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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

Advent Course: Christmas is so easily focussed on family celebrations on the day itself, but there’s a whole season that leads into this day.  ‘Walking Backwards to Christmas’ is a book writeen by Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, which retells the Christmas story in reverse order, beginning with proud parents Joseph and Mary bringing Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem and following the story back to the prophecies of Isaiah and Moses.  Over the following dates in Advent we will use this resource to look at four of these perspectives and bring a fresh light to the Christmas story.  These sessions will all run from 2pm to 3.30pm on Tuesdays at St Francis’ church on the following dates: 26th November, 3rd December, 10th December, and 17th December.

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 13th November 2019 from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more details click here

Sharing Faith with Families and Friends: On Monday 18th November at 8pm in St  Mary's, Peter Graystone, Lay Training Officer for Southwark Diocese, will be presenting a session on this topic.  He recently delivered the same talk at the Croydon Area Lay Training Day at Redhill and it was very well received.  Peter is a very knowledgable and engaging speaker - you may recognise him from the 'Faith Pictures' course as he was on the opening session video.  Please put this date in your diaries - all are very welcome.

Climate Reality Day:  On Thursday 21st November at 8pm in St Francis we are holding a Climate Reality presentation at St Francis.  This is as part of a world-wide Climate Reality Day when we can learn more about the issue of climate change and its effects on our God given planet. This meeting will be open to all.

November Ramble:  The next walk is planned for 10.30am Saturday 23rd November where we will tackle ‘The Three Commons Walk’.  This is one of Bromley Council’s Circular Walks starting and finishing at the Greyhound Pub on Keston Common.  The walk takes in Hayes, West Wickham and Keston Commons and is about 5 miles long.  Meet 10.30am at St Francis Church where transport will be provided to Keston Common.  Why not join us for fun, health and fellowship.  For more details contact Brian Griffiths by email: or phone 020 8777 6112. 

Concert at St Mary's:  Jacqueline Turner will perform a programme entitled “Music of the Night” which consists of songs from musicals and films, including many well-known ones on Saturday 23rd November at 7.30 p.m. at St. Mary’s.  She is giving her time in order to help St. Mary’s raise funds for their proposed Audio Visual equipment purchase and installation, so please support this venture. Tickets (£7) from Beryl Bolton (020 8289 8097) or Geoff Mussard (020 8650 8389) and please invite your friends as well.  Free light refreshments will be provided after the programme.

St Mary's Christmas Fair:  The annual Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 30th November from 10.30 a.m. in the hall.  We are hoping to have the usual stalls, e.g. Christmas stall/hampers, cakes, preserves, bottle and chocolate tombola’s, books, toys, cafe etc.  As always, more volunteers are needed and so, if you are able to help in any way, please let Debbie Adams or Gifty Nortey know.    Please check for items required by stall holders.  On Thursday 28th November there will be a 'Hamper Party' at the Vicarage from 11am.  Do come along and help make up Christmas hampers ready for the fair two days later.  All the proceeds of the fair this year are being allocated to St Mary's audio/visual project aiming to provide an upgraded sound system and a modern projection system for the church.  For more information click here

The Big Christmas Sing: This annual event is on Saturday 7th December at 4pm in St Francis.  As usual the West Wickham Choir and the Pickhurst Junior Academy will be leading us in Christmas Carols and other festive treats.  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 clean men's clothing and toiletries.  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.

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here


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