We are a local ecumenical partnership involving:
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DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER
(Deanery of Eastleigh)
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SOUTHAMPTON DISTRICT
(Winchester, Eastleigh and Romsey Circuit)
A4WWESSEX SYNOD
(South West Hants Group)

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ALPHA IS RETURING TO
ST FRANCIS’

STARTING MONDAY
20th JANUARY 2020

Come and find out about the Christian Faith, and explore the meaning of LIFE.

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E-mail: admin@sfvp.org.uk for more information or to reserve a place.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
19 – 26 January 2019.

This year, Churches together in Chandler’s Ford are co-ordinating actions towards unity between the Christian denominations through:

  • Congregational Exchanges: Members of St. Francis’ Church are invited to join with members from Velmore Church in visiting St Edward the Confessor RC Church for Mass on Sunday 19th January at 9.00 a.m.;
  • and by participating in inter-Church ‘prayer walks’ between pairs of Churches in Chandler’s Ford – linking them by prayer (details of routes from the Church Office).

A joint service will be held on Sunday 26th January at St. Martin in the Wood (C of E) church in Hiltingbury ay 4.00 p.m.

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’.
Our “Duty Churchwarden” until 26th January is
Geoff Roberts;
Duty Warden from 27th – 2nd February is
Andy Grove.

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 25th January:
Sunday 26th January:
Third Sunday after Epiphany
CLOSE OF WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion  (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland);
4.00 p.m.: Messy Church (‘Messy’ Team);
4.00 p.m
.: Churches together in Chandler’s Ford United Service to Close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:  St Martin in the Wood, Hiltingbury.
Monday 27th January:
6.45 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.:  Alpha Course.
Tuesday 28th January:
8.00 a.m.- 8.30 a.m.: Morning Prayer (Northumbria Liturgy): Chapel (Please use Office Door entrance).
Wednesday 29th January:
09.00 – 12.00 noon:  St Francis’ Rendezvous Community Café:  Large Meeting Room; All Ages most welcome – activities and crafts for all ages;
Thursday 30th January:

Friday 31st January:
12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.: MHA  Test Valley Stay at Home Scheme Social Club and Café: Large Meeting Room
Saturday 1st February:
Sunday 2nd February:
Candlemas – Presentation of Christ
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: All Age Worship  (Michael Flack);
6.00 p.m.: Informal Evening Worship (Rev’d. Mark Robinson).

MESSY CHURCH
messy church

Craft, Activities, Refreshments, Celebration.

The fun way to do church
for all the family.

 

Next Session:
Theme:  SHEEP OR GOATS?

SUNDAY 26th JANUARY 2020

at 4.00 p.m.

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MEN’S BREAKFAST

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

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 8th February
8.30 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.

 

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 craft activities for children.
Community Information Point for Local Community, Health
and Benefits Information.

More:

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.
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.   
Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
Our teaching theme this week focusses on:

EPIPHANY: Christian Unity 

Key Reading:

  • 1 Corinthians, Ch. 1, vs.: 10 – 18;
  • Matthew, Ch. 4, vs.: 12 – 23.

26th January marks the last Sunday of the week of Prayer for Christian Unity and this is reflected in our New Testament reading.   It ties in with Jesus calling the first disciples too (read Matthew, 4: 12 – 23) – as we know, there wasn’t always unity even amongst Jesus first followers.

Have a look at Luke, 9:46-47, Mark, 9:33-36 and Matthew, 18:1-4.

  • What did the disciples disagree over?
  • What do you think was at the root of this?

Read 1 Cor, 1: 10- 18.  Paul appeals to Christians to ‘agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.’

  • If even Jesus’ first disciples weren’t always united, what is he talking about?
  • What are we to do with this appeal?

The disciples argued over which of them was the greatest.  In many ways that’s what the arguments that Paul was referring to were about too – power.  It’s our human tendency to want to be better than others, to have power over them – it makes us feel better about ourselves!  In Corinth, Christians were trying to claim that being baptised by one person was better than by another (a bit like maybe today, someone might boast about being baptised by a bishop rather than a vicar).

  • Abuse of power is a big issue for human society. Discuss some examples.

The church isn’t immune from such abuses of power – abuses that have had tragic consequences as the recent program about Peter Ball (The Church’s Darkest Secret, BBC2 Jan13/14) showed.

  • Would we expect the church to be free from the abuse of power?
  • Why/ why not?

As a result of the brave actions of those who sought truth in the Ball investigation, the church has put procedures in place and improved safeguarding.  It’s an absolute priority at St Francis and is all of our responsibility.

But we are all still human, and misuse of power one way or another will continue to occur.  There will continue to be divisions between Christians.

So what are we to do?  Every human heart contains some darkness that only the light of Christ can illuminate.  Matthew quotes Isaiah as he describes Jesus’ mission to bring light to the darkness (Matt, 4:16).  In the light of the cross, we surrender our desire for worldly power for the power of God, which is the complete opposite, as Paul sums up in 1 Cor, 1: 18.

We don’t all have to agree on things.  But when (not if!) our disagreement leads to division, then the only place to go is to the cross.  That’s where Christian Unity is.  There, the ground is level – no one is above anyone else.  And there we acknowledge our brokenness and need of a Saviour – to ourselves, to Jesus and to each other. There, we find the power of God – His healing and forgiveness.

Sarah

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/

 

Please note:
The Minister’s day off is Friday.  For emergencies please contact the Duty 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>.