Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 22nd June:
Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250.

Sunday 23rd June:
First Sunday after Trinity.
Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’ds. Cliff and Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
Messy Church (Messy Church Team),
followed by Barbeque;
4.00 p.m.
Methodist Annual Circuit Service: Hillier Gardens, Jermyn’s Lane, Ampfield; 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Monday 24th June:
The Birth of John the Baptist
  St Francis School Prayer Space: 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.;
Combined House Groups Prayer Meeting: Large Meeting Room; 7.15 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.; All most welcome;
Church Council pMAP Meeting: Large Meeting Room; 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 25th June:


Morning Prayers for the Church and Community (Leader TBC): Chapel (enter via Office Door); 8.00 a.m.;
St Francis School Prayer Space: 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Wednesday 26th June:


St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon; All most welcome;
St Francis School Prayer Space: 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.;

Thursday 27th June:
Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 444.
  Church-based House Group Meeting: Large Meeting Room; 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.;
St Francis School Prayer Space: 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Friday 28th June:
Irenæus, Bishop of Lyon,
Teacher of the Faith, c.200.


Test Valley Stay at Home Social Club and Café: Large Meeting Room; 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.;
St Francis School Prayer Space: 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Saturday 29th June:
Peter and Paul, Apostles
  Family Fun Day in Aid of Paediatric Intensive Care at So’ton General Hospital: Cleveland Bay PH.; 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m.

Sunday 30th June:
Sunday after Trinity.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship – Cafe Style (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.

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)
Messy Church:  A reminder that our next Messy Church session is on Sunday 23rd June at 4.00 p.m.   Afterwards we’ll enjoy a Barbecue together so do come and invite friends and neighbours.
Methodist Circuit Service:  This year’s annual Circuit Service will be held at Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, on Sunday 23rd June 2019, 6.30 p..m. – 7.30 p.m.
Tjis will be a service of testimony and praise and held in Jermyns House Garden, led by the members of Circuit churches and the Ministers.  Please bring deckchairs or picnic rugs to sit on, and your own refreshments.  All welcome.  Weather permitting, tours of the gardens will be offered after the service. 
In the event of bad weather, the service will be in the Abbey URC, Romsey.
We need 4 volunteers to act as stewards (wearing yellow Hi-Viz jackets!) – if you are able to help, please could you contact Revd Sue Keegan Von Allmen (
House Groups Monthly Evening Prayer: Please note earlier time of 7.15 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. on Monday, 24th June in Meeting Room, before Church Council meeting.
St Francis’ Church Council:  A reminder to Council Members that the Council will be holding and extra meeting on Monday 24th June at 8.00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room to discuss the first draft of the new pMAP. 
St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Café – Cakes:  Cake contributions for the café are always very welcome.  If you can help, please add details to the sign-up sheet on the main notice board.  Many thanks
Family Fun Day at the Cleveland Bay: in aid of Paediatric Intensive Care at Southampton General, Saturday June 29th, 12 noon – 5.00 p.m.
Let’s support this community fundraising event and if you’d like to help out even for half an hour so volunteers can take a break please speak to Sarah.
Youth Social: Rev’d. Cliff McClelland is organising a social for young people who will be at Secondary School from September 2019.  If that’s you, you’re invited to 35 Raglan Close, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m. next Sunday, June 30th.  We’d love to find out how you would like a youth group to look and of course there will be fun, games and toasted marshmallows.
Please let Cliff or Sarah know if you can come.  If you can’t make it, please do register your interest.
Christian Aid collection: This has now been counted and the grand total of £1356.76 has been raised. Many thanks to everyone for your efforts this year – to all who donated and those who helped with collections and counting.
School Governor: There is a vacancy for a foundation governor at St Francis School.  If you are interested, please speak to Fiona Grove or Sarah.
Evening services:  From Sunday 5th May we commence our new pattern of having two evening services a month at the new time of 6.00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays
We are also following a new sermon series ‘Church on Fire’ looking at the book of Acts of the Apostles.
Pick up a postcard from the Church with details!
Morning Prayer:  There is 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.  These prayers will be held in the chapel.   Please enter through the office entrance door (and bring a coffee!).
New Book:  ‘The Revd Richard Wake – Somborne’s Pioneering American Colonist’:  by Gordon Pearson.  This book may be of interest to those who are interested in local Methodist history.  Please see notice board in Church for more details.
Confirmation: St Francis will be hosting a Deanery confirmation service on November 17th – would you or anyone you know like to consider confirmation?  Please speak to Sarah
Minister’s contact details: A reminder that Sarah works from home rather than the church office so please contact her directly on 02380 486298 or by email:  Her usual day off is Friday. The Parish Office is staffed by Linda on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings only.  A 24-hour answerphone is in operation in the Parish Office at other times.
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>.
Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality: A URC Synod Quiet Day run by Tim Stead.  A practical introduction to Mindfulness with reflections on how it relates to Christian Spirituality.  Saturday, October 26th, 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m., Fleet URC, £15.  Please let Sarah know if you are interested – possibility of lift share.
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.