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Lent In St Francis and St Mary:  Lent begins on 14th February.  All the home groups and an ecumenical group will meet five times during Lent to study a course entitled "Receiving Christ".  One of the contributors to this course is Rt Rev Nick Baines, former Bishop of Croydon and broadcaster.  The ecumenical group will start each evening with coffee and fellowship at 7.30 pm and will finish at 9 pm.  They will be held at the following locations: 20th February at  St Francis,  27th February at  Emmanuel URC, 6th March at Hawes Lane Methodist, 13th March at St Francis and 20th March at Emmanuel URC.  For more details about the Lent course and other ways of keeping a good Lent 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 14th March 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.

Matchbox Theatre Production:  The next Matchbox Theatre Production will be Alfred Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March at 8pm.  The group are in real need of volunteers to help build and erect the stage sets.  If you or anyone you know would like to help this first class theatre company in this way, please contact Annie Norris (020 8651 1775), Vicky Pearce (020 8777 1807) or Gill Challenger-Francis (020 8658 8580)

Regular Family Events:  There are regular Family Events held at St Francis, St Mary's and St John's.  For details of regular events for all the family click here

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