Weekly news

Sunday 5th February 2023

Third Sunday before Lent

Prayer meeting
On Zoom  

Family Communion
In the Church and online
A Blast from the Past
Dramatic Reflection on Genesis 42
Leader:  Michael Norman  (Vicar)
Preacher: Tolu George (Ordinand)  

In the Church
What does the Holy Spirit do?
Developing the Relationship
Readings: Ephesians 2:11-22, Romans 2:26-27, Ephesians 1:17-21
Leader: Bill Miller (Lay leader in training)
Preacher: Michael Norman (Vicar)  

Coming Up This Week

Tuesday 7th    
10amHoly Communion in Church
6:15-7:30pmUrban Saints in the Hall
7pmFOCUS prayer on zoom
8pmPCC Meeting in the Lounge
Wednesday 8th 
8:30amStaff Meeting
8pmCANC Choir in Church
Thursday 9th 
9:30-11amToddlers in the Hall
3-4pmPrayer for Children and Youth in the Chapel
6:15-7:30pmBase Youth in the Hall
Friday 10th   
10-11amHour of Prayer in the Chapel
7pmCameo + (See notice)
7:30pmBadminton in the Hall
Saturday 11th 
7:30pmFamily Quiz night in the Hall
7:30pmAshridge Players Chamber Concert in the Church
Sunday 12th             Second Sunday before Lent
8amHoly Communion in the Chapel
8:30amPre-Service Prayer meeting on Zoom
10:30amAll-age Service in Church and online
5:30pmEncounter in Church


Cameo +: Cameo would like to invite everyone to join their next event, which is a presentation by Michael about a journey “In the Steps of Jesus”. All welcome, ladies and gentlemen, come along to the Upper Hall.

New Wine United A: 26-30 July 2023: Several members of St Luke’s are going to the New Wine gathering in Maidstone this summer. Would you like to join us? There will be challenging Bible teaching, inspiring worship, good fellowship, good food and good fun. Book direct on-line at www.new-wine.org/events/united23/

The Leprosy Mission would be grateful for your postage stamps.  Kindly place trimmed stamps in the box behind the doors from the Gathering Area into the church by March. Thank you.  Pamela W

Jam Jars: Di would like any standard-size jam jars that you have spare.

World Day of Prayer: Do you need encouragement? Do you want to encourage others? This is the theme of this year’s World Day of Prayer on Friday 3rd March. A group of Christian women in Taiwan have written this year’s service. All are welcome, men and women of any Christian denomination in the Watford area.

Job Opportunity: Alternatives are looking for a manager, for 3 days a week. Details on their website or from the office.

ACTORS  NEEDED– Would you like to be involved in the Joseph dramas? There are parts available on Sunday 12th or 19th Feb. For each there is just one evening of rehearsal on the Saturday evening the day before the performances, and 9.00 am on the day. Please speak to Pam N.

Pancake Day: We are looking for a team of people who could make, flip, and dish out lots of pancakes to the masses on Tuesday 21st Feb between 5-8:30pm. Even if you could just do part of the evening that would be brilliant! If you could help out please let Lydia know.

Musical in a day: The Joyful Noise choir and friends will be learning and performing the musical “Pharisee”, the story of Nicodemus, at St Luke’s on 25th March. There are plenty of spaces for singers or orchestral members to join. Please ask the office or see the Working Together notice board for details.

Volunteers needed – to help with props/costumes/stage hands for any weeks from now to Feb 19th from 9.00 am at Sunday morning services. Tell Pam N.

Encounter Service Volunteers: We are hoping that some regular attendees of the Encounter Service might be willing to step forward to help with teas and coffees or pizza cooking. We are happy to support anyone with training.

ChurchSuite Session:

There will be an opportunity to be introduced (or re-introduced) to ChurchSuite on Sunday 19th Feb after the 10:30am service in the Church Lounge. Alternatively, the office can arrange a quick introduction session for you during office hours. We would like to encourage church members to access this resource if possible, as it shows upcoming diary dates and church events.

Upcoming Service Series:

12th FebRevenge and BargainingWhat does the Holy Spirit do? The Family Likeness
19th FebThe Great Reveal/ The Happy EndingWhat does the Holy Spirit do? Gifts for all the Family
Sermon titles may change at the discretion of the preacher.

Upcoming Services:

There will be an 8am Holy Communion on the 12th Feb, 12th March and 9th April.



Almighty God,

who alone can bring order

to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:

give your people grace

so to love what you command

and to desire what you promise,

that, among the many changes of this world,

our hearts may surely there be fixed

where true joys are to be found;

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.

Immediate needs: Ukraine, those struggling with rising costs, the repercussions of climate change and recent extreme weather.

World Watch List: Christians in the Yemen (#3 area of highest religious persecution)

Deanery Cycle of Prayer: St Luke’s, Watford and the Peace Hospice.

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.

Please update the office regarding any prayer needs.

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