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St Francis’, Valley Park is in Interregnum following the retirement of our Vicar, Rev’d Peter Hutchinson on Friday 30th June 2017.    However it is very much business as usual, in so far as we are able.
Our Church is being led by our Churchwardens at present, with our Methodist Minister, Rev’d Peter Cornick (when available) and visiting Anglican Clergy, leading Eucharistic worship, and lay leaders from among our Congregation leading other Services.
Please contact our Parish Office in the first instance if you need p or information from us.
Scroll down this page to see what is happening at St Francis’ in the next few days and weeks …

The Season of Advent:

The time of expectant waiting for the Nativity of Jesus, and of His second Coming is upon us.  Join us at St Francis’ this Advent as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s Birth, and keep Christ in Christmas. 

Our next major Advent/Christmas Service is:

Keep track of our other Seasonal Services and events on our Christmas Calendar:

 

This Advent, St Francis Church is supporting:
FLEDGE YOUTH SUPPORT

Fledge is a local Christian Charity which provides accommodation and support for homeless and vulnerable young adults in Eastleigh, and who are seeking to raise £25,000 to fund the opening of a second residential house. See http://www.fledge.org.uk/ for more information on Fledge.

Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
Note:
St Francis’ School Breakfast Club (7.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.) &
St Francis’ After School Club (3.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
held each weekday in School Terms.
Saturday 9th December:
08.45 a.m.:  Men’s Breakfast: Full English, Fellowship and Thought for the Day; Large Meeting Room.
Sunday 10th December:
Second Sunday of Advent:
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion: (Rev’d Peter Crick).
1.00 p.m. approx.:  Brian’s Charity Roast Sunday Lunch: in aid of Fledge Youth Support;
6.15 p.m.: Choir Practice: for informal Choir for  Carol Service; Main Worship area;
7.00 p.m.: Informal Evening Worship:  (Dr Ian Clarke).
Monday 11th December:
Tuesday 12th December:
7.45 p.m.: Choir Practice: for informal Choir for  Carol Service; Main Worship area.
Wednesday 13th December:
10.00 a.m.:  St Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café:  Large Meeting Room;
7.00 p.m.:  Valley Park Ladies:  Large Meeting Room.
Thursday 14th December:
10.00 a.m.- 12.00 Noon:  Church-based “House-group”; Large Meeting Room.
Friday 15th December:

 

Saturday 16th December:
4.00 p.m.:  Carol Singing: in aid of Fledge Youth Support: outside Tesco and Cleveland Bay PH:  All welcome.
Sunday 17th December:
Third Sunday of Advent:
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d TBC);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship: (Dr Ian Clarke/Peter Rhodes).
11.15 a.m. approx.: 
Choir Practice
: for informal Choir for  Carol Service; Main Worship area;
6.00 p.m.: Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas:  (Dr Ian Clarke).

MESSY CHURCH

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Christmas Eve:
Sunday 24th December. 

10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

This Month’s Theme: 
“Christmas”

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE
Café next Open:
This Wednesday 13th December
:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.

Community Information Point for
Local Community, Health
and Benefits 
Information.
More:

MEN’S BREAKFAST 
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Join us for a “Full English”, fellowship and
Thought for the Day

Next Breakfast:
This
Saturday 9th December.
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.

All Menfolk Welcome.

Glitter and Glue

glitter ad glue Glitter and Glue is an hour of
craft,  messy play, stories and
songs for  the under fives
and their parents/carers.
Glitter and Glue is held monthly in term-time –
all pre-school children and
their carers are welcome.
Next Session:
Friday 8th December
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
More:

INFORMATION:

St Francis’ Church in action: 
To find out more about what else we are doing through the coming year please click on the link: Copy of Church-planner-2017-V3.3.
What were we doing in 2016?   To read about the Ministry, Mission and Witness we undertook, and how we used the Financial Resources gifted to us in 2016, please click on St Francis Annual Report 2016.
What are our strategic plans for Ministry and Mission in the coming months?  
To read our latest Parish Mission Action Plan (pMAP) please click on St Francis Valley Park – pMap 2017 – 2020 – v 2-1 July 2017
Safeguarding those at risk:
To find our policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults please click here;
Data Protection: 
To read our Data Protection Policies please click here.  Please let the Parish Office know if you no longer wish us to hold your information.
To contact us:
For our contact details please click
 
here.   

 

On 2nd Sunday of Advent (10th December), we continue our Advent teaching programme.  This week’s theme is:

Advent 2: The Prophets 

Some thoughts & questions on this topic for use in personal reflection or further discussion in house-groups: 

Key Readings:  

Isaiah, Ch. 40, vs. 1 – 11;
Mark, Ch. 1, vs. 1 – 8;
2 Peter,  Ch. 3, vs. 8 – 15a.

Today’s readings focus on the return of God’s messengers.  Mark plunges straight into the start of Jesus’ ministry (30 years after the first Christmas!), describing John’s announcement of Jesus in no uncertain terms.  If possible re-read Isaiah Ch. 40, which John quotes, as the whole chapter is a beautifully uplifting description of how God saves his people.

But the description of John himself is significant – there are strong similarities with Elijah the prophet (2 Kings, Ch. 1, vs. 8) which people will have recognised.  Elijah was expected to return to prepare for the final coming of the Lord to his people (Malachi, Ch. 4, vs. 5).  But John himself makes clear he is only here to prepare the way – someone greater than himself is coming: Jesus.

In contrast Peter urges the early church to be ready for Jesus’ return, returning with strength and finality having given us ample time to correct all our ways.  Peter reminds that time has a different meaning to God, and we should be ready at all times, “making every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him”.  Let us use this Advent to refresh our preparedness, not just for a celebration but for that promise of Jesus’ return, and all we have to do for him until then.

  • How would the way we live change if we knew for certain the date of Jesus return?
  • What do you feel about Isaiah Ch. 40, esp. last verses?
  • Have prophesies such as 2 Peter, Ch. 3 caused us to treat the world as disposable?  Consider the tension between a sustainable world and these passages – if God’s return is far off should we behave differently?