Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 17th Jan: Epiphany 2

Today, and until further notice during the virus pandemic, our services of communal worship in St Luke’s church are now suspended  – see COVID-19 update.  

However, we will continue to worship together through Zoom (as set out below) and St Luke’s church will be open for individual private prayer on Wednesday and Sunday mornings from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

The Bible readings for today are:

  • Psalm 133
  • Matthew 28: v 16-20

Our vicar Canon Rob McLaren has recorded a special short video address to help us prepare for our worship by Zoom which starts at 10.30am.

Today, his address is centred on the example provided by the life and work of Scottish missionary, Mary Slessor, with the peoples around Calabar, Nigeria

Please join from 10.25am so that the service can start at 10.30am

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

11.15am: after service catch-up session  – a chance to chat in small groups with other Church members; session hosted again by Jean McClaren.

Note: Zoom joining details for this session have been circulated to those on our email list.  Please contact secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.

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November 2020 letter

November 2020 letter

November is a useful month. It can be a depressing month if our mind is taken up with darkening nights and the downsides of the approaching Winter season. But it can be a useful month if we spend our darker days and longer evenings remembering inspiring people and times. That is the design of November which our forbears have left us, in order to help us.

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  The coming week: 18th – 24th Jan

In order to keep everyone safe during the virus pandemic, until further notice we will not be holding any services of communal worship in St Luke’s church – see COVID-19 update above. 

We will continue our worship through ZOOM (as set out below), and  St Luke’s church will be opened on Wednesday and Sunday mornings from about 9am until midday for individual private prayer.   

Please note: whilst inside church for any purpose, you must wear a face covering, complete the Track and Trace sheet, and observe all of the hand-sanitising, social distancing and other requirements on the notices inside the church.

Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th Jan: ZOOM

9.00am (daily) – short service of Morning Prayer by ZOOM led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

Wednesday 20th: St Luke’s church

No service in the church today – see COVID-19 update above – but the church will be opened for individual private prayer from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the above COVID-19 precautions whilst in the church for any purpose.

Thursday 21st Jan: ZOOM

9.30am – Prayer Meeting by ZOOM led by Rob and Tim

ZOOM ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

Sunday 24th Jan

No service in St Luke’s church today – see COVID-19 update above.

The church will be opened for individual private prayer from about 9am until midday.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the above COVID-19 precautions whilst in the church for any purpose.

10.30 am – service of Morning Worship by ZOOM* conducted by Rob

Zoom ID: 856 031 5150 password 902272

11.15 am: ZOOM* catch up for an informal chat in small groups with other Church members; hosted again today by Jean McLaren.   

Everyone on our email circulation list has received the Zoom login details.  If you are local to Holmes Chapel and district and would like to join one of our Zoom sessions, please let us know by email with your contact details to secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk .

Readings and Music for the Epiphany – from York Minster


A special pre-recorded service exploring the great Epiphany themes through readings and music from the Choir of York Minster.

Donations to help support the upkeep of the building may be made through https://bit.ly/2V2LWsm.  You can find the order of service here: https://bit.ly/35ePv4e

Bible Readings: 18-24th Jan 2021

Monday 18th January Psalms 145,146;   Amos 6;  1 Corinthians 6:1-11

Tuesday 19th January Psalm 147:1-12;   Amos 7;  1 Corinthians 6:12-end

Wednesday 20th January Psalm 147:13-end;   Amos 8;  1 Corinthians 7:1-24

Thursday 21st January Psalm 148;   Amos 9;  1 Corinthians 7:25-end

Friday 22nd January Psalm 149;   Hosea 1:1-2:1;  1 Corinthians 8

Saturday 23rd January Psalm 150;   Hosea 2:2-17;  1 Corinthians 9:1-14

Sunday 24th January 1 Samuel 16:14-23;  Psalm 59

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Well-being and the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

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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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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 update: 4th April 2020

Genesis update: 4th April 2020

As you know, because of the public health restrictions, Church services and Genesis are now suspended and the church and hall buildings are now closed until further notice.  Further updates about the restrictions and how the Church plans to adapt during the virus pandemic can be accessed via the church website.

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