Weekly news

Sunday 19th September 2021

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

    8.00am Holy Communion In the Chapel  

8:30am Prayer meeting On Zoom  

10:30am Morning Service
Alpha Launch/ Try Church Sunday
In the Church and on YouTube
Readings: Luke 9:18-22 and Luke 9:28-36
Leader: Dave Clarke (Reader) Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar)  

6:30pm Evening Communion
The power of prayer (praying big prayers)
In the Church
Readings: Numbers 11:4-23, 31-32 and Matthew 14:22-32
Leader: Michael Norman (Vicar)      

Coming Up This Week

Wednesday 15th to Wednesday 22nd
9am-3pmRoad Closure – Road Open on Sunday
Monday 20th 
10am-12 noonKnitting Club in Church Lounge
Tuesday 21st         
10amHoly Communion in the Church
6:15pm-7:30pmK2 (youth group)
8pmFOCUS prayer group (on Zoom)
Wednesday 22nd
7:30-10pmAlpha 1 in Church – Introductory Supper
Thursday 23rd   
9:30-11amToddlers in Hall
11:45am-12:15pmKeep Fit class in Hall
1:30-3:30pmLace Making class
7.45-9pmRock Solid
Friday 24th          
10-11amHour of Prayer in Church Lounge
7.30-10.30pmBadminton group in Hall
Saturday 25th 
8:30am-12:30pmCreative Space in Church Lounge
6-7:30pmUrban Saints in Upper Hall
Sunday 26thSeventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8:30amPrayer on Zoom
10:30amFamily Communion in Church and on YouTube
6:30pmEvening Service in Church
For more information and log-in details please contact the following:
Vicar michael.stlukes@gmail.com
Prayer, Services & Zoom Coffee office@stlukeswatford.org
Children’s Groups children@stlukeswatford.org
Urban Saints susan-miller@ntlworld.com
Youth Groups nabrookes@yahoo.co.uk or office@stlukeswatford.org
Church Gardens office@stlukeswatford.org


Weekend Away/ at Home. This is on the 16/17th October at Restore Hope on Saturday and at Church on Sunday with visiting preacher Keith Powell. More news coming soon, keep your diaries clear!

Alpha. We are launching our 2021 Alpha course with an introductory meal on Wednesday 22nd. Please consider who you might invite or bring along.

Directory. We are updating the Directory, and due to GDPR requirements we need new forms from everyone. Forms available from the office or the Vicar’s email.

Knitting Club is meeting on Monday 20th from 10-12 in the church lounge. We are making baby hats, jumpers, hearts and squares. New members welcome. Bring your needles, we have patterns and wool.

Church Offering. Due to the Coronavirus we have not been taking up a cash offering since March 2020. This will be re-started on Sunday 12th September at both services. We appreciate that many give in different ways nowadays; however this opportunity will be given and please bring cash if this is your preferred way of giving to the church financially. There are envelopes available for Gift Aid. The offering will be prayed over, and other forms of offering will be acknowledged.

 Autumn pansy filled hanging baskets fund raising for Watford Schools Trust. They are made by Clockhouse Nursery in Enfield. If you would like to place an order for any hanging baskets please let Angela S know by next Monday 20th Sep. They are £10 each.

Confirmation by the Bishop of St Albans. If you would like to be confirmed and you are an adult, please talk to Michael. We are encouraging all those who want to be confirmed to do the alpha course if you haven’t already done it, and there will be three further sessions in January.

Quiz available. Please see Pam for a copy of a quiz supporting Open Doors.

Restarting. Urban Saints (for children aged 7-11) is re-starting on the 11th September from 6-7:30pm. All children welcome – please invite friends and pass the message around. For details contact the office or Susan M.

Toddlers and Youth Groups for children in secondary school will also be re-starting in September – contact Lydia or Neil for details or to sign up.

Rotas – Please let the office know when you feel safe to come back onto the rota and we will be happy to welcome you back. Newcomers to the rotas also welcome, please let us know.

New Wine. Bookings for New Wine 2022 (in person) are already open and a group from St Luke’s will be attending Week A (23rd-28th July). To book tickets, please go to https://www.new-wine.org/events/united22/ – if you need more details about where to stay for the week (if you are choose not to camp), ask the office or one of the group attending.

Life Groups. The Life Groups are an opportunity for fellowship and connection with others. If you are not in a life group and are interested, please contact the office.

Publicity – We’re on the Diocesan website! Visit https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/freedom-day/ to see more about what we and other churches have been doing lately.



O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers

of your people who call upon you;

and grant that they may both perceive and know

what things they ought to do,

and also may have grace and power

faithfully to fulfil them;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Suggestions for prayer this week

Let us pray for the world, for the church, and let us thank God for his goodness. Let us encourage one another to go deeper into prayer and to persevere.

The World: The UK Government, Parliament and our MP Dean Russell.

The Church: The Deanery of Watford and our neighbouring churches.

World Watch List (areas of highest religious persecution): Christians in North Korea

Partners in Mission: Clive and Andrea Thomas based in Nepal and at All Nations College. Alastair Paterson’s links in Nepal.

Community Involvement: The Watford Schools Trust, the Trustees and the workers visiting schools day by day. The Children Across Watford Team. Alternatives Watford.

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: All Saints, Oxhey and St Matthew’s, Oxhey.

Regular Ministry: The ministry amongst Children and Young People; all members of St Luke’s involved in education as pupils, staff, governors or parents. Frontline ministry in Education.

Groups at St Luke’s: Wednesday Groups: Staff Team Meeting, Life Groups. The Alpha Course.

Members of St Luke’s: In particular, this week, those whose surnames begin with letters H-K (take a look at the directory)

Those with on-going needs.

St Luke’s family in need.

Our wider family and friends in need.

Those in mourning.

Giving Thanks: Answers to prayer that we have seen.

Coronavirus impact: for the worldwide vaccination effort, for those we know, and everyone around the world affected by coronavirus.

For your Information:

  • If you are new to St Luke’s Church (online too!) – welcome. Please email your details to office@stlukeswatford.org and we will email back a welcome form for you to complete.
  • St Luke’s Church Office 01923 246161
  • Vicar’s Messages by email. Please send your email details to the Church Office at office@stlukeswatford.org if you would like to receive them.
  • Church Website: www.stlukeswatford.org