Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Services for this Sunday:

Sunday 21st October 2018: Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity
Worship Theme: “Misplaced trust”
08.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion.
10.00 a.m. Morning Worship.
Ministry team this Sunday:
Duty Warden: Alison Rhodes.
08.45 a.m.
Celebrant: Rev’d. Arthur Croad.
10.00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Peter Rhodes.
Mike and Julie Hook.
Sides-persons: Sam and George  Taylor.
Readers: May Gigg and Michael Flack.
Talk: Peter Rhodes.
Intercessions: TBA.
Communion Assistants: N/R.
Music: Stephanie Barlow and Band.
Crèche: As required.
 Projectionist: Chris Hill.
Coffee: Susie and Jeremy Bennett.
Flowers: Jane Read.

Services for next Sunday:

Sunday 28th October 2018: Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
Worship Theme: “Generous giving”
8.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. M. Thomas)
10.00 a.m. Parish Communion (Rev’d. M. Thomas).
4.00 p.m. Messy Church (Fiona Grove and Stephanie Barlow)


What’s on at St Francis’ this week:

(In Church unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 20th October:
Church Family Breakfast: Large Meeting Room; 8.30 p.m.;
followed by:
Church Garden Tidy Day:  9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.; All most welcome to come and help.
Sunday 21st October:
Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity.

Said Holy Communion (Rev’d Arthir Croad.): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship
(Peter Rhodes): 10.00 a.m.
Monday 22nd October:
House Groups’ Shared Monthly Prayer Evening: Large Meeting Room; 8.00 p.m.
Tuesday 23rd October:
Wednesday 24th October:

St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Cafe: Large Meeting Room; 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  All members of the Community of all ages most welcome.
Thursday 25th October:
Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287.

Friday 26th October:
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899;
Cedd, Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664.
Saturday 27th October:
Sunday 28th October:
Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.
Simon and Jude, Apostles

Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. M. Thomas): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion
(Rev’d. M. Thomas): 10.00 a.m.;
Messy Church (Fiona Grove/Stephanie Barlow): 4.00 p.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:

Exhibition at St Boniface Church:  St Boniface’ Church, Chandler’s Ford will be holding an exhibition called ‘Love’s Greatest Gift – Remembrance’ about those commemorated on the Chandler’s Ford War Memorial on Sunday 21st October from 3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. at St Boniface Church, Hursley Road.  Margaret will also speak a little about her work and Barbara Hillier will talk about her uncle who is commemorated on the War Memorial.
Messy Church:  A reminder that our next Messy Church takes place on Sunday, 28th October from 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
All ages welcome. The theme is ‘Safe & Sound’.
Chrysalis:  A reminder that any copy for the December/January Chrysalis must be submitted by Thursday, 1st November.
Please email items for possible inclusion to: <>
If you are sending an article that the editor isn’t expecting and you don’t receive an email acknowledgment, please ring the editor Ian Kelso: contact details via Parish Office.
Fairtrade Shopping Evening: will be held at St Martin in the Wood, Queen’s Road, Chandler’s Ford on Friday, 2nd November from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  Free glass of wine and nibbles.
For further information, please see notice board or contact Tricia on 023 8025 2546.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: As normal, Valley Park’s Act of Remembrance will take place after the 10 am Holy Communion Service.
This year Remembrance Sunday coincides with Armistice Day (11th November) and so has added significance in marking the Centenary of the end of WW1 hostilities.
As usual, the 2 minutes’ silence will be accompanied by the display of a PowerPoint presentation of suitable remembrance images.  Given the significance of this year’s commemoration, and as we have no War Memorial in Valley Park, members of the Church Family are invited to have the names of former relatives who served in WW1 included in a commemorative list displayed during the 2 minutes silence.
If you would like a former relative commemorated, please forward all details you may have of their: Name, Rank, Regiment, date of Birth and Death, and if they were killed as a result of WW1 action, their place of death, and the location of burial or location of War Memorial commemoration.
Please note that it is not necessary on this occasion for them to have been killed in WW1, to be included – just that they served.
Date for your Diary:
– Church “Autumn-Clean”: Saturday 10th November: 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Please join in getting our Church building “up to scratch” for the winter season, and ahead of welcoming our new Minister.
There will be something for everyone to contribute each day, so please come along, even for part of the time.
The cleaning session will be preceded by a Church Family Breakfast at 8.30 a.m.  Many thanks.
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.

Church Office hours during Interregnum: During the interregnum, the Church Office will be manned less frequently, as the Parish Administrator works from 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. on Monday’s, Thursday’s and Fridays.
All other contacts with the Church, and Parish Office will need to be arranged through the Churchwardens, whose details are available elsewhere on this website.
Please note that the Church answerphone will still operate 24 hours per day, and it will be checked regularly.
Basics Bank: Please consider adding a couple of items for Basics Bank as part of your weekly shop. Updated lists, which include items that are not needed at present are at the rear of Church by the basket and by the rear entrance door.  Please donate items for those who are less well off than ourselves.
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 Vicar 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.


Sunday 11th November:
Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday:
Parish Act of Remembrance and Wreath Laying at 11.00 a.m. following Parish Communion. 
Sunday 2nd December:
Advent Sunday
Advent Sunday Services:
8.45 a.m. (Holy Communion) and
10.00 a.m. (All Age Worship)
Licensing of Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland as Priest in Charge of Valley Park by The Bishop of Southampton:4.00 p.m.
Sunday 9th December:
Advent II
Advent Service of Light: Candle-lit Service of Advent Carols and Readings: 6.30 p.m.  All most welcome.