• 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 ER is our parish's register of electors; it’s the list of those qualified to vote 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. For accuracy it’s revised annually, this year’s revision starts 2nd April until 9th April. Forms are in the carousel if you want to join. Place completed forms in the admin pigeon hole in the porch by 9th April if you want to vote this year.

    Community 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.

    Day of Atonement Services - 2nd April

    Please be prayerful as you consider your contributions towards these services - the past hurts and present challenges & joys. Fill in the forms and get them back to Nick asap (spare forms are at the back). Your honest memories & insights are crucial to the value of this opportunity to prepare the way as God moves us forward. Please don't assume someone else will do it & be assured that your thoughts will be treated anonymously & with integrity. Please pray for PCC as we continue to reflect upon possible action plans & their priorities.

    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 - bjmcintosh16@gmail.com.

     

     

  • Services & Events

    Services & Events

    One Friday Trail

    From 8th –15th April beautiful watercolour posters depicting emotions and events around the Passion of Christ will be installed in public places between Stopsley Village and St Francis Church roughly following Ashcroft Road. There will be information sheets for adults and children so that individuals or families can find the posters and follow them to think about the last hours of Jesus’ life. There will be QR codes on each picture which lead you to words of explanation and reflection. Why not plan to do the trail and 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 St Francis then process to Wigmore Church for a service around 11.15am. 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 orchard 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 byoung@stalbans.anclican.org / 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

    Matilda Beaumont (Joanne & Mike’s 4mth old g’daughter) suffering with silent gastric reflux

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

    Jennie Osler (Sue Hunt’s Daughter) as she awaits further tests and results
    Jenny Bartoli who is still in pain after jarring her back in a fall

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

     

    Other items to pray for

    pray for the work of the Churches across Luton
    - for ministers & other church leaders - for protection
    - for churches in vacancy & those with ministers soon to retire
    - for all Christians - wisdom & unity in working together
    - for outreach activities - Healing on The Streets; Town Centre Chaplains; Street Pastors; Soup Kitchen; Oasis Cntre & especially those working with vulnerable & homeless
    - pray for our nation - for wholesome relationships between different ethnic & faith communities
    - for Gods perspective about leaving European Union
    - for negotiations between UK & EU on future political & economic relationships also for UK/ World Trade
    - Remember Christians everywhere suffering for their faith

    “Devote yourselves to prayer being watchful & thankful”(Col 4:2)
    - pray for the ministry & mission of St Francis Church
    - for the PCC and ALL members of our Church Family
    that we will own and work together under the Holy
    Spirit to put into practice our values & purposes and our
    mission plan in our personal lives & in the community
    - pray for revitalisation of Housegroups & addl HG leaders
    - pray for volunteers for a number of activities including
    Sunday Club & new AV Desk - see also Notice Sheet
    - pray for ALPHA COURSE - for the leaders
    - for those exploring faith -&those looking to deepen faith
    - pray God’s preparation for Church Wardens to serve ‘17/18

  • Prayer Diary March 2017-1

    1st – 7th March 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Wigmore Estate
    - Wigmore Primary School
    – Pupils, Staff, Governors
    - Wigmore U.R.Chrch/Methodist Chrch
    - Colwell Court Residential Home
    - Residents, Staff
    - Churchfield Health Centre
    - Recreation Area
    Church Team – Catering Team, Social Comm, Teas
    Vision - Aspiration- A Church - open to community
    & working with local organisations
    Vision Priorities - Strengthen links with community & seek opportunities to serve & work with others
    House Group Sue Heathcote
    Charity – Luton Town Centre Chaplaincy
    Hall Users - Sunday Club
    A prayer for Lent -
    Holy God, our lives are laid open before you: rescue us from the chaos of sin and through the death of your Son bring us healing and make us whole in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
    Wed 1 Mar - ASH WEDNESDAY
    Wed 1 Mar - David, Patron of Wales
    Wed 1 Mar - 7.30pm - Ash Wed Holy Communion St F
    Wed 1 Mar - Pray StF AV system will be completed this wk
    Fri 3 Mar- 11am - Womens World Day of Prayer
    - Sacred Heart Church
    Sat 4 Mar - 8am-Saturday Morning Prayers - Ch Hall
    Sat 4 Mar - 10am - Community Café - in church
    Saturday 4 Mar – Please pray for all who are preparing to lead worship on Sunday 5 Mar
    Sunday 5 Mar - 1st Sunday of Lent;
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series- Lent - Servant Songs - Justice
    Isaiah 42:1-4; Mark 3:1-6
    Tue 7 Mar - 7.30pm - Alpha @ St Fr
    - Why& How should I read the Bible
    Tue 7 Mar - 7.30pm - Deanery Lent Course - St Francis
    - Love with Generosit

     

