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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.   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 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 …

 The deadline for applications for the vacancy for our resident Minister has now passed,
and the advertisement is now closed.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The new data protection regulations, relating to the holding, management and use of personal data by organisations comes 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
26th May  is Alison Rhodes
Duty Warden from 27th May to 3rd June is Steve Williams.
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 26th May.
Sunday 27th May:
TRINITY SUNDAY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Peter Cornick);
10.00 a.m.: Parish Communion  (Rev’d. Peter Cornick/ Rev’d. Canon Fiona Gibbs).
Monday 28th May
Tuesday 29th May:
Wednesday 30th May:
Thursday 31st May:
Friday 1st June:
Saturday 2nd June:
9.15 – 12.00 noon: Archdeacon’s Visitation for the Swearing in of Church Wardens.
Sunday 3rd June:
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER  TRINITY
8.45 a.m.:  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad);
10.00 a.m.: All Age Worship (Brian King).

MESSY CHURCH
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:

ST FRANCIS’ RENDEZVOUS COMMUNITY INFORMATION CAFE

Café next Open:
Wednesday 13th 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.

More:

MEN’S BREAKFAST 
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Join us for a “Full English”, fellowship and
Thought for the Day

Next Breakfast:
Saturday 9th June
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.
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 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
 
here.   

 

Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
This week our focus for Trinity Sunday is:

The Trinity

Here are some local notes for personal reflection.

Key Readings: 

  • Romans, Ch. 8, vs. 12 – 17;     
  • John, Ch. 3, vs. 1 – 17

Today we celebrate the nature of God, who is simultaneously Father (Daddy!), Son (God himself come to earth as friend and teacher), and Spirit (his executive force, as powerful, free-flowing and immersive as the wind).  Amazingly, we have received the Spirit and been adopted into God’s family, we can call God our Father and we are heirs with Christ in the Kingdom – what Good News!   We cannot keep it to ourselves.

Jesus explains to Nicodemus that he knows he must be born of the Spirit, even if it defies logic.  He the explains that God loves the world so much his Son came to save it.   And he explains how although all have physical life (“water”) we will only have life in all its  fullness when we are re-born from above by the Spirit, who becomes God-in-us just as Jesus is God-with-us.

Paul in Romans explores further what it means to be heirs with Christ of all that God has for us, both in our lives here and  in the life to come.  He is clear that the Spirit is not an oppressive force but a liberating and embracing one.

  • Do you feel weighed down by the challenges and difficulties of life?  Hand those things to God, and ask for his renewing Spirit to help you with them.  They may not disappear, but will cease to dominate.
  • Can you see the Holy Spirit at work in your life?  Ask God for that new birth that is promised to each one of us, through Jesus’ death.
  • Thank God for his all-encompassing nature –   Father, Son, Spirit – that meets us where we are and leads us into full life with Him!