• Services & Events

    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!

    Sunday Club Sticker Sunday - 16th July
    Put the date in your diary for the annual Sunday Cub Sticker Sunday where the children can swap their attendance stickers for gifts & vouchers!
    Beach Academy - Mon 24th - Thurs 27th July, 10am -12.30pm
    SBC are running a bible based holiday club for children in primary school. See http://www.stopsley.me.uk/holiday-club for more info
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    PCC Action Summary [6th June 2017]

    • Short-term replacement of PreSchool is unlikely. Look to keep certain key items to support on-going Parent and Toddler Group. Rent Hall on limited basis and seek long-term options. Seek Church Prayer
    • Release funding so that good work can be completed on Lancing Rd as we welcome Sarah & Adam
    • Encouraged by Thy Kingdom Come esp HOPE Labyrinth. Open Church more often?
    • Agreed to get rid of excess chairs and 2 pews as part of de-cluttering
    • Adopted Safeguarding Posters and received Domestic Abuse statement for consideration next meeting
    • Progressed actions from Mission Action Plan [MAP]

    Opportunities for All!

    • Volunteers are essential for making our Sunday Services happen. We have a number of opportunities for people to discover that serving in a team not only blesses others but also helps develop our God-given gifts! If you would like to join any of our teams below pop your name on the list at the back.
    • Sunday Club: help our children & youth to grow in love for Jesus and His church by joining the Sunday Club Team.
    • Connect: help people feel welcome and make connections by joining our Welcome or Sidespersons Team.
    • Refreshments: show hospitality by joining our Refreshments team and serve tea & coffee between the services.
    • Prayer: lead the congregation in prayer by joining our team of Intercessors to pray for others and our world
    • Reading: share God’s word by joining our Readers Team to read the bible aloud.
    • Technical: help people enjoy St Francis by making it sound and look good by joining the Sound or Visuals Team.

     

  • Notice Sheet

    Serving our Community Opportunity!
    Help needed as Stay and Play will continue next term, run by St Francis church. Term time Mondays 12.30-3pm or part of that time (eg help setting up or putting away). Please speak to Christine today or asap as we'll need to arrange a date to meet and plan during August.

    “Beta” Course
    As a follow-up to Alpha this Spring, there’ll be some studies this Autumn. This is open to ANYONE who’d like to come - not just those who’ve done the Alpha Course! We’ll be looking at the “TEN” series by J. John based on the 10 Commandments, starting with the 10th (You Shall Not Covet) and working our way backwards to the 1st (You Shall Not Have Any Gods Before Me). We’re showing the first one as a taster on Tuesday 18th July 7.30 – 9.15pm at the Vicarage, 145 Hollybush Road. The talk is approx 40 mins long and the rest of the time will be discussion. There’ll be refreshments from 7.30 and a prompt start at 7.45pm. Dates in the Autumn will be confirmed when we know who’s coming but there are likely to be 3 sessions each in September, October and November. If you’d like to come, do talk to Christine Grew 07967 398558.

    Grenfell Tower Survivors Day out at Wicksteed Park
    Luton Council of Faiths & Grassroots have come together to organise a day out from the residents of Luton to the children (and their families) who survived the Grenfell Tower disaster. There are at least 50 children along with their families who would like to participate in the day out which is planned for mid August. Funds need to be raised for things like transport and insurance and these funds need to be in place by the end of July. If you would like to contribute you can send monies by BACS transfer via CoOperative Bank, Acc No. 65066380, Sort Code 08-92-99 or send a cheque made payable to Luton Council of Faiths to 47 Hightown Rd, LU2 0BW (for both methods pls add reference ‘Grenfell’). Online donations can be made at https://cafdonate.cofonline.org/6787. There are information sheets at the back for you to take home.

    Sunday Club Summer Break
    The last Sunday Club session before the summer break is TODAY, Sunday Club will resume on 3rd September. Thank you to all the Sunday Club leaders and helpers for their time & hard work, enjoy your break!
    New Church Website
    I’m designing a new Church website & would like to include lots of photos of the church family. If you’d rather a photo of you did not appear on our website please contact the church office.

    Freecycle – recycle your unwanted goods.
    If you have stuff that isn’t suitable to give to charity shops – but you don’t want it adding to landfill sites, have you thought about joining trash nothing! at https://trashnothing.com ? Anyone with a computer can access this helpful way of recycling their unwanted possessions.

