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.

Coming up:
Flagstaff Family – Discipleship Course
Exciting news!
Following the success of the Pilgrim course run at St. Helen’s over the last two years, we are now planning to run regular discipleship programmes through the year to help us all explore and deepen our understanding of what it is to be a Christian - a disciple - in the 21st century. 
We’ll run the courses in four 5-6 week blocks through the year, and they will vary between a “topic” based  course and detailed study of a Gospel.
The first course is called “Reviving Advent, Reclaiming Christmas”, and will help us to reconsider and revive Advent as a season of reflection & preparation - in the same way that Lent courses help us to prepare for Easter.
The course is running from Wednesday 10th October until Wednesday 7th November, in the St. Helen’s Community Heritage Centre from 7.30 – 9.00pm.
There is no cost, but you will need to buy a course book priced at £3.95.
Please do think (and pray) seriously about joining us on the course, it’s being lead by Mary Gregory, Andy Smith & Judith Lewis and if you have any questions then please speak to one of them.
The Big Draw
24th October 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An event for all ages to come along and draw. Lots of fun activities - materials provided.

Photography Exhibition Ashby photography club's exhibition will be mid October until mid November, showing some amazing photos of the church bellringers at work. 
Brunch on Sunday - What could be nicer than having someone cook you a bacon butty on a Sunday morning? Just come along on the first Sunday of each month from 9.15 for brunch in our Community Heritage Centre. It can be preceded by an 08:30 communion, or followed by All-Age Worship at 10.30. Or just come for brunch! Our next one is November 4th

More food! And food for thought ...
Our Soul Food group has begun again, running on the second Monday of the month, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, until April 2019, in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre. The group for young adults begins with a meal, and then a chance to explore topics. Next month the discussion is Peace.

Heritage Talks
Our popular monthly heritage talks have returned. The next one is on Monday 5th November, when local historian and film maker, Wendy Freer, will talk about the Grace Dieu Priory Heritage Project, and show her film 'The Unquiet Grave'
7.30pm in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre
£3 including light refreshments

Autumn Concert Series - Concert 3
  • ‘Lest We Forget’
    Concordia Remembers
    Saturday 10th November
    Tickets: £10 each, children free
                 proceeds to British Legion
                 available from Tourist Office (01530 411767)
                 or the choir (07736 026596 or concordiachoir.ashby@gmail.com)

Remembrance Sunday
The morning of Remembrance Sunday, 11th November, our service begins at the earlier time of 9.30am in church, followed by a ceremony at the war memorial in town at 10.50am.
This year there are additional events in and around St Helen’s to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and on the Sunday evening we are hosting Ashby’s part in national celebrations of the formal declaration of peace including:
6.45pm    Welcome from the Mayor
                Readings and prayers
                St Helen's choir 
6.55pm    Bugler playing Last Post from the top of the church tower
                Poppies released from the church tower
7.00pm    Beacon lit, one of many being lit across the country
7.05pm    Peal of bells (again joining with bells being rung across the country)
7.10pm    Refreshments in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop 
Saturday 24th November. Costs £10. Booking essential, via the Heritage website.









Mary Gregory, 16/05/2016