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St Francis’, Valley Park is in Interregnum following the retirement of our Vicar, Rev’d Peter Hutchinson at the end of 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 advice or information from us.
Scroll down this page to see what is happening at St Francis’ in the next few days and weeks …


Join us at any of our services during this
Season of Penitence, Reflection and Prayer
as we seek to ‘Share God’s Life‘.

Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
Our “Duty Churchwarden” until
18th February is Steve Williams
Duty Warden from 19th – 25th February is Liz. Watts.
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 17th February:
09.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.:  Church Council Strategic Conference; Large Meeting Room.
Sunday 18th February:
First Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. Peter Cornick);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship (Dr. Ian Clarke & Peter Rhodes).
Monday 19th February:
Tuesday 20th February:
Wednesday 21st February:
7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.: Valley Park Ladies; Large Meeting Room.
Thursday 22nd February:
Friday 23rd February:
Saturday 24th February:
09.00 – 4.30 p.m.:  Fledge mentoring Training; Large Meeting Room.
Sunday 25th February:
Second Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. Adrian Roux)
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d. Adrian Roux);
4.00 p.m.: Messy Church (Stephanie Barlow and Fiona Grove).

MESSY CHURCH

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Sunday 25th Febr
uary

This Month’s Theme: 
“True Family”

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE
Café next Open:
Wednesday 28th February
:
9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.
Note new earlier opening time

All members of the Community of all ages most welcome.
Creche with toys and games for children.

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:
Saturday 14th April
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.

All Menfolk Welcome.

NB:  No Men’s Breakfast in March due to
Men’s Weekend Away
(2 – 4 March)

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 9th March
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.   

 

Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.  During Lent we will be following the Diocese of Winchester’s Lent Course “Sharing God’s Life”.

The Diocesan Study Notes & Resources may be found at: www.winchester.anglican.org/lent-course.

Here are some local notes for personal reflection:

Week 1 – Who am I? And why am I here?

Key Readings:   Mark,  Ch. 1,  vs. 9 – 15;  Ephesians, Ch. 1, vs. 3 – 8a.

Lent is a time of inward reflection on our relationship with God, for a time setting our interests in second place (even if that just means going without chocolate!); it starts on Ash Wednesday by us symbolically putting on sackcloth and ashes to grieve for what we have become.

The aim of this year’s Lent Course is to encourage us to build a habit of following God’s ways, and so become more like Jesus.

These questions are fundamental, central to our being, and for many never answered.  Yet our passages give the answer, clear and unambiguous.  We are chosen by God, adopted by him, bought through Jesus’ sacrifice, with the specific purpose of being holy & blameless in his sight (irrespective of what others say!), and through this enabled to have all wisdom & understanding (Eph. Ch. 1) – wow!

And in Mark we see Jesus facing and wrestling with this same calling, the 40 days’ desert temptation presumably being Jesus way of explaining this to his friends.

  • If we’re God’s children, then he’s our father; if we’re God’s beloved, then he’s our…?
  • How else does Jesus, or the New Testament writers, describe the relationship? (e.g.: Teacher/Learner, Shepherd/Sheep).
  • Which do you find most help?
  • Why did the Holy Spirit draw Jesus into the wilderness?
  • What was the purpose of this time for Jesus?
  • Explore the relevance of the temptations he described.
  • Is our identity formed by our faith in Christ or by the world around us?
  • What about OUR wilderness experiences – what purpose might they serve?
  • If you feel you’re in that wilderness now, offer this to God for his strengthening, and do seek support by sharing with those you trust!