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IMPORTANT NOTICE – CORONAVIRUS:  A Message from our Minister, Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland

Due to Government restrictions on movement and interpersonal contact, and a Statement from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York all Church Services at
St Francis’, Valley Park, together with all Church-related Home and House Groups and all Church activities including the St Francis’ Rendezvous Café and our Alpha Course are cancelled until further notice.

For those requiring further information on the situation please email or phone the Church Office
(Staffed between 09.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.: Monday – Thursday)  – Click here for contact details.

Latest news from Sarah – 30th May 2020

Sarah writes: On Sunday 31st May I’ll be revealing our new church logo – join us at 10.00 a.m. to find out more!
It’s PENTECOST on 31st May – when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the upper room and the church was born. 

The Holy Spirit is God’s power, presence and love, bringing transformation and re-creation.  So what better day to share with you our new logo for St Francis Church?  Far from turning our back on the old, our clever graphic designer has taken a small part of our original St. Francis logo, and used that to encompass who we are as a Church.  Join us at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 31st May for our service and all will be revealed!

What is God doing?

God is at work by His Spirit all over the world, in new ways.  Could you share something of how you’ve seen Him working?  Maybe God has been doing unexpected things in difficult times.  It would really encourage us to hear what God is doing in our Sunday service – let me know.

Tell us what you think!

Please help us by taking part in this short survey: click on this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VNTZTTJ

“Virtual” Church:          

Diocese of Winchester “Upper Room” Prayer Day

Join Rev’d. Cliff McClelland who is leading a slot in the Diocese’s 24 hour prayer day.

Join him on the following Zoom link between 5.oo – 6.00 p.m. on Saturday 30th May:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87997259351?pwd=L3BVUjJ6c3JnYmdwNVlsYjBlalVsUT09

You’ll need to copy this link and paste it into your Web Browser.

 

Worship this week:

Sunday May 30th, 10.00 a.m. – Join us for a short service for Pentecost Sunday Day on the usual Zoom link (details attached).

There’ll be a short junior Church slot with feedback from last week, and a new thought for this week.

Watch out for a short slot after the first song in our Sunday services.!


Lockdown FM Chandler’s Ford: 
Today our service is being streamed by our local Lockdown FM.  They also broadcast ‘my way to pray’ each day for the last 10 days!

Daily, 12.00 noon: Let’s continue to pray the Lord’s Prayer together at midday each day.

Tuesdays weekly through June, 8.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.: In this time of change and planning, let’s pray together and ask God to guide us.

Wednesday June 3rd, 7.00 p.m. – Evening prayer This week led by Chris Hill.

Social Events

Here are some upcoming dates for your Diary for some Church Social Events with a difference – they are all on-line!

Saturday 30th May from 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.:
THE “ZOOM INN” – A Pub Night with a difference!
Hosted by Fiona and Andy Grove – bring a drink of choice and we’ll swap between meeting rooms to catch up with each other.

Quiz night:  

By popular demand! Quiz night will be back in a few weeks – watch this space!

 

 


Answers to prayer and reasons to be thankful!

It’s great to share them and encourage each other –
email Sarah with them today!

 

Join me…

I’m joining house groups (thanks for having me guys!) over the next couple of weeks, talking briefly about the stages of this crisis and also about where God is in it.  It’s an opportunity for me to listen and for us to discuss this current situation.

If you aren’t in a house group but would like to join a group for such a discussion, please email me (rev@sfvp.org.uk) to register interest and I’ll set up a group chat.

If you’re not in a house group but would value the opportunity, please contact Chris Hill – chris@plantain.org.uk.

Junior Church

We are so enjoying your pictures and responses to the challenges.  Thank you so much – and keep them coming, young and old alike.

Responses from last week:

Any more guesses as to when the balloon came down/ will come down?
All will be revealed on Sunday!

This week:

It’s Pentecost – when God’s Spirit comes! Where have you seen God’s Spirit at work – his power, his love?

What does it look like when God’s Spirit comes? Draw a picture of that first day – or a more recent example of God’s power at work!

Pray Together

In this time of change and planning, let’s pray together and ask God to guide – join me on the usual Zoom Link 8.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.  on Tuesdays in June.

