We are a local ecumenical partnership involving:
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DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER
(Deanery of Eastleigh)
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SOUTHAMPTON DISTRICT
(Winchester, Eastleigh
and Romsey Circuit)
A4WWESSEX SYNOD
(South West Hants Group)
Safeguarding those at risk:
To find our policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults please click here;
Our primary Safeguarding contact:  safeguarding@stfrancis-valleypark.org.uk
Our Minister, Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland reflected on her first impressions of our Church at our Annual Church Meeting on Sunday 7th April 2019.  Click on this link to hear her comments:
 
Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
Our “Duty Churchwarden” until 13th October is Alison Rhodes.
Duty Warden from 14th – 20th October is Geoff Roberts.
Note:
St Francis’ School Breakfast Club (7.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.) &
St Francis’ After School Club (3.15 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
held each weekday in School Terms.
Saturday 12th October:
08.30 – 9.15 a.m.: Church Family Breakfast;
9.15 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.: Autumn Church and Church Garden Tidy-up: All most welcome; Much equipment provided.

Sunday 13th October:
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion for Harvest (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
6.00 p.m.: No Informal Evening Worship this week.
Monday 14th October:
Tuesday 15th October:
8.00 a.m.- 8.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Northumbria Liturgy): Chapel (Please use Office Door entrance).
Wednesday 16th October:
09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Café: Large Meeting Room; All members of the Community most welcome.
Thursday 17th October:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon: Church-based House Group; Large Meeting Room;
2.30 p.m.: Holy Communion by Extension (Phil Watts); BrendonCare Library.
Friday 18th October:
12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.: MHA Test Valley Stay at Home Scheme Social Club and Cafe: Large Meeting Room.
Saturday 19th October:
Sunday 20th October:
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion for Harvest (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship and Baptism (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
6.00 p.m.: Informal Evening Worship (Rev’d. Mark Richardson).

MESSY CHURCH
messy church

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.

The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session
Sunday 27th October:
Theme:
“TBA”

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ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS
COMMUNITY CAFE


Café Open every
Wednesday
9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.

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.

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MEN’S BREAKFAST

Join us for a
“Full English”,
fellowship and
Thought for the Day

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 12th October
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.

NB:  This will be a Church Family Breakfast and will precede a Church and Garden Autumn Tidy Morning.

Glitter and Glue

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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 parents / carers are welcome.
Next Session:
Friday 11th October
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
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INFORMATION:

St Francis’ Church in action: 
To find out more about what else we are doing through the coming year please look at our Parish Calendar and Weekly Notices pages.
What were we doing in 2018?  
To read about the Ministry, Mission and Witness we undertook, and how we used the Financial Resources gifted to us in 2018, please click on St Francis Annual Report 2018 – v1.0 Final  
Click Annual Review – 2018 – web version to see a pictorial review of our Church’s Ministry and collective life during 2018.
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 2-2,
together with the latest revision of our aims and objectives:  St Francis Valley Park – pMap 2017 – 2020 – v 2-2-1 – Action Plan Revision November 2017
and Lay Leadership Matrix of which Church Council member leads on which topics:
St Francis Valley Park – pMap 2017 – 2020 – v 2-2-1 – Leadership Matrix – Revised Nov 2017.
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.
Our teaching theme this week focusses on:

Parish Mission Action Plan – ~Healing and Wholeness

Key Readings:

  • Colossians, Ch. 2, vs.: 6 – 15;
  • Luke, Ch. 4, vs.: 16 – 20 & 38 – 44.

Having launched our parish mission action plan at the end of September, we’re spending the next two Sundays thinking about two aspects of it: healing and wholeness, and children and young people.  This week we’re thinking about the former.

In Luke, Ch, 4, vs.: 16 – 20, Jesus sets out His manifesto for His time on earth.  In verse 21, Jesus said that ‘today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’

In your group of for individual reflection:

  •   How did Jesus fulfil that scripture (taken from Isaiah, Ch. 61)?
  •   How can we minister in our church and community as he did?
  •   What sort of healing do you expect to see in the church today?

In thinking about what we should expect with regard to healing, I find the theology of the now and the not yet of the Kingdom helpful – understanding that God’s Kingdom is only here in part now, and that evil and sickness still take their toll in a big way.  But when Jesus returns, the Kingdom will come completely and there will be no more sickness or pain (see Revelation, Ch. 21, vs, 3 -5).

We live in a tension between these times.  So we can pray for healing and we will see it at least in part.  Indeed we’re told to pray for healing in the Bible (see for example James, Ch, 5, vs.: 13 – 16).

  • Could you use this model in your group?

We don’t always see the answers to prayer that we long for (though we sometimes do – don’t give up!).  Often, God answers our prayers by giving peace and an assurance of the future with Him.  God does not cause us to become ill, but he can and does use all things to the good (see Romans, Ch, 8, vs.: 28).

Our passage from Colossians talks about the fullness of life that is available to us, in Jesus – See Colossians, Ch. 2, vs.: 10. As we believe in all He has done for us through the cross, we experience fulness of life (John, Ch. 10, vs.: 10).

Colossians, Ch. 2, vs.: 6 -7 sum up how we might continue to enjoy fullness of life through Christ.

In your group of for individual reflection:

  •  Discuss how you can live practically in the way these verses describe;
  • What does fullness of life mean to you?

Sarah.

Please click here to go to all of our 2019 Lenten Course Study Material on Prayer and for a selection of recent sermons and homilies on current study topics. 

Please note:
The Minister’s day off is Friday.  For emergencies please contact the Duty Warden on that day.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR):  The new data protection regulations, relating to the holding, management and use of personal data by organisations came into force on Friday 25th May 2018.  St Francis’ Church takes its responsibilities under GDPR very seriously.  You can read our Data Privacy Notice here.  If you are a member of St Francis’ Church, or wish to remain in close contact with us, you may give us consent to hold, manage and use your personal data by downloading a Full Data Consent Form 2018 – 27-04-18 and completing and e-mailing it to us at <sfvp91@btconnect.com>.