We are a local ecumenical partnership involving:
DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER
(Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey Circuit)
(South West Hants Group)
|IMPORTANT NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS: A Message from our Minister, Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland
As restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic change, details of arrangements for Worship together with all other Church-related activities will be outlined below.
Latest news from Sarah – 24th October 2020
The changing season is so evident in nature, as the leaves turn and we’re treated to an amazing display of colours. We’ve even got an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning! Its the start of half term, and the start of a new Church Council year. Well, sort of, in that we’ve had a change following the annual meeting last week. Meet the new team on our Lay Leadership page on this website.
For me, the highlight of the meeting was a moment to review 2019, when people shared what their favourite St. Francis’ Church family moment had been – carols in the pub, Messy church barbecue, Brian’s
It was emotional to recall these highlights – highlights that in so many ways we took for granted – and which we all are missing. But it was encouraging too, to see that despite the difficulties, we’ve built on the foundations we laid last year. Things aren’t easy now – but we have so much to be thankful for and a God who remains faithful through it all.
And Big thanks to our outgoing Council members: John Course, Mike Flack, Liz Watts, Dunni Ajayi and Gill Hill. I’ve very much appreciated your help – we’ll miss you!
Don’t forget the clocks go back an hour on Saturday night.
Your church family needs you!
The church family looks best when we’re all using our gifts, doing the things we’re good at, and which we enjoy. God has given us all the gifts we need for the Church in Valley Park! Can you help us with any of the following? If so, please contact Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a Church Council member.
Partnering in Mission
We would love to support mission organisations here and overseas, learning from their experience, and supporting them practically. We need a group of people to help and advice the Church Council on who to support and how to support them. Help us to shape the way we learn and give!
Would you like to contribute to the new website? If you have lots of photos and/ or like taking them; if you like writing in ways to engage our community, if you are creative and inventive… please get in touch (email@example.com)! We’d love to hear from you as we plan to move ahead with this project.
Editor to join the Chrysalis team
Chrysalis is St. Francis’ outreach magazine which is published in The Valley Park Voice ten times a year. With one of the two editors standing down we are looking for another editor to edit alternate editions with the support of the Chrysalis editorial team. The job involves a certain visual creativity to be able to lay out an attractive page with an attention to detail and an eye for spelling and grammar. Most content is provided by contributors and the editor’s job is to liaise with them and lay out the article, trim it for clarity and space as necessary but not to lose the author’s voice. Sometimes you might need to write a short filler piece. Computer literacy is a must. The software (Affinity Publisher) is provided and able to be run on PC or Mac. Training can be given. The current editorial group meet four times a year to discuss and plan content in advance so attendance at these is essential. If you want to know more speak to Sarah, Ian on 07957 656549 or Dunni on 07850 395881.
We’re looking at the possibility of opening a Wednesday morning cafe, strictly adhering to Government guidelines. It won’t be anything like the wonderful Rendezvous cafe! And of course it’s impossible to make it 100% Covid safe. But we would love to open our doors to those who are finding life tough in this season. The first question is whether we have enough volunteers to get it off the ground…?
For our Advent Service of Light. Se the notice on this service below.
Church News and What’s On
Dates for your Diary:
What’s On at St. Francis?
Remember: November 1st, 2.00 – 5.30 p.m.: Church open with prayer stations to remember those who’ve died. Light a candle, leave a name or two to be read out at:
Connect: Tuesday November 3rd, 7.15/8.00 p.m.: Connect evening. Connect with each other, Connect mid week, Connect with God!
Take Time: Wednesday November 4th, 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. on our Zoom link: Join us for a Christian meditation – an opportunity to find peace and to hear from God.
Light up: Advent Service of Light: Sunday November 29th. This is one of our favourite services at St. Francis’ Church and although we are not able to share the service in the building together, we have a plan to be able to share the candle light with you all. We’ll take the light to each other physically, and join in a virtual service at 6.00 p.m. We aim to light candles in the church building from the Paschal Candle in the late afternoon (around 4.00 p.m.) and then walk this light to as many homes as we possibly can. You will then be able to light your own candle and have it by your computer ready for the evening service where we can all share the light together, just as we would do in church. We need a team of volunteers who would be willing to walk the light around Chandlers Ford and Valley Park. If you are able to be part of this team or would like to have the
Fairtrade: Angela Morris has kindly offered to deliver copies of the new Traidcraft Autumn Catalogue to anyone in Valley Park and deliver orders too! Do contact her if youm would like to make an order – she would be delighted to hear from you: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
International Cafe: Frederick and Maryline in Strasbourg will be hosting an International Cafe! They invite us to join them and some of their church members in Strasbourg on their own Zoom link. Pop in any time on Thursdays 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon, for a trial for the month of September. If you’d like to join in, please email them on <email@example.com> and they’ll send you a link.
School Care Clubs: Just a reminder, especially if you’re a key holder, that these are now operating again at church during term time. Please do remember that there will be no access to the church or garden while clubs are on, especially because of Covid restrictions.
Home Groups: Please contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining one, virtually for now – maybe just for the Fruitfulness on the Front Line course?
QR Code for NHS Test and Trace App: If you attend our 8.45 a.m. service, we will keep a note of your name for 3 weeks to comply with Track and Trace requirements.
Stories of what God is doing …
Stories of how we’ve known God with us in the past, help us to navigate an uncertain future. Stories engage us and help us to see possibilities in our own situations. I know how many have found it helpful to listen as others have shared experience – and that a number of you have let me know that you have a story to tell too! Let me know if you can encourage us in this way: email@example.com .
Thanks for reading! As ever this comes with my prayers and love in Christ.
Lead Minister, St Francis’ Church.
St Francis’ Church goes On-line:
Watch or listen to our services every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. – with other days to be announced.
The joining instructions are here: SFC Remote Services – detailed instructions for congregation v3 Or click on this link: www.bit.ly/SFCzoom
After each service we’ll put a link to the recording here on our website (see below).
Links to recordings of our recent On-line live-streamed Services:
NB: For each video file, watching “Full Screen” is better and removes the Chat column – click icon in bottom right-hand corner of screen:-
Sunday 25th October – Twentieth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.
Sunday 18th October – Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.
Sunday 4th October – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.
Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
Evening Study of the Book of Exodus:
During Epiphany and Lent 2020, our informal worship on 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings (@ 6.00 p.m.) will focus on a study of the Book of Exodus. To gain an overview of this important book of the Old Testament, in which God renews His Covenant with the Israelites, click on these links to watch two short videos:
Exodus Part 1: Chapters 1 – 18: The Israelites, who have settled in Egypt become enslaved and under Moses, and with God’s help, eventually flee from slavery in Egypt:
Exodus Part 2: Chapters 19 – 40: God re-establishes the Covenant He had made with Abraham, gives the Israelites a framework for living in harmony with God and each other, and commits to dwell among them in the Ark of the Covenant.
To view Sarah’s reflections for Holy Week please click here.
The Minister’s day off is Friday. For emergencies please contact a Church Warden on that day.
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 2018. St Francis’ Church takes its responsibilities under GDPR very seriously. You can read our Data Privacy Notice 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.