    Introducing Sarah Hancock
    –Our New Curate

     

    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.

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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

    Please Pray For:

    Percy Seymour who is in hospital recovering from an infection

    Oliver Gardener (Mary Barber’s nephew) please pray for his ongoing treatment

    St Francis Pre-School (closing in July) staff, children, parents and committee as they need to make new arrangements

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

     

    Other items to pray for

    pray for volunteers for a number of activities including
    Sunday Club, A V Desk, - see also Notice Sheet
    + help to get Lancing Road ready for Sarah & Adam
    - pray for ALPHA COURSE - for Christine & participants
    - pray for various joint Christian activities across Luton
    - pray for the General Election Thu 8 Jun 2017 - for
    accurate & reliable information to enable wise decisions
    - pray for planning for negotiations regarding leaving EU
    - for God centred principles & for the common good
    - pray for justice & wisdom in providing assistance
    - for the vulnerable & less able in our society
    - for refugees & displaced peoples

    “Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful & thankful” (Col 4:2)
    - pray for the Thy Kingdom Come initiative between
    Ascension Day & Pentecost Sunday & ongoing include
    - [email protected] - pray @5pm daily for 5 people to come to Jesus
    - Open Church - 10am-12noon - people to pray in church
    - Try Praying leaflets - to encourage non-religious people
    to “try praying” about something over period of 7 days
    - Sat Jun 3 - 8am Morning Prayers
    & 10am Community Café
    - Pentecost Praise Service - 6.30pm Stopsley Baptist Ch
    - pray that the gifts needed for the mission & ministry
    of our Church Family will be present within our
    Church Council & thro’ whole Church Membership

  • Prayer Diary July 2017-1

    1st – 7th July 2017
    Pray for –
    Community - Ashcroft Estate
    - Ashcroft & Ramridge Tenants Association
    - Ramridge Primary School - The teachers,
    pupils & governors
    - Yeovil Road & Ashcroft Road shops
    – Owners, Sales teams, Customers
    Church Team – Vicar – Rev Nick Grew
    - Curate - Rev Sarah Hancock
    - Retired Clergy - Rev Joy Daniel
    St Francis Purpose - to be an open, all-age community,
    centred on life changing love of Jesus
    and being salt & light in neighbourhood
    House Group – Sue Heathcote
    Charity – Sarah Casson & Wycliffe Bible Translators
    Hall Users - Sunday Club & Path Finders
    "It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God lights my darkness. By you I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God - His way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. For who is God except the Lord? And who is a rock besides our God? - the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe. He made my feet like the feet of a deer, and set me secure on the heights."
    Ps18:28ff
    Sat 1 July - Ember Day of Prayer for those who serve
    in the Church
    Sat 1 Jul - 8am - Morning Prayers - Hall Meeting Room
    Sat 1 Jul - 10am Community Café
    Sat 1 Jul – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 2 Jul
    Sunday 2 July - 3rd after Trinity
    “Sea Sunday” - Sailors Society to remember seafarers
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 Communion & 11am
    Sunday Club “Sticker Sunday”
    Sermon Series—Values - Fruitful
    John15:1-17; Deut6:1-12; 1Pet5:6-11
    Sun 2 July - 11.15am Sarah Hancock to be ordained
    Deacon @ St Albans Cathedral
    Monday 3 July - Thomas the Apostle
    Wed 5 Jul - 10am - Cockernhoe School Assembly
    Wed 5 Jul - 2pm - HOPE mtg - Hall Meeting room

     

    8th – 14th July 2017
    Pray for –
    Community - Ramridge Estate
    - Ramridge Baptist Church
    - Sacred Heart R C Church
    - Wigmore Lane Shops
    Customers, Staff, Owners
    - Recreation Areas
    Church Team – Wardens – Martin Ellway, Graham Hosker
    Values
    - Attentive - Keeping alert to God’s voice in Word, Spirit &
    Circumstance, and obedient as we follow where He leads
    - Authentic - Being true to God by matching our actions to
    our words so others may encounter his living presence
    House Group – Liz Cooper
    Charity –Nansambo School
    Hall Users - Next Generation Youth Theatre
    Sat 8 Jul - “Just One” event - J John
    - Emirates Stadium - London
    Saturday 8 Jul – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 9 Jul
    Sunday 9 Jul - 4th after Trinity
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 Communion & 11am
    Sermon Series—Values - Loving
    1John4:7-21; John13:1-17;
    Sun 9 Jul - 12.30 - Church BBQ
    to welcome Sarah & Adam Hancock
    Mon 10 Jul - Dementia Talk - Hall Meeting Room
    Tue 11 Jul - 7.30pm - Finance Committee
    Wed 12 Jul -12.30pm - Deanery Greater Chapter Mtg
    Wed 12 Jul - 2pm - Ladies Club - Social

