What's on in the week

Enjoy spending time with us...

One of the signs that we are a friendly and welcoming church family is that we have a lot of mid-week activities.  We invite you to join us at one or more of the following.  For details of our children and families, and youth activities, please see Children and Youth.

4U Community Café

The 4U Community Café is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  You can find us in St. David's Church Hall on Eastern Avenue South, NN2 7QB.  If you haven't been inside our building before, the hall door is the one in the car park.  The Café provides a central hub for local residents and offers good quality food and drink as well as a safe environment for families and people of all ages to meet.  The Café is a not-for-profit project run by local volunteers and is part of a nationwide project called 'The Real Junk Food Project'.  We reclaim food from the local supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste.  The Café operates a 'pay as you feel' policy which means that you can come and eat good healthy food for a donation of your choice.  We serve a cooked breakfast and a varied menu of hot dinners.

The 4U Community Café also aims to promote friendly and social activities such as Knit & Natter (11am - 4th Tuesdays), Carpet Bowls Club (Saturdays) and a monthly two course Community Lunch (12 Noon - 2nd Tuesdays).

If you are interested in volunteering in our Café or want to find out more about us, please contact Judy Whitmore on 07753 175147.

Carpet Bowls

Carpet bowls is played in St. David's Church Hall alongside the 4U Community Café on alternate Saturdays, 10am to 12 Noon.  Why not come along and have a go?  All ages and abilities are welcome.

We are currently looking for members to join an afternoon bowls group.  If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Revd Rachel Hetherington, our team vicar, on 01604 717005.

​Community Lunch

Our monthly ​Luncheon Club ​comes together on the second Tuesday of the month to share in a time of friendship and good food.  We meet in the ​4U Community Café ​at St. David's Church Hall from 12 noon and start with a hymn and a prayer - then out comes the food freshly prepared by Mandy and served by a small team of volunteers.  For a £5 donation, you can enjoy a really good two-course lunch with a choice of tea or coffee to follow.  It is fun and friendly and feels very much part of the church community.  You don't have to go to church to enjoy coming to the community lunch, as around half of those who come are not usually involved in Sunday worship.  It is a great place to bring newcomers to the church as everyone is truly welcome.

If you wish, you can join us a little earlier, at 11.15am, for a simple said service of Holy Communion in the church.

For more details, please call Mandy Bentley on 01604 845211.

Please note:  ​We meet every month except August.  For the date of our next lunch, please see the Church Calendar on the main What's on page.

Knit & Natter

If you like to knit, crochet or sew, or you like to sit and chat, you will enjoy our Knit & Natter group which usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11am in the 4U Community Café​ in St. David's Church Hall.  We pause for a freshly cooked two-course lunch, costing £5, at about 12 noon.

Bring your own knitting or join with others to knit blanket squares or baby items for a local charity.

For more details, please call Judy Whitmore on 07753 175147.

Please note:  ​We usually meet January to November.  For the date of our next gathering, please see our Church Calendar.

​Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalm 34:8 (NRSV)

St. Mark's Luncheon Club

On the first Thursday of each month we meet at the Whitehills pub for a good catch up over a leisurely lunch.  If you would like to join us, please call Liz and Bill May on 01604 844565 to let them know so that we can include you in our table booking.  If you need a lift, we can arrange this for you.

Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union ​is an international Christian membership charity which works to promote stable marriage, family life and child protection through prayer, practical action and campaigns.  It is a charity which any one of any age can join. 

In 2016, the Mothers' Union celebrated its 140th anniversary of its foundation following a vision by Mary Sumner, the wife of the vicar of Old Alresford in Hampshire.  Sixteen years later, on Tuesday 26 April 1892, the first meeting of the Kingsthorpe branch of the Mothers' Union met in the infant school in Kingsthorpe village.  Its members have been involved in many projects over the years and, although times have changed, are still very much involved with the life of the church and community.  The branch continues to thrive and, since Kingsthorpe became a team parish, includes members from all three of the churches in the parish: St. David's, St. John the Baptist's and St. Mark's. 

On Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 4pm, we celebrated our 125th anniversary with a service of thanksgiving led by Revd Rachel and Bishop John (Bishop of Brixworth).  Revd Anne Davis - the new diocesan Mothers' Union Chaplain - led the prayers and the Mothers' Union Diocesan President, Barbara Haynes, read the New Testament reading.  Our vice president, Hazel, trustees, branch members and friends from other branches in the Northampton Deanery also attended our special anniversary service. 

It was with great pleasure that our branch leader, Ruth Gould, as Deanery Leader enrolled two new members into the Kingsthorpe branch. 

The service was followed by lots of chat and tea in the Chapter House at St. John the Baptist.  Bishop John and our branch leader, Ruth, had the privilege of cutting the anniversary cake.  There were so many of us that many of us ended up eating our sandwiches and cake in the church!

Our aim as a branch is to find friendship, fellowship and fun, supporting each other in times of adversity as well as supporting the aims and objectives of the Mothers' Union.

We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month, starting at 2pm, and on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7.30pm, in the Chapter House at St. John the Baptist church.  We do move around the team from time to time, so it is always best to check our programme.  We may also move the date of our Thursday meeting to the third Thursday if the first Tuesday and second Thursday fall in the same week.

Prayer meetings are held once a month usually on the third Tuesday in the afternoon at 3pm at a member's house.  This can vary depending on the time of the year and we do not meet in January but continue our personal prayers at home.

For more details, please call Ruth Gould on 01604 846508.

For a copy of our 2017 Programme, please follow this LINK.

For more information on the Mothers' Union, please follow this LINK.

Please note:  ​We meet every month except August.  For the date and location of our next meeting, please see the Church Calendar on the main What's on page.

What does the Lord require of you?
​To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)