Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 12th May 2019


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.

Safety: We take all aspects of safety very seriously at St Luke’s. Please do take care with hot drinks. Details of our safeguarding team are on the noticeboard by the door . Should you have any concerns, please do speak to someone.

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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).

Sunday 12th Third  Sunday after Easter
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am All Age Holy Communion
President: Revd. Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd. Nicola Hulks
4:00 pm Café Church
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Christian Aid Service at St Edmund Campion
Readings: Acts 9.36-end
  John 10, 22-30
Monday 13th 9:30—11:30am Office Open
  3:00pm Seeking Solace
Tuesday 14th 9:30—11:30am Office Open
  8:30am Morning Prayer
11:00am Funeral of Brenda Clarke, RIP
6:00pm Interfaith Community Meal
7:15pm Holy Communion
8:00pm PCC Standing Committee
Wednesday 15th
9:30—11:30am Office Open
8:30am Morning Prayer
10:00am Holy Communion
Thursday 16th 8:30am Morning Prayer
5:00pm Evening Prayer
Friday 17th 8:30am Morning Prayer
10:15am Stretch and Breathe
2:00pm Funeral of Brian Pitts, RIP
5:30pm Evening Prayer
8:00pm Choir Practice
Saturday 18th 8:30am Morning Prayer
  7:30pm Choral Society Concert
Sunday 19th Fourth  Sunday after Easter
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Parish Communion
President: Revd. Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd. Sally Lynch
12:00 noon Baptism of Harry Marshall-Pullen
3:00 pm Organ Recital by Eton College Scholars
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Taize Service, here
Readings: Acts 11.1-18 
  John 13.31-25
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden: Michael Masango Reader: Sue Hinchliffe
Acolytes: Monique Murwisi, Shula Tajima Intercessor: Roger Clarke
Elements: Mary Pennington, Helen Petter
Chalice: Shula Tajima, Michael Masango
Coffee: Eileen Goford, Carole Stevens
Server at 8am: Rebecca Bryant Crucifer at 10am: Ben Darracott
Welcome Team: 8am: Richard Hannam
10am: John Salter, Sue and Ralph Hinchliffe, Mike and Lisa Sharp

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

The floodlighting has been sponsored this week by:
Revd. Sally
“In memory of my father who passed away 35 years ago today”

(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...

Seeking Solace is a monthly space for any who have been bereaved at any time to get together for chat (about all sorts of things!), tea and cake and a short act of reflective worship. This Monday 13th May. All welcome—do tell other people about this opportunity.

The Revd. Nicola Hulks: As you know Reverend Nicola Hulks has been appointed to the post of Team Vicar in the Thatcham Team Ministry. Her last Sunday at St. Luke’s will be on 9th June. We will have a parish lunch and party for her. Please pray for Nicola, Ben and Luke as they prepare for their move and for the congregations of St Luke’s in Maidenhead and St Barnabas and St Mary’s in Thatcham. Nicola’s induction will be on 2nd July, 7.30pm at Thatcham Park School. Details to come.

PCC Meeting – The first full meeting of the new PCC took place on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. The Reverend Sally Lynch welcomed our two new Church-wardens John Salter and Sue Hinchliffe to the meeting as well as new and re-turning members of the PCC.
There were several matters arising from the minutes of previous meetings, one being the installation of cycle racks under the west window. We had received advice from the local Police that the church grounds were not a suitable site for cycle racks and that if members of the congregation wanted to secure cycles the best thing was to secure them to the inside of the railings at the front of church. It was therefore decided to discontinue with the installation of cycle racks.
A new cooker has been installed in the kitchen.
The Treasurer presented his draft budget for 2019 and this showed that the church would end the year with a predicted deficit of £13,257. He pointed out that the basic problem is the same as we had in 2018 in that we do not have enough income to sustain our present expenditure. The issue was simply post-poned in 2018 due to a generous £10,000 donation. His report was discussed, and it was agreed that the PCC should hold a special meeting to discuss our finances.
Safeguarding is a standard agenda item and it was pointed out that all PCC members must now complete the diocesan C0 and C1 training. All PCC mem-bers must also be DBS checked.
A number of the churches policies have been updated or renewed and it was agreed that a file containing all the policies should be available in church.
The Diocesan Common Vision was briefly mentioned.
The Reverend Sally Lynch thanked all those members of the church who has assisted in any way over the Lenten, Holy Week and Easter period.
‘I won’t wear make up on Thursday’, an address given by Bishop Steven to Di-ocesan Synod relating to metal health in young people was raised as there is now a discussion paper on this matter for PCC’s. The full address can be found at blogs.oxford.anglican.org/i-wont-wear-make-up-on-Thursday.
The Poynter family has offered to donate a bench to church in Helen’s memory. There was discussion about the best site and advice will be taken from the DAC.

