Weekly Newssheet

News Sheet for week beginning 14th July 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.

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).

Sunday 14th July Fourth Sunday after Trinity
8:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Parish Communion
President: Revd. Sally Lynch
Preacher: Phyl Sopp
12:00 noon Baptism of Harry Raymond
4:00 pm Café Church
6:00 pm Sundays at Six: Prayer Walk to Ray Mill Island
Readings: Colossians 1.1-14
  Luke 10. 25-37
Monday 15th 9:30—11:30am Office Open
Tuesday 16th 9:30—11:30am Office Open
  8:30am Morning Prayer
6:00pm Interfaith Community Meal
7:15pm Holy Communion
Wednesday 17th
9:30—11:30am Office Open
8:30am Morning Prayer
10:00am Holy Communion & coffee
Thursday 18th 8:30am Morning Prayer
9:30am School Service in Church
9:30am Baby and Toddlers Group (Hall)
Friday 19th 8:30am Morning Prayer
10:15am Stretch and Breathe
5:00pm Evening Prayer
8:00pm Choir Practice
Saturday 20th 9:00am Morning Prayer
  12:00noon Wedding of Serena Tajima and Andrew
Sunday 21st July Fifth Sunday after Trinity
8:00 am Holy Communion BCP
10:00 am Parish Communion and Baptism
President: Revd. Sally Lynch
Preacher: Revd. Sally Lynch
Readings: Colossians 1.15-28
  Luke 10. 38-end
Next week’s rotas under Duty Warden: Michael Masango Reader: 1st: Roger Clarke Acolytes: Nicola Buckland, Michaela Murwisi
Intercessor: Phyllis Sopp Elements: Enid Barber, Johanna Raffan
Chalice: Roger Clark, Don Luff Coffee: Eileen Goford, Bridget Morris
Server at 8am: Ralph Hinchliffe Crucifer at 10am: Ben Darracott
Welcome Team: 8am: Richard Hannam
10am: Ann Darracott, Sue and Ralph Hinchliffe, Mike Mason and Lisa Sharp

For your prayers

Please pray for:

The floodlighting has been sponsored this week by

Mr T Autos

(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...

You will have noticed that we now have fewer baptisms in the 10am service and more at midday. This is part of a flexible approach to the meet the particular needs of each family. We have also introduced a new form of baptism preparation- “Play and Stay” roughly once a month on a Saturday morning. It would be fabulous if members of our church family were able to stay for some midday baptisms and also take part in “Play and Stay”. Please have a word with Phyl or Sally if you feel able to participate in the latter. And… please do pray for all those bringing their children for baptism. The next Stay and Play is on 3rd August from 9.45 am and all are welcome to join us.

Looking further ahead...our diocese is holding a diocesan pilgrimage on Saturday 19th October as part of the feast of St Frideswide. We have booked to join the pilgrimage for the quiet day in our current diary.

Equipping for Life: The Diocese offers a range of courses for discipleship and ministry. For details use the link on the email update or search under life long learning under the ministry and mission on the diocesan website.

Life has calmed a little following our move and the next issue is un-derway. Thank you for the contributions so far; please send further articles, pictures etc to inspire@stlukeschurchmaidenhead.org.uk (or give me paper copies) by Wednesday 31st July. Thank you, Louisa

Hospitality fund: A reminder of ways to pay into this: By a bacs payment into the church account (reference: HOSP) – please also ideally email the treas-urer 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 church-wardens 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.

Serena and Andrew are getting married at midday on Saturday 20th July. Everyone is warmly invited.

Church finances: at an extra meeting recently, the PCC considered the fact that we are facing again this year a predicted deficit on our general fund account. We have discussed a number of ways to raise the income needed to ensure that we can balance our books. We can have a (limited) number of extra fund raising activities (please join in), we can ‘let’ the church (who do you know
who might take up this opportunity?) and we can make a few cuts, but the lion's share must come from our own generous giving – paying for what we receive from ‘church’ and in gratitude for all that God has given us. After that meeting we have already had one pledge of increased giving. Please do prayerfully consider how you could support our finances. You may like to use this prayer:

Generous God,
Thank you for the abundance of your creation and for all the good gifts that we enjoy in our church and home lives. May we mirror your creative giving in the way that we manage the finances of our church; and embrace a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude.
Please help us as individuals to give with contemplative generosity to the whole ministry of this church; as church to give compassionately to the needs of those around us; and as your body in this place to be courageous in our sacrificial giving of our whole selves, out of our love for you.

