St. Helen's Church, set at the heart of the market town of Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, is an historic and attractive 15th century building. It is open daily from 9am until 5pm, giving plenty of opportunity to explore its wonderful history and splendid interior, with a variety of church guides, written and via 'phone app to help you. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings our helpful volunteers will be on hand, and our Heritage Centre will have exhibitions for you to enjoy, and the opportunity for a sit down with a cuppa.
At other times you may wish to sit quietly, to rest and reflect. Or you could join us at one of our weekly services or frequent fellowship and community events. To see a little of what we do, visit our Facebook page 

On Saturday mornings our St Helen's Community Heritage Centre is open between 10.30am & 12.30pm it is not only a Heritage Centre with great displays and ever new exhibitions but also a meeting place to chat, play board games, make art, do your own knitting or crochet, add a piece or two to the communal jigsaw, and all with good coffee and yummy cake to help it along.

Coming up:

December’s Services:

  • Communion: 10.00am, Wednesdays 11th & 18th 
  • Compline: 8.30pm, Wednesdays 11th & 18th at the Rectory, 4 Upper Packington Rd, LE65 1EF
  • Communion for Advent 3: 8.30am, Sunday 15th December
  • Morning Worship - "Come Dancing, strictly": 10.30am, Sunday 15th December
  • Communion for Advent 4: 8.30am & 10.30am, Sunday 22nd December
  • Candlelit Carol Service: 6.30pm, Sunday 22nd December  
  • Children's Carol Service: 5pm, Christmas Eve
  • Midnight Mass: 11.30pm Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day All-Age celebration service: 10.30am, 25th December

The Posada: playing host to Mary and Joseph in Advent
Throughout Advent, members of St Helen's are taking it in turns to host the beautiful knitted figures of Mary and Joseph created for us last year, as we think and pray about them travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and think about what it means for us to travel to meet our Saviour on Christmas Day. Follow their journey on Facebook - St Helen’s Ashby de la Zouch

Carol singing in the nursing homes
Join us if you can for this annual event, singing in the 3 homes in Tamworth Road.
We will sing carols on Wed. 11th December, starting at Westwood  residential  home at 5.30, followed by Fern Leigh 6.00ish and Ashby Court at 6.30.  All very welcome – all ages -join in at any point during the evening.

Praying the Polls 
On Thursday 12th December
St Helen's church will be open 7am till 10pm, the hours during which people can vote, for anyone who wants to come and pray for our nation. There will be four prayer stations set up around church for people to use as they wish - they will focus on praying for peace, for reconciliation, for light, and for place by place prayers.

Brunch on Sunday
Q.What could be nicer than enjoying conviviality and a bacon bap and some good coffee?
A. Enjoying conviviality and a bacon bap and some good coffee at St Helen's!
All of these things are served at 9.15am on the first Sunday of each month. Our next one will be on 5th January 2020.

Heritage Talks
Our winter season of Heritage talks is underway. They happen on the first Monday of the month, starting at 7.30pm. (£3 including light refreshments). For the next talk, on January 6th, Peter Liddle looks at Medieval Pilgrimage to and from Leicestershire.
Future talks are:
February 3rd - 'Pushing Up the Daisies': The Flora & Fauna of Churchyards, Speaker - Steve Woodward 
March 2nd - 'Hot off the Press', more recent finds from our research team

Burns night/haggis supper:
Saturday January 25th, 2020
Community Heritage Centre.
Tickets available from Elizabeth Smith and the parish office (4 Churchyard, LE65 1AA) - £15



If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Liz Smith, via the Parish Office. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available here.
Mary Gregory, 16/05/2016