• Notice Sheet

    Notices

     

    APCM - Sun 30th April at 11.15am

    There’ll be one service, 10.00am Holy Communion. We’ll have refreshments after the service & our APCM will follow at 11.15am. During the APCM there’ll be activities in church for children.

    Revision of the Electoral Roll

    The current electoral roll is on the table at the back. Please check your details & make amendments if they are wrong by 9th April. If you are not currently on the electoral roll, please take a form from the table to join and return by 9th April to the administrator pigeon hole in the porch. Being on the Electoral Roll enables you to stand and vote at the APCM.

    PCC & Luton Deanery Synod Vacancies

    We have vacancies for three PCC members & three Luton Deanery Synod representatives. Please pray about whether you or someone you know should stand. Please fill in a nomination form from the table at the back and return before the APCM to Nick, Louise or Phil.

    Sunday Club Helpers Needed

    We are looking for a helper for the Junior class on 7th May & a helper for the infant class on 21st May. No preparation is required, you’ll be there to support the leader of the group. Safeguarding rules stipulate that there must be 2 adults supervising each group so unfortunately if helpers do not come forward the children will remain in church. You can sign up at the back or contact Louise in the office.

    St Francis Pre-school Garden Work-party

    St Francis Pre-school would very much appreciate some help with the garden on Saturday 29th April 9am – 3pm. Even just an hour of your time to clear shrubbery, clean the toys or paint the play house would be fantastic. There’ll be tea & coffee and goodies from Pruden’s Bakery! A great way to support the Pre-school, build bridges with the community and have fun all at the same time! Please speak to Christine Grew or Louise Yusuf if you can come.

    HOPE

    Helping Older People Engage with life in all its fullness & Jesus the Lord of Life. What is the second half of life about? Find out through bible study, sharing, mutual support & social events. A new group for retired people meeting alternate Wednesdays starting 26th April 2-4pm in the hall meeting room. Contact Barbara McIntosh if you’re interested on 616868 or email - [email protected]

     

     

  • Services & Events

    Services & Events

     

     One Friday Trail

    From 8th–15th April beautiful watercolour posters depicting emotions & events around the Passion of Christ are installed in public places between Stopsley Village & St Francis Church roughly following Ashcroft Road. There will be QR codes on each picture which lead you to words of explanation and reflection. Leaflets & flyers are at the back so that you can find the posters & follow them. You can also find the information by visiting www.stopsley.net. Why not plan to do the trail & invite others to join you?

    Holy Week at St Francis - w.b. Mon 10th April

    Evening Prayer 10th, 11th & 12th at 7.30pm in church. Maundy Thursday Supper & Holy Communion at 7pm in the hall, pls sign up at the back so we have an idea of numbers. Good Friday Hour by the Cross at 2pm in church.

    Good Friday Walk of Witness ~ 14th April, Starting at 9.30am

    Starting at Stopsley Baptist moving on to Sacred Heart then Ramridge. At around 10.30am the walk will reach Ashcroft School then process to Wigmore Church for a service around 11.15am. We won’t have time to come up to St Francis Church. All are very welcome.

    We’re Going on an Easter Egg Hunt - Peoples Park Sat 15th, 11am-3pm

    There’ll be fun, creative stations & the Easter story using simple reflective activities. Founded on the Christian story, yet suitable for people of any or no faith. It’s pitched at both adults & children so why not go along.

    Easter Day - 16th April

    St Hugh’s Holy Communion will be at 8am followed by tea, coffee & hot cross buns. We’re going to offer bacon butties at St Francis at 9.15am followed by All Age Holy Communion at 10am.

    Diocese of St Albans Easter Monday Pilgrimage - 17th April

    A pilgrimage for all ages. Journey from your church to finish with lunch & games on the Abbey orchid at 1pm & a service in the Cathedral at 3pm. Go to https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/emp/ for more details.

    Vocations Event - Sat 22nd April, 9.30am-1.30pm

    Are you wondering about a call to some sort of ministry in God’s church? If so go along to St John’s Hall, Churchfields, Hertford SG13 8AE where Bishop Michael is heading a group of speakers. For more info & to book a place contact Barbara Young [email protected] / 07884736546.

