This week's newsletter
Welcome to St Francis Church
Online Sunday Worship
Each Sunday morning we have Online Sunday Worship at St Francis
uploaded onto You Tube. Here you will be able you find a service of
worship, teaching, encouragement, prayer and the sharing ofnews
with St Francis Church family. The link can be found here/news/online-sunday-worship-at-st-francis.aspx
Worship in the building
We are open for worship in the building each Sunday at
9.15am for those that feel ready and have managed to book a slot.
We will be following our covid risk assessment and so would require
people to only sit in household groups, maintain social distancing
and wear a mask in the building. As the weather improves, we may
take advantage of our paddock to enable us to include singing as
part of our worship. If you would like to join us for worship in
the building you must book a place via Eventbrite. Click the link
for the booking link for this coming Sunday and more information
about the worship experience. New links for the coming Sunday will
be added each Tuesday. /news/booking-worship-in-the-building.aspx
After Service Coffee on Zoom
A great chance to catch up with people after church. This week
we will spend some time all together and some time in smaller break
out groups so that it is easier for more people to chat if they
wish.Contact the office for the zoom code.
Reviewing, Praying, Transforming
Mid-week Faith Boost on Zoom
On Wednesdays at 12 noon we can meet up with others, while
hearing encouraging thoughts from the Bible. After the mid-week
mini-sermon there will be an opportunity to share some
encouragements and prayer requests and we will finish our time with
some prayer. .Contact the office for the zoom code.
Ascension Day Service - NEW
OnThursday 13th Mayat7.00pmwe are having an Ascension Day
service which will also include prayers to launch Thy Kingdom
Come. .Contact the office for the zoom code.
Thy Kingdom Come 2021 - NEW
As the unlocking continues and we prepare for rebuilding what
is needed for this new season, prayer is more important than ever.
Will you join in with this global prayer initiative to see God's
kingdom come and to see people come to faith?
Here are some suggested ways that you could get involved this
A) Use google maps street view or physically go for a walk
around the local area and pray for each house and ask God to speak
to you about their needs. Please share any helpful insights.
B) Pray through the church family contact list (and also
remember new people who may not be on the list). Ask God to bless
each person, equip them with the gifts, skills and courage they
need to share faith and play their part in seeing more of God's
kingdom come. Ask God to give you an encouraging word or Bible
verse for people on the list.
C) Join in with the Mid-week faith boost, the Thursday prayer
meeting or the Sunday zoom coffee which will all have an extended
time of prayer.
D) Take some time to listen to what God has to say to us as a
church. Please share any thoughts, words and pictures with
E) Arrange a zoom call, telephone call, garden visit, walk with
someone from church in order to pray.
Faith Building Resources -Updated
Here is a recent talk from Rick Warren entitled "Building a
reset for a better life".
Many people find prayer a mystery. Here is Jon Tyson with a
short talk "How does prayer work?"
Here is Rachel Hughes from Gas Street Church preaching about
unity and diversity and how God has no favourites.
A beautiful song based on the Lord's prayer.
Here is a song you may want to use to help you with prayer put
together by the Alpha team featuring Christians from all over the
Here is a program produced by Thy Kingdom come for young
families about Thanksgiving.
New Worship Services
Towards the end of May, as long as lockdown eases again, we
hope to have a weekly afternoon service for families involving a
service in family bubble groups followed by socially distanced
activities and chance for connection and community building as the
current style of covid secure worship is not so accessible for
children. By then we may possibly also be ready to launch a second
morning service if by then more people feel comfortable to worship
in the building. This may possibly be at 11.15am in order to allow
time for fogging the building after the first service.
If you are interested in coming along to either of these new
services or the existing 9.15am service in the next month or so
please let us know as it helps our planning. Whenever we do start a
second morning service we would still want to offer zoom coffee for
anybody who would find it helpful and we will still offer the
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
The APCM will be held on Tuesday 25th May at 7pm in
the building and on Zoom. If you wish to stand for PCC please
contact the office and a nomination form will be sent out to you.
We are also seeking to fill the 2 posts of Churchwarden. Again, if
you are interested in standing please contact the church office for
the appropriate application form.
The Electoral Roll is still open for new members. Being on the
Electoral Roll gives you a vote at the APCM as a member of the
church. If you would like to be on the electoral roll please
contact the office for an application form. The closing date prior
to the APCM will be 10th May 2021.
It is hoped that Café Theo will open its doors again towards
the end of May. Initially the café will only open for a few days a
week and we are planning to have more staff on duty for each
session. With this in mind we are keen to have some more volunteers
helping. If this is something you would be interested in or you
know somebody who may like to help, please contact Liz via the
office. Thank you.
Great British Spring Clean 2021 28th May - 13th June
Keep Britain Tidy have launched the dates for the Great British
Spring Clean for 2021 which will take place between 28th May and
13th June. Previously we have arranged a litter pick around
Lakeside and we are considering organising litter picks within the
parish. If you are interested in joining a litter picking party
then please contact the office.
Christian Aid Week - UPDATED
Christian Aid week starts this Monday (10th May) and
runs until next Sunday (16th May). The envelopes ordered
this year are predominantly Delivery-Only so it would be nice to
maximise the number of envelopes we can deliver through
letterboxes. If you wish to assist with Christian Aid envelope
delivery this year it's not too late to volunteer; please contact
Anne or Ged Mallender for details.
Outreach Youth Work at St Francis
A couple of weeks ago I shared a short video talking about my
vision for the youth work at St Francis church. In this new video,
I am talking about how you can get involved! Having a team is
critical for youth ministry, it takes more than just a youth leader
to cultivate an atmosphere and display the love of Jesus!
You can access the online Blessed page to receive
encouragements and keep connected by using the following:
Daily Hope Phone line
We stay healthier and grow more easily in faith when we connect
with others. There are lots of ways to connect with others. You can
join in with some of the church organised zoom gatherings each
week. Join a Growth Group. Form a supportive prayer triplet or
find a mentor. Contact admin.francisofassisi.co.uk or 01302
538487 for more details.
Caring for our community during Covid-19
We are running essential errands for shopping and prescriptions
for people that are vulnerable to Corona Virus. We also offer a
phone buddy service for anyone struggling with loneliness. If you
want help or would like to volunteer please email or phone the
church office and we will make sure that some volunteers come to
Many thanks to everyone who has joined the WhatsApp prayer
If you would like to join in with the prayer team please send me a
text and I will add you to the group.
If are not part of the team and would like us to pray for you, or
a situation, please send me a text and I will send it to the prayer
team as soon as possible.
Please ensure you have the person's permission to put prayers on
Thanks and blessings. Keep safe.
Dawn Stones. M: 07493191852
Prayer News -update
Give thanks for the opportunities we have to reach people via
the various online platforms we have.
Pray for people as they readjust to the next stages of
Finances at St Francis during Covid-19
Covid-19 is having an impact on just about every part of life.
This includes our church finances. Our expenditure is currently
significantly higher than our income because we have most of our
existing expenses but are mostly only receiving income via standing
orders and the Parish Giving Scheme and not through plate, hall
rental or the Café.You can now set up donations via the Parish
Giving Scheme by phoning 0333 002 1271our church code is 421402 or
you can contact the church office and we will email you a form if
you prefer to do this online.If you wish to remain on the envelope
scheme or would rather write a cheque for church you can now post
them both by hand through the vicarage door in a clearly marked
envelope saying "St Francis General Fund". Designated people are
now able open the envelopes, and count and bank the cash and