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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. 

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 or email

Lent 2020:  This year's Lent course is based on the 2008 BBC serialisation of 'The Passion,' which was broadcast during that year's Holy Week. Opening with Jesus and his disciples on their way to celebrate Passover, it dramatises the events of that momentous week in world history, culminating in the Resurrection, with a cast including Joseph Mawle, James Nesbitt and Penelope Wilton. Using the film, the whole of which we will see as part of the course, we shall look at the significance of the events of Holy Week, including the part played by Judas, and the reality of what our salvation cost Jesus.  In addition to the usual home groups, the Lent course has also been adopted by Churches Together in West Wickham and the film will be shown and discussed in St Francis Church on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm and on Friday afternoons at 12.30pm (bring your own lunch on Fridays).  For more details of the dates of the CTWW groups click here

Wine Tasting Evening:  This will take place at 7pm on Saturday 29th February in St  Mary's Church Hall, The Avenue, West Wickham.  Our wine expert, Janina Doyle, will be talking about eight wine from around the world and there will be a chance to taste them all.  The evening will include a cheese supper with bread and pickle.  Tickets are £15 each including food and wine and are available from Tim Shingler on 020 8402 8286.

Lent Quiet Day:  This year's Lent Quiet Day is on Saturday 7th March from 10.30am to 3.30pm in St John's, Layhams Road.  It has been planned by representatives from St Francis, St Mary's and St John's and the theme is "I am" - Who is this Jesus?  Please come along at any time and stay for whatever time you wish.  For more details click here

Bereavement Support:  Needing help after suffering a bereavement?  We have a bereavement group that offers emotional support and meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Emmanuel Church in The Grove.  This is a safe space where you will be valued and your experience of bereavement will be heard in confidence and without judgement.  We hope that this will help you in the healing process.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th March 2020 from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more details click here

Women's Event:  The next Women's Event will be held on Wednesday 11th March at 8pm in St Mary's Youth Hall.  This will take the form of a talk by a nutritional expert on diet and wellness.  For more information click here

Organ Recital:  Travis Baker who was a former organist at St Francis will be giving a recital in church on Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm.  Wine and light refreshments during the interval.  Tickets cost £10 (under 16's free) from John and Anita Curtis (020 8777 5973) or on the door.  For more details click here

Matchbox Theatre Production:  From the team that brought you 'The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)', 'All the Great Books' and 'The Thirty-Nine Steps', The Matchbox-Sized Theatre Company is back with another spiffing yarn, full of action, excitement and more than a dash of humour: - DICK BARTON SPECIAL AGENT - by Phil Willmott.  The production from 19th to 21st March in St Francis Hall, promises to be 'a rousing, rip roaring rendering in live RADIO PLAY form'.  The seating will be in 'cabaret style', ie at tables in the hall, and you are invited to bring your own drinks and nibbles.  The tables are for four or eight people, but you do not have to book a whole table, eg, if there are six of you, you can just book the number of seats at a table that you require. Ticket ordering will be via TicketSource, as it has been for the last two productions.  For more information click here

Croydon Male Voice Choir Concert:  Once again we welcome this superb choir on Saturday April 25th at 7.30pm for a concert as part of the Festival of Arts.

Festival of Arts - "Well being through the Arts": Our church is holding a festival of the arts from 2nd to 12th July 2020.  There will be many and varied events happening including a production of 'Amadeus' by the Matchbox Theatre, exhibitions and craft demonstrations, concerts and special services.  Amongst the exhibitions will be 'The Forgiveness Project', Kent Potters, West Wickham Photographic Society, West Wickham Art Association, and exhibits from the Bethlem Hospital Museum of the Mind.  Timings of events will be appearing on the calendar of this website as soon as they have been confirmed.  Monies raised during the week will be donated to 'MIND' and The Bethlem Hospital Museum of the Mind.  For more information click here

Donations for Croydon Refugee Day Centre:  Non perishable foods and items of clothing for the refugees can be left at the back of the church (not in the large plastic box).  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.  Every Thursday evening, 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 toiletries such as soap, shampoo, shower gel and disposable razors.  Please leave any donations in the large plastic box at the back of the church.  Please don't donate blankets and duvets although sleeping bags are acceptable.  Also, clothing is not needed at this present time.

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here


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