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The church was originally a half-timbered one of about 1400, dedicated in 1430. As in so many other casesthe outer shell needed renewing, so the brick walls were added in 1705, when the roof was raised so that a gallery could be added on the south side which is still used on special occasions to this day.

The church has a stone perpendicular tower with crenallations, buttresses and pinnacles. On the tower is a clock with its faces set in wooden diamonds on the north and south sides. On the south side of the church are steps up to the gallery. The brickwork of the doorways has been thoughtfully done with an arch and pediment motif.

Inside is quite a different building. The brickwork is revealed to be only the casing for the frame of a mediaeval timber chapel. The nave roof, which was hidden for many years above a later ceiling, is a quite magnificent structure. Its obtuse arches are supported on octagonal wooden pillars. The wavy struts and braces give the roof a pleasingly ornate and loose appearance. Above the west door is a wooden screen dated 1623; and at the west end of the south aisle is a tablet to William Arthur Hodges "captain in the 47th regt." who, "having been twice wounded in the battle of Vittoria, fell at the storming of St Sebastion in Spain" in 1813, aged 26. A brass chandelier of 1708 hangs above the centre aisle.

Most of the graveyard has been grassed over, and the stones have been laid together to form paths round the church. The memorial to those from the village who died in the two world wars lies in the grassed area on the north side of the church. There is also on that side, a thorn bush, one of two which were brought back from Glastonbury by Canon J. T. Vale.

In its infancy, the village was known as Church Hulme but has also been known as Hulmes Chapel. Today the name Church Hulme is mainly used for the ecclesiastical Parish of Church Hulme, made up of the townships of Holmes Chapel, Cranage and Cotton.
 

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Rev Paul Mason
The Vicarage
74 London Road
Holmes Chapel
Cheshire

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Genesis Nativity
Our 10:00am service on Sunday 18th December 2016 will take place in the Church Hall and will chiefly consist of a performance of the Nativity presentation, "Whoops A Daisy Angel".
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
Carols by Candlelight
Do join us for our traditional carol service. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards in the Church Hall.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
 
Crib and Christingle Service (1)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
 
Crib and Christingle Service (2)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
 
First Communion of Christmas
The traditional "midnight" communion service.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:00 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship
 
Holy Communion (Order 2)
A traditional service of Holy Communion.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 8:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
 
All Age Holy Communion
Family Holy Communion Service for Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
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Genesis Nativity
Our 10:00am service on Sunday 18th December 2016 will take place in the Church Hall and will chiefly consist of a performance of the Nativity presentation, "Whoops A Daisy Angel".
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Carols by Candlelight
Do join us for our traditional carol service. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards in the Church Hall.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib and Christingle Service (1)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Crib and Christingle Service (2)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
First Communion of Christmas
The traditional "midnight" communion service.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:00 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship
Holy Communion (Order 2)
A traditional service of Holy Communion.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 8:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
All Age Holy Communion
Family Holy Communion Service for Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
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Sunday

Holy Communion
Every Sunday at 8:30 AM for 1 hour
Morning Service
Please see our website at http://www.holmeschapelchurch.com (or the Parish Magazine) for more details of the 10:00am services at st Luke's.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
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Genesis Nativity
Our 10:00am service on Sunday 18th December 2016 will take place in the Church Hall and will chiefly consist of a performance of the Nativity presentation, "Whoops A Daisy Angel".
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Carols by Candlelight
Do join us for our traditional carol service. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards in the Church Hall.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib and Christingle Service (1)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 3:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Crib and Christingle Service (2)
Christingle collecting candles or envelopes will be available in Church and Genesis from Sunday 27th November and there are enough for at least one per family to fill. This year we shall again be holding our Christingle and Crib Service on Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, where we will hold two identical services, one at 3pm and another at 5pm. Please return your family’s collecting candle/envelope at one of these services and each child can swap it for a Christingle. To help with arrangements on the day, Genesis children have already been asked to indicate if they are attending the service. However, if you know of any other children who would like to take part, please contact Fiona Pullé on 01477 537796 or alternatively there will be two lists at the back of Church, one for 3pm and the another for 5pm service where names can be added.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
First Communion of Christmas
The traditional "midnight" communion service.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:00 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship
Holy Communion (Order 2)
A traditional service of Holy Communion.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 8:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
All Age Holy Communion
Family Holy Communion Service for Christmas Day
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments

Features


(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight
Organ

 

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www.backtochurch.com Hall for Hire John Murfin,10 Selkirk Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7LJ. Tel: 01477 532442
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Incumbent: The Revd Paul MASON
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 12760
Built: 1430
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: MACCLESFIELD (592)
Deanery: CONGLETON (59202)
Benefice: Church Hulme (09/074 J)
Parish Legal Name: Church Hulme (590229 )
CofE Church Info: (609229 9/229)
Short URL: acny.uk/12760/
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The current editor is: Alan Rickards

This page was last updated on Saturday 26th November 2016
 
 
 
St Luke : The Square, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7NE - Adjacent to the mini-roundabouts in the centre of the village at the crossing of the A50 and A535/B5308.

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