Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Saturday 13th April:  

Church Family Breakfast:  All most welcome; Large Meeting Room; 8.30 a.m.;
Church Spring Clean and Garden tidy workday: 9.30m a.m. – 1.00 p.m. All volunteers most welcome.

Sunday 14th April:


Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland and Peter Rhodes): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland & Peter Rhodes): 10.00 a.m.
Distribution of Palm Crosses at Each Service.

Monday 15th April:
Tuesday 16th April:
Isabella Gilmore, Deaconess, 1923.
  Morning Prayers for the Church and Community (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): Chapel (enter via Office Door); 8.00 a.m.;
“Pop-up Choir” – Choir Practice; 8.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Wednesday 17th April:

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

Thursday 18th April:
Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012.


Informal Agape Holy Communion and Bring and Share Supper for Maundy Thursday Evening; 7.00 p.m.

Friday 19th April:

  All Age Morning Worship for Good Friday; 10.00 a.m.;
Reflective Worship for Good Friday Evening;
7.00 p.m.;
Each Service followed by Hot Cross Buns.
Saturday 20th April:

Compline, followed by dressing of Church for Easter; 8.00 p.m.

Sunday 21st April:
Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1109.


Said Holy Communion for Easter (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
All-age Festival Parish Communion for Easter Day(Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
followed by: Easter Egg Hunt in Church Garden for Children.

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 and spring cleaning/garden working party:  Saturday 13th April.  Do join us for a family breakfast at 8.30 a.m. with a short thought-for-the-day, followed by a morning spent making the church and garden look its best ready for the summer (9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.). Let (07985 067761) know which you’ll be coming to, for planning. 
This replaces Men’s Breakfast this month.
Easter Eggs: Buy or order your fair trade Easter eggs and other Easter goodies from Angela after the service on Palm Sunday;
Easter Lilies:  As usual, Val requests donations for our flowers at Easter. If you would like to donate, please put money in an envelope marked ‘for Easter flowers,’ in the offering plate.
Easter services:  We will be holding our usual full range of Services to mark Holy Week and Easter.  Please see the notice on the Home Page and the service lists on other pages of this website, or pick up a leaflet from the Church with our services listed, and join us!
Evening services:  There is no informal evening service in April, but from May, we will have two evening services a month, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  Please pick up a postcard from the Church with details!
Give your opinion: There are large sheets of paper stuck to the windows of the Church at Services, with a simple activity inviting you to comment on what you love, dream about and might ditch under various headings!  This information will inform our mission action plan so please do contribute (or email/ speak to Sarah).
Morning Prayer:  There will be 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!).
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>.
Church Service Rotas: Many thanks to everyone who helps at any level with our services at St Francis’. The new rota will be compiled at the beginning of April, so it seems a good time to check who is on each rota list.  If you are happy with your level of commitment, then you don’t need to do anything!  If you would like to join a particular area of the rota, then please sign up – the rota list is displayed in the Narthex area.  There is also a separate rota for evening services if you would like to help there too.    Thanks.
Your church needs you!   Share in our ministry and mission by volunteering, anything from making cakes and coffee to reading in church, singing in a pop-up choir and helping Glitter and Glue, to standing for the Church Council.  Please sign up to the rota at the back.
Churches Together in Chandler’s Ford – Lent Study Groups:  This year the course covers five Bible studies based on Isaac Watts’ hymn ‘Amazing Love’.  There are six groups – three in the daytime and three in the evening – so we hope everyone who wants to participate can find a day and time that is convenient. Please see the groups and sign-up list sheets located on the notice board.
Christian Aid Week: As in previous years, we will be supporting this overseas aid work.  We hope to cover as much of Valley Park as possible: could you volunteer to adopt some roads?  Please see Colin Dorman after any main service to find out how you can help with this invaluable opportunity to help others less fortunate in God’s Kingdom.
Day conference on healing and wholeness:  An opportunity to explore a wider biblical view of wholeness and healing and areas of mental and emotional health in our culture today, with relevance to the church.
How might we use this here at St Francis?
Do join Cliff and Sarah and others at this conference in Poole on May 11th. 
Please let Sarah know if you are interested
Safeguarding Conference:  You are invited to a Safeguarding Conference organised by the Southampton District Safeguarding Officer at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church on Saturday 22ndJune from 10am until 4.30pm.  For more info please contact Jane Fisher  so that we have some idea of numbers etc.
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.
Eastleigh Basics Bank – donations: 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.
Eastleigh Basics Bank: are in urgent need of volunteers for a Stock Management Assistant and a Shop Volunteer for Tuesday afternoons. Please see notice board for further details or phone Hazel Bateman on 02380 90328
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.


Sunday 14th April –
Sunday 21st April
Services for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.
Please see separate Easter Calendar Notice on Home page of Website.