Join us for a
Thought for the Day
Saturday 13th July
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.
All menfolk most welcome.
Glitter and 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 parents / carers are welcome.
Friday 12th July
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
No Glitter and Glue in April during the Easter School holiday.
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,
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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:
CHURCH AS FAMILY:
OUR WORLDWIDE CHURCH FAMILY.
- Romans, Ch. 12, vs: 9 – 21;
- John, Ch. 13, vs: 31 – 35.
This week (from Sunday 23rd June) in our sermon series on Church as Family, we’re thinking about what it means to love each other. Our Bible readings help us and maybe give us the sort of instruction and encouragement that we expect –read them and see if you agree. And on so many levels we do this well, here at St Francis’. But let’s not be complacent: Jesus says that people will know we’re Christians by how we love each other (John, Ch. 13, vs.: 35).
Do our relationships at St Francis’ look any different to those of other places where like-minded people gather: sports clubs, craft evenings, friends? This is a good challenge for us. Have a look at Luke, Ch. 6: 32 – 36. It starts like this: ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?’ As Christians, our love for those around us will have a different quality: we will love those who aren’t like us and demonstrate this in hospitality and other generous acts. We will be sincere (Romans, Ch. 12, vs: 9), speaking the truth in love (Ephesians, Ch. 4, vs.:15). And we will be confident to do so, not fearing rejection, because we are confident in the love that God has for us, extending the grace that God has shown us to those who think and act differently.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian who was killed by the Nazis just before the end of the second World War, for living out his faith in bold action. Before his imprisonment and death, he lived in community as he trained German pastors, and he wrote about community life.
He said the following in his book Life Together: ‘The serious Christian… is likely to bring with him [sic] a very definite idea of what Christian life together should be and try to realise it. But God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great general disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves.’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together SCM Press 1954, p. 15).
Reflect on this quote personally or in house groups.
Bonhoeffer goes on to say that as we are overwhelmed by disillusionment with others and ourselves, so we will come to rely on God, to grow in faith that his grace is enough for us. It’s not a question of trying to be better Christians (we can’t do that in our own strength), but a case of seeking God relentlessly, of hungering after him. As we do that in prayer and Bible study, so we will be transformed to become more like him, and we will find ourselves loving one another as Jesus loved us (John, Ch. 13, vs: 34).
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.