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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.   As we await the selection of our new minister 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.
Scroll down this page to see what is happening at St Francis’ in the next few days and weeks …
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.  St Francis’ Church takes its responsibilities under GDPR very seriously.  You can read our new Data Privacy Notice, agreed by our Church Council on 9th May, 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>.

Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
Our “Duty Churchwarden” until
15th July is Alison Rhodes
Duty Warden from 16th -22nd July is Steve Williams.
Note:
St Francis’ School Breakfast Club (7.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.) &
St Francis’ After School Club (3.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
held each weekday in School Terms.
Saturday 14th July:
8.15 a.m. – 9.45 a.: Mens’ Breakfast; Large Meeting Room; All menfolk welcome.
Sunday 15th July:
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER  TRINITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d Kelvin Taylor);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship (Dr. Ian Clarke / Peter Rhodes);
6.30 p.m.:  Circuit Farewell Service for Rev’d Peter Cornick; Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
Monday 16th July:
Tuesday 17th July:
Wednesday 18th July:
7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.: Valley Park Ladies Meeting; Large Meeting Room.
Thursday 19th July:
9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.:  St Francis’ School Leavers Service;
10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.: Church-based House Group;
Large Meeting Room. (Note delayed start);
1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.: St Francis School Year 1 “Wedding Service”;                              2.15 p.m.:  Holy Communion by Extebnsion (Phil Watts); BrendonCare Library.
Friday 20th July:
1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.:  Marie Curie Bloomin Great Tea Party: Large Meeting Room and Garden;  All most welcome – proceeds to Marie Curie Nurses.

 

Saturday 21st July:
From 10,00 a.m.:  Church Family Walk and Pub Lunch:  Sir Walter Tyrrell PH, New Forest.  Details from Brian and Linda King.
Sunday 22nd July:
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER  TRINITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d Kelvin Taylor);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d Kelvin Taylor);
4.00 p.m.: Messy  Church (TBA).

MESSY CHURCH
messy church

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.

 

The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Sunday 22nd July

This Month’s Theme: 
“Wonderfully Made”

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE

Café next Open:
Wednesday 25th July:
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 
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Join us for a “Full English”, fellowship and
Thought for the Day

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

All Menfolk Welcome.

Glitter and Glue

glitter ad 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 carers are welcome.
Next Session:
Friday 7th September
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
More:

INFORMATION:

St Francis’ Church in action: 
To find out more about what else we are doing through the coming year please click on the link: Copy of Church-planner-2017-V3.3.
What were we doing in 2017?  
To read about the Ministry, Mission and Witness we undertook, and how we used the Financial Resources gifted to us in 2017, please click on St Francis Annual Report 2017
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.
Safeguarding those at risk:
To find our policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults please click here;
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 focus for the first part of the Trinity Season is Christian Leadership:

7.  Leading in ways that last

Here are some local notes for personal reflection.

Key Readings: 

  • 1 Corinthians, Ch. 3, vs. 10 – 23; 
  • Mark, Ch. 6, vs. 14 – 29.

If you were to give our future Minister one sentence to sum up the church what would you say?   Many of us have a preferred style of worship or liturgy or even theology – but Paul is urging us to base our foundation on Christ, for His teaching and purpose to be at the heart of all we are.   From this we can then build the Church, knowing it’s on the firmest of foundations – Paul’s points about wisdom reminding of Jesus’ parable of building on sand or rock (Luke, Ch. 6, vs. 46-49).   So creating a holy temple for the Holy Spirit to reside is our personal and church-life challenge (1 Cor. Ch. 6, vs. 16).

And we should not judge this by worldly standards but by God’s, seen in what we really become as we build (1 Cor. Ch. 6, vs. 13, & vs. 18+).  When inclined towards these we need only to remind ourselves of the abuse of power by Herod – a powerful by any worldly standard but an unholy man in so many actions.  In a series on Christian leadership this passage in Mark, by contrast, is a handbook on how not to be a good leader – abandoning personal principles, giving in to pressure of crowd and those he wished to please, making rash promises without considering outcomes, chaos in personal relationships.  This passage is a stark counter to  the life of Jesus seen in the preceding chapters, filled as they are with examples of his leadership and personal integrity – and the outcomes for others from this.

  • Consider what building the foundation of our lives on Christ really looks like. In what ways does this bear fruit in your life?
  • What do others see?
  • How is our church built, in practice, on Christ?
  • Is there more we could do to place Him at the heart of all we are?
  • Remind yourself of Paul’s statement (1 Cor. Ch 6, vs, 23) “You are of Christ”.  What does that mean, for you and for the church?