Weekly news

Here’s the weekly St Lukes Watford news.

Sunday 18th October 2020

Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

8.30am – doors open at 8.15am
Holy Communion Vision for the Future
Readings: 2 Chronicles 7:11-16 and Luke 9:28-36
Leader and Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar)  

9.45 Between-service Prayer at Church  

10.30am – doors open at 10.00am Morning Service Vision for the Future in church and via the website
Readings: 2 Chronicles 7:11-16 and Luke 9:28-36 Leader: Dave Clarke (Reader)
Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar) Immediately followed by APCM In Church and via Zoom  

7.00pm Evening Communion Churches of Revelation: Ephesus  
Reading: Revelation 1:9 – 2:7
Leader and Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar)  

Coming Up This Week

Tuesday 20th    
10:00amHoly Communion in Church
8:00pmFOCUS Prayer via Zoom
Wednesday 21st   
7.45pmAlpha Session 4 in Church
Thursday 22nd    
9.30amToddlers in the Church Hall
12.00-1.00pmChurch open for Private Prayer
6.15-7.15pmRise youth in the Church Hall
7.30-8.30pmRock Solid youth in the Church Hall
Friday 23rd       
10.00amHour of Prayer in the Church Lounge
Saturday 24th   
6.00pmUrban Saints in the Church Hall
Sunday 25th   Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
9.45amPre-Service Prayer at Church
10.30amMorning Service Obedient in Christ  Philippians: 2:12-18
7.00pmEvening Service Churches of Revelation: Smyrna
For more information and log-in details please contact the following:
Prayer, Services & Zoom Coffee office@stlukeswatford.org
Children’s Groups lydia.stlukes@gmail.com
Urban Saints susan-miller@ntlworld.com
Youth Groups nabrookes@yahoo.co.uk
Heroes/Church Gardens piboxhall@hotmail.com


Thank you for the lovely send-off that you all gave me last Sunday. The flowers are beautiful, the chocolates delicious, and the card filled with so many kind words from you. Thank you too for the very generous financial gift. Here, in full, is the verse that I mentioned: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Much love and God bless.

Gift Day. After our treasurer’s report at the APCM, there will be a gift day on Sunday November 1st. More details nearer the time.

Offering. There will be an offertory plate at the back of church if you would like to drop something in on your way out. Quarantining procedures will be followed to keep everyone safe.

Urgent appeal for babygrows and vests for babies 0-3months old for Alternatives Watford’s Baby Box scheme. Donations will be collected in the church office.

New Wine. A group from St Luke’s will be going to New Wine (United A) next summer from Sat 24 July to Wed 30 July; we’d love you to come too. Contact John for more information.

For Sale. Di has damson jam and marmalade for sale. All proceeds to the Peace Hospice. Please contact Di to make an order.

Alpha is continuing on Wednesday evenings. We would like to encourage members of the congregation to consider coming along – Alpha is for deepening faith as well as discovering it.

Our APCM is on the 18th of October immediately after the morning service. Please come along and prayerfully consider how you might be involved or support St Luke’s in the coming year. Hard copies of last year’s minutes and the Annual report are available in the Gathering Area.

The Church is open for our 8.30am, 10.30am and 7pm services on Sundays. The 10.30 will continue to be live-streamed for those who are unable to come. We will be observing government guidelines re face coverings, social distancing, and hand hygiene, so please come prepared to be directed in these (e.g. spaced seating with lots of gaps). Children and youth groups are available. Please note: Bibles won’t be available so please bring your own if you need one. Please don’t come if you have any C19 symptoms.

Lodgings Available for a mature lady in the Watford area, close to good transport links. If you know of someone who might be looking, please contact Edna.

St Luke’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. If anybody is able to contribute to the St Luke’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund it would be most appreciated. Giving may be done in the usual way online, with the gift earmarked as above. Any unused funds will be applied to Charitable purposes. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this fund, please let the office know.

Service Themes coming up

DateDiscipleship Explored PhilippiansChurches of Revelation
October 25thObedient in ChristSmyrna
November 1st  Righteous in ChristPergamon
November 8thRemembrance SundayThyateira
November 15thTransformed in ChristSardis
November 22ndRejoicing in ChristPhiladelphia
November 29thContent in ChristLaodicea



O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

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: Watford Borough Council, our local councillors and Mayor Peter Taylor.

The Church: Christian mission agencies in Britain and abroad.

Partners in Mission: Ruth in Malawi. Drs Sujai & Lavanya in India.

Community Involvement: The Peace Hospice & Peace Children’s Centre; Watford General Hospital; Psychiatric Care Services including Kingfisher Court and Colne House.

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Watford, St Mark’s, Watford and Christians Across Watford.

Regular Ministry: The Pastoral, Prayer and Healing Ministry at St Luke’s. Prayer Ministry. For members of St Luke’s involved in any aspect of health care. Frontline ministry in Health Care.

Groups at St Luke’s: Thursday Groups: The Toddler Group, Toddler Service, Brownies, Rock Solid & Rise.

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

Those with on-going needs:

Those who are in need:

Those in mourning.

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.