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Youth Club:  Our Youth Club meets on Sunday evenings between 6.30pm to 8.30pm.  Games, Film Nights, Tuck Shop plus special quarterly events.  For more information click here

A Place of Welcome:  St Francis Church is open as a place of welcome every Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon.  This is an opportunity for people to talk with others.  WiFi, drinks and toys are always available.  We hope that all who visit will find a sense of belonging.  For more information click here

St Andrew's, Gweru, Zimbabwe:  Hazel has received a brief e-mail from Ronald Chikuyo, the Vicar at St Andrew's in Zimbabwe.  It is phenomenal that he is so committed to the church and sure that God is working for his glory, even in difficult times for Zimbabwe.  Here is the text of the message:
“We are well.  God is in control and always a faithful Shepherd.  I need help - particularly prayers for the congregation to understand that as we work on projects it is for God's glory.  Now we are at an advanced stage on proper electrification of the church building yesterday we started doing the wiring and its my hope that God will see us through to complete the task.”
Rev. Ronald would like us to pray that the congregation might understand better that the work on church projects in these circumstances is for God's glory.  Jesus did the same when he heard about his friend, Lazarus, being ill:
'This illness … is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it'. (John 11:4)
We can pray that God will give them the resources needed to complete the electrical wiring. 
The Diocesan Blog 'Hearts on Fire' has a wonderful account of a very recent visit to Gweru by Bishop Christopher and you can see several photographs of Bishop Ignatius and Bishop Christopher together.  For a link to the Blog
click here

CTWW Work Club: The Work Club that has been held every Monday in West Wickham Library has now ceased operating.  Since the launch in May 2013, many clients seeking employment have been provided with assistance to devise or develop their CV, search for jobs on the web and practise interview techniques.  However, there has been a very marked drop-off in the number of clients visiting in 2019 and Bromley Job Centre Plus now offer the same services as the work club.  So the decision has been taken to close the club.  Thank you to all those who have assisted in any way with the club especially the volunteer coaches who have really been the backbone of the project.

Walk Green Croydon: Following the walk in London Docklands earlier this Summer, there will be another walk on Saturday 7th September, starting from St Francis at 10.30am.  This time we will join the London Loop through Spring Park Woods, Shirley Heath and Shirley Church Road, then turning along Oaks Lane towards Lloyd Park.  We will then walk along Conduit Lane towards Littleheath Woods where we rejoin the London Loop to pass through Bramley Bank Nature Reserve and aiming for the Addington Hills Viewpoint.  We will end the walk at the Coach House Cafe in Coombe Wood Gardens for well deserved refreshments.  The total distance is just shy of 7 miles (11km).  For more details, click here

Bereavement Support:  Needing help after suffering a bereavement?  We have a bereavement support group that meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Emmanuel Church in The Grove.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th September 2019 from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more details click here

Refreshing Church - Croydon Area Lay Conference:  This important conference is for all lay people in parishes across the Croydon Episcopal Area.  The aim is to reflect on what it means for God to refresh their church.  With dwindling numbers in St Mary's and St Francis this is a good opportunity to discover how the Holy Spirit can re-energise, renew and enable us to make new Christians.  The conference takes place on Saturday 14th September from 10am to 4pm in St Bede's School, Carlton Road, Redhill, RH1 2LQ.  For more details click here

“The Turning”:  This event running from 21st to 29th September is a London-wide mission event in which we will be combining with other churches in West Wickham and Hayes for worship events, prayer, sharing our faith on the street and meeting one-to-one with those who have expressed an interest in follow-up. There will be a special CTWW Serivce for this event on Sunday 22nd September at 6.30pm in Coney Hill Baptist Church.  Watch this space for details of some preparation and training gatherings, but this is something we’d love everyone to be part of, so do start praying and note the dates.

"Where Love is the Way":   Some of the ministry team are going to St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday 3rd October at 6.30pm to hear Bishop Michael Curry speak on 'Where Love is the Way'.  He's going to explore how Christians can make a just world where every single person has freedom and dignity.  You may remember that Bishop Michael preached the inspiring sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor.  If you would like to attend this event the tickets are free but you need to sign up for them on the St Paul's Learning Page  Click here for a link

Spirituality Day:  The Southwark Diocesan Day of Spirituality ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ will be held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 19th October from 10 am –4 pm. Keynote Speakers are Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar & author and Bishop Christopher, The Bishop of Southwark. The day will include worship, prayer stations, workshops, market stalls etc. Cost £8 per person in advance or £10 on the door. More information re booking & workshop choices via Eventbrite at: https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk.  Please contact Rowena Griffiths for more information rowena.griff19@btinternet.com or Tel. 020 8777 6112

Donations for Croydon Refugee Day Centre:  Non perishable foods and items of clothing for the refugees can be left in the box at the back of the church.   For more information about the centre click here

Donations for The Good Shepherd Mission to The Homeless:   Several members of St Francis and St Mary's are active volunteers in this project.  The mission takes food clothing and toiletries to the homeless in Central London at Lincoln's Inn Fields and Waterloo (ouside St John's Church) They are always in need of clean men's clothing and toiletries.  Please leave any donations in the large plastic box at the back of the church.  These will be taken to the homeless every Thursday.  Please don't donate blankets and duvets although sleeping bags are acceptable.

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here

 


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