Climate Petition: We have been contacted by a group of parents who have been inspired by Greta Thunberg's Climate Activism and have set up the RBWM Climate Emergency Coalition. They live locally and they are not politi-cal. Their aim is to raise awareness about the climate emergency through pro-tests and to ask the council to declare a climate change emergency through a petition (http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/climateemergency/) for which they are aiming for 2000 signatures. You may wish to explore this further and sign the petition yourself.

Hospitality fund:
at the last PCC meeting it was agreed that we would trial a new way of funding occasional refreshments (after church coffee on Sundays and Wednesdays, community meals, etc). rather than leaving out a ‘pot;’ for contributions we will have a hospitality fund that anyone can make contribu-tions to at any time. This will save having to carry change for the money pots but will also enable us to be fully hospitable to visitors, as are our friends in other faiths in town.
There are a number of ways of making contributions to the fund:
By a bacs payment into the church account (reference: HOSP) – please also ideally email the treasurer to let him know
By cheque (St. Luke’s PCC) given to Richard Burdett or Ben Darracott
By cash to the box marked ‘hospitality fund’ on the churchwardens cupboard on Sundays.

Interfaith Community meal: a meal for anyone in the community to join and eat together. Every Tuesday at 6.00pm, here in church. All welcome.

Eton Scholars Organ Recital: On Sunday 19th May, 3pm. Our Eton scholars will be playing a range pieces including Bach, Elgar and Böellmann. Followed by a cream tea. Tickets now available. If you are able to help out before hand or on the day please let Sally Somerville know today.

Baby and Toddler group: Meets weekly in term time. Thursdays 9.30-11.15am in the community hall.

WAMCF Ladies: Next meeting Monday 20th May, 7.30pm at the Gurdwara ( Rutland Road). Our theme is Sikh Pilgrimage and all
ladies are welcome.

Change of Location of Stitch-up for Kori from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 23rd May. Due to the European Elections we can not use Parish Hall because it becomes a Polling Station. We will meet at the back of church. Gill Curry. 01628 625196

This year’s music festival runs from Friday 21st June through to Sunday
30th June, with concerts, recitals and workshops on the following days:
Friday 21st 7:30pm -Thames Valley Chorus
Saturday 22nd 10:30am – 12:30-Psalms for the Common Era
and 7:30pm-Inversion- Organ and Flute
Sunday 23rd June 3pm - Gaslights concert with cream tea
Friday 28th 1:30 – 3:00-Schools concert
and 7:30pm –Andrew Gallacher and Simon Purdy
Saturday 29th June 7:30pm-tbc
On Sunday 30th June, we will be concluding our festival with a special “Music
Sunday” service at 10am, followed by lunch followed by “Songs of Praise”. To
vote for your favourite hymn for this service, use the sign up sheet at the back of Church
for us to consider including within this service. All votes by the end of May please.

Booking forms and posters are now available, please take some and tell your friends.

To book tickets for the Music Festival events, please click here

Regular Events & Groups

St. Luke's Baby & Toddler Group meets in the Community Hall every Thursday morning during term time, 9:30am - 11:15am

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
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Back to TopA Reading from the Acts of the Apostles
In Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she be-came ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
Acts 9.36-end

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of John
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was win-ter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one
John 10.22-30

Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us grace to follow in his steps; 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 12th May 2019 (pdf)

Previous weeks:
News Sheet 5th May 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 28th April 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 21st April 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 14th April 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 7th April 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 31st March 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 24th March 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 17th March 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 10th March 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 3rd March 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 24th February 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 17th February 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 10th February 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 3rd February 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 27th January 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 20th January 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 13th January 2019 (pdf)
News Sheet 6th January 2019 (pdf)

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