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DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER

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SOUTHAMPTON DISTRICT
A4WWESSEX PROVINCE
St Francis’, Valley Park is in Interregnum following the retirement of our Vicar, Rev’d Peter Hutchinson on Friday 30th 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 Methodist Minister, Rev’d Peter Cornick (when available) and visiting Anglican 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 help or information from us.
Scroll down this page to see what is happening at St Francis’ in the next few days and weeks …
Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
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 October:
8
.15 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.: Men’s Breakfast: Large Meeting Room.  All menfolk most welcome.
Sunday 15th October:
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity:

8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion:
(Rev’d. Tim Searle);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship:
(Stephanie Barlow and Fiona Grove).
Monday 16th October:
09.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.:  Fledge Youth Support Interviews: Large Meeting Room, Narthex and Kitchen.
Tuesday 17th October:
Wednesday 18th October:
7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.: Valley Park Ladies meeting; Large Meeting Room.
Thursday 19th October:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  Church-based ‘House Group’:  Large Meeting Room;
2.15 p.m.: Said Holy Communion by Extension; BrendonCare Library (Phil Watts).
Friday 20th October:
 
Saturday 21st October:
Sunday 22nd October:
Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity:

8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion:
(Ven. Dr. Peter Rouch);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion:
(
Ven. Dr. Peter Rouch.).

MESSY CHURCH

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Sunday 29th October
4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

This Month’s Theme: 
“Peace, Perfect Peace

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE
Café next Open:
Wednesday 25th October
:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.

Now a 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 October.
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 10th November
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 2016?   To read about the Ministry, Mission and Witness we undertook, and how we used the Financial Resources gifted to us in 2016, please click on St Francis Annual Report 2016.
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 2-1 July 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.   

 

Each week at St. Francis’ we follow a teaching theme.
From 17th Sunday after Trinity until the start of Advent we will follow a new theme, exploring the letter of James and its insight for the modern church.  This is particularly relevant as we start the process of considering what we will seek in a new minister here, and look ahead to what our church might be in the future.
Take the time to read this book end-to-end (it’s quite short!) before we explore it in more detail – it will be an exciting journey!

WEEK 2 – Listening and Doing

Some of our house groups are following up on the teaching themes in their study groups;
Key Readings:
  • James, Ch. 1, vs. 19 – 27;
  • Matthew, Ch. 22, vs. 1 – 14.

We considered last week how the Letter of James is one of the oldest books of the New Testament, and how James writes from first-hand, up-close experience of Jesus’ teaching, life and example to his followers.
In today’s passage we have more of James’ very direct instruction, and hear through them Jesus’ clear voice. We can be tempted to think that the life we are told to lead is too hard in 2017, but taken a day at a time, and with the Holy Spirit’s help if we ask, it is possible to live a life worthy of God and valued by those around us – and it starts with James 1v22. Jesus himself (in Matthew) tells us that our invitation to God’s world is a free gift that we only need to accept to benefit from – we are that last group in the parable to be invited (v10) but we must remain careful not to become the first group (v5).
We are currently looking to develop two very important aspects of church life dealt with in these passages – listening in the form of good pastoral care in our fellowship, and (like the king’s servants) inviting others to the great banquet of God’s grace in the form of outreach:- 

  • How hard is it to truly listen to another person?  And to hold back our words?
  • Do the verses here suggest a way we should be, in our house-groups and also between each other?
  • If God’s word is planted in us, how do we stop the weeds growing?

At the wedding feast (Matthew 22), how would we have responded?