Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Services for this Sunday:

Sunday 10th December 2017: Second Sunday of Advent.
Worship Theme: “Advent 12  The Prophets.
08.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion.
10.00 a.m. Parish Communion;
followed by .
1.00 pm. approx. Brian’s Sunday Roast Lunch:
in aid of Fledge Youth Support.
7.00 p.m. Informal Evening Worship for Advent.
Ministry team this Sunday:
Duty Warden: Steve Williams.
08.45 a.m.
Celebrant: Rev’d. Arthur Croad.
10.00 a.m.
Celebrant: Rev’d. Peter Crick.
Sides-persons: Liz and Phil Watts.
Readers: Ken Gigg and Alison Rhodes
Sermon: Rev’d. Peter Crick.
Intercessions: May Gigg.
Communion Assistants: Alison and Peter Rhodes.
Music: Suzanne Butler and Barbara Williams.
Crèche: As required.
 Projectionist: Rob Burt.
Coffee: Jill and Tony Taylor.
Flowers: Katie Warner.
7.00 p.m. 
Worship Leader: Dr Ian Clarke.
Sides-persons: Steve Williams.
Readers: TBA.
Homily: Dr. Ian Clarke.
Intercessions: TBA.
Music: Rachael Thorpe and Elliot Grove.
Projection: Peter Rhodes.
Refreshments: Carolyn Covey.

Services for next Sunday:

Sunday 17th December 2017: Third Sunday of Advent
Worship Theme: “Advent 3:  John the Baptist.”
8.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. TBC)
10.00 a.m. Morning Worship (Dr Ian Clarke / Peter Rhodes)
6.00 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas (Dr Ian Clarke).


What’s on at St Francis’ this week:

(In Church unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 9th December: Men’s Breakfast:  Full English, fellowship and a ‘Thought for the Day’; 08.15 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.; All menfolk very welcome
Sunday 10th December:
Second Sunday of Advent.
Said Communion (Rev’d TBC): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d TBC): 10.00 a.m.;
Brian’s Charity Sunday Roast Lunch: in Aid of Fledge Youth Support: 1.00 p.m. approx.   Sign up in Church Narthex for Attendance.
Choir Practice: for Informal Choir for Carol Service; 6.15 p.m.
Informal Evening Prayer for Advent (Dr. Ian Clarke): 7.00 p.m.
Monday 11th December:
Tuesday 12th December:
Wednesday 13th December:
Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304;
Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784.
St Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.  All members of the community of all ages most welcome;
Valley Park Ladies:  December Meeting, Large Meeting Room; 7.00 p.m.
Thursday 14th December:
John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591.
Friday 15th December:
Saturday 16th December: Community Carol Singing:  In aid of Fledge Youth Support; Outside Tesco and the Cleveland Bay; 4.00 p.m.  All welcomed to join in.
Sunday 17th December:
Third Sunday of Advent.
Eglantine Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save The Children’, 1928
Said Communion (Rev’d TBC): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship (Dr. Ian Clarke / Peter Rhodes): 10.00 a.m.;
Choir Practice: for Informal Choir for Carol Service; 11.15 a.m.
Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas (Dr. Ian Clarke): 6.00 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:

Choir for Christmas Carol Service:  Sunday, 10th December, at 6.15 p.m., before Informal Evening Worship and then on Tuesday, 12th December at 7.45 p.m. and on Sunday 17th December at 11.15 a.m. after Morning Worship.
There is still time to sign up on the list on the notice board if you would like to take part.
“Brian’s Sunday Roast Lunch” in aid of Fledge Youth Support:  Sunday 10th December, 1.00 p.m. approx.:  This will be a great time of fellowship, and 100% of gifts on the day will go to Fledge, a local charity working to relieve hidden homelessness, as they open their 2nd house.
Sign up on the sign-up sheet in Church!
For more information on Fledge click
Informal Evening Worship for Advent:  The next informal evening service will be on Sunday 10th December at 7.00 p.m.  Join us for relaxed and informal worship followed by refreshments and discussion.
St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café:  meets again this coming Wednesday, 13th December, in the Large Meeting Room area between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon. All members of the Community of All Ages most welcome.  Community, benefits, welfare, health and other information available.  Creche, plus toys and games for all ages.
Christmas Flowers & Mince pies:  We welcome all donations towards flowers, which are expensive over the Christmas season.  Please donate in envelopes marked “Flowers” and give to a Sides-person, Churchwarden or to the Church Office.
Also, as usual, contributions of mince pies for Christmas hospitality are welcomed
Carol Singing:  We will be raising money for Fledge and raising awareness of St Francis Church, by Carol singing outside The Cleveland Bay and Tesco’s on Saturday, 16th & Saturday 23rd December, from 4.00 p.m.
All welcome to join in on the day.
Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas:  Our annual service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas takes place on Sunday 17th December from 6.00 p.m., followed by festive refreshments. 
Men’s Weekend Away 2018:  Date for your diary: Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018.  This year we’re returning to Llanthony in the Brecon Beacons, Wales.  As well as the usual bunk house there are further accommodation options.  Do join us for an excellent weekend of fellowship and enjoying God’s wonderful world.  See Peter Rhodes for details and to reserve a place.
Church Office hours during Interregnum:  Please note that once the Vicar has left the Parish, after 30th June, 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:  Our faith teaches us to help the poor and disadvantaged; please include something for the Basics Bank when you do your weekly shopping. Donations may be placed in the wicker basket at rear of the Church.  There is a list at back for Church or notice board for items needed.
Please remember, smaller sizes are more helpful in making up food parcels, as food is given out based on meals for short term help.
Many thanks.
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 17th December: Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas: 6.00 p.m.
Christmas 2017 Look for our posters and notices on this website, for details of all Christmas Services.