Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Services for this Sunday:

Sunday 25 February 2018: Second Sunday of Lent.
Worship Theme: Diocesan Lent Course:2: “LOVING: God, self, family and friends”
08.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion.
10.00 a.m. Parish Communion.
 4.00 p.m. Messy Church. 
Ministry team this Sunday:
Duty Warden: Liz Watts
08.45 a.m.
Celebrant: Rev’d. Adrian Roux
10.00 a.m.
Celebrant Rev’d. Adrian Roux.
Sides-persons: Peter and Barbara Deane.
Readers: Geoff Roberts and Suzanne Butler.
Sermon: Rev’d Adrian Roux.
Intercessions: Peter Rhodes
Communion Assistants: Geoff and Margaret Roberts.
Music: Suzanne Butler and Alison Rhodes.
Crèche: As required.
 Projectionist: Rob Burt & Peter Rhodes.
Coffee: Dunni and Jide Ajayi
Flowers: Lent.
4.00 p.m.
Celebration Leader: Fiona Grove.
Sides-persons: Steve Williams.
Talk: Stephanie Barlow.
Music: Alison Rhodes.
 Projectionist: Peter Rhodes.
Activities: Barbara Williams and Messy Church Team
Refreshments: Messy Church Catering Team

Services for next Sunday:

Sunday 4th March 2018: Third Sunday of Lent.
Worship Theme: Diocesan Lent Course: 3: “LIVING: Living God’s Life together.” 
8.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d. Arthur Croad)
10.00 a.m. All Age Worship (Stephanie Barlow and Fiona Grove).


What’s on at St Francis’ this week:

(In Church unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 24th February:
Sunday 25th February:
Second Sunday of Lent.

Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Adrian Roux): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d Adrian Roux): 10.00 a.m.;
Messy Church (Fiona Grove/Stephanie Barlow and Messy Church Team; 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Monday 26th February:
Church Wardens’ Group meeting:
9 Larkspur Drive; 8.00 p.m.;
Combined House Groups’ Prayer Session: Large Meeting Room; 8.00 p.m.; All most welcome.
Tuesday 27th February:
George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633.
Wednesday 28th February:
St Francis’ Rendezvous Community Information Café: Large Meeting Room; 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  Community, Health, Benefits, Welfare and other information available.  All members of the community of all ages most welcome.
Thursday 1st March:
David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601.
Church-based House Group meets: Large Meeting Room; 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon;
Blenheim and Larkspur House Groups meet; 8.00 p.m.
Friday 2nd March:
Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672.
Men’s Weekend participants depart for Wales; Church Car Park; 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 3rd March:
Sunday 4th March:
Third Sunday of Lent.

Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Arthur Croad): 08.45 a.m.;
All Age Worship  (Stephanie Barlow and Fiona Grove): 10.00 a.m.
Men’s Weekend Away Ends: 5.00 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:

Messy Church:   A reminder that our next Messy Church takes place on Sunday 25th February, from 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
All ages welcome.
Chrysalis:  A reminder that any copy for the March Chrysalis must be submitted by, Thursday, 1st March.  Please email items for possible inclusion to: <> If you don’t receive an email acknowledgment, please ring the editor Ian Kelso, contact details via Parish Office.
Men’s Weekend Away 2018: Men’s Weekend is this coming Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th March.  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.  For very late booking please contact Peter Rhodes on:
Big Brew at St Francis:  All are invited to this Fairtrade event on Tuesday, 6th March from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon. Fairtrade food, crafts, cards & Easter Eggs, & Homemade cake stall will be available.  There will be a display of St Francis School Best Dressed Banana competition, and more…
Loads of help needed!  Please speak with Angela Morris to sign up and to join in the fun or get in touch via the Parish Office.
Mothering Sunday:  This year Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 11th March.  As in previous years, a number of men will be assembling posies on Saturday, 10th March, starting from 10.00 a.m.  If you can help please contact one of the Churchwardens.
Safeguarding Training:   The Diocese of Winchester is providing a training Day in Safeguarding.  This will take place at St Francis’ Church on Saturday, 21st April.

Places are limited and in demand, but bookings from St Francis’ church members will be given priority for 2 weeks, then it will be opened up to the Diocese.

The morning session, commencing at 10.00 a.m. is at C1  level (which can also done on-line instead of attending the session).  This is for people who have a role that brings them into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The afternoon session, commencing at 2.00 p.m. is at levels C2 and C3, and is additional training for those with any form of leadership role in those areas.
For a place on either or both courses, book directly with the Diocese at: <>.
Contact Helen Kelso, 02380 266476 or see notice board for more information, or if you need advice on whether you need to attend and if so for which sessions

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:  As we enter 2018, sadly, many families will continue to struggle, especially as Benefit changes continue to include delays.  Please consider adding a couple of items for Basics Bank as part of your weekly shop to your New Year Resolutions.  The lists at the rear of Church by the basket and by the rear entrance notice board have been recently updated and include things that are not really needed at present.  Please look at these lists and please donate items for those who are less well of than ourselves.
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.


Mothering Sunday: Sunday 11th March:  Services at 8.45 a.m.; 10.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Including distribution of posies of spring flowers.