Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Sunday 22nd September:
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Note: No Messy Church in August
|ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS
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.
Join us for a
Thought for the Day
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 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 13th September
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
NB: No Glitter and Glue in August during the School Summer holiday.
Glitter and Glue restarts on 13th September
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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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:
Faith in action in the World:
Faith in Healing.
- Psalm 71, vs.: 1 – 6;
- Luke, Ch. 13, vs.: 10 – 17.
In this Gospel reading Jesus is in the synagogue, it’s the Sabbath, and he heals a woman who is crippled by a spirit. But the Pharisees are annoyed! Jewish tradition added more rules to the Old Testament law, and the synagogue rulers enforced these strictly. Jesus tells them they are hypocrites. The word for untying or losing an ox or donkey is the same as that for freeing the woman from the Spirits that had bound her – some nice word play from Jesus pointing to the irony that it was OK to free an animal on the Sabbath, but apparently not a human.
So in this passage, we see Jesus’ true identity as God, as he uses his power to break Satan’s hold on the woman; we see his love and compassion for the marginalised of society, and we see Jesus’ power to bring healing.
How is this relevant for us today?
Power over Satan: We live in a world where the power of evil is all too evident. Evil died with Jesus at the cross, but we won’t see the completeness of that victory until Jesus returns and His Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. But we can live in this world certain that evil will be defeated, and we can pray for God’s Kingdom to come now in part, even as we wait for it to come completely at the end of time. How does this help us to live with the evil in the world that we hear about each day?
Compassion: Jesus’ love and compassion for this woman outweighed the law of the synagogue. His love and compassion for us also outweighs the law: if we all had to keep to the law, to be perfect, we all know that everyone of us would be found guilty. But as we trust that Jesus died not only to take away the evil of the world, but also for the things we do wrong, the laws we will break, so we rest in his grace – his undeserved favour. We can all be legalistic at times – there’s a certain comfort in rules. What rules do we insist others keep and get annoyed when they fail? (Often we demand this of ourselves and get cross with ourselves when we fail.) But grace triumphs over the law because of the cross.
- What does that mean for you, for us as a Church family, for our wider community?
- Who are the marginalised in our society to whom we can demonstrate this outrageous grace?
Healing: we don’t know what spirit crippled the woman, whether it was physical, emotional or spiritual. It could have been any of these and it had affected her terribly for years. Maybe she had arthritis; maybe she had suffered terrible emotional pain, rejection or abuse, maybe she had turned away from God. But Jesus healed her and he does the same for us. He often uses modern medicine to help but coming to Jesus with whatever ‘cripples’ us will bring healing. Ultimate healing isn’t until heaven, but Jesus does heal today. That might look like immediate healing, or peace, hope and the comfort of God’s presence in the face of long term illness, or release from things that have tied us up emotionally for one reason or another.
- What would you like Jesus to do?
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.