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St Francis’, Valley Park is in “double” Interregnum/Vacancy following the departure of our designated URC Minister in summer 2016, and the retirement of our resident minister and Anglican Vicar at the end of June 2017.   As we await the selection of our new minister 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 designated Methodist Minister, Rev’d Peter Cornick and visiting Anglican, Methodist and URC 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 …
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
17th June is Steve Williams
Duty Warden from 18th June to 24th June is TBC.
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 16th June:
Sunday 17th June:
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: Morning Worship (Dr. Ian Clarke / Peter Rhodes).
Monday 18th June
Tuesday 19h June:
Wednesday 20th June:
2.15: Holy Communion by Extension (Phil Watts):  BrendonCare Library;
7.00 p.m.: Valley Park Ladies Meeting; Large Meeting Room.

Thursday 21st June:
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  Church-based House Group Meeting; Large Meeting Room.
Friday 22nd June:
Saturday 23rd June:
Sunday 24th June:
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion (Rev’d. Pam Goddard);
4.00 p.m.: Messy Church (Michael Flack/Messy Church Team)

messy church

Craft, Activities, Afternoon Tea, Celebration.


The fun way to do church
for all the family.
Next Session:
Sunday 24th June

This Month’s Theme: 
“The Money Puzzle”

Click this link to find out More:


Café next Open:
Wednesday 27th June:
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.



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

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 14th July
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 8th June
10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.


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


Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
Our focus for the first part of the Trinity Season is Christian Leadership:

3.  Finding Power in Weakness

Here are some local notes for personal reflection.

Key Readings: 

  • 1 Corinthians, Ch. 1, vs. 18 – 25;
  • Mark, Ch. 4, vs. 26 – 35.

It doesn’t make sense – it’s crazy!   Jesus claims to be God’s Son and know the meaning of life but only speaks in incomprehensible parables (Mark, Ch. 4, vs. 34), then gets executed in the worst way possible – pointless (1 Cor. ch. 1, vs. 18)!   Perhaps so, if you only look on the surface.  But really look and one sees that the enormity and complexity of God cannot be explained in human words, and that illustrations are the closest way of trying to understand in our terms.  And the ‘foolishness’ of dying on the cross turns into the most beautiful and majestic gifts of his resurrection,  the Holy Spirit’s coming, and our salvation – freely open to each person.

Jesus’ parables in Mark, Ch. 4 are about the Kingdom of God here on earth.  Growing his kingdom requires us to step out and sow seed, those things that bring God into others’ experience.  These may seem like weak efforts, soon to be buried and be long gone, but that’s when God takes over – we don’t know how but  through the work of the Holy Spirit our efforts are multiplied and eventually bring fruit of new lives finding God’s salvation for themselves, and these go on to have impacts we cannot possibly foresee.  So keep on with that seed-sowing, whether it’s Messy Church, the Cafe, Glitter & Glue, Welcoming… all that we do.  And if you’re not part of any sowing, join in – we have so much to be grateful for!

Consider your involvement in the ‘sowing’ work of our church.

Pray about your financial giving to the church, that supports the sowing and nurturing we do – and will do.  Make sure you read the leaflet: “Rejoicing in the Past, Resourcing the Future” available in church, and consider your response.

Are we fools for Christ? Or the most blessed of people, with the greatest gift of all to share?!