• Notice Sheet

    Harvest and Giving Review
    There are letters, information and invitations for everyone in envelopes at the back. If you’re on the Electoral Roll you’ll find an envelope with your name on, if you are not on the ER yet please take an unmarked enve-lope. Please make sure you take a copy home to pray over and act up-on. Please note that our harvest financial gifts will go to the work of Hands of Mercy and our material gifts to Luton FoodBank.

    Mission Partners
    Be aware that we will be hearing from Youthscape on 24th September and Hands of Mercy on 1st October [Harvest].

    Stay and Play
    Thanks for your prayers for Stay & Play. The first session last Monday was very successful - 7 adults & 15 children plus 4 team members! Pls continue to pray for us as we establish the group. We do have need of some more equipment. Does anyone have: seating bean bags we could use for the mother & baby section; a circular floor rug for the book corner at least 1.5m / 5 feet in diameter; a reliable CD player; boys toys eg cars, wooden train set, dinosaurs, pirates. Also ride-along & push-along toys in good condition? Please see Winnie or Christine or phone the church office.

    Confirmation
    There will be a Confirmation Service at St Francis’ Church 4.00pm on 19th November; if you might be interested in being confirmed please see Nick or Sarah.

    ‘Seeking the Way’
    Do you want to explore where God is calling you next? If so why not go along to ‘Seeking the Way’ this Autumn? Booking closes on 21st Sept. Full details are on the leaflets in the carousel.

    Draft Oct-Jan Rotas
    The draft copy of the service rota for Oct-Jan has been emailed, hard copies are in the pigeon holes in the porch & a few spare copies are at the back. If you can’t take your turn pls swap with someone and let the office know by Mon 18th Sept.

    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.

    Deanery Safeguarding Courses
    For those of you who are required to attend a deanery safeguarding course, please find below a list of the courses coming up which are close by:
     Mon 9th Oct 7pm-10pm at St Mary the Virgin (Maulden).
     Thurs 19th Oct 7pm-10pm at St Andrew’s Church (Stevenage)
     Mon 23rd Oct 10am-1pm at St Hugh’s Church, Leagrave (Luton).
     Thurs 9th Nov 7pm-10pm Holy Trinity Church (St Albans)
    To book your place go to www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/deanerysafeguarding/ or contact the church office..

    Harvest Exhibition 25-30th September
    We’re opening the church for visitors to see the various contributions 2.00-4.00pm each day. We need a couple of people each day to ‘man’ the church. Can you help out? There’s a sign-up sheet at the back of church.

    Issue 1 Oct-Jan Rotas
    Issue 1 of the service rota for Oct-Jan has been emailed & is in the pigeon holes in the porch. If you can’t take your turn please swap with someone and inform the office as soon as you can so the rota is up to date.

    PCC Meeting Summary
    Amongst the activities at our meeting on Tuesday we agreed to replace the windows on the Western Wall with double glazed units, install a glass screen around the font, remove the upper choir area and install radiators on that wall. We had an initial discussion about children receiving communion before confirmation. We reviewed our Mission Action Plan and noted some good progress. We reviewed the list of our Communion Assistants and Servers.

    Harvest and Giving Review
    Please make sure you have taken an envelope from the back of church containing letter, information & invitations. Please take it home to pray over and act upon. Note that our harvest financial gifts will go to the workof Hands of Mercy and our material gifts to Luton FoodBank.

    Giving Envelopes for Mission Partners
    If you want to give towards the work of Youthscape [24th Sep.] or Hands of Mercy [1st Oct.] please make sure you pick up an envelope when you arrive in church. Only those gifts in envelopes will go to the Mission Partners on those days. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation and wish to do so you
    must fill in your details on your envelope.

    Prayer Diary Changes
    From 1st October the Prayer Diary format will be changing to cover 4 months. There will also be other changes as well as links with the notice sheet. Starting from October 7th the Saturday Prayer Meeting will become weekly from 8.00-8.30am in the Meeting Room. Because of Harvest, a fuller explanation will be given on Sunday 8th October but the changes are aimed at coordinating and encouraging our prayer life.

    Stay & Play
    Thank you to everyone who’s responded to our requests for various things. We would still be glad of seating bean bags we could use for the mother & baby section and a few more ride-along toys in good condition. (We have enough push-along ones now thanks!) Please see Winnie or Christine or
    phone the church office if you can help.

    Wedding Invitation
    Allan & Winnie are pleased to announce that their daughter Joanne is getting married to Tom Mitchell on Sat 7th Oct in St Mary’s Church.Members of St Francis who know Joanne are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 2pm (please be seated in St Mary's by 1.45pm) & to stay for the tea & cake reception immediately afterwards in the church.

  • 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!

    Training for Youthleaders - starts Tues 3rd Oct, 7.30pm Bute Mills
    A 10 session course, for more info visit lutonchurchestogether.org.uk/freemonthly-
    training-youthscape-youth-leaders/.

    Men's Keep Fit - starts Fri 6th Oct, 8pm at Inspire
    Need to lose the odd pound? Fancy a (gentle) run-a-round: circuits, football or basketball on Friday evenings? St. Francis Men's Keep-fit will be running from 8-9pm at Inspire from Fri 6th Oct initially for 10 wks. This is an opportunity
    to have fun & share fellowship. No skill level required. Speak to Jamie Brown (07817944990) for more details.

    Hands of Mercy 20 Yrs Celebration - Sat 14th Oct, 2pm Stopsley Baptist
    Join the team from HoM for their special celebration at Stopsley Baptist Church from 2pm-5pm. There are flyers in the carousel. RSVP [email protected] or call 01582 416151 by 1st Oct.

    Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper - Sat 21st Oct, 7.30pm in church hall
    Only £6pp, pls sign up at the back if you’re coming along and indicate food choice. Invites are at the back for you to give to friends & family.

    Memorial Service - Sun 29th Oct, 3.30pm in Church
    Please note the date for our memorial service where we remember those
    who are no longer with us is Sun 29th Oct. As with last year the service is being held on the Sunday closest to All Souls Day.

    New Wine Men’s Day - Sat 4th Nov, 8.45am in High Wycombe
    “Iron Sharpens Iron”, a day dedicated to encouraging men in their faith, with informative, honest, relevant & down-to-earth teaching & discussion. It will be held 8.45am-4.00pm at Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, HP13 7NJ. Cost is £22/person. Talk with Nick if you’d like to come along.

    Confirmation Service - Sun 19th Nov, 4.00pm in Church
    There’ll be a Confirmation Service at St Francis’ Church 4.00pm on 19th
    Nov; if you might be interested in being confirmed please see Nick or Sarah.

    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 Saturday each month, 10am-11.30am
     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 receiving treatment

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

    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

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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