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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.
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 – 25th September 2020

Sarah writes … ‘In the coming week, we’re starting our monthly midweek Connect virtual meetings!

It’s a place for us all to connect mid-week and an opportunity for prayer, worship and teaching in a different format to Sunday mornings, with more opportunities to interact with each other. If you’re in a house group, it will connect with the ‘Fruitfulness on the Frontline’ course that many of you will be starting in October – but it stands alone too, so feel free to just dip in, on our usual church Zoom link!

We’ll be thinking about where God is working with us and through us in the every-day, at work and at home, and our first Connect evening will focus on mission.

Steve Williams will be leading us as we think about what that actually means.

Spoiler alert: the good news is that it’s more about who God is, than who we are!

Connect evenings will have the following pattern – join for as much or little as you choose:

  • 7.15 – 7.45 p.m. – Prayer and praise.
  • 7.45 – 8.00 p.m. – Tea break!
  • 8.00 – 9.15 p.m. – Teaching and discussion.


Our Annual Meeting

… Will be virtually, on Zoom, at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday October 18th.

Next week nomination forms for Council positions will be attached to the weekly newsletter.  The positions up for election are:

  • 2 x Church wardens and 2 x pro-wardens (they’re elected every year up to a maximum of 6 times),
  • 2 x Methodist representatives,
  • 1 x URC rep,
  • 3 x Deanery Synod reps,
  • 5 x Council positions,
  • and we will need to appoint a new Electoral roll secretary.

That’s 15 posts!  It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the life of our church and to help shape it too. Some current post holders have expressed a willingness to continue to serve, and I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in standing for any of these posts.  Do get in touch with me  (rev@sfvp.org.uk) or the current church wardens (Alison Rhodes/ Andrew Grove) if you’d like to know more.


Church News and What’s On

Dates for your Diary:

  • Saturday and Sunday, September 26th & 27th: ‘All round our place’ Treasure Hunt in Aid of Christian Aid (see opposite)
  • Tuesday, September 29th: 7.15/8.00 p.m.: Connect Evening (see above)
  • Saturday, October 3rd: 10.00 a.m.: Home Group leaders meeting
  • Sunday, October 4th: 12.30 p.m.: Joe Sweetnam’s Ordination – watch live on the Cathedral website.
  • Monday, October 5th: 10.00 a.m.: Morning prayer at church, a short, traditional service. Continuing each Monday.
  • Sunday, October 11th: 10.00 a.m.: Harvest Festival on line service – more details coming up!
  • Sunday, October 18th: 11.15 a.m.: Annual Church Meeting after the 10.00 a.m. service.
  • Sunday, 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:
  • Sunday, November 1st: 6.00 p.m.: Short virtual service to remember those who’ve died.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd: 7.15/8.00 p.m.: Connect evening (see above).
  • Tuesday, December 15th: 7.15/8.00 p.m.: Connect evening (see above).

Breakfast and After School Clubs:

Just to let you know, especially if you’re a key holder, that these will be restarting at church this week.  It will be great to welcome them back!
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: rev@sfvp.org.uk if you’re interested in joining one, virtually for now – maybe just for the course?

Eastleigh Basics Bank:

If you’d like to donate some food, there’s a plastic box outside the vicarage at 35 Raglan Drive. Contributions are collected on Wednesdays – feel free to contribute!
Check out Eastleigh Basics Bank website to see what the current needs are – https://eastleighbasicsbank.co.uk.

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 <frederickthescribe@gmail.com> and they’ll send you a link.

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.
We will also be displaying a QR code for the NHS Test and Trace App to comply with guidelines; if you have a smart phone please consider using this if attending a service.

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: rev@sfvp.org.uk .


Situations Vacant!

Eastleigh Basics Bank:

Help needed!  Are you a strong person with a large car?  Eastleigh Basics Bank needs a volunteer stock management assistant to work on Thursdays.  The role involves collecting crates of donations from the shop late morning, taking them to the store nearby and sorting them, and returning to the shop with crates of food needed that day.  Please contact Hazel Bateman 023 8090 3028; <hazel.bateman@ntlworld.com> for more information, or call into the shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays and speak to the shop manager.

Lay Pastor – Alresford Methodist Church:

Are you looking for a new and pioneering role within the Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey Methodist Circuit?

As part of our developing strategy we are looking for our first Local Lay Pastor for Alresford Methodist Church.  You will be the recognised leader of the Methodist Church in Alresford and by the circuit, working
collaboratively with the local church stewards, and within the oversight of the Circuit.  You will have strong listening and inter-personal skills, that enable you to support, enthuse and encourage the
church community to develop its pastoral care and engagement with the local community. You will be committed to involvement in local ecumenical activities.

There is an office in the church which will provide opportunities for engagement with those using the church building.

Application deadline: October 23rd; applicants must be available for interview on November 16th.

See the full job description, terms and conditions on the circuit website: https://www.wermethodistcircuit.org.uk/laypastor.html

If you want to know more please contact Superintendent Minister the Revd Sue Keegan von Allmen at sue.keeganvonallmen@methodist.org.uk or 023 8026 8803.


Thanks for reading! As ever this comes with my prayers and love in Christ.

Lead Minister, St Francis’ Church.
A Local Ecumenical Partnership of the Church of England, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church.
Pilgrim’s Close, Valley Park, Eastleigh SO53 4ST.

