Notices and Future Events

Notice BoardHappening this week:  all welcome:

(In Church unless stated)

Services for this Sunday:

Sunday 16th December 2018: Third Sunday of Advent.
Worship Theme: “The Kingdom is near”
8.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion
10.00 a.m. Morning Worship.
6.00 p.m. Candle-lit Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas, followed by Seasonal Refreshments.
Ministry team this Sunday:
Duty Warden: Andy Grove.
08.45 a.m.
Celebrant: Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland.
10.00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland.
Geoff and Margaret Roberts.
Sides-persons: David Gurr and Linda King.
Readers: Neil Morning and Peter Rhodes.
Sermon: Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland.
Intercessions: May Gigg.
Communion Assistants: N/R
Music: Stephanie Barlow and Band.
Crèche: As required.
 Projectionist: Chris Hill.
Coffee: Mike and Julie Hook.
Flowers: TBC.
6.00 p.m.
Worship Leader: Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland and Dr. Ian Clarke.
Welcoming Team.
Sides-persons: Jide and Dunni Ajayi
Readers: As announced.
Sermon: Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland.
Intercessions: As announced.
Communion Assistants: N/R.
Music: Suzanne Butler, Rachael Thorpe and Band.
Crèche: As required.
 Projectionist: Geoff Roberts.
Coffee & Refreshments: Jeremy and Susie Bennett.
Flowers: TBC.

Services for next Sunday:

Sunday 23rd December 2018: Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Worship Theme: “Advent:  The Virgin Mary”
8.45 a.m. Said Holy Communion  (Rev’d.Dr. Sarah McClelland)
10.00 a.m. Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland).
6.30 p.m. Carols Singing in the Cleveland Bay P.H.

What’s on at St Francis’ this week:

(In Church unless otherwise stated)

Saturday 15th December:

Carol Singing in Valley Park Village Centre (outside Tesco): 4.00 p.m.  All welcome to join in.
Sunday 16th December:
Third Sunday of Advent.
Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Morning Worship (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
Candle-lit Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland & Dr Ian Clarke); 6.00 p.m.
Monday 17th December:
O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
Eglantine Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save The Children’, 1928
Fledge Residents’ Christmas Meal:  Large Meeting Room; 6.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 18th December:
O Adonai (O Lord)
Wednesday 19th December:
O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)

St. Francis’ Rendezvous Community Cafe: Large Meeting Room; 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  All members of the Community of all ages most welcome.
Thursday 20th December:
O Clavis David (O Key of David)

Church-based Home Group Meeting:  Large Meeting Room;  10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.;
St Francis’ School KS1 & KS2 Carol Services; 09.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.;
Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McCelland & Phil Watts); BrendonCare Library; 2.15 p.m.
Friday 21st December:
O Oriens (O Dayspring)
Saturday 22nd December:
O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)

Sunday 23rd December:
Fourth Sunday of Advent.
O Emmanuel (O With Us is God).
Said Holy Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 08.45 a.m.;
Parish Communion (Rev’d. Dr. Sarah McClelland): 10.00 a.m.;
Carol Singing in the Cleveland Bay PH: 6.30 p.m.  All welcome to join in.
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)
Christmas Charitable Giving:  As is normal in our Church, we will be making gifts from our general funds this Christmas-tide to two Charities whose work has a seasonal context.  This year our chosen Charities are Crisis UK, working with those who are homeless, and the British Red Cross European and Myanmar Refugee appeals. This, and all our other Charitable Giving, is primarily funded from the collections given at Services, and by our freewill offerings made through the year, and so please give generously to our collections this Christmas-tide, so that our gifts may be appropriately substantial.
Christmas Carol Singing:  A reminder that St. Francis’ Church is providing an hour’s public Carol Singing outside Tesco in the Village Centre on Saturday 15th December at 4.00 p.m., and also in the Cleveland Bay pub on Sunday 23rd December at 6.30 p.m..  All are wecomed to join and take part at these sessions.
Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas:  Our popular candle-lit Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday, 16th December at 6.00 p.m.   All most welcome, and will be followed by seasonal refreshments.
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 the Sidesmen, Wardens or Church Office.  Also, as usual, contributions of mince pies for Christmas hospitality, including for the Advent Service of Light on 9th December, are welcomed.
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.
Basics Bank – Christmas donations: As well as the urgent items listed on the sheets by the basked and rear entrance, would you please consider buying a chocolate treat, mince pies or similar for distributing. When you are living on the edge of poverty, these things are luxuries and out of reach and as Christmas approaches a treat is not just for those with money. Please ensure any Christmas foods are donated to Church by Sunday, 9th December, so that they can be issued in good time.
After a very generous number of gifts from Harvest there is still sorting and putting away of stock to be finished.  Volunteers are needed for Monday, 3rd December, starting 10 am at the Basics Store in Herbert Collins House, SO18 2HR (corner of Wide Land and Walnut Ave).  Can you help for an hour or two? Parking is available behind the building.  Unfortunately, there are no heating or toilet facilities.
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.


Saturday 15th December:
Carol Singing in Valley Park Village Centre (outside Tesco): 4.00 p.m.  All welcome to join in.
Sunday 16th December:
Advent III
Candle-lit Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas: 6.30 p.m.  All most welcome.
Saturday 23th December:
Advent IV
Carol Singing in the Cleveland Bay PH: 6.30 p.m.  All welcome to join in.
Christmas-tide 2018
See the Website Home Page for details of all our Christmas Services.