Weekly news

Sunday 13th June 2021

Second Sunday after Trinity

    8:30am Pre-Service Prayer on Zoom  

10:30am Family Communion
“The Living Church”
Evangelism: Mission through the local Church  
In the Church and on YouTube
Readings: 1 Peter 2:9-12 and Luke 10:1-12
Leader: Pam Norman (Reader) Speaker: Michael Norman (Vicar)  

6:30pm Evening Service
Colossians: The Christian at Work
In the Church
Reading: Colossians 3:22-4:1
Leader: Michael Norman (Vicar) Speaker: Neil Brookes (Youth Director)  

Coming Up This Week

Monday 14thDeadline for magazine articles
10am-12 noonKnitting Club
Tuesday 15th    
10amHoly Communion in Church
6:15-7:30pmK2 in Church Hall
8pmFOCUS Via Zoom
Thursday 17th   
9:30-11amToddlers in Church Hall
10:15am-12:15pmStork and the Bees meeting – see notice
11:30am-1pmKeep Fit class in Church Hall
12-1pmChurch open for Private Prayer
6:15-7:30pmRISE in Church Hall
7:45-9:00pmRock Solid in Church Hall
Friday 18th     
10:00amHour of Prayer in Church
5pmRISE Nations Men’s Conference starts –see notice
Saturday 19th      
5:30pmUrban Saints
Sunday 20th                Third Sunday after Trinity
10:30amMorning Service in Church and on YouTube
4:30-6:30pm (TBC)Reflection and Hope prayer opportunity – see notice
6:30pmHoly Communion in Church – see notice
For more information and log-in details please contact the following:
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
Heroes/Church Gardens office@stlukeswatford.org


Celebrations for this week: Happy birthday to any family or friends who are not in the Church Celebrations Diary. If you have any celebration dates for the Diary, please let the office know.

Reflection and Hope Prayer opportunity: we are hoping to open up the church for an opportunity to reflect on the pandemic and to hope for the future on the Sunday before Lockdown ends. We will need some volunteers to help steward this and to serve drinks in the Hall.

New Quiz. A NEW QUIZ is out to raise money for Kisumu Children Trust – every answer begins with the letter K. Get your quiz from Pam at church, the office or the Vicar’s email.

Security. We are looking for more men to join the St Luke’s church Security Rota.  If you are willing to join the team, or want to find out more, please contact Jeff G or the office.

Rota – If you came off the rota due to Covid concerns (or for other reasons), please do 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.

Stork and the Bees. This is an organisation that supports mothers with young babies, and offers slings for carrying babies to borrow. They are running a drop in session on Thursday 17th. Please invite those who might be interested.

Wool. The Knitting club would be very grateful for any donations of wool so that they can proceed with their charity knitting projects. Please give any offerings to the office for storing.

Articles for the next magazine. Margaret would like to have some articles to include in the next magazine. Any articles to Margaret F by the 14th June please.

Evening Services. The evening service will be at 6:30pm in church and not online. The readings and sermon will be recorded and will be uploaded to become available online afterwards – we hope to have them available by lunchtime on Mondays.

Jobs: The diocese are currently advertising for new staff. Details are available: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/other-vacancies/ New Hope are also advertising for two outreach workers. Details under Jobs at St Luke’s.

RISE Nations Men’s Conference – 18/19 June. Restore Hope are hosting a Men’s Conference on 18th/19th June. For details see the Vicar’s letter or contact the office.

Book: The Toronto Blessing and Slaying in the Spirit: the telling wonder by Nader Mikhaiel (a contribution to the debate on spiritual phenomenon). £6. Contact Jo G.

Private Prayer. We are open for private prayer on Thursdays 12pm-1pm. Please sign in, sanitise and follow social distancing guidelines, and please do not come if you are isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. Stay safe.

Life Groups. The Life Groups are a fabulous opportunity for fellowship and connection with others in the church. If you are not in a life group and are interested, please contact the office – we can link you up with a life group and would love to do so. Under the current roadmap, Life Groups are allowed to meet inside in groups of up to 6.

Petition. The Barnabas Fund have an online petition to recognise historic crimes against Christians in Armenia. Sign at https://barnabasfund.org/armenian-genocide/#petition. There is an online petition for amateur groups of singers to be allowed to rehearse under the same conditions as professionals. Sign at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/586559.

St Luke’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. We are looking to support Covid-related needs. If you know of anyone who might benefit from this fund, or would like some support, please let the office know.



Lord, you have taught us

that all our doings without love are nothing worth:

send your Holy Spirit

and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,

the true bond of peace and of all virtues,

without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.

Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,

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.

Partners in Mission: Clive and Andrea T based in Nepal and at All Nations College. Alastair P’s work for 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: St Lawrence and the Church of the Ascension, Abbots Langley. Watford Foodbank.

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 Lent 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: Those we know mourning loved ones at this time.

Giving Thanks: answers to prayer that we have seen.

Coronavirus impact: Please pray particularly for Monte Horeb church in Lima, Peru, and others in the area struggling with infection rates and severe illness from Covid-19, for medical staff and those in India suffering due to the situation there, for those we know, and others around the world affected by coronavirus.

Please update the office regarding those we are praying for and any prayer needs.

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