As we emerge from the pandemic, as we set a new vision for our church, and as we recruit a new Director of Music, now is the moment we’d like to hear your views on different aspects of our Worship. Click here to open the survey. It is quite detailed and wide ranging and takes about 20 minutes to complete, so you might like to make yourself a cup of tea, coffee (or a glass of something stronger) as you prepare to share your views.
We will prayerfully consider the feedback we receive as we set the direction for our worship in the coming years.
The survey is anonymous, but please only complete it once per person!!!
Part of the recently launched Vision for our church includes a Priority of “Helping people encounter God’s Love”. One way we are seeking to do this is to deepen our own spirituality. Our Daily Bread is a way of regularly sharing bite-sized pieces of information about different ways of praying and engaging with God through other spiritual practices. Last Sunday, Claire Banham talked about Bibles and books for children. To watch, please click here, or on the image below.
Our Daily Bread – Bibles and books for children
The stories we read to our children and grandchildren make a lasting impact. In this short interview Claire Banham talks about some of the different bibles and books we can use to start children off on their own journey of faith. The Library in St Helen’s Church includes a range of books for children and young people and you can find a wealth of resources at www.eden.co.uk or even better, why not support a local Christian bookshop. Luton Christian Bookshop at Kestin House, 45 Crescent Road, Luton. LU2 0AH provide an opportunity to browse resources whilst enjoying a coffee.
Helping build our Charity Partnerships
Over five years ago we chose to work in partnership with four charities helping Vulnerable Children. Clare Mackay, David Perch and Karl Fenwick worked as our Charity Partnership Team to build our relationships with these charities and over the years we have supported them very generously. We need to review the charities we support, keeping the focus on Vulnerable Children and making sure we have a balance of international, national, and local organisations. After years of service, Clare, David, and Karl have all stepped down so we are looking for people to help develop our relationship with our charity partners. This will include organising visiting speakers and promoting prayer and financial support for them. If you are interested in helping with this, click here to email your details to Richard. The first meeting of the new team will be at 7:30pm on Wednesday 14th September.
Parish BBQ at The Rectory,
Sunday 4th September,
12:30pm – 3pm.
The Parish BBQ last year was a most wonderful success with over 100 people linked to our churches attending on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We hope you will come along this year. We will provide burgers, sausages, buns, beer, wine and soft drinks. Click here if you are coming (it really helps our planning). We’d love it if you could bring either a salad or a pudding to share.
Please continue to support the Community Larder
Thank you for keeping the larder stocked with fresh and store cupboard food.If donating fresh food please check ‘use by’ dates and that ingredients are listed. We will need regular top-ups over the summer holidays – please consider donating what you would like to see in your own fridge or larder that would contribute towards making a healthy meal. Items should be in original sealed packaging as we need to abide by health and safety regulations.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to donate financially then please make a card reader payment (in church) or online donation (click here).
Please feel free to share the details with local WhatsApp groups or anyone else you think may like to donate.
COFFEE IN THE CHANCEL
SUMMER HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
During the summer holidays (23rd July – 3rd September), Coffee in the Chancel will be open between 10am – 11.30am on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. Normal hours resume on Monday 5th September.
Events and Activities this week (at St. Helen’s Church unless otherwise indicated).
Please ask if you need further details
Monday 8th August
7.30pm – 9.15pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 9th August
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Wednesday 10th August
10.30am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel via Zoom
1.30pm – 3.00pm English Lesson for Ukrainians
Thursday 11th August
Friday 12th August
Saturday 13th August
9.30am – 10.00am Celtic Morning Prayer
10.00am – 11.30am Coffee in the Chancel
Sunday 14th August
10.00am – 11.00am Parish Communion Service
10.00am – 11.00am St Peter’s Praise