WAMCF Ladies: The next interfaith ladies meeting will be on Monday 22nd July, 7.30-9.30pm here at St Luke’s Church on the theme of Remembering Srebrenica. Ladies of all faiths and none are welcome. For more details speak to Revd. Sally 01628 783033

Evening Ramble: Wednesday 17th July, 2019 - Meet in Waltham St. Law-rence for a 7.15 pm start. Park in 'The Street' as near as possible to 'The Bell' P.H. MR: SU 829769. The walk is 3.25 miles in length and over virtually flat terrain. More details from Roger Clarke (Tel: 01628 632626)

Harvest Festival and Winter Wonderland (!): We are now 11 weeks away from our Harvest Supper on 28th September 2019 in Church (and less than 21 weeks away from our Christmas Tree Festival)!! I am planning some “home grown” entertainment for both our Harvest Supper and also for Winter Wonderland on Friday 6th December 2019. This will be a fun hour of entertainment with singing, sketches, poetry and some entertainment from the Ministry Team (I have some exciting things up my sleeve)!! I am looking for people to participate in both events, with either a sketch, singing or reciting a poem so that we can make these events light hearted and unforgettable! Please see Adam with your ideas etc.

Mr T Autos has made a kind offer to volunteers at St Luke’s. Andy from Mr T Auto’s writes:
“The volunteers who pick up or run errands for the folk who can’t easily par-ticipate in the community. Your volunteers do such a selfless task that we would like to help with the running costs of their cars - so they can continue with their support. My guys can conduct a vehicle health check, make sure eve-rything is working safely, and the car is performing well. We can even change a lightbulb, test tyres, or change the oil. They just need to call us to book a time slot, and we’ll do it for free. Obviously, this is a bit of a gamble, and if a car does need a major repair, then there will be a charge, but we will keep our costs honest and transparent.”
If you are a volunteer at St Lukes and would like to use this offer please call or email Ruth in the parish office in the instance.

The Charles Davis Trust: As usual we have received details of the Charles Davis Trust grants for the elderly. These take the form of Supermarket vouch-ers. For details see poster at back of church, and contact the parish office for an application form.
Plates: Thank you to everyone who has brought food for various events in the last few weeks. There is a number of plates and bowls by the servery. If one of these are your please collect asap.

PCC Meeting: Thursday 4th July 2019
Following Dwelling in the Word, the meeting looked at matters arising from its previous meeting, including the request to donate a bench to the church by the Poynter family in memory of Helen. The PCC agreed a design, and to apply for a faculty.
The Treasurer reported that our financial situation had improved as a result of the Summer Fair and Music Festival, along with an increase in planned giving income and some very generous anonymous donations, including one of a £1000 to the Fabric Fund. As a result of this our predicted shortfall is reduced to £6207 instead of the £10,757 predicted in May.
The Reverend Sally Lynch reported on the latest updates from the Diocesan Common Vision initiative, including news that the Development Fund has been launched. We will consider applying for grants, and will use some of the Bible study materials, and the Mission Action Planning tool, available soon.
Thanks were given to all those who helped with the Music Festival and Nicola’s Leaving lunch.
Bishop Steven is touring the Deanery on Sunday 1st September by river. He will visit us during the afternoon and will bless the church.
There will be no 8.00am services on Sundays in August.
Some activities exploring discipleship will be held over the summer. Details and dates to be published. Some social events will also be arranged including a Garden Party and a Beer and Hymns evening.
The meeting also looked at reports from St. Luke’s School, Deanery Synod and Churches Together in Maidenhead.

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

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
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Back to TopA Reading from Pau's Letter to the Colossians
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly compre-hended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spir-itual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure eve-rything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has ena-bled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his be-loved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1.1-14

Back to TopA Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke
A lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right an-swer; do this, and you will live.’
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?' Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travel-ling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.‘ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’’
Luke 10.25-37

Post Communion PrayerBack to Top
Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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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 14th July 2019 (pdf)

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