• Notice Sheet

    Can you Lend a Hand at Lancing Road?
    We’d like to get the house in Lancing Road ship shape ready for the arrival of our new curate Sarah and her husband Adam who’ll be joining us soon! Over the next few weeks we’re looking for volunteers to help get things done. There’s a task sheet at the back, please take a look and pop your name down next to any tasks you can help with. Tasks can be done whenev-er you are available, for access to the house please contact the church of-fice 451132, Elaine 07710144370 or Martin 423701 (after 25.05.17) who can give you a set of keys.

    Visitor Log Book
    There is a new visitor log book in the church porch, please use this to sign in and out if you visit the church out of service times.

    Change to Church Office Opening Hours
    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.

    Thy Kingdom Come
    Thy Kingdom Come is an inspiring nationwide prayer initiative between Ascension and Pentecost with the aim of engaging all Christians in prayer so that many people will encounter Jesus. Surely we won’t want to miss the chance of being a part of that!? Thanks to people’s responses we now have a plan of action and there’s a flyer with details available. Please read it and take action! E.g….
    [email protected] prayer materials available this week
    Prayer-Walking — get involved and send in your pictures
    Open Church — Please sign-up on sheet if you can help be there.

    June-Sept Service Rotas
    The June-Sept rota has been emailed out & hard copies are in the pigeon holes in the porch. There are some spare copies on the table at the back. If you’re unable to take your turn at any point during the rota please arrange to swap with someone else on the list and let the office know by 22.05.17.

    Quiz Night
    Please note the quiz night scheduled for May has been postponed until the Autumn.

    The General Election
    Copies of a letter from Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu regarding The General Election are at the back, please help yourself.

    Gift Aid
    Please let the church office know if your gift aid declaration has changed since you last completed a declaration form.

    Sunday Club Helpers Needed
    We are looking for a helper for the Junior Sunday Club class on 4th June. No preparation is required. Safeguarding rules stipulate there must be 2 adults supervising each group so if a helper doesn’t volunteer the children will remain in church. You can sign up at the back or contact the office..

  • 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!

    Services & Events
    Ascension Day Service - Thurs 25th May, St Hugh’s Church, 7.30pm
    All are welcome to our Ascension Day Holy Communion Service, where we remember and celebrate Jesus' ascension into heaven.

    Pentecost Praise - Sun 4th June, Stopsley Baptist Church, 6.30pm
    A wonderful opportunity to gather together as a church across Luton. The theme will be around "unblocking the wells" - facing those things in our own lives and in our corporate life that quenches the Spirit's work in us.

    Church Family BBQ - Sun 9th July
    We’re having a church family BBQ to welcome our new curate Sarah and her husband Adam. Put the date in your diary, more details to follow.

    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.
  • 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

    Wendy Daniels who has a hospital consultation on 23.05.17.

    Wendy Daniels’ father Gerald who has a new carer starting soon.

    Percy Seymour who is having investigations.

    Morty Bernard who is recovering from a cataract operation

    Oliver Gardener (Mary Barber’s nephew), his most recent scan showed 3 additional tumours which are going to be operated on, please pray for him and his family.

    Paul Butterfield (Caroline Harrower’s brother) who is recovering from acute pneumonia

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

    Glauco Bartoli who passed away last week. Please pray for Jenny and family at this difficult time.

    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 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 May 2017-1

     1st – 7th May 2017
    Pray for –
    Community – Handcross Road & Copthorne Estates
    - Haverings Guiding Centre
    Young People, Guiding Leaders
    - Recreation Areas
    Church Team – Sunday Club & Pathfinder Leaders
    Vision - Aspiration- Developing Youth Ministry that will
    help young people grow in a relationship with Jesus
    Vision - Priorities - Encourage & Grow Home Groups incl
    planting new groups
    House Group – Sue Heathcote
    Charity – Sarah Casson
    & Wycliffe Bible Translators
    Hall Users - Sunday Club & Pathfinders
    Leaders & Children
    Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life & peace.
    God wants his children to live in peace.
    “-- the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control”
    Gal 5:22
    1 May - Philip & James - Apostles
    Mon 1 May - Early May BANK HOLIDAY
    Tue 2 May - 7.30pm - Alpha @ St Francis
    - Does God heal today
    - 7.45pm - PCC (short meeting)
    Wed 3 May - 10.10am Cockernhoe School Assembly
    Wed 3 May - 2pm - Ladies Club -
    Thu 4 May - Local Elections
    - 8am - Luton Church Leaders Mtg - St Mary’s
    Thu 5 May - ASCENSION DAY
    - commence 10 days of prayer before Pentecost
    (see Prayer before Pentecost leaflet)
    - 7.30pm - Ascension Day Service
    - St Hugh’s Ch Cockernhoe
    Sat 6 May - 8-9am - Morning Prayers - Hall Mtg Room
    Sat 6 May - 10am - Community Café - St Francis
    - “Whole Life Worship” event - Stopsley Bapt Ch
    Saturday 6 May – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 7 May
    Sunday 7 May - 4th Sunday of Easter
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series—Sarah Casson - Wycliffe Bible Translators
    12.30 - Church Lunch with Sarah Casson


