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St Francis’, Valley Park is in “double” Interregnum/Vacancy following the departure of our designated URC Minister in summer 2016, and the retirement of our resident minister and Anglican Vicar 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 designated Methodist Minister, Rev’d Peter Cornick and visiting Anglican, Methodist and URC 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.
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The Annual Meeting of Parishioners (formerly Annual Vestry Meeting) to elect Church Wardens and pro-Wardens will be held on Sunday 29th April at 11.30 a.m. in St. Francis’ Church.
This will be followed immediately by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting/Annual Congregational Meeting, to receive the Annual Report and Accounts of the Church Council, elect Representatives to the Deanery Synod and to the Parochial Church Council, and conduct any other pertinent business.
A Sunday Roast Lunch will be served after the business meetings, at approx. 1.00 p.m. to those who have pre-booked.
Nomination papers for elections to the various vacant posts are available from the Church.
Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
This Month’s Theme:
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|ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE
Café next Open:
Wednesday 25th April:
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 “Full English”, fellowship and
All Menfolk Welcome.
Glitter and Glue
Glitter and Glue is an hour of
|Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
This week our focus for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is:
New Life and Healing!
Here are some local notes for personal reflection.
John, Ch. 10, vs. 11 – 18;
The very new church would have been mostly made up of those who had known Jesus personally, and heard him speak. We can imagine leaders and members reflecting back on things he said about himself, God and God’s kingdom. As the church grew these accounts would have been vital, and so were captured for all by the gospel writers. This is timely for us as we too have been reflecting on what it is to be Church, as the advert seeking our new minister goes out in the coming days.
In the John reading, Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd, and predicts both his self-sacrificing death and his rising again:-
The Acts passage follows on from the healing of the lame man we explored last week, and has Peter giving account of his actions in the high-priest’s court. He quickly turns his interrogation into a testimony of Jesus’ life and power:-