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 18th August is Andrew Grove.
Duty Warden from 19th – 25th August is
Steve Williams.
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 17th August:
Sunday 18th August:
Ninth Sunday after Trinity

8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship: (Steve Williams & Dr. Ian Clarke);
6.00 p.m.: Informal Evening Worship (Dr. Ian Clarke & Steve Williams).
Monday 19th August:
Tuesday 20th August:
Wednesday 21st August:
09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Café: Large Meeting Room; All members of the Community most welcome.
Thursday 22nd August:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon: Church-based House Group meeting: Large Meeting Room.
Friday 23rd August:
Saturday 24th August:
Sunday 25th August:
Tenth Sunday after Trinity

8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (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 Sunday.

MESSY CHURCH
messy church

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.

The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session
Sunday 22nd September:
Theme:
“TBC”

Click this link to find out More:

Note: No Messy Church in August

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.

More:

MEN’S BREAKFAST

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

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 14th September
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.

All menfolk most welcome.

NB:  No Men’s Breakfast on
10th August 2019.

Glitter and Glue

glitter ad glueCreative commons acknowledged

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 13th September
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
More:
NB: No Glitter and Glue in August during the School Summer holiday.
Glitter and Glue restarts on 13th September 

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
 
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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:

Faith in action in the World:
Faith in Education

Key Readings:  

  • Romans, Ch. 12, vs.: 1 – 8;
  • Matthew, Ch. 18, vs.: 10 – 14.

Dr. Ian Clarke speaks about his work as a Secondary School Teacher …

1.  How to help:

  • For students:  As part of your routine prayer life pray for any students known to you through family and church, that they thrive in school, tackle the day to day challenges well and know the peace of God.
  • For staff:  Schools only work because of the staff in them both teaching and non-teaching.  Pray they are sensitive to the needs of young people, act as good role models and remember that all students will make mistakes and can be forgiven and given a fresh start.
  • For schools: The funding in schools is set by government and the policies they promote.  Pray for wisdom in these decisions and genuine opportunities for all students to succeed.

 

2.  Challenges:

I, like other Christians, struggle to be consistent at work and show my faith in a true way.  I pray at before and at work, I appreciate the prayers of others and the church.  In today’s reading Romans 12:1-8 Paul reminds us all that we should not conform to the ways of the world – this can be a challenge in the education system, as it is easy to conform to the standards set by regulators.  However, Paul reminds us that being the person god created us to be living sacrificially is the only worship God requires.  This is wonderful, reassuring and challenging.

Pray for all teachers, students and school workers that as exams are released and new terms begin they remember schools are small communities that thrive when people are tolerate, respectful and thoughtful of others.

Amen.

Ian Clarke.

Please click here to go to all of the 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 or Parish office 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>.