     

  • Prayer Diary July 2017-2

    15th – 21st July 2017
    Pray for –
    Community - Telscombe Way & Wigmore Lane
    - Mary Brash Court & Sheltered Housing
    - Someries Infants & Junior Schools
    Pupils, Staff, Governors
    - Wandon Recreation Ground
    - Wigmore Lane Allotment Gardens
    Church Team – Licensed Readers
    Barbara McIntosh, Rod Mason,
    Allan Kinninmonth
    Values
    - Accountable - Challenge each other as we discern
    spiritual giftings & use them to build God’s kingdom
    - Fruitful - Abiding in Jesus & allowing God to shape us,
    making us more effective in service & witness
    House Group - Martin Ellway
    Charity – Hands of Mercy
    Hall Users - St Francis Pre-School
    Sat 15 Jul - Swithun - Bishop
    Sat 15 July - 8am - Morning Prayers - Hall Meeting Room
    Saturday 15 Jul – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 16 Jul
    Sunday 16 Jul - 5th after Trinity
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 Communion & 11am
    Sermon Series— Values - Celebrating
    Luke10:17-24; Ps98; Heb10:19-25
    Final Sunday Club before holidays
    Include particular prayer for those in
    support roles in our services
    - power AV operator
    -sides people
    - stewards
    - Welcome Team
    Tue 18 Jul -7pm- Prayer for Luton- Praying The Lords
    Prayer - Our Lady’s Help of Christians Ch, Castle St
    Tue 7.45pm - PCC Mtg - St Francis Ch
    Wed 19 Jul - 2pm - HOPE mtg - Hall Meeting room
    Fri 21 July - 9am - Cockernhoe School Leavers Service
    St Francis Church
    Fri 21 Jul - End Schools Summer Term

     

    22nd – 31st July 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 Committee
    + other Committees
    Values
    - Loving - Responding to God’s love in Jesus by sharing all
    He provides thro prayerful listening & practical support
    - Celebrating - Joyfully recognising God’s goodness thro
    shared stories that enliven us & glorify him
    House Group – Joan Moore
    Charity – Youthscape (LCET)
    Hall Users - Brownies - Children, Leaders
    Sat 22 July - Mary Magdalene
    Sat 22 Jul - to 30 Jul - CYFA Summer Camp -
    pray for young people, & Leaders & helpers
    (contacts Phil & Hazel Line)
    Saturday 22 Jul – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 23 Jul
    Sunday 23 Jul - 6th after Trinity
    Services – St Francis – 9.15Communion & 11am All Age
    11am Baptism
    Sermon Series— Nehemiah - Setting the Scene
    Readings- Nehemiah 1:1-11; Mark9:14-29
    Mon 24 Jul - Schools Summer Holidays - Pray for
    - children & families - for fun and relaxation
    - teaching & support staff - physical/ mental rest
    Mon24-Thu 27Jul - 10am-12.30pm - “Beach Academy”
    Stopsley Baptist Ch
    Tue 25 July - James the Apostle
    Wed 26 Jul - 2pm - Ladies Club - details from Committee
    Saturday 29 Jul – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 30 Jul
    Sunday 30 Jul - 7th after Trinity
    Services – St Francis – 9.15Communion & 11am
    Sermon Series— Nehemiah - Acting Boldly
    Readings - Nehemiah 2:1-10; Mark13:9-11
    Mon 31 Jul - 7pm - Maintenance Action Committee

St. Francis Parish Church, Carteret Road, Luton. LU2 9JZ. Tel 01582 451132 (Parish Office)
E-mail :  [email protected]
The church office is now open on Mondays from 9.15am-3.15pm and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.15am-2.30pm. The office is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

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