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 ... and it's interactive! Between 10.30am & 1.30pm it is not only a Heritage Centre with great displays and ever new exhibitions (currently a fascinating one on charitable giving, featuring the story of a true local heroine, Margery Wright) 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.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
The Ashby Macmillan Committee are holding a coffee morning in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre on Wednesday 18th September from 10.30 am.
Heritage Open Days - part of the nationwide 'Hello Heritage' event
21st September 10am-2pm
This will be a rare opportunity to enter our ground floor bell ringing chamber, to view our fascinating historical charity boards and bell peal boards. Also on offer is a display about our kneelers, with explanation of some of the symbols used in them, plus displays in both Church and Heritage Centre on charitable giving past and present, featuring the story of local benefactor Margery Wright.
Ordination of the Revd Stewart Betts as Priest
The Flagstaff Family of Churches invite everyone to join us at the Ordination of the Revd Stewart Betts as Priest by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, on Sunday 29th September 2019 at 7.00pm at St Helen’s Church, Ashby de la Zouch.
Please pray for Stewart, Zoe, Mark, Sarah & Joanna and for the churches of St Helen’s and Holy Trinity, Ashby; St Mary’s and St Hardulph’s Breedon on the Hill; St Mary’s, Coleorton; All Saints, Isley Walton; Holy Trinity, Staunton Harold, and St Matthew’s, Worthington.
Clergy and Readers are invited to robe in cassock alb and white stole, or in choir dress.
RSVP to The Revd Mary Gregory via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn Concert Series:
We will be putting on an Autumn Concert Series again this year, starting with:
The Jubilee Singers, with Matrix Recorders, conducted by Richard Archer on Sat 28th Sept at 7pm
Tickets are £7 & available from Eileen Coombs, the Parish Office & on the door
Mosaic on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm
8ctave on Friday 8th November
10:30 All-Age Service
Sunday 6th October
This year the charity we are supporting is Ashby Foodbank. Items you may wish to bring along include: Tinned potatoes, instant mash, long life milk & juice, tinned meat, tinned veg, pulses, tea, rice, ‘Pot noodle’ type snacks, tinned sponge puds, tinned rice puds, custard, & cake bars.
The foodbank also provides non-food items such as male & female toiletries, loo rolls, nappies, razors, shampoo, washing up liquid & toothbrushes.
October, in place of the very popular Sunday Brunch, everyone is warmly invited to a lunch at 12.30pm in the Heritage Centre following the All Age Harvest Service.
Soft drinks will be provided but please feel free to bring your own choice of beverage.
A sign-up sheet will be in church in order to help with catering.
Donations for this year’s Harvest giving will be most welcome.
Our new winter season of Heritage talks begins on October 7th
with 'Viking Leicestershire', and continues on the first Monday of the month, starting at 7.30pm. (£3 including light refreshments).
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 3rd
November. NB There will be no Brunch on Sunday on 6th October
as we will have our Harvest Lunch that day.
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.