problem. Maybe we have been in some sort of privileged denial of the continuing threat of plague and pestilence…….?

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Mothers’ Union January 2020 meetings

Mothers’ Union January 2020 meetings

This month we were able to have Canon Rob come to take our Epiphany Communion Service for both the Tuesday evening and the Wednesday afternoon. He gave us a lovely talk about his two experiences in the past with MU, one being in Kenya and the other in one of his previous parishes.

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Genesis Into 2020

Genesis Into 2020

We are now looking towards Easter and beginning to explore what is coming up. Our focus will be ‘service’ and we shall be exploring how Jesus showed service to others and how we too, following His example, can serve others. This will be based on Matthew 20 verse 28 ‘ I did not come to be served but to serve.’

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