Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 9th December 2018


If you are new to St. Luke’s please do make yourself known to the ministers or a member of the Welcome Team, who can give you a contact card to complete.

Please do join us after the 10:00am service for coffee which will be served at the back of church.

You might like to know that…

Pastoral Care: If you have or know of any particular pastoral need (visiting, home communion, etc) please speak to our Pastoral Coordinator, Sue Hinchliffe in the first instance (01628 784724).

This Sunday Second Sunday in Advent - Christmas Tree Festival
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Holy Communion
President: Revd Nicola Hulks
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
12:00noon - 6:00pm Christmas Tree Festival
4:30pm Messy Church (community hall)
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Christmas Tree Service
Readings Malachi 3.1-4
Luke 3.1-6
Monday 10th 9:30 am-11:00 am Office Open
  9:00 am Take Down Christmas Trees
  2:00 pm St Piran’s School rehearsal
Tuesday 11th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am-11:00 am Office Open
7:15 pm Holy Communion
8:00 pm Standing Committee
Wednesday 12th
8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 - 11:00 am Office Open
10:00 am Holy Communion and Prayers for Healing
1:00 pm Funeral of Jack Jones, RIP
Thursday 13th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
2:00 pm Thursday Teas (community hall)
5:00 pm Evening Prayer
  6:30 pm St Piran’s School Carol Service
Friday 14th   NO services
Saturday 15th 9:00 am Morning Prayer
Sunday 16th December Third Sunday in Advent
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Holy Communion
President: Revd Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd Nicola Hulks
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Carols at CHoGS, Cox Green
Readings Zeph 3.14-20
Luke 3.7-18
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden: Johanna Raffan Readers: OT: Phyllis Sigsworth
Acolytes: Roger Clarke and Nicola Buckland Intercessor: Dorothy S H
Elements: Ann and Richard Burdett
Chalice: Sue Harbour and Shula Tajima
Server at 8am: Ben Darracott Crucifer at 10am: Matthew Burdett
Coffee: Eileen Goford and Sue Harbour
Welcome Team: 8am: Richard Hannam
10am: Ann Darracott, Ralph Hinchliffe, Sue Hinchliffe, John Cox, Mike & Lisa

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

Nicola, Jamie and Jane Buckland
Mum and Dad 08/12/68

(The church floodlighting can be sponsored for £10.00 a week using our online form and secure donation via PayPal. Alternatively there are forms at the back of church to complete with requests.)

What's happening at St Luke's...

A prayer from Stars and Sparks, you may like to use this yourself:
Dear God,
We pray for our Christmas Tree Festival and all we are doing to get things ready. Please bless the decorations we are making. Thank you for the stars that light our way and the trees which give us hope. Help us to understand the Advent season, to wait and watch and prepare for Jesus, our Saviour and Friend. Amen

Sundays at Six: The 2019 list is now out. Do make sure you take a copy. Perhaps make it a new year’s resolution to come along!

Keeping Advent: As we move into Advent you may like to spend a little time daily reflecting and our shared faith. There are many good quality Advent books available (Google: Advent books) and also the CofE website is promoting Follow the Star: https://www.churchofengland.org/followthestar which you can sign up to and receive a daily reflection. You may also like to download the App: Pray as you go, which is a rather different form of daily prayer for all year round.

Confirmation: There will be a deanery confirmation on Wednesday 10th April next year when Bishop Andrew will be confirming for the last time before he retires. If you or someone you know is thinking about confirmation please speak to Revd. Sally asap and do come along to an enquiry evening on Wednesday 30th January at 8pm in church.

Email update:
At the end of the summer we updated our email update list in line with the new data protection regulations (GDPR). If you are no longer receiving our weekly email update and would like to, please speak to Ruth in the parish office on 01628 622733

Safeguarding training: A reminder to do your safe guarding training and let Dorothy know by emailing safeguarding.stlukes@outlook.com

To access this e-learning:

  1. Go to: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

  2. Select ‘online courses’

  3. Select C0 or C1

  4. If you have not used the e-learning before then you will need to register as a new user. Click on ‘create new account’

  5. Create username and password

  6. Enter your email address and confirm this

  7. First name and surname

  8. City and country

  9. Diocese- select from drop down list

  10. Training institute-if not part of a training institution select ‘Not part of a training institution ‘ which is option 1 in the drop down menu

  11. Enter your parish name and church role

Once you have completed a module please email Dorothy Strack Hankey, Safeguarding officer via safeguarding.stlukes@outlook.com, to let her know so that she can update our records. A new safeguarding email address will be notified next week. If you would prefer to come into the parish office and have someone work through the unit with you please email or ring Ruth and she can arrange that.