 

Virtual Church: How are you doing?

Over the past few weeks I’ve sent out some suggestions for resources, in particular, the prayer app Lectio 365 and the Bible in One Year app.  It’s been great to hear how people are enjoying those resources at home.  In addition, people have been enjoying house groups and taking the opportunity to pray and study together.  If you’re not in a house group but would value the opportunity, please contact Chris Hill – chris@plantain.org.uk.

It’s important to recognise that this situation we’re in is hard for everybody – in all sorts of different ways.  As a church family we’re called to care for each other – so let’s take opportunities to share difficulties as well as joys in our buddy groups and house groups, and not to just put on a brave face!  Don’t forget that we have a ‘listening line’ available too – just leave your name and number on the office answerphone (02380271152) and the pastoral team will return your call.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP YOU AT THIS TIME?
Please get in touch!

E-mail: rev@sfvp.org.uk, or admin@sfvp.org.uk, or make use of our Listening Line – Thank you, pastoral and welcoming team, who have agreed to provide a listening ear to anyone who could do with it! Just leave a message on the church answer phone (02380 271152) with your details.

Church News:

Donald Waters’ funeral – will take place on Tuesday 2nd June.  His daughter Liz writes: “Please find below a link to the Funeral Notice for Dad. Some have asked for details of when the burial will take place so they can have a time of quiet reflection and raise a wee dram to Donald:  https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/10-05-2020-donald-waters/.

Virtual Café:  Don’t forget to join in on the same link we use for services – Wednesdays 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon

Buddy Groups:  If you’d like to be in one and you aren’t, or any other issues – please email Fiona Grove our pastoral head –
pastoral@stfrancis-valleypark.org.uk

Prayer requests:  Please let us know if we can pray for you: please email Fiona as above.

Prayer points:  We included some on our notice sheet and they’re now added on the Prayer page of this website.

Basics Bank:  St Francis Church will be running Eastleigh Basics Bank on Wednesdays.  Many thanks to David Gurr for continual encouragement, Jan Moring for all she’s doing, to Katie Rhodes for heading up the team and to all of you who have volunteered.  To quote Katie: ‘it’s a precious thing to be able to show our community Christ-like compassion!’

Socials:  See this webpage for planned social activities.

Help Needed: New website!

We’re aware that our current website doesn’t display well on mobile phones and it’s not straight forward to update.  So, we’re looking for a group to research our needs and bring some quotes to Church Council – as soon as possible!

If you can help, please contact Steve Williams on stephen511@outlook.com. Many thanks!

HELP NEEDED: LORD’S PRAYER ON FACEBOOK

Many of us are enjoying the posts on Facebook to help us to remember to pray the Lord’s Prayer together at midday each day.  If we are to continue beyond May, we need some help!
Could you volunteer to put the page together?  You’ll need to know how to make PowerPoint slides and be happy to put up on Facebook – Heather can give some guidance.  If you can help please email Heather on admin@sfvp.org.uk.

Calling all photographers!

Are you enjoying the Lord’s Prayer on Facebook?  We would love to have your pictures and photos to act as backdrop to the Lords prayer, and indeed any versions that are special to you. Please email them to Heather in the office on admin@sfvp.org.uk.

Thy Kingdom come – Prayer event

Each year we’re encouraged to pray in a special way for God’s Kingdom to come, in the days leading up to Pentecost (this year, May 31st).  Sarah will be emailing each day with a clip from members of our church family on how they pray , as an encouragement to us not to give up!

Calling all knitters and crafters:  Can you help?

Through the Methodist Circuit and District, local Hospital Chaplains are asking Churches to knit Mask Extenders. 
This request is detailed in Sarah’s letter (click above), and simple instructions to knit them can be found at:  Mask extenders NHS2020.


Can you help Fledge out?

Fledge Youth Support, the local Christian Charity that provides accommodation and support for homeless and vulnerable young adults in the Eastleigh Area has sent us an urgent request:

They need:   For up to 60 “NHS Scrubs Fabric” quality face masks.

