Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 23rd April 2017

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.

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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 (tel: 01628 784724).

This Sunday First Sunday after Easter
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Parish Communion and Baptism
President: Revd Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd Sally Lynch
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Service for St George’s Day
Readings: Acts 10. 34-43
  John 20. 19-end
Monday 24th 2:00 pm Stitch up
  9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
  7:30 pm Guild of St Raphael
Tuesday 25th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
  2:00 pm Funeral of Helen Poynter, RIP (Slough Crematorium)
  5:30 pm Community meal
  7:15 pm Holy Communion
Wednesday 26th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
  9:30 am - 11:00 am Office Open
9:00 am Holy Communion (note change of time)
11:00 am St Luke’s School Service
Thursday 27th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
  11:45 am Thursday Lunches leaves church
  5:00 pm Evening Prayer
Friday 28th 8:30 am Morning Prayer
    NB: no parking all day—tree clearance
  5:00 pm Evening Prayer
Saturday 29th 9:00 am Morning Prayer
Next Sunday, 30th April Third Sunday of Easter
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Word Service for Godparents Sunday
Officiant: Revd Sally Lynch
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Stations of the Resurrection, NB: now at this church
Readings: Acts 2. 14a, 36-41 Luke 24. 13-35
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden Don Luff Readers: Acts: Phyllis Sopp
Intercessor: Shula Tajima
Elements: n/a
Coffee: Ann Darracott and James Ellins
Welcomers: 8.00 am: Richard Hannam
10.00 am: Ben Darracott, Janet Trinkwon, Emma Shenton, Dorothy Strack-Hankey

For your prayers

Please pray for:

Floodlit TowerThe floodlighting has been sponsored this week:

In memory of Christine Sawyers
and Helen Poynter
In memory of Ingrid Hamilton Nixon whose funeral is
to take place this week. RIP.

(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...

Holy Communion:
This coming Wednesday 26th April Holy Communion will be at 9am instead of 10am, to enable a school service at 11am, to which all are very warmly invited to stay.

Godparents Sunday is a new CofE initiative and falls this year on 30th April. As a fifth Sunday this will be a simple Word service with hymns. We have invitations to parents to send to godparents of those baptised here in the last five years. Baptism contactors will be asked to deliver these. You may like to invite your own godparents to the service and if you are a godparent yourself please do make a point of being in church that day. And if you are not, then still come to thank God and pray for godparents.

Bishop Steven’s visit to the Deanery: +Steven will spend much of Tuesday 6th June in the Deanery. He will meet with clergy and will visit St. Luke’s school as well as town centre ministry in Windsor. Everyone is invited to ‘an evening with Bishop Steven’ at 7.30 pm at St. Stephen’s church Windsor. Please do make this a priority in your diaries, especially PCC members.

Ascension day: I have received the following invitation from Rabbi Jonathan Romain: I would be delighted if you – and any of your congregation – would be able to join us for the talk to be given by given by the (still relatively new) Bishop of Oxford on Thursday 25th May at 8.00 pm. He will be speaking on ‘Leadership and scripture – recovering confidence in our traditions’. It should be a fascinating evening. It would be great to go along and so our evening Ascension day service will be a shorter service at 7.00 pm, allowing those who wish to to go together to the synagogue afterwards. If you’d like to go please let me know and I will reply for us all. Sally

Social Media Talks:
The next social media talk will be today (23rd April) at 11.30 am.

Helen Poynter RIP: Helen’s funeral, to which all are welcome, will take place at Slough Crematorium at 2.00 pm this coming Tuesday, 25th April. Everyone is warmly invited also to a Service of Thanksgiving for Helen’s life on Friday 12th May at 6pm in church.

St. Luke's Music Festival 2017 - 10th to 24th June: Brochures are now available in Church for our third Music Festival. Please take some and tell all your friends and relatives, as well as securing your own tickets from Jean T-D early to avoid disappointment. Great music to suit all tastes, starting with a sumptuous orchestral concert of popular classics conducted by John Cotterill, and ending with the award winning Taplow Choirs.

Serena Tajima is to be ordained deacon on Saturday 1st July at 2pm in Christchurch cathedral, Oxford. Everyone is warmly invited to be there to support her - please do pray for Serena as she prepares for this important time. If you would like to contribute towards a gift for Serena please speak to the church wardens.

Ministry Team: I am pleased to inform everyone that Phyl Sopp has accepted an invitation from me to join the Ministry Team. Please pray for us all as together we lead the church in furthering God’s mission in this parish.

Christian Aid Week 14th-20th May: There are a number of events and services taking place around Maidenhead:

Can You Help to Give a Shine to Our Church? Several of the loyal volunteers on the brass cleaning rota have needed to retire leaving only 6 faithful helpers left. I’m pleased to say we’ve just had one new volunteer but we could do with several more, who will be able to see themselves in the brass they have worked on. One of the present volunteers has been doing it for 40 years, so young and old are welcome. It requires coming in for up to an hour about once every 2 months - day and time are flexible. Please contact me for details. Jilly Bevitt T.633464.

Church Care Time Saturday 13th May. 9.30 – 12.30 We have an ambitious programme of maintenance and repairs this time, inside and out, and would welcome plenty of volunteers of both sexes. Please note the date if you may be able to help, and see the detailed list of tasks and a sign up form at the back of the church. It helps greatly with the planning if we know who is coming and what tasks would suit them, so do talk to me or Don Luff if you have not come before. Thanks, Roger Bevitt T.633464.

Stitch up: Monday 24th April, 2-4pm Parish Centre.
A shipment has just gone out to Sierra Leone, so all our recent donations will be there soon. Come along for a sociable two hours with refreshments. Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks, some wool and bodkin. Contact Gill Curry 01628 625196

Local Walks: All are welcome on these walks of 2.5 to 4.5 miles, which we hope to have most weeks throughout the summer. Please let us know if you would be interested in an occasional easier, flat walk of 1.5 to 2.0 miles. If you wish to be certain that the walk is going to happen, particularly if the weather looks as though it could be wet, please phone the walk leader. Please share cars if possible. We meet as follows :


Creation Care Series: The Diocese of Oxford is joining with partners to present a new course supporting Christians who are engaged – or want to be engaged – in creation care:
Creative Care: Theology, Spirituality and Mission'
A look at the theology of creation care and spiritual practices that can help deepen our love of God and care for God’s creations.
29th April in Oxford or 6th May in Reading . For more details about the series and to book please see www.earthingfaith.org or the poster at the back of church.

Last Train to Tomorrow: Maidenhead Synagogue present a dramatic Musical narrative that tells the story of the Kindertransport. Music by Carl Davis CBE and words by Hiawyn Oram. With the women’s choir and children of Maidenhead Synagogue. 17th and 18 May at 19.30 and 20th May at 16.00 and 19.00, Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road. Tickets from Barbara Grossman, 01628 541017 or email projects.maidenheadsynagogue@gmail.com

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 Sunday Club/Sparklers, 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).

“On The Way” Discussion Group about aspects of our faith, meets at 8:15pm on the second monday in each month. Contact: Eileen Goford (T.638238)

BRF Daylight Group (discussion about bible reading notes) Contact: Revd Dick Cheek (T.628484)

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

This Week's Prayers & Readings

Back to TopCollect
Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Back to TopA Reading from the Book of Acts
On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know – this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corrup-tion. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.’
Acts 2. 12a, 22-32

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of John
When it was evening on the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
John 20. 19-end

Back to TopPost Communion Prayer
Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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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 23rd April 2017 (pdf)

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