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St Francis’, Valley Park is an Anglican Interregnum/Vacancy following the retirement of our resident minister and Vicar at the end of June 2017.
We are however very pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd. Dr. Sarah McClelland as Church of England Priest in Charge of Valley Park.  Sarah’s Licensing Service will be held at St Francis Church on Advent Sunday, 2nd December, at 4.00 p.m.
We have also recently welcomed Rev’d Sue Keegan von Allmen and Rev’d Mark Robinson as newly appointed Methodist and URC Ministers, whose responsibilities include ministry at St. Francis’ as part of our LEP Clergy team.  As we await the arrival of our new resident Anglican Priest in Charge it is very much business as usual, in so far as we are able.  Our Church is being led by our Churchwardens, with visiting Anglican clergy supported by our designated Methodist and URC Ministers, 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 …

Why not join our Church Garden Autumn Tidy-up TODAY:

At St. Francis’ we are blessed with a beautiful Church Garden and Garden of Remembrance which we strive to maintain in the best condition.

Today, Saturday 20th October we will be spending the morning tidying up our Church Garden, and making it ready for the winter season.

Why not join our Church family breakfast (choice of Continental or Full English) from 8.30 a.m. to set you up for a morning’s healthy exercise in a good cause?

All most welcome – there will be a valuable job to suit everyone!

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
21st October is Alison Rhodes.
Duty Warden from 22nd – 28th October
is Andrew Grove.
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 20th October:
8.30 a.m.: Church Family Breakfast;
followed by;
9.30 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.:  Church Garden Autumn Tidy-up:   All most welcome to assist
.
Sunday 21st October:
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER  TRINITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship (Peter Rhodes).
Monday 22nd October:
8.00 p.m.:  House Groups Monthly Shared Prayer Evening; Large Meeting Room;  All most welcome.
Tuesday 23rd October:
Wednesday 24th October:
09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  St Francis’ Rendezvous Comunity Cafe; Large Meeting Room.
Thursday 25th October:
Friday 26th October:
Saturday 27th October:
Sunday 28th October:
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER  TRINITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d M. Thomas);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d M. Thomas);
4.00 p.m.:  Messy Church (Fiona Grove / Stephanie Barlow).

MESSY CHURCH
messy church

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.

The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session
Sunday 28th October

Theme: Safe and Sound

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS
COMMUNITY CAFE


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.

More:

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Join us for a
“Full English”,
fellowship and
Thought for the Day

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 20th October
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.
This will be a Church Family Breakfast ahead of the Autumn Church Garden “Tidy Day” from 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Glitter and Glue

glitter ad glueCreative commons acknowledged

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 9th 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 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.
This week we return to our focus for the central part of the Trinity Season (Christian Leadership, and comparing and contrasting the lives of King David and Jesus Christ) as we study:

Misplaced Trust.

Here are some local notes for personal reflection.

Key Readings: 

  • 1 Chronicles, Ch. 21, vs. 1 – 3, 7-9, and
    Ch. 21, vs 24 –  Ch. 22, vs. 1;
  • Mark, Ch 10, vs. 35 – 45.

 

Our  Old Testament passage is hard to understand in a modern context, where censuses, membership rolls, TV-viewer ratings and website hits are celebrated as all-important.  But David’s sin of taking stock is one of pride – ‘Look at my power – this is how many I have!’, instead of placing trust in God.

Not for the first time, David’s impulsiveness has brought consequences. Again these are hard to understand in the context of a loving and just God, but this is a time well before Jesus’ gracious reconciliation between us and His Father. And an ultimately positive outcome is explained very carefully, as the site of the future temple is identified – a core part of the nation’s identity from then to the present day.

Seemingly having learned nothing from Jesus’ example, the future leaders of the Christian church sought their own promotion too.  Jesus, without anger, carefully explained what he had often modelled and continued to do until the end of his life (John, Ch. 13, vs. 1 – 5):  that to be first we have to put ourselves last.  This only becomes clear when we do it, and has a counter-intuitive satisfaction in life all of its own.

Satan does much harm by tempting us to sin against our God – and by this he destroys us by our own hands.  The greatest harm he can do the church is to tempt its leaders to pride, as it’s so hard to see the consequences until too late.

  • David put his faith in worldly values and possessions – how do we do this?
  • What worldly things contribute to our feelings of security?  In what ways do we trust in our life rather than in God?

Take time to reflect and ask Gods Holy Spirit to help you trust in God more.

  • In what areas of life do you need to act more as servant, leaving space for God to work through you?