Why do we need them:

  • To facilitate safe face to face engagement between Fledge Staff and their Service Users – masks will be used by both Fledge Staff and Service Users, since the need for ‘personal presence’ support for Service Users has grown over the duration of the lockdown, as they grow more frustrated with the restrictions on movement, on the lack of access to their friends and personal support networks, and on the unavailability of the “statutory” support services they usually access, and as any underlying mental health issues come to the fore;
  • To increase the safety of Fledge staff as they undertake more rigorous house checks on our residential properties. These checks grow in importance as the lockdown progresses, to ensure that standards of hygiene and cleanliness are being maintained by residents.

Their request:  Please could members of St Francis’ Church kindly volunteer to make up face masks using a pattern which is readily available on the internet.

The required Design:  The pastern for these masks is at: https://www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk/.    Either design shown below and on that linked website is acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Materials:  These can be provided by Fledge, and distributed to front doors for volunteers on request or else volunteers can use their own fabric provided it can all be washed at 60°.

Could you volunteer?:  If someone is able to volunteer to help please could they contact Phil or Liz Watts at <chair@fledge.org.uk> or <treasurer@fledge.org.uk> or on 023 8025 2015.

MANY THANKS

 

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

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:

Click on the links below:

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 31st May – PENTECOST: 10.00 a.m.:

Video and Soundhttps://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3fdNdprK22FLHKeUr1_SXZMRR9vGeaa81iNKr6ZcmRqNya1RnEy6-uFf9nRLi34z

Sunday 24th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter / Sunday after Ascension: 10.00 a.m.:

Video and Sound https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2e92K5zx90lIYI3t8GqHHf4dMo24eaa80XNM_PIImh1AHHNNLNj5th3WY76Nnwbg

Sunday 17th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter: 10.00 a.m.:

Video and Sound – https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1Mpyd4nozHpITIGK1QbnZacoHoLKT6a8hihM-fAFmE_3fz6HBIsN0retoVwMH8bK

Safeguarding those at risk:
To find our policies on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, and with regard to Domestic Abuse and Violence please click here;
Our primary Safeguarding contact:  safeguarding@stfrancis-valleypark.org.uk
Our Minister, Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland reflected on her first impressions of our Church at our Annual Church Meeting on Sunday 7th April 2019.  Click on this link to hear her comments:
 
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 (3.15 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.)
held each weekday in School Terms.
Saturday 30th May:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer;
5.00 p.m.:  Diocesan 24 hour “Upper Room” Prayer Day: Hour led by Rev’d Cliff McClelland;
7.30 p.m.: “THE ZOOM INN” – Virtual Pub; Join ‘mine hosts’ Fiona and Andy on our Zoom link for a chat while you drink and nibble according to your choice. 
Sunday 31st May:
PENTECOST
10.00 a.m.:  On-line Service:  see notes on this page to join in.
Monday 1st June:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer
Tuesday 2nd June:
8.00 a.m.:  On-line Prayers for our Church and Community:  Join on the usual Zoom link.
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Wednesday 3rd June:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  Virtual Rendezvous Café:  use Service joining instructions on this page to join in remotely;
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer;
7.00 p.m.: On-line Evening Prayer: see notes on this page to join in.
Thursday: 4th June:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Friday 5th June:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Saturday 6th June:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday7th June:
TRINITY SUNDAY
10.00 a.m.:  On-line Service:  see notes on this page to join in.

Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.


Please click here to go to all of our 2019 Lenten Course Study Material on Prayer and for a selection of recent sermons and homilies on current study topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

https://thebibleproject.com/explore/exodus-1-18/

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.

https://thebibleproject.com/explore/exodus-19-40/

 

To view Sarah’s reflections for Holy Week please click here.

INFORMATION:

St Francis’ Church in action: 
To find out more about what else we are doing through the coming year please look at our Parish Calendar and Weekly Notices pages.
Find us on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/stfrancisvp
What were we doing in 2018?
To read about the Ministry, Mission and Witness we undertook, and how we used the Financial Resources gifted to us in 2018, please click on St Francis Annual Report 2018 – v1.0 Final  
Click Annual Review – 2018 – web version to see a pictorial review of our Church’s Ministry and collective life during 2018.
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.
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.   

 

Please note:

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 <admin@sfvp.org.uk>.