Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 12th October:
Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709;
Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845;
Edith Cavell, Nurse, 1915.
  Church Family Breakfast: Large Meeting Room; 8.45 a.m. – 9.15 a.m.;
Autumn Tidy Day for Church and Church Garden; All Welcome, much equipment provided.

Sunday 13th October:
Sunday after Trinity.
Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland):
10.00 a.m.

Monday 14th October:


Tuesday 15th October:
Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582.

  Morning Prayer (Northumbria Liturgy) (TBC):  Chapel (Please enter by North (Vestry Door); 8.00 a.m. – 8.30 a.m.;

Wednesday 16th October:
Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Reformation Martyrs, 1555.


St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon; All most welcome.

Thursday 17th October:
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107.


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.

Friday 18th October:
Luke the Evangelist
  Test Valley Live at Home Scheme Social Club and Café:Large Meeting Room; 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.
Saturday 19th October:
Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812.

Sunday 20th October:
Sunday after Trinity.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship and Baptism
(Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland):
10.00 a.m.;
Informal Evening Worship (Rev’d. Mark Robinson).

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)
Church family breakfast followed by Autumn Church and Garden Tidy-up:  Saturday 12th October:   Everyone is welcome – come along to a full fry breakfast or pastries, waffles etc at 8.15 a.m. for 8.30 a.m., or join us at 9.30 for 3 hours of deep-cleaning inside the church building or tidying the garden ready for winter.  There’s plenty to do for everyone of all ages, and a good time is guaranteed!  All tools and materials provided, or bring things you prefer to use.  To help us cater and plan please sign up at church or, including any special requirements.  Finished by 1.30 p.m.
Harvest-tide and Gift-day response:  Last week was our Harvest celebration and Gift Day!  It’s not too late to respond with your gift and/or response form and there will be a box on the Holy Table at the front of Church on all Sundays in October. 
Fair Trade Stall:  The Traidcraft stall will be available after the 10.00 a.m. Service on Sunday 13th October.  Come and treat yourself – and if you have no money Angela will take an IOU!! 
All Souls Commemoration – Sunday 3rd November:  Remembering our loved ones who’ve died.  At our evening Service on Sunday 3rd November we will mark All Souls Day, a day traditionally set apart by the Christian Church as a time to pause and remember those who have died.  We will start at 5.45 p.m. with a cup of tea and chance to add your loved one’s name(s) to a tree of remembering, before a service starting at 6.00 p.m. which will include an opportunity to light a candle for those you’ve lost. 
Christian Aid Quizzes:  Saturday 9th November, 7.30 p.m. at St Martin in the Wood Church, Hiltingbury. Christian Aid Fundraising Quiz evening with Ploughman’s supper.  Tickets cost £8.00 and are now available from Marion Harding (email  A sign-up sheet is on the notice board by the kitchen. Reserve yours now as they are bound to sell fast.
Children’s Quiz too!  There is a children’s quiz available, aimed at Primary aged childrenCollect a question sheet from Marion and return in an envelope and with a £ 1.00 donation to the collection box by Sunday 3rd  November. The winners will be announced at the Quiz Aid event.
Creche:  Sue Bowles will be heading up a creche during our 10.00 a.m. Service for pre-Schoolers.  If you are interested in helping please have a chat with her after the service on 13th October or e-mail
Are you interested in mission, here and overseas?:   We are looking to form a Mission Action Group to inform us and enable us to work together with our mission partners.  We will be looking for a group who represent the breadth of our church family.  If you are interested? Sarah would love to hear from you!
New Choir Group: Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church will be starting a singing group for those with dementia, on Tuesday, 10th September from 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., which will run fortnightly. Details on notice board or contact Mavis Deacon (80254622).
Eastleigh Basics Bank – donations: EBB are very short of tinned custard, rice pudding and shampoo. If everyone brings one of these in the next couple of weeks, it would be a great help! Other 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.
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
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.
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!).
Confirmation: There will be 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 has a 24-hour answerphone if you find it unstaffed.
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>.

Dates for your diary:

  • Prayer Ministry:  Postponement: Sadly we have had to postpone the prayer ministry training planned for Oct 5th. Thanks to all who have shown interest: we are hoping to reschedule before too long, watch this space!

  • 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.

  • Children’s Ministry:  If you are involved (or would like to be!) in children’s work, All Age worship, Messy Church, Glitter and Glue – then do come and join us on Saturday 16th November 16th here at St Francis where Andy Saunders from the Diocese will be joining us to give us some top tips and encourage us! 
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.
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 Churchwardens 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 3rd November

All Souls Commemoration:  Service remembering loved ones who have died: from 5.45 p.m.

Sunday 10th November

Remembrance Sunday: 
Services at:
8.45 a.m. (Holy Communion)
10.00 a.m. (Parish Communion)
Followed at
11.00 a.m. approx.  Parish Act of Remembrance (Last Post, Two Minutes’ Silence, The Rouse and Wreath Laying).