    8th – 14th March 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Cockernhoe, Mangrove, Tea Green
    and Rural Housing
    - St Hugh’s Church & Churchyard
    - Cockernhoe CofE Primary School
    Pupils, Staff, Governors
    - Farming & Rural Businesses & Leisure
    - Village Hall
    Church Team – House Group Leaders & Assistants
    Vision - Aspiration - Nurture links with wider church Locally & over seas
    Vision - Priorities - Involvement with chaplain in ASDA
    House Group - Sally Philpott
    Charity – Sarah Casson & Wycliffe Bible Trans
    Hall Users - Next Generation Youth Theatre
    Wed 8 Mar - 2pm - Ladies Club - Talk - Rita Tarron
    Wed 8 Mar - 7.30pm - Pathfinder Leaders Meeting
    Thu 9 Mar - 6.30pm - Womens Event - Precious Pearls
    Fri 10 Mar - 8pm - Missionall Conf - Stopsley Baptist Ch
    Sat 11 Mar - 9.30am - Missionall Conf - Stpsly Baptist Ch
    Saturday 11 Mar – Please pray for all who are preparing to lead worship on Sunday 12 Mar
    Sunday 12 Mar - 2nd Sunday of Lent
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series- Lent - Servant Songs - Light
    Isaiah 49:1-6; John 12:20-33
    Mon 13 Mar - Cockernhoe Sapphire class visit to St Fr
    Tue 14 Mar - No Alpha mtg tonight
    Tue 14 Mar - 7.30pm - Deanery Lent Course - St John’s
    Farley Hill - Love with Joy

     

  • Prayer Diary March 2017-2

    15th – 21st March 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Wigmore Office, Leisure & Shopping area - ASDA ) Owners, Shop Assistants
    - Wigmore shops ) Customers
    - Health Care – Service users, staff
    - Leisure, Restaurants - Customers, Staff
    - Wigmore Place Offices - Companies,Employees
    - Luton B C Offices - Wigmore Hall
    - Wigmore Rec; Tidy Tip
    Church Team – Stewards, Sides People, PP Team
    Vision - Aspiration- To be faithful in prayer
    - seeking God’s purpose & direction
    Vision - Priorities - Explore possibility of setting up MESSY CHURCH
    House Group – Liz Cooper
    Charity – Hands of Mercy
    Hall Users - St Francis Pre-School, - Children, Leaders, Committee
    Wed 15 Mar - 10am-1pm - Deanery MAP training
    St Hugh’s Lewsey - Exploring vision, Identify mission
    Thu 16 Mar - 10am - Cockernhoe School Assembly
    Fri 17 Mar - Patrick - Patron of Ireland
    Sat 18 Mar - 8am -Sat Morning Prayers - Hall Mtg Rm
    Sat 18 Mar – Please pray for all who are preparingto lead worship on Sunday 19 Mar
    Sun 19 Mar - Joseph of Nazareth
    Sunday 19 Mar -3rd Sunday of Lent;
    Services – St Francis – 9.15 & 11am
    Sermon Series- Lent - Servant Songs - Teacher
    Isaiah 50:4-9; Mat 11:25-30
    Include particular prayer for –
    CHILDREN & YOUTH WORK
    - Sunday Club & Pathfinder Leaders
    - Creche
    - Youth Group Leaders
    Tue 21 Mar - 7.30pm - Alpha @ St Fr
    - How Does God Guide Us?
    Tue 21 Mar - 7.30pm - Deanery Lent Course - St Andrews Slip End - Love with Imagination
    Tue 21 Mar - 7.30pm - Youthscape training for work with young people

     

    22nd – 31st March 2017

    Pray for –
    Community – Luton Airport & Related Businesses
    - Passengers, Management,
    Airline & Workshop staff,
    - Security & Safety Teams
    - Retail Shops – Owners, Staff, Customers
    - Airport Chaplaincy Team
    - Transport Links & Car Parking
    Church Team – Visiting & Maintenance Teams
    Vision - Aspiration- } Give thanks for our successes,
    Vision - Priority - } ask insight & strength for items NYD
    House Group – Martin Ellway
    Charity – Luton Churches Education Trust /Youthscape
    Hall Users - Brownies – Children & Leaders, (Fri)
    Wed 22 Mar - 2pm - Ladies Club - Social
    Wed 22 Mar - pm - Standing Committee
    Fri 24 Mar - 7.30pm - Prayer for Luton
    - New Covenant Fellowship - Kestin House
    Sat 25 Mar - Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    Sat 25 Mar - Alpha @ St Fr - Mtg @ St Thomas Stopsley
    Who Is The Holy Spirit; What Does the Holy Spirit Do?;
    How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
    Sat 25 Mar - 9.30 am - St Andrews Watford
    - Equipping Gods People - Welcome Course
    Saturday 25 Mar – Please pray for all who are preparing
    to lead worship on Sunday 26 Mar
    Sunday 26 Mar - 4th Sunday of Lent (clocks go fwd 1hr)
    -MOTHERING SUNDAY
    Sermon Series—for Mothering Sunday
    Mon 27 Mar - 8.15pm - Hall Users Meeting - Hall Mtg Rm
    Tue 28 Mar - 7.30pm - Alpha @ St Fr
    - How can I make the most of the rest of my Life?
    Tue 28 Mar - 7.30pm -Deanery Lent Course - All Saints Ltn
    - Love with Courage
    Fri 31 Mar - 8.30am - Cockernhoe School Easter Service@ St Francis
    Friday 31 Mar - End of Schools Spring Term

     

  • 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 :  office@stfrancisluton.org.uk
Office Opening Hours: T
ues & Wed 9.15am-2.30pm, Thurs 9.15am-3.15pm ,Mon & Fri Closed

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