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Father's Day: Father's Day coincided with Trinity Sunday on 16th June. At St Mary's and St Francis' our worship centred around fathers - and especially about God the Father as part of the Trinity. The sermon at both churches was a narrative of Joseph considering his role as father of Jesus. To view the sermon click here
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
Celebrating Achievement: The next Worship for All Ages will be at St Francis at 10am on Sunday 30th June. In this service we will be celebrating the achievements of our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. We will also celebrate the achievements of those in our Parish who have completed walking challenges in the last few months. Following the service there will be a barbecue prepared by the scouts. Please put this service in your diaries and make every effort to attend. It is vitally important to support and celebrate our uniformed organisations.
Hazel's Pilgrimage: Hazel our vicar has completed a pilgrimage from Winchester to Eastbourne following the 100 mile South Downs Way. She has set up a blog about ther pilgrimage which you can read on the following link https://isitapilgrimage.blogspot.com/. On 2nd July at 7pm at St Francis Hazel will be presenting how her experiences on 'pilgrimage' on the South Downs Way illustrated the Paralesis programme that St Mary's and St Francis followed during Lent. Hopefully this will be interesting even if you didn't come to the Lent church services and small group discussions. This event will begin with a bring and share supper. Bring a savoury dish to share. Sweet food and drinks will be provided. Do bring a friend.
Matchbox Theatre Production: The summer Matchbox Theatre's production will be 'Can I Ask You a Question?', a brand new comedy by Steve Tolmie. The action of this very funny play takes place at a local quiz night run by the world-weary Mrs Maitland and her intellectually-challenged granddaughter, Sally, and follows the fortunes of a not-very-successful quiz team made up of a group of rather disparate friends who (eventually) call themselves Nice One Squirrel. Questions abound and not all of them quiz-related... And the answers? Well, you'll just have to come along and find out... The dates are 4th, 5th and 6th July in St Francis Church Hall. This is a brand new play, so none of the other local groups will be performing it in the near future and it is definitely not one to be missed. To get tickets (£8.50 adults and £6 children) you can log on to TicketSource (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-matchbox-theatre), choose your own seats, pay for them with a debit or credit card, and get them sent to you via email. You don't even need to print them if you have them on your phone when you come. You can still book your tickets via the normal channel (ie through Mike Downing). For an order form click here. Mike will then allocate tickets for you but, as the tickets will still come from TicketSource, we would be very grateful if you would pay for them by returning the order form with a cheque and an stamped addressed envelope.
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 10th July 2019 from 2.30pm to 4pm. For more details click here
Songs of Praise Service: We are holding a Songs of Praise Service at 10.45am on Sunday 14th July. You are invited to choose a favourite hymn and then eight will be selected to be sung at the service. You can decide whether to introduce the hymn yourself or write something for the service leader to read out on your behalf. Sign up sheets for your favourite hymn will be at the back of the church on Sundays 23rd and 30th June.
West Wickham Choir Concert: An extended choir from Churches Together in West Wickham plus local choirs will perform Faure's Requiem and other choral works on Saturday 20th July at 7pm in St Mary's and again at 3pm on Sunday 21st July at St Francis. Tickets cost £7 (which includes refreshments) and are available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon Cream Tea: On Saturday 27th July from 2.30pm to 4.30pm there will be an afternoon tea event at St Francis Church. There will be a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and an assortment of home-made cakes. Tickets cost £4.50 from Barbara Goodchild on 020 8777 8782 or you can pay on the day.
The Shingler's Long Walk: The Shingler Family completed their walk along the North Norfolk Coast Path on 18th May. They were raising money for three cancer charities in memory of their daughter Helen who worshipped and sang in the choir at St Francis and who, sadly, died in June 2017. To date the walk has raised £5861 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent. Well done Tim, Sue, Nichola and all who supported them and gave so generously.
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 is always in need of clean men's clothing and toiletries. Leave any donations in the large plastic box at the back of the church. These will be taken to the homeless at Lincoln's Inn and Waterloo in Central London every Thursday. Please don't donate blankets and duvets although sleeping bags are acceptable.
Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here