    8th – 14th May 2017
    Pray for –
    Community – Rochford Drive Estate
    - Recreation Areas
    Church Team – Musicians - Organist, Worship Group
    Vision - Aspiration - Ministry among children & families to
    support them reaching full potential in Jesus
    Vision - Priorities - Welcome new people & help them
    integrate into church life
    House Group – Barbar McIntosh
    Charity – Nansambo School
    Hall Users - Next Generation Youth Theatre
    Mon 8 May - Julian of Norwich
    - 7pm Staff Team Meeting
    - 7pm Maintenance Action Committee Mtg
    Tue 9 May -6.30pm- Beds Chrchs Together Annual Forum
    Our Lady Help of Xns -Castle St- Spkr - Chris Curtis
    -7.30pm - Alpha @ St Francis
    Wed 10 May - 2pm - HOPE Grp- Spiritual & Social - Ch Hall
    - 7.30pm - Deanery Chap Mtg - St Francis Ch
    Saturday 13 May – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 14 May
    Sun 14 May - Matthias - Apostle
    Sunday 14 May - Easter 5
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series— Values 1- Attentive
    Launch of [email protected]
    Sun 14 May - Christian Aid Week begins
    - Being There For Refugeesh


  • Prayer Diary May 2017-2

    15th – 21st May 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Vauxhall Park Estate & Brendon Av
    - Eaton Green Uni Halls of Residence
    - St Francis Church & Hall
    - Lynham Road & Eaton Green Road
    Shops - Customers, Staff, Owners
    - Restaurants & Leisure Facilities
    - Eaton Green Trading Estate
    - Recreation Areas
    Church Team – Lesson Readers & Intercessors
    Vision - Aspiration - Raising leaders able to meet
    challenges of being God’s church today
    Vision - Priorities - Encourage awareness of how Christ’n
    faith affects our interaction with God’s world
    House Group – Liz Cooper
    Charity – Hands of Mercy
    Hall Users - St Francis Pre-School Group
    Tue 16 May - 7.30pm - Finance Committee Mtg
    Wed 17 May - 2pm - Ladies Club - Social
    Wed 17 May 7.30pm - Standing Committee
    Sat 20 May - 8-9am - Morning Prayers - Hall Mtg Room
    Saturday 20 May – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 21 May
    Sunday 21 May - Easter 6
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Keith Callard final service @ St Francis
    Include particular prayer for -
    - Music Group & Organists
    Sermon Series— Values 2 - Authentic


    22nd – 31st May 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Raynham Way Estate & Keeble Close
    - Community Centre
    - Centre Users, Staff
    - Recreation ground & Play Area
    Church Team – Cleaners & Flower Arrangers
    Vision - Aspiration - Mission minded church - seeking
    opportunities to make known hope & life of Gospel
    Vision - Priorities - Pastoral care available to everyone
    thro’ prayer ministry, visiting, 1 to 1 support
    House Group – Martin Ellway
    Charity – Youthscape
    - Young People, Staff, Trustees
    Hall Users - Brownies - Children, Leaders
    Mon 22 May - 2.30pm - Cockernhoe School Assembly
    St Hugh’s Church
    - 7.30pm - House Group Leaders Meeting
    Wed 24 May - 2pm - HOPE Grp- Spiritual & Social - Ch Hall
    Thu 25 May - ASCENSION DAY
    - 7am - Ascension Day Prayer Breakfast
    -St Francis Church
    - 12Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    - 7.30pm - Ascension Day Holy Communion
    - St Hugh’s Church Cockernhoe
    Fri 26 May - 12Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    Sat 27 May - 12Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    Saturday 27 May – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 28 May
    Sun 28 May - Easter 7
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series - Ascension - Lk24:44-53;
    +Acts11-11or Eph1:15-23
    - Prayer Walking - round St Francis parish
    Mon 29 May - Spring Bank Holiday
    Mon 29 May -Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    Tue 30 May - Schools Half Term
    Tue 30 May - Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    Wed 31 May - The visit of Mary to Elizabeth
    Wed 31 May - NHS Prayer Walk (local section)
    commencing Milton Keynes Hosp
    & concluding with service @ L&D Hosp Chapel
    Wed 31 May -Noon - 2pm -St Francis Ch open for prayer
    Wed 31 May - 2pm - Ladies Club

  • 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]
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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