    Music Group Open Jam Session - Sat 22nd April, 10am-12pm in church

    It's an open session for anyone who would like come and play/sing through some worship songs using the new AV system. Just let Ray, James or Hazel know if you'd like to join us for the morning. Everyone welcome!

     

    Regular Activities

    Morning Prayers ~ 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 8.00am
    Home Groups ~ Various days & times
    Brownies ~ Weekly on Fridays (term time), 6.15pm
    Ladies Club ~ Fortnightly Wednesdays, 2.00pm
    Rylands Youth Group ~ Weekly on Sundays, 7.15pm
    Please contact church office for more info!

  • APCM 2017 & Revision of ER

     

    APCM - Sun 30th April at 11.15am
    There’ll be one service, 10.00am Holy Communion. We’ll have refreshments after the service & our APCM will follow at 11.15am. Durin gthe APCM there’ll be activities in church for children.

    Revision of the Electoral Roll
    The ER is our parish's register of electors; it’s the list of those qualified tovote at the APCM where elections take place for PCC & the parish's rep’s on the deanery synod. It’s also our membership list, the number we count upon as committed members of St Francis. It must be accurately kept so it’s revised annually. This year’s revision will start on 2nd April until 9th April. If you wish to join the ER, forms are in the carousel, completed forms should go in the administrator pigeon hole in the porch & must be handed in by 9th April for you want to vote at this year’s APCM
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  • Community Cafe

    coffee cupCommunity Café & Grass Cutting - 1st April, 10am-11.30am
    We’ll be painting an Easter poster for the new banner & supporting Luton Foodbank who are no longer receiving donations from Asda due to the fire. Bring along friends & neighbours & any donations for the foodbank & enjoy a cuppa & a cake. Weather permitting we’ll be cutting the grass, so if you’d like to help, do come along. If you’d like to distribute CC flyers, pls let the office know & we’ll provide you with some. There’s a street list at the back, pls make a note of the houses you deliver to.

    Community Cafe

    CC painting banner 2
    CC painting banner 3
    CC Banner Painting 1
  • Prayer Requests

    Please Pray For

    David Slack and his family who are preparing for his mother’s funeral which is on 20th April.

    Oliver Gardener (Mary Barber’s Nephew) who is having experimental treatment. His most recent scan showed positive results.

    Glauco Bartoli who has been in hospital

    To add someone to this list, fill in a prayer request form from the carousel at the back of church & hand to the service leader or a member of the clergy team.l

    Other items to pray for

    - pray for preparations for Annual Parochial Church
    Meeting Sun 30 April’16
    - for Joint Service of Holy Communion @ 10am
    - for enthusiasm & involvement of Church members for
    life & witness of our Church Family in the coming year
    - pray for able people to serve as Church Officers and
    PCC members to help lead our mission & ministry
    - give thanks for all who are now faithfully serving
    - pray for volunteers for a number of activities including
    Sunday Club & A.V. Desk - see also Notice Sheet
    - pray for ALPHA COURSE - for Leaders & Participants
    - pray for HOPE Group starting Wed 26 Apr ’17 - see details
    - pray for Churches in Vacancy in Luton Deanery
    - pray for Negotiations on United Kingdom leaving EU
    - for Divinely inspired discussions & decisions that build
    up the common good

    “Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful & thankful”(Col 4:2)
    - pray for Day of Atonement Services - Sun 2 April 2017
    - that past hurts, present challenges & matters of joy
    be brought to the Lord for His healing & wholeness
    to flow through this church & on to bring revival &
    renewal to community, town & beyond
    - Pray for preparations for Holy Week & Easter Services
    - for events & services @ St Francis & St Hugh’s churches
    And for activities & services shared with local churches

