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NEW!  Youth Group:  A Church Youth Group will meet weekly at St Francis starting on 10th June.  The meetings will start at 6.30pm and end at 8.30pm.  For more information click here

NEW!  Baby and Toddler Group will meet every Wednesday afternoon from starting on 23rd May from 1.30 to 3 pm at St Francis’ Church.  Toys, Wi-Fi and an opportunity to share with other parents and carers the joys and challenges of having young children today.  The group will meet until the end of June when its continuation will be reviewed.  Do let any friends and neighbours know.

Celebrating Achievement:  Our next Joint service is this coming Sunday,  24th June at St Mary’s church. This will involve the uniformed organisations in a celebration of achievement. As well as celebrating what some of the children and young people have achieved, we’d also like to have members of both congregations contributing. If you have an achievement, or you know someone else in the congregation who has achieved something that it would be good to share, please let Hazel know. The service will start later than usual at 10.30am and will be followed by a BBQ organised by the scouts.
Music from The Musicals Concert:  On Saturday 7th July 2018 at St Francis starting at 7.45pm the London Concert Chorus will entertain with songs from musicals such as Les Miserables, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Fame, Wicked, Phantom of The Opera and many more.  Tickets cost £10 from David Wada (020 8777 6355) or on the night at the door.  For more information click here
Men's and Women's Event:  There will be a joint meeting of the Men's and Women's Groups on 9th July at 8pm in St Francis Church when we will explore the balance between recongising the value of the sacrifice made by those who were killed in World War 1 and other conflicts since, whilst not glorifying war.  We will explore situations where military force is thought to be necessary and why some oppose all use of military force whatever the situation.  We will examine what the bible says about war and how forgiveness is an integral part of our belief system in this respect.  This will be a good prearation for our 'Peace Weekend' from 9th to 11th November.
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 July from 2.30pm to 4pm.  For more details click here
Matchbox Theatre:  The next production by The Matchbox Theatre is Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, one of the most acclaimed plays of the 20th century and beloved by both professional and amateur theatres alike. The performances in the church hall will be at 8 pm on 12th-14th July.  The box office number is 0845 680 4568.
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. 

Free Lunchtime Concerts:  This year our season of free summertime lunch recitals held at St Francis' Church extends into September. As usual each monthly recital takes place on a Thursday between 12.45 pm and 1.30 pm.  Here are the details of the recitals from July to September:
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. 

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