Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 17th August:

Sunday 18th August:
Sunday after Trinity.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship (Steve Williams and Ian Clarke): 10.00 a.m.;
Informal Evening Worship (Ian Clarke and Steve Williams): 6.00 p.m.

Monday 19th August:

Tuesday 20th August:
Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher of the Faith, 1153;
William and Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 and 1890.

Wednesday 21st August:


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

Thursday 22nd August:
  Church-based House Group: Large Meeting Room: 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.
Friday 23rd August:
Saturday 24th August:
Bartholomew the Apostle.

Sunday 25th August:
Sunday after Trinity.


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
No Informal Evening Worship.

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)
Evening Service: On 18th August at 6pm, we continue our sermon series ‘Church on Fire’.  All welcome
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!
Rendezvous Cafe – Volunteers needed!: Many of you will know that we have a craft table for pre-school children at the Rendezvous Cafe on Wednesday mornings.  Some of the Mums and carers are planning on bringing their school-aged children and friends during the holidays, so we’re hoping to offer one craft activity (as now) plus another activity or game.  We have a list of ideas but need some help with running them.  Please speak to Stephanie, Fiona or Margaret, or email <> if you’re able to help, even if it’s just for one session.
Chandlers Ford Street Pastors: have decided that they have completed their mission on the streets and their last patrol will be on the 30th August 2019.   During their mission they, and the Prayer Pastors, have had the privilege of serving the local community on Friday nights, and are grateful for the support from local churches during this time.  A celebration of this 10 year discipleship will be held on 28th September at St Martin’s Church, Hiltingbury: details to follow.
Test Valley Stay at Home Scheme: Social Club and Cafe: Please note that the club will not be meeting on Friday 16th or 23rd August.
New Choir Group: Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church will be starting a singing group for those with dementia, on Tuesday, 10th September from 10-11am, 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:  (Not 19th August)  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: 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>.

Dates for your diary:

  • Intercessory Prayer:  Rev’d. Sally Dakin is running a day entitled Interesting Intercessions at St Martin in the Wood on Satruday 21st September, 9.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.  It’s for you if you’re interested in leading intercessions in church or home group, or if you already do.  It will be great – Sally is highly creative and it will be a practical day!  Please see the poster on the notice board too.

  • Prayer Ministry:  We will be running a day on prayer ministry here at St Francis on Saturday 5th October: 9.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (times tbc).  Rev’d. Peter Vargesson will be joining us.  Please come if you are at all interested in ministering or being ministered to, or just to hear about what is involved.

  • 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 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.