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
Happening this week at
St. Francis’.
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 26th September:
‘All round our place’ Treasure Hunt in Aid of Christian Aid;
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday 27th September:
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion in Church  or Church Garden (pre-book using the guidance on this page);
10.00 a.m.:  On-line Morning Worship:  see notes on this page to join in.
All round our place’ Treasure Hunt in Aid of Christian Aid;
Closing date for Applications to join the Church Electoral Roll.  
Monday 28th September:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer
Tuesday 29th September:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer;
7.15 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.: Prayer and Praise (use the normal Zoom link);
8.00 p.m. – 9.15 p.m.: Connect! (See elsewhere on this web page for details (use the normal Zoom link)
Wednesday 30th September:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Thursday 1st October
10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon:  International Zoom Cafe from Strasbourg (See notice on this web-page)
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Friday 2nd October:
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Saturday 3rd October:
10.00 a.m.: House Group Leaders’ Meeting;
12.00 noon:  The Lord’s Prayer.
Sunday 4th October:
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
St Francis’ Day – Church Patronal Festival
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion in Church  or Church Garden (pre-book using the guidance on this page);
10.00 a.m.:  On-line Morning Worship:  see notes on this page to join in.;
12.30 p.m.: Ordination of Joe Sweetnam:  Winchester Cathedral, may be viewed on-line – see this web page for details.

“Virtual” Church:

To access our on-line services and other streamed activities via “Zoom”, use the detailed joining instructions on this webpage or else here’s a super quick link that takes you to all of
our services and events: 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK (Sunday 27th September)

8.45 a.m. Said Communion.

You’d be really welcome to join us in person at 08.45 a.m. for communion… we’ll be outside if the weather permits.  Just let us know if you’re coming – if you can, by emailing admin@sfvp.org.uk or leaving a message on 023 8027 1152, before midday on the Saturday before the service (i.e.: the day before).  Then just stick to distancing, dress for the weather and pop a mask in your pocket, in case we’re inside!  And don’t come if you’re ill of course.

Sunday 10.00 a.m. is still virtual.

We have the option to gather for communion at 08.45 a.m. but our main church family gathering will continue to be online at 10.00 a.m.   Though we’ll stream  it from the church building, we won’t have a congregation there in person.  So don’t worry – you can still join in from your sofa.
On 27th September, we’ll be continuing our sermon series on  Justice and Mercy and thinking about what it is to love mercy.

Leader at both services: Sarah McClelland;
Preacher at both services: Peter Rhodes;
Bible passage: Luke 10: 29 – 37

Tuesday Sept 29th:

7.15 – 7.45 p.m. – Prayer and praise
8.00 – 9.15 p.m. – Connect! (see above)

(From later on Sunday, scroll down to find a link to the recording, if you missed the live stream!) 

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

Virtual Church: How are you doing?

There are many Christian resources on line; 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 (023 8027 1152) and the pastoral team will return your call.

Social Events

Watch out for news of new Church Social Events with a difference – they are all on-line!


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.


Answers to prayer and reasons to be thankful!

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


Worship at

Chandlers Ford

Each Sunday our local Lockdown FM Chandler’s Ford radio station is broadcasting an Act of Worship from one of the Churches in Chandler’s Ford. For details of these and other Lockdown FM broadcasts click on https://www.lockdownfm.com

They are planning to broadcast some of our live services in the coming weeks. 

Thought for the Day…

At 10.oo a.m. on Lockdown FM each day (except Sundays), various local Christians will be sharing a Thought for the Day – why not listen in?



By the AV Team:

St. Francis’ Church audio-visual team need to improve some of the equipment being used to broadcast our services – we want to do this as well as possible as we will be doing this for some months to come.  Before we buy new, would you have any of the following no longer needed which you could give/long-term-loan to the church:-

  • Video camera – with HDMI output, tripod mount and optical zoom;
  • Camera tripod;
  • Laptop – no more than about 8 years old; we’re able to rebuild if the hard-drive is no longer working.

If you can help or have questions please contact PeterRhodes.21@btinternet.com or phone 07985 067761”

By the Minister:

It’d be great to have a more creative backdrop to our 10am services!  These requests are less urgent than the AV teams, but does anyone have any of the following that they might be prepared to lend or donate:

  • Great ideas:  You can tell I have a few up my sleeve but feel free to share any lightweight, easy to move stage set ideas!
  • Bar stool and table;
  • Garden trellis – a bit like that bordering the Garden of Remembrance.

Other Church Notices:

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 –

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 is running Eastleigh Basics Bank on Wednesdays.  Many thanks to David Gurr for  heading up the team and to all of you who have volunteered.

Socials:  See this webpage for planned social activities.


Do you enjoy gardening?

We need some help to look after our lovely garden at St Francis.
Please contact Phil (treasurer@stfrancis-valleypark.org.uk) if you could lend a hand at your convenience in any capacity – and as a one off or regular slot – even if not very regularly!!

Cliff’s Osteospermum Whirligig!


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:

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 27th September – Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.

Video and Sound –  https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/WfdjFeYym3K0fLL7DwA2blqIAjHlLnGqEFOADFBjUGricCseXtmG2j1rzJHSjIOR.oiDkpGT6WLG6KpIt?startTime=1601197238000

Sunday 20th September – Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.

Video and Sound – https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/1E6Qpwp1njafscgAKFASrZ8-qCodE_NY7iGoKWDphwI8cqduS0GutT9BoO66NsUL.EczNXAOwcr3mIcFV?startTime=1600592238000

Sunday 13th September – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity: 10.00 a.m.

Video and Sound – https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/vYu8eaH6BRGgJzgPOIPF7N-rE4oPr3w3E0iSTYd_mACv4o0lGoNh-7Blfh6YBicT.llfxZFm30hXPwpvW?startTime=1599987595000

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:


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.


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>.