  • Prayer Diary April 2017-1

    1st – 7th April 2017

    Pray for –
    Community - Ashcroft Estate
    - Ashcroft & Ramridge Tenants Association
    - Ramridge Primary School:
    - Pupils, Teachers, Governors
    - Yeovil Road & Ashcroft Road shops
    – Customers, Staff, Owners
    Church Team – Vicar – Rev Nick Grew
    - Retired Clergy - Rev Joy Daniel
    Vision - Aspiration- Biblically based worship & teaching to enable all people to encounter God
    Vision - Priorities- To provide relevant & transforming youth work within church & community
    House Group – Joan Moore
    Charity – Wenlock CofE Junior School
    Hall Users - African Apostolic Church
    “ Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Pet 1:8,9)
    Saturday 1 Apr - 8-9am - Saturday Prayers - Hall Mtg Room
    Saturday 1 Apr - 10-11am - Community Café - St Francis Ch
    Saturday 1 Apr – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 2 Apr
    Sunday 2 Apr – 5th Sunday of Lent; Passion Sunday
    Services – St Francis – Day of Atonement Servs
    9.15 Holy Communion
    11am - Morning Worship
    Sermon Series— Readings TBA
    Electoral Role Review to be carried out
    Mon 3 Apr - Easter School Hols commence - pray for children & families; for teachers for rest & refreshing
    - pray for young people revising for school exams
    Tue 4 Apr - 7.30pm - Deanery Lent Course
    - St Margarets Streatley
    Tue 4 Apr - 7.45pm - PCC Meeting
    Tue 4 Apr - Alpha Course
    Wed 6 Apr - 2pm - Ladies Club - Speaker Jean Yates Pub Signs

     

    8th – 14th April 2017

    Pray for –
    Community - Ramridge Estate
    - Ramridge Baptist Church
    - Sacred Heart R C Church
    - Wigmore Lane Shops
    Customers, Staff, Owners
    - Recreation Areas
    - Church Tm– Wardens- Martin & Graham
    Vision - Aspiration- Valuing each individual, help them discover & use God given gifts
    Vision - Priorities- Encourage more people to use God given gifts in serving church & community
    House Group – Jacky Wilson
    Charity – Wenlock C of E Junior School
    Hall Users - Ladies Club
    Sat 8 Apr - 9am-1pm - A Taste of Centering Prayer
    - workshop - St Lukes Leagrave church hall
    Saturday 8 Apr – Please pray for all who are preparing to lead worship on Sunday 9 Apr
    Sunday 9 Apr – PALM SUNDAY
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 Holy Communion
    11am - Communion
    Sermon Series - Servant Songs - Suffering
    - Is52:13 - 53:12; Lk19:28-44
    Mon 10 Apr - Holy Week
    Mon, Tue, Wed - 10, 11, 12 Apr - 7.30pm - Evening Prayer
    Thu 13 Apr - Maundy Thursday -
    -11am- St Albans Cath- Maundy Thu Chrism Eucharist
    - 7.30pm - Maundy Thu Agape - St Francis
    Fri 14 Apr - GOOD FRIDAY
    - 9.30am Walk of Witness - starts Stopsley Bap Ch
    - 2pm - Hour by the Cross - St Francis Ch

     

  • Prayer Diary April 2017-2

    15th – 21st April 2017

    Pray for –
    Community - Telscombe Way & Wigmore Lane
    - Mary Brash Court & Warden controlled Housing
    - Someries Infants & Junior Schools
    Pupils, Staff, Governors
    - Wandon Recreation Ground
    - Wigmore Lane Allotment Gardens
    Church Team – Licensed Readers -
    Barbara McIntosh, Rod Mason,
    Keith Callard, Allan Kinninmonth
    Vision - Aspiration- to be a place where people exploring faith & belief are welcome & feel secure
    Vision - Priorities- to encourage willingness to share faith with others
    House Group - Phil & Hazel Line
    Charity – Tear Fund
    Hall Users - Bridge Clubs
    & Luton & UKITF Taekwondo Clubs
    Saturday 15 Apr - Easter Eve
    Saturday 15 Apr - 8-9am Saturday Prayers - Hall Mtg Rm
    Sat 15 Apr - 11am-3pm - Easter Egg Hunt
    (based on Easter Story)
    Sat 15 Apr - pray for Youthscape on-going fund raising
    Saturday 15 Apr – Please pray for all who are preparing to lead worship on Sunday 16 Apr
    Sunday 16 Apr – EASTER DAY
    Services – 8am St Hugh Cockernhoe - Easter Communion + tea, coffee & hot+ buns
    - 9.15am - tea, coffee & bacon butties
    – 10am All Age Holy Communion
    Include particular prayer for –
    TEACHING & PASTORAL WORK
    - House Grp Leaders - Mary Brash Services
    Sermon Series—Resurrection Theme -
    John20:1-18
    Mon 17 Apr - Bank Holiday
    - Easter Pilgrimage St Albans Abbey
    Mon 17 Apr - 10am - Men’s Conference - The Blessing of a Father - Hampton by Hilton Hotel Kimpton Rd
    Tue 18 Apr - Luton Schools Summer Term begins
    - pray for Youthscape work in Luton schools
    Wed 19 Apr - 2pm - Ladies Club

