• Notices

    Pom Poms for the Advent Labyrinth
    Does anyone have any spare balls of white wool? Does anyone have time to make some pom-poms for one of the Advent Labyrinth “stations”? Pleasespeak to Christine / Louise asap

    Sunday Club Registration Forms
    If you haven't received a registration form for your child see a Sunday Club leader/contact the office. Pls return forms to the office by 26th Nov.

    Advent Labyrinth from Fri 1st Dec to Sat 9th Dec
    Our Advent Labyrinth is a indoor walkway that will lead you on a journey of spiritual preparation for Christmas. There are ten stations within the Labyrinth each with a reading, illustration & prayer suggestion & there are refreshments at the end. There are activities for children to do; make &
    decorate an angel, write a 'thank you' for the 'gratitude tree', scratch the coating off a star to expose the words to name but a few. The Labyrinth is open from 12pm-2pm or 3pm-5pm, please see poster at the back/website/facebook for specific dates & times or contact the office. We hope to see
    you there and please invite friends.
    We are looking for people to ‘man’ the church while the Labyrinth is open, it’s not only open to us and the public but local schools and our Home Groups have been sent invites and made bookings. At the back is a rota, please take a look and see if you are able to give an hour of your time.

    Reg Wilson’s Funeral
    For those who wish to attend, the funeral of Reg Wilson is to be held at St Francis Church on Thursday 23rd November at 2.15pm.

    Stay & Playgarage
    Facebook users please ‘like’ & ‘share’ every Stay & Play FB post on our page to increase awareness, it’s a great tool to get the word out there! It would be great to have the following items:
    A small garage to accommodate dinky cars similar to the image, dressing up costumes e.g nurse, doctor, princess, Gruffalo, policeman plus a small hanging rail & soft (foam) balls. If you can donate any of these contact Christine/Winnie/Church Office.
    We need a few more volunteers to help, if you can spare even one or two Mondays per month we would love to have you on the team. Please chat to Christine or Winnie if you’re interested.

    Confirmation Service
    Please pray for those from our church who are going to be Confirmed this afternoon; Rebecca Potter, Nicola Butler, Tracey Thompson, Eden Plane, Danielle Pauling, Mishazabel Shahzad & Arioch Shahzad. If you would like to donate cakes for our Confirmation Service we would be very grateful, please sign the sheet at the back.

    Sunday Club Nativity
    The Sunday Club Nativity is on 17th Dec, on 3rd Dec the children will be given their parts and on 10th Dec the children will practice during the service and for a short while afterwards.!

  • 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!

    Saying Goodbye Service - Sun 26th Nov, 3.30pm

    The Mariposa Trust supports people who’ve lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. They also organise national remembrance services & their 100th Saying Goodbye service is at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, if you’d like to know more visit www.sayinggoodbye.org

    Toy Service - Sun 3rd Dec

    We’ll be collecting new, unwrapped toys at both services for the Salvation Army to give to Luton children living in poverty this Christmas.

    Carols & Prayer Tree Event - Sun 3rd Dec at The Mall

    Luton Town Centre Chaplains are putting on their Carols & Prayer Tree event again this year. They’ll be giving out free mince pies & mulled wine. Visit https://youtu.be/6jJAHFBGz9c to see last year’s performance. It would be great if we had lots from St Francis involved, last year over 750 people from local churches attended. If a group from St Francis go along our Christmas services will be included in the carol booklets given out to the public which will be a fabulous advertising! If you’re interested sign up at the back and we’ll try to arrange car sharing.

    Carol Singing at the King William Pub - Fri 8th Dec, 7pm-8pm

    If you’d like to join Martin Ellway’s homegroup carol singing at the pub pls sign up at the back & meet at the King William car park at 6.45pm.

    Christmas Lunch - Sun 10th Dec,1pm in the Church Hall

    Please join us for our annual Christmas Lunch. Cost is £5 or £2.50 for under 11’s. We’ll have jacket potatoes, cold meats & salads, drinks will be provided. Please sign up at the back & see Liz Cooper for tickets.

    Airport Carol Singing - Thurs 21st Dec, 8pm-10pm

    Pop your name down at the back if you want to go along, we’ll meet in the church car park at 7pm. Please indicate if you can give a lift.

  • 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

    Pat Wilson and Family after the death of Reg on Sat 4th Nov

    Oliver Gardener who is very poorly and his family and friends

    Emily Kurys (Margaret Fensome’s sister) who has been diagnosed with cancer.

    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
    - 5@5 - 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 :  office@stfrancisluton.org.uk
The church office is open  Mondays 9.15am-3.15pm Tuesdays 9.30am-12.30pm Wednesdays & Thursdays 9.30am-3.00pm

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