Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 16th November:
Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093;
Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240..

  Training Day for those involved in Children’s and All Age Ministry: 09.0 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 17th November:
Sunday before Advent.
Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Sue Keegan von Allmen): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship 
(Rev’d. Sue Keegan von Allmen):
10.00 a.m.;
Informal Evening Worship (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland & Rev’d Cliff McCelland).

Monday 18th November:
Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231.

Tuesday 19th November:
Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680;
 Mechthild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280.

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

Wednesday 20th November:
Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870;
 Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876.


St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 09.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon; All most welcome;
Valley Park Ladies Meeting: Large Meeting Room; 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

Thursday 21st November:

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 22nd November:
Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230.
  Test Valley Live at Home Scheme Social Club and Café: Large Meeting Room; 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m.
Saturday 23rd November:

Sunday 24th November:
Sunday next before Advent
Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland & Peter Rhodes): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion 
(Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland & Peter Rhodes):
10.00 a.m.;
Messy Church  (Messy Team): 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:

(Minister’s Day Off: Friday)
Fair Trade Stall: will take place after our morning services on Sunday 17th November, with Christmas and Advent goodies!  IOU’s accepted so come and treat yourself!
A warm welcome: to our Methodist minister, Sue Keegan von Allmen, this morning; Sarah is taking the service at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
Church Rota: Christmas:  The Church Rota is complete up to the 22nd December, but there are spaces over Christmas that need filling for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.  If you now know that you are around and can help fill these gaps, please put your name on the master rota outside the church kitchen. 
IKnow ChurchWe are now using this to manage our church rota, and for the past couple of weeks, everyone on the rota has been alerted twice, once from Alison and once through iKnow Church.  The latter will now be the only email alerts for rota responsibilities.  If you know that you are on a rota, and have not received an email about, please let Alison know and iKnow church can be updated. 
Christian Aid Quizzes:  A big thank you to all those who attended. An enjoyable evening was had and a total of £ 1,159 was raised for Christian Aid.  The 1st prize of the children’s quiz, a grow your own funky veg kit, was won by Sofia from St Francis Church and the 2nd prizes, Fair trade advent calendars, were won by two pupils from St Francis C of E Primary School.
Email Scam: Please be aware of one doing the rounds that says it’s from the local minister saying, ‘Hello hope you’re good, I need a favor from you. Please get back to me on here as soon as possible, Thanks.’ People have lost money in replying – please let Sarah know if anyone receives such an email.
URC Synod Children’s Day: are taking over the Science centre and Planetarium on November 30th from 5.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.  A fantastic family opportunity!  See posters at back of church and book through 
Church ‘Branding’: In response to our consultation earlier in the year, Colin Dorman is heading a group to look at our logo and strapline etc.: if you are interested in being involved please contact him via <>. There will be an opportunity for the whole church family to comment on any proposals.
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market Charity Chalet:  Fledge Youth Support, has the Charity Chalet at the Cathedral Xmas Market on 9/12/19, to sell items to raise funds for the Charity.  If you could help provide stock for the Chalet that day, by contributing homemade jams, cakes, crafts or knitted woollen hats for chocolate oranges, please speak with Liz or Phil Watts ASAP for details.  Thanks.
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!
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
Could you make the occasional cake, batch of small cakes or sandwiches for Messy Church? With numbers increasing we’d like to widen the team able to help. on 7 Sunday afternoons over each year when we provide afternoon tea.  Even just one would be great!  You can drop off in the church kitchen on the Sunday a.m. or p.m.  If you’d be willing to be included on the email list for requests for food, please see Katie Warner or Hilary or John Course.  The next Messy Church is on Sunday 24thNovember, when some of the usual kitchen team are away, so any offers of help in the kitchen on Nov 24th from about 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. would also be much appreciated.
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>.
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 1st December

Advent Sunday: 
Services at:
8.45 a.m. (Holy Communion);
10.00 a.m. (All Age Worship for Advent Sunday);
6.00 p.m. (Advent Service of Light – A candle-lit service of reflection for Advent).