     

    22nd – 30th April 2017

    Pray for –
    Community - Buckingham Drive, Someries Hill
    & Crawley Green Rd
    - Ashcroft High School
    Pupils, Staff, Governors
    - Crawley Green Sports & Social Club
    - Crawley Green Recreation Ground
    Church Team – PCC, Standing Com + other Committees
    Vision - Aspiration- to provide home groups where people can grow in faith thro’ study, prayer, support
    Vision - Priorities- to offer opportunities for people wishing to enquire about Christian Faith
    House Group – Music Groups
    Charity – TEAR Fund
    Hall Users - NEET.TEENS youth club;
    Line Dancing
    Sat 22 Apr - Music Group Jam Session - St Francis Church
    Saturday 22 Apr – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 23 Apr
    Sun 23 Apr - George, Martyr, Patron of England
    Sunday 23 Apr – 2nd Sunday of Easter
    Service – St Francis – 9.15 Holy Communion
    11am - Morning Worship
    Sermon Series—Resurrection Theme - John20:19-31;
    Mon 24 Apr - 2.30pm Cockernhoe School Assembly
    - St Hugh’s Church
    Tue 25 Apr - Mark, the Evangelist
    Tue 25 Apr - 7.30pm - Youthscape Training Evening
    for working with young people
    Tue 25 Apr Alpha Group Mtg
    Wed 26 Apr - 2pm- Bible Study &Social Grp - Hall Mtg Rm
    - 7.30pm - Standing Committee
    Sat 29 Apr -9am-4pm - Pre-School working in church gdn
    Saturday 22 Apr – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 23 Apr
    Sunday 30 Apr – 3rd Sunday of Easter
    Service – St Francis – 10am HOLY COMMUNION
    Refreshments
    11.15am - ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
    Sermon Series - Resurrection - Luke24:13-35

  • New Curate

    Introducing Sarah Hancock
    – Curate at St Francis from July 2017

    Nick writes… I am delighted to be able to pass on the good news that from July next year we will be joined by Sarah Hancock as training Curate. I am excited by this opportunity and hope you will join me in welcoming Sarah & Adam as we look forward to their partnership with us.

    curate1Sarah Writes… Hi there! We are Sarah and Adam Hancock. For the past 18 months we have been living in Cambridge while Sarah completed her academic training for ordination in the Church of England, but we are both excited to be making the move to Luton and to join in with what God is doing in our church.
    Sarah is originally from the North West of England, but the 12 years ‘down south’ have rendered her Scouse accent untraceable. Adam is from Watford and on the verge of completing a degree in English Literature at Queen Mary University in East London. We met at a large charismatic evangelical church in Watford and both worked at the church on the Admin Team and Youth respectively.
    When Sarah isn’t studying she is often found on the side-lines cheering on Watford Rugby Club who Adam plays for. Sarah likes tea, black and Adam coffee, also black. Adam likes anything active, more so if it requires diving around in the mud, Sarah likes to cosy up on the sofa (it’s safer there!). We are both avid Arsenal fans, love dancing (Adam maybe too much), and any good television drama.

St. Francis Parish Church, Carteret Road, Luton. LU2 9JZ. Tel 01582 451132 (Parish Office)
E-mail :  [email protected]
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ues & Wed 9.15am-2.30pm, Thurs 9.15am-3.15pm ,Mon & Fri Closed

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