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 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 - the current one is on Pilgrimage - 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:

18th April 2019
St Helen's will be taking part in nationwide bell-ringing at 7pm this evening:
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn.
Holy Week
Palm Sunday
14th April        10.30am          The Passion Narrative
                                               is enacted within a Communion service
17th April        10am               Stations of the Cross
                                               including a simple Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday
18th April        7.30pm            ‘Do this to Remember Me’,                                                                                                                                 Last Supper meal with Communion
Good Friday
19th April        11.00am          ‘Passion For Ashby’
                                               A walk of witness through
                                               the streets of Ashby       
                        7.30pm -         A Service of Meditation                                                                                                                              including beautiful music and
                                               thought provoking readings

Easter Day
21st April        10.30am          Holy Communion

Visit From Our Friends From Le Pre Saint Gervais 1st to 5th May, & including:
        4th May            6.30pm            Fish & Chip supper followed by Jonny & Rachel sharing news of their life and                                                         mission work in Le Pre                           

St Helen's at The Ashby Arts Festival, 4th May - 'Favourite Songs' 
        10am to 2pm                  'All Things Bright & Beautiful’ communal, outdoor, painting-by-numbers board           
        10am to 2pm                  'Create your own Rock Band' rock painting workshop
        11am to noon                 Community singing in church

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. Our next gathering is May 5th 

Conversations (all at 7pm in the Heritage Centre’s Hastings Hall)
In May we have a series of Wednesday evenings where we will we be talking about death, acknowledging how much it hurts, discovering how to have open conversations about it, and considering where comfort lies     
        7th May                           Gravetalk
                                               - an informal café space with delicious refreshments to accompany our                                                  discussions.
        15th May                         Plan Your Own Funeral
        22nd May                        Leaving a Legacy

Confirmation Service
        12th May at 6pm

Christian Aid Week
St Helen's collectors will join a town-wide team for door-to-door collections - 12th to 18th May   

Children's Nature Day
Wednesday 29th May, 10am to 2pm
For our half-term workshop we have a Nature Day Workshop (small charge)

Flagstaff Pilgrimage
On 8th June, 9am to 3pm, members of our Flagstaff Family of congregations will walk the length of our Team of Churches together. You can dip in and out as you wish, or walk the entire 10 mile route.






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