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St Francis’, Valley Park is in Interregnum following the retirement of our Vicar, Rev’d Peter Hutchinson at the end of 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 advice or information from us.
Scroll down this page to see what is happening at St Francis’ in the next few days and weeks …


Join us at any of our services during this
Season of Penitence, Reflection and Prayer
as we seek to ‘Share God’s Life‘.

Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
Our “Duty Churchwarden” until
25th February is Liz Watts
Duty Warden from 26th Feb – 4th March 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 24th February:
09.00 – 4.30 p.m.:  Fledge mentoring Training.  CANCELLED.
Sunday 25th February:
Second Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. Adrian Roux)
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d. Adrian Roux);
4.00 p.m.: Messy Church (Stephanie Barlow, Fiona Grove and Messy Church Team).
Monday 26th February:
8.00 p.m.: Wardens’ Group Meeting;
9 Larkspur Drive;
8.00 p.m.:  Combined House Groups’ Prayer meeting; Large Meeting Room; All very welcome to attend. 

Tuesday 27th February:
Wednesday 28th February:
9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon: St Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café; All members of the Community of All Ages most welcome. 
Thursday 1st March:
10.00 a.m. – 12.o0 Noon:  Church-based House Group meeting; Large Meeting Room;
8.00 p.m.:  Blenheim and Larkspur House Groups meet.

Friday 2nd March:
6.30 p.m.: Men’s Weekend participants depart for Wales; Church Car Park.
Saturday 3rd March:
Sunday 25th February:
Third Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. Arthur Croad)
10.00 a.m.: All Age Worship (Fiona Grove and Stephanie Barlow).

MESSY CHURCH

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.
The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Sunday 25th Febr
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This Month’s Theme: 
“True Family”

Click this link to find out More:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE
Café next Open:
Wednesday 28th February
:
9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.
Note new earlier opening time

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 April
8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m.

All Menfolk Welcome.

NB:  No Men’s Breakfast in March due to
Men’s Weekend Away
(2 – 4 March)

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 9th March
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.   

 

Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.  During Lent we will be following the Diocese of Winchester’s Lent Course “Sharing God’s Life”.

The Diocesan Study Notes & Resources may be found at: www.winchester.anglican.org/lent-course.

Here are some local notes for personal reflection:

Week 2 – Loving God & Self, family & friends

Key Readings:
                                     John, Ch. 15, vs. 1 – 8;
2 Peter, Ch. 1, vs. 3 – 8.

Do you ever feel “ineffective and unproductive” in your Christian life (2 Peter, Ch. 1, vs. 8)?

If Peter wrote about it to the early church it can’t be just us.  And in our Lent Course’s readings, drawing us towards a closer relationship (‘rule of life’) with God, we have the answer: Jesus’ promise of “stick with me and I’ll stick with you” (John, Ch. 15, vs. 4).

We cannot do life in his name if we only do it in our own strength, on our own terms.  Jesus uses this beautiful analogy of the vine and the gardener – so effective at growing: the branches sticking to the trunk and nourished by it, but the benefit of pruning to increase fruitfulness (that strengthening through wilderness times we looked at last week). And if you ever doubt, remember John, Ch. 15, vs. 3:  we are already clean, restored to God: permanent.

And Peter shows how faith is just the starting point; that by dedicated effort with God at our side we can grow in Christian maturity, to be more and more effective for Him.  Re-read 2 Peter, Ch. 1, vs. 5 – 7 carefully, visualising how each step in maturity leads to the next.  Peter is clear this is open to each one of us (vs. 3): no exceptions.  This draws us into the first aspect of the rule of life – that of passionate spirituality; so we consider loving, and the aspect of love in our relationship with God.

  • What does it mean to abide/live in Christ?
  • What does it mean to have Jesus’ words abiding (i.e.: ‘at home’) in us?
  • If pruning is essential for growth, what aspects of our lives need a prune?
  • Think about developing your own rule of life for loving God.
  • What do you already do?
  • And what can you commit to doing in the coming year?