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
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
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 -
Reviewing, Praying, Transforming
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
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
Mark Batterson talks about how we can flourish.
Here is Paula Gooder talking about women in the Bible.
Pat Barrett sings the Canvas and the Clay.
Here is another great song from City Alight.
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
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
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:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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
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