This week's newsletter

Week Commencing:Sunday9th May2021  

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


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  

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 God ,  drawing closer to Godtaking time apart with God(Mini Retreats)loving God morehow to prayer for transformationpraying powerfully


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 year: 

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 Richard.

E) Arrange a zoom call, telephone call, garden visit, walk with someone from church in order to pray.

For more ideas see:   


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 world.


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 online service.


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.


Electoral Roll

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.


Café Theo

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.

If you would like to donate directly to Christian Aid electronically, simply visit the St Francis Christian Aid giving page by following this link.


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!

Link to the first video: 

Link to the new video: 

My email address:

Be Blessed

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

Facebook: @blessedstfrancisbessacarr

Instagram: @blessedstfrancis



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:


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 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.



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

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 unlocking.


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 cheques.