This week's newsletter

Week Commencing:Sunday17th October2021 

Welcome to St Francis Church newsletter!

 

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

 

Church In The Building And Online - UPDATED

Online worship continues each week, but more are now beginning to move towards worship in the building.

We recently re-introduced communion at the altar rail each week at the 9.15am service (but there is still opportunity to receive communion in your seat, if you wish). There is also lots of opportunity for connection with God and one another as a community through singing, ministry time and gathering after the service.

During worship, we still require people to wear masks. If more than one household would like to sit on the same row of chairs they can. Rows of chairs are spaced at 2m intervals and you can still stay in single household rows. If people can enter via the cafe that is helpful so we can give a warm welcome. We strongly encourage people to take a lateral flow test before Sunday worship, if at all possible.

Adults without children are also welcome at 11.15am family focussed service.  Regular attenders can email the office to join our 'most weeks' list (so long as you tell us if you have to miss a Sunday, so we can plan seating) and then don't have to book a space. Otherwise, we ask that you book for services. This helps us to make sure there is enough space for people who like to sit alone and plan extra space for new visitors and guests too.

More information -

/news/booking-worship-in-the-building.aspx

  

 Reviewing, Praying, Transforming  

The process of reviewing things and drawing closer to God and growing in prayer continues to be important for us as a church. There are lots of videos online about these themes. Here are a few "home-made" ones for our context. Listening to Goddrawing closer to Godtaking time apart with God(Mini Retreats)loving God morehow to prayer for transformationpraying powerfully

 

Morning Prayer - UPDATED

Join us at 8am for a daily interactive service of worship, Bible reading and prayers...and watch your faith grow!!

Contact the office for the Zoom links for Morning prayer

 

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. Join Zoom meeting by clicking below. Contact the office for the zoom link

 

Prayer Zoom Meeting: Thursday 21st October at 7.00pm

We need encouragement and prayer more than ever and so does our world. Come along at 7pm on zoom for worship, Bible teaching and encouragement and prayers for our community, nation and world. Contact the office for the zoom link

 

Faith building resources - Update

Here is Tim Mackie from the Bible Project speaking about forgiveness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8rMnqefSi0

 

Mark Batterson talks about how we can flourish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdXWBOn6PSo

 

Here is Paula Gooder talking about women in the Bible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwaBwvLSO8k

 

Pat Barrett sings the Canvas and the Clay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcDRp0zWGIw

 

Here is another great song from City Alight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUGQNYm44hk

 

Funeral service for Edwin Drew - NEW

The service takes place on Friday October 22nd at 11:40 a.m. at Rosehill crematorium. All are welcome to come and support Evelyn, Geraldine and Louise and their families at this sad time. 

 

Bags of Kindness - NEW

Following the joy of 'Bags of Blessing' in December 2020 (thank you again to everyone who made the 60 gift bags happen!) we'd like to join in the national #Love Christmas 2021 campaign. (click this link here for more info). The 2021 theme is 'kindness'.

Would you like to join a team to pray and plan early (Oct to Nov), then deliver the project (early to mid Dec)? Whether you're gifting is praying for what God will do with this, shopping for fab bag treats; packing, delivering or something else, there's space for you. We'd also really appreciate financial donations (in Oct or Nov) to help make this happen. If you'd like to help, please mark an envelope 'bags of kindness' or do a bank transfer with the reference 'bags of kindness' (please contact the office for the bank details). Thank you for your support.

 

Light Up The Way Community Project - NEW

A big thank you to everyone who joined in with the focus groups. A project team will be meeting shortly to pray and plan to fill our parish with God's love and light by inviting St Francis, neighbours and local partners to dress a front window of their house or premises, around a relatable Christian theme. We are likely to deliver the project in January 2022…but you are invited to join in our first meeting to help decide and shape the way forward ���� Join our Zoom meeting Tues 19 Oct, 6pmto 7pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83725804566?pwd=Qjd6c3NidEFONWlOSnNsMEtZU1FEdz09

Meeting ID: 837 2580 4566     Passcode: 584781

Email rev.stellamchugh21@yahoo.com to find out more. Digital online, remote or traditional 'in person' roles and tasks available, tailored to suit different needs.

 

Maizie Vause Baptism - NEW

Please pray for God's blessing on Maizie, her parents Vicky and Daniel, older brother Mason, and their supporters as they prepare for Maizie's baptism on Sunday 17th October (which will take place during our 11.15 am service).

 

Helping Sundays Run Smoothly

We are looking for some people who are willing to help out with the setting up and serving at services on Sundays. If you think you could help with chairs on Saturday evenings or a variety of practical jobs on Sundays please get in touch.

 

Connect Youth Group 

Connect Youth Group is now up and running and happening every week on aTuesday. The sessions start at7.00pmand finish at8.15pmand all young people in school years 6, 7, 8 & 9 are very welcome to come along. Throughout the evening we will have a range of different games and activities such as our inflatable football pitch, table tennis, nail painting, a different craft each week and more! We also take some time in each session to explore a theme related to faith in Jesus, this could be a lead discussion, or a talk given by one of the leaders. 

 

JOY Activities

Monday afternoon activities are now in full swing in the café. Times have changed slightly.

Onfirst Mondayof each month Puzzle Corner is from 1.30 to 3.30pm. Onsecond Monday, Coffee, Cake and Quiz runs from 1.30 to 3.30pm. This has temporarily taken the place of Meet and Eat. There is a choice of delicious cakes to eat while doing the quiz with the exciting prize for winning the quiz being first choice of the chocolates we have at the end, as at Meet and Eat.  Onthird Monday, there is Chit Chat, also from 1.30 to 3.30pm.  Onfourth Monday, there is the Soup Lunch, starting at 12.30pm. This is followed by Knit and Natter at 1.30pm.

On anyfifth Monday, there is a speaker. This starts at 1.30pm.  All are very welcome to these events.

 

Be Blessed

You can access the online Blessed page to receive encouragements and keep connected by using the following:

Facebook: @blessedstfrancisbessacarr

Instagram: @blessedstfrancis

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKthoPkmZLCpo_08QeZrCDA

 

Daily Hope Phone line

The Archbishop of Canterbury has set up a special free regularly updated phone line that includes Hymns, the stories behind the hymns and prayer. The number is 0800 804 8044 and is open 24 hours a day. More details: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/daily-hope-phone-line

 

Staying Connected

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 help.

/news/support-for-the-community-during-covid19.aspx

 

Prayer Requests

Many thanks to everyone who has joined the WhatsApp prayer group. 
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 the chain. Thanks and blessings. Keep safe.

Dawn Stones. M: 07493191852

 

Prayer News -UPDATE

Following on from Safeguarding Sunday, please pray for all our churches to be safe places, especially for the most vulnerable. For St Francis, pray for Liz (our Safeguarding Officer) and the PCC as they consider updates to our safeguarding policy next month and keep covid restrictions under review.

Pray for all our leaders/volunteers, thanking God for this work and asking for God's guidance and blessing to keep it safe for everyone.

 

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 1271 our 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 cheques.