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Holy Week at St Francis' and St Mary's:
Palm Sunday: 10am - Joint Communion at St Francis with dramatised reading of The Passion
Tuesday 27th: 8am - Morning Prayer at St Mary's; 8pm Stations of The Cross at St Francis'

Wednesday 28th: 9.30am - Morning Prayer at St Francis; 10.45am - Holy Communion at St Francis'
Maundy Thursday: 9am - Morning Prayer at St Francis';  7.30pm - Prayer Stations and Holy Communion at St Mary's
Good Friday: 9am - Morning Prayer at St Mary's; 10am - March of Witness from St Mark's RC Church to The Swan;
11am - Churches Together in West Wickham Service at St Francis'; 2pm - An Hour at The Cross at St Mary's
For more details of family events at St Francis' and St Mary's click here

Bereavement Support:  The New Year can be a very difficult time for those who have suffered bereavement, especially if 2018 will be your first year without a loved one.  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 April from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more details 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. 

Try Alpha at St John's:  Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faithSt Francis, St Mary's and St John's are showing The Alpha Film Series on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm 'til 10pm from 25th January to 22nd March at SJ's, Croydon Road, Coney Hall.  Each evening includes a meal and an open discussion about different aspects of the Christian faith.  It is completely free of charge and open to all!  Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation.  There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.  Don't worry if you have missed the first few sessions, just come along as you will be assured of a warm welcome.  If you know anyone who might be interested in finding out more about Christianity or if you yourself would like to deepen your faith in a small group with a limited time frame, then please speak to Hazel for more information.  To see what Alpha is all about click here and watch the introductory video.

April All Age Worship:   Our next All Age Worship will be a joint benefice service at 10am on Sunday 22nd April.  We will be joined by our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for a celebration of the scouting movement.  There will be refreshments and a cake sale after the service.  A lively and joyful liturgy has been planned.  Why not join us and encourage our young people and leaders.

Organ Recital:  Travis Baker who was a past organist at St Francis is giving an organ recital on Saturday 28th April at 7.45pm. Tickets £10 - now available from John and Anita Curtis (Tel. 8777 5973) or at the door (under 16’s free).

Women's Group Meeting:  The next Women's Group Meeting will be held in St Francis Church on Tuesday 1st May at 8pm.  There will be a speaker from Croydon and Bromley Women's Aid.

Free Lunchtime Concerts:  This year our season of free summertime lunch recitals held at St Francis' Church
extends from May unto September. As usual each monthly recital takes place on a Thursday between 12.45 pm and 1.30 pm on the following dates:
24 May:  William Fu (piano)
14 June:  Peter-Joe Bennett (guitar) and Yuko Yagishita (piano)
19 July:  Tamara Ravenhill (soprano) accompanied by Martin Sharpe (piano), Andrew Gallacher (piano)
9 August: Peter De Croos (organ)
20 September:  Students from Langley Park Boys' School
All are welcome. Please bring your own lunch; free tea and coffee will be available. 

GraveTalk:  It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends. The Church of England has been helping people think about these questions for centuries. GraveTalk is a café space, organised by St Francis, St Mary's and St John's where people can talk about these big questions. The conversation is helped along by GraveTalk conversation cards, over a cup of your favourite beverage and a piece of cake.  GraveTalk is being held locally at Corza Cafe, 111-113 High Street, West Wickham on Thursday 24th May starting at 7.30pm.  There is a free buffet provided and drinks can be purchased.  For more details click here for the West Wickham GraveTalk website.

The West Wickham Choir:  will be re-formed for concerts on 21st and 22nd July.  The programme will include Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass” otherwise known as “Missa Brevis St Joannis de Deo”.  All singers welcome; names to Geoff; first rehearsal at St Francis on Thursday 5th April.  Further details and full practice list available from Geoff at or 020 8650 8389.

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

Latest news from our link parish in Zimbabwe click here.  For news of the Croydon/Zimbabwe Link click here

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here


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