Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Services at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 26th June – Trinity 2

Readings: Acts 9:1-19; Matthew 5:43-48
9am – Holy Communion in church –  traditional service in contemporary language following Common Worship  with classic hymns – at the moment only consecrated bread is received for Covid reasons*.
10.30am – Holy Communion in church – less formal service with down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs & classic hymns.

*COVID-19 precautions – many people locally are still contracting the virus.  Please use your discretion about wearing a face-mask during services but respect the wishes of those who feel vulnerable and who are continuing to wear one and are maintaining social distancing.  We appreciate your cooperation in helping keep everyone safe.

Monday 27th – Wednesday 29th June

9am  Morning Prayer  by Zoom** – a shortened version with shared bible readings.

**Note:  If you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join one of our short Zoom Morning Prayer services,  please email and we will send you the access details.

Wednesday 29th June

10.30am – Midweek Holy Communion in church  – a short unsung friendly service for those with half-an-hour to enjoy peace and seek the Lord – at the moment only consecrated bread is received for Covid reasons*.

Mar 2022 letter

One of the great strengths of the Church of England, since its inception nearly 500 years ago, has been its prayerbook. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote some cracking prayers. Those prayers have provided the words which have helped generations of English-speaking Christians to pray heartfelt, spiritually mature, linguistically beautiful, straightforward prayers to the Lord.

This Lent we have a Teaching series on prayer with a focus on good prayers out of the book. If you have a favourite prayer, come and tell us about it at church. Hopefully there will be a spot in many of our services when a church member stands up, comes out to the front, tells us about their favourite prayer and why it’s a favourite, then leads us in praying it.

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Feb 2022 letter

Dear Friends

After all our lives have been disrupted over the last two years, some of us most severely, it feels like time for us to catch up. Things are heading towards a little more normality. So there are opportunities to catch up.

At Christmas Jean and I were able to see our son, daughter-in-law, daughter and my brother and his family from Australia, all together, for the first time in a long time. We did a lot of catching up.

This month, St Luke’s is hosting the Knitted Bible Experience, for primary schoolchildren and all visitors. It seems so long since we were able to host school classes in church. And so rarely we have had the church doors open for allcomers. We’re catching up with what has been unable to happen for a long while.

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Have your say about services!

After six months of the newly resumed pattern of services in St Luke’s church, we are running a short questionnaire seeking the feedback and views of our church members of all ages including those who as yet have not been able to return to services in church. SURVEY NOW CLOSED – MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO TOOK PART!!

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Safeguarding: Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

Safeguarding: Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

The national review commissioned In 2007 by the Church of England to look at the handling by the Church of child protection cases over many years. All parishes nationally were required to respond by checking records and reporting to the review all known cases of concern about the behaviour of clergy and church officers towards children and vulnerable adults. The review process is nearing completion and a national report is expected to be issued mid-year.

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Appeal update Feb22

Appeal update Feb22

At Harvest Festival 2020, we launched an £80,000 Appeal for Organ and Lighting in St Luke’s. This month February 2022, we galloped over the threshold, thanks to a generous gift.  So, in less than 18 months, we can look back at the ways in which the Lord has graciously provided.

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Praying together Lent 2022

Praying Together in Lent and Passiontide @St Lukes, Holmes Chapel.

Ash Wednesday Collect:

Almighty and everlasting God,
You hate nothing that you have made
And forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
That we, worthily lamenting our sins
And acknowledging our wretchedness,
May receive from you, the God of all mercy,
Perfect remission and forgiveness;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Download the Prayersheet for printing below

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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.

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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