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.
On Saturday mornings our St Helen's Community Heritage Centre open ... and it's interactive! Between 10.30am & 1.30pm it is not only a Heritage Centre with great displays and ever new exhibitions - the current one is on Church Music
, 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.
The last Pilgrim+ course ran before Advent, and everyone who attended enjoyed and got a lot from it. There were certainly some very practical suggestions that came out of it, the Reverse Advent Calendar and the Posada to name but two.
The next Pilgrim + (which is what we’ve decided to call our Discipleship courses from now on) runs every Wednesday from January 16th
until Weds 20th
February, in the Heritage Centre, beginning at 7.30 and ending at 9.00.
It’s “Luke for Everyone” and, along with a second course later in the year, we hope to discover Luke’s aim and understand his Gospel better.
The format for each evening will be familiar – opening prayer, an “icebreaker”, a passage explored by “Lectio Divina”, another passage where we’ll discuss questions you will have had a chance to look at before the session, closing prayer.
Anyone who wants to join us is very welcome – you don't have to have done any of the previous courses, and you don't have to be able to attend every week.
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 February 3rd.
Food & food for thought ...
Our Soul Food group is 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. Each month of the current series they are looking at one of the Fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
The next of our popular monthly heritage talks is on Monday 4th
February, when Moira Ackers, member of the Church Monuments Society, will talk about our fine sixteenth century alabaster monuments and the people who designed and made them, in a talk entitled Richard Parker and the Burton Alabaster Men.
7.30pm in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre
£3 including light refreshments