Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 16th February:

  Party to Welcome Rev’ds. Dr. Sarah and Cliff McClelland to Valley Park: 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.; Entry by Ticket only – please see advertisements.

Sunday 17th February:
Third Sunday Before Lent (Septuagesima):
Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977.

  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship (Elliot Grove & Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.
Monday 18th February:   Church Management Software Group: Vicarage, 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 19th February:
  Morning Prayers for the Church and Community (TBA): Chapel (enter via Office Door); 8.00 a.m.
Wednesday 20th February:
  St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon; All most welcome;
Valley Park Ladies: Large Meeting Room; 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Thursday 21st February:
  Church-based House Group: Large Meeting Room, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon;
Holy Communion by Extension (Phil Watts): BrendonCare Knightwood Library: 2.30 p.m. (Please note later start time).
Friday 22nd February:
Saturday 23rd February:
Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155.

Sunday 24th February:
Second Sunday Before Lent (Sexagesima)

  Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
Messy Church (Messy Church Team): 4.00 p.m.;
Methodist Circuit Service (Rev’d. Sue Keegan von Allmen & Rev’d. Bryan Coates); Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church; 6.30 p.m.:  Celebrating the ministries of three of our Local Preachers, whose 25th anniversary of accreditation as preachers is this year.
Monday to Friday:
(Term Time)
  St. Francis School Breakfast Club: 7.30 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.
St Francis School After-School Club:  3.15 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Other Notices:

(Minister’s Day Off: Friday)
Morning Prayer:  There will be an opportunity to pray for our community and Church, using the Northumbria Community Morning Office liturgy, on Tuesdays at 8.00 a.m. for 20 – 30 minutes, starting on Tuesday, January 8th.  These prayers will be held in the chapel.
Please enter through the office entrance door (and bring a coffee!).

Vicar’s Welcoming Party:  Everyone’s invited, to ‘properly’ welcome Sarah and Cliff to Valley Park! Saturday, 16th February, 6.00 p.m.  – 10.00 p.m. at the Church. 
Entry is free, but by ticket only – details on and available from Peter Rhodes at <>.
Soft drinks and curry & chilli supper available for small donation on the evening to cover costs – bring your own wine etc.
Food served at 6.30, followed by dancing to The Kazbaas – Peter’s ska & party band from 7.30pm.
Why not book enough tickets for a table of 8 and invite some friends?
 – see sign up sheet.

Help is also needed to put on the event: getting church ready, managing the kitchen, serving drinks, etc.  Please let Peter Rhodes know if you can:-

  • Set up on Saturday am/pm;
  • Help with cooking at church Sat AM/PM;
  • Act as a host / door-person on the evening;
  • Serve food;
  • Serve drinks;
  • Clear away at the end.
“Christian Aid Uprooted” Exhibition:  Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church will be hosting this exhibition about displacement in the Dovetail Cafe from 16th – 25th February. It will be open between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon on weekday mornings and between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon on Saturdays. See noticeboard for details.
House Groups:  Are you interested in joining a House Group?  You would be very welcome.  More information is at the back of church on notice boards or have a word with Chris Hill, <02380 275752>.
Prayer Course: We are starting our sermon series on Prayer on Sunday 17th February, and if you’re in a small group, you will have the opportunity to follow the Prayer Course.  There is so much to gain by joining a small group even if just for this period around Lent, so please do ask Chris Hill or Sarah about that.
Methodist Circuit Service:  Please join us at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church to celebrate the ministries of three of our Local Preachers, celebrating their 25th anniversary of accreditation as preachers this year, on Sunday 24th February at 6.30 p.m.
The service will be led by Revd Sue Keegan von Allmen, and the preacher will be Revd Bryan Coates.
Prayer Course Lent Group: Sarah will be leading a day time group on Thursdays, starting on February 28th, weekly until April 11th, but excluding March 14th – please contact her if you are interested; evening groups are also available.
Fairtrade Coffee Morning:  There are plans to hold a Fairtrade Coffee Morning at St Francis’ Church on Saturday, 2nd March from 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  You are invited to come along and enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade cake and browse the interesting food and craft stalls.  See Church notice board for more details
Churches Together in Chandler’s Ford – Lent Study Groups:  This year the course covers five Bible studies based on Isaac Watts’ hymn ‘Amazing Love’. There are six groups – three in the daytime and three in the evening – so we hope everyone who wants to participate can find a day and time that is convenient. Please see the groups and sign-up list sheets located on the notice board.
An important reminder to all Church Users: Please note that during School Term-time, from Monday to Friday, between 7.30 – 9.00 am and 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., the Kitchen, Narthex and Meeting Room areas of the Church are used by School Clubs.
During these times NO-ONE may enter the Church through these areas.
This is a safeguarding requirement.
If you need to access the Church for any reason, please ask for Andy Grove at the school, who will let you in via the Vestry door.
Thank you, The Church Wardens.
Eastleigh Basics Bank – donations: items continue to be needed.  Please buy 2-3 when you do your own shopping.  Current priorities include: tinned fish or ham, marmalade & shower gel.  Please see list at the back of church for other needs.
Eastleigh Basics Bank: are in urgent need of volunteers for a Stock Management Assistant and a Shop Volunteer for Tuesday afternoons. Please see notice board for further details or phone Hazel Bateman on 02380 90328
Organist:  The Church Leadership team at St Francis are very much aware that we rarely get to use or hear our Church Organ in general worship.  It would be really great to have one or two amongst our wider congregation who could be asked to provide this extra dimension to our music from time to time.  If anyone knows of someone locally who plays or is learning the Organ, and who would like to have an opportunity to use our instrument, please let the Minister or Church Wardens know.
Free to a Good Home:  The Electronic Keyboard originally used for Services in St Francis’ Church is available free to a good home.  The instrument is in good working order, but is missing the roll top cover to the keyboard, and has a couple of small chips missing from the edge of a key.  An ideal instrument for a young person to develop an interest in music.  Please contact Phil Watts (Church Treasurer) for a viewing and discussions on transportation.