We now have booking details for S1/C2 which is a face to face training here at St Lukes on Tuesday 26th February 2019 in the evening. PCC members are expected to do C2 and have had an emailed link from Ralph, but anyone is welcome to come along. Booking is essential via Eventbrite, see the electronic link via the email update or call Ruth in the parish office for help.

Thursday Teas:
Tea will be served in the Community Hall between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 13th December. All are welcome. Children from St. Luke’s School will sing carols during the afternoon do hope you can attend.
Any queries please get in touch with Enid 628195 or Phyllis 778656.

Open Vicarage: as usual, Lily and I would like to invite everyone to join us (well, Lily will probably hide!) for seasonal drinks and nibbles any time between 6 and 9 pm on Saturday 22nd December. Please do pop in and celebrate the season with is – everyone is very welcome. Revd. Sally

Christmas Lights: The Burdetts are holding their annual "open house" on:
. Saturday 15th from 3.30pm to 9.30pm
. Sunday 16th from 2.30pm to 9.30pm
at 30 Mallow Park (off Cranbrook Drive). Please feel free to drop in for coffee/tea and a mince pie/cake, and to see and hear Richard's Christmas Illumina-tions.

Boxing Day Ramble: There will be a Boxing Day Ramble as normal for those feeling the need to stretch their legs and get some fresh air after the turkey and mince pies. All are very welcome to join and also enjoy a simple lunch at 5, Wentworth Crescent afterwards. Further details to follow.

Lions Club Swimarathon – Saturday 5th January 2019: St Luke’s church are entering 3 teams in the charity swimming event organised by The Lions Club of Maidenhead . We usually have a men’s team, a ladies team and a children’s one and each team (of ideally 8 swimmers) swims relay style for an hour at The Magnet. Our “time slot” is 11am till noon BUT we need to arrive at the
magnet by 10.30am. The emphasis is on having fun and raising money for local charities not on speed or style. Afterwards lots of us go to The Bear for a friendly lunch and anyone can join us. If you would like to join in , either as a swimmer, a supporter or a sponsor please speak to Ann Burdett (tel 631486).

New Year social…. A date to book in your diaries now: We are holding a Burns Night social evening on Saturday 26th January from 6pm in the Community Hall. Dinner, Ceilidh, Raffle and games. Tickets £10 adults and £5 children on sale soon. Book the date!

Parish Office Hours: The parish office will close on Wednesday 19th December and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019.
Please note there will be no pewsheet on Sunday 30th December.

Advent and Christmas at St. Luke’s Church

Christmas Tree Festival 7th-9th December
Friday 7th December
10.00 am - 7.00 pm, Church open to view decorated trees;
stalls and refreshments
7.30 pm Winter Wonderland: An evening with St Luke’s Church Choir

Saturday 8th December
10.00 am - 7.00 pm, Church open to view decorated trees;
stalls and refreshments
1.00pm Lunchtime free piano concert by Jonny Lane

Sunday 9th December
Midday – 6.00 pm,
Church open to view decorated trees; stalls and refreshments
6.00 pm ‘Christmas Tree’ Service

Sunday 23rd December
6.00 pm, Carol Service by candlelight
followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Christmas Eve, Minday 24th December
Candlelit Crib Services at
4.00 pm (younger families) and 5.00pm (older families)
11.30 pm, Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December
10.00 am, Short Christmas Day service for children / families
10.30 am, Service of Parish Communion

Sunday 6th January 2019
6:00 pm, Epiphany Carol Service

Regular Events & Groups

St. Luke's Baby & Toddler Group meets in the Community Hall every Thursday morning during term time, 9:30am - 11:00am

Brownies meet in the Community Hall every Thursday evening, 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

The Stars and Sparks, for children aged 3 to 15 years, meet every Sunday at 10.00am in the Community Hall, (except the first Sunday in the month, which is an all-age worship service in church).

Prayer Group 1st Wednesday in the month; 3:00pm in church

This Week's Prayers & Readings

Back to TopCollect
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever, Amen

Back to TopA Reading from the Book of Malachi
Thus says the Lord God: See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be
pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
Malachi 3.1-4

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of Luke
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”’
Luke 3.1-6

Post Communion Prayer
Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

News-sheet material to be emailed or handed in at The Vicarage by 9.00am Tuesday, please

St Luke's Office at


Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30am to 11.00am,
Tel. 01628 622733 (answering machine outside office hours)


The Reverend Sally Lynch
The Vicarage, 26 Norfolk Road
Tel: 01628 783033
Normal day off: Monday 

Printable Versions:
News Sheet 9th December 2018 (pdf)

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