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NEW!  Youth Group:  A Church Youth Group now meets weekly on Sunday evenings at St Francis.  The meetings start at 6.30pm and end at 8.30pm.  The group will continue to meet during August.  For more information click here

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 12th September 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.  For more information click here

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.  The last recital of the season takes place on 20th September when there will be a performance by students from Langley Park Boys' School.  All are welcome. Please bring your own lunch; free tea and coffee will be available

Women's Event:  We will be holding our next women's event on Aromatherapy on Wednesday 26th September.  This will be at St Mary's Youth Hall from 8pm.  Refreshments available.  Do come with a friend.  For more information click here

Men's Group Meeting:  The next Men's Group Meeting will be held on Monday 10th September at 8pm in St Francis.  The topic for discussion is 'Assisted Dying'.  We will look at the ethics of this 'hot topic', especially from a Christian standpoint, we'll consider some recent controversial cases involving young children and life support, and also examine the legalities surrounding these issues.  This meeting is open to all - men and women. 

Growing in Faith and Life Course:   This is the Bishop of Southwark’s Certificate in Discipleship. The course covers six modules on church & Christian identity; understanding the bible, Christian teaching & belief; ethics & mission and prayer & responding to the Holy Spirit.  The course is designed for you if you want to gain confidence in speaking about faith, deepen your prayer life, read the bible with more understanding and application, or simply reflect on your Christian journey and make increasing connections between life and your faith. You can take individual modules or the whole course, and also decide whether or not to complete assignments. The course starts in September and continues until next June.  You can study at Trinity House, near London Bridge on Tuesday evenings or twice monthly on Saturdays, or at St Mary’s Reigate on Wednesday evenings. It is filling up fast so take a leaflet from the back of the church and look at the options. Brian Griffiths, one of the course tutors, will be happy to give you more information.

Peace Weekend:  During the weekend 9th to 11th November, St Francis of Assisi Church, Ravenswood Avenue, West Wickham will be hosting a Festival of Peace, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I.

This community event will be opened on Friday 9 November at 10.30am by the Mayor of Bromley and Col Bob Stewart MP for Beckenham.  Refreshments will be available and music will be provided by Langley Park Boys School.  The church will be open all weekend with floral displays, photographs of West Wickham from the period, poems and readings by The Matchbox Theatre, as well as opportunities for people to have quiet moments of reflection.  

On Friday 9 November there will be a reflective service in the evening at 8pm and on Saturday 10 November there will be an Afternoon Cream Tea served from 2.30-4.30pm.  In the evening Croydon Male Voice Choir will give a concert from 7.30pm.

On Sunday 11 November, St Francis will hold a Remembrance Day Service at 10.45am with members of uniformed organisations attending.

All are welcome and any money in excess of costs will go to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

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:  The mission is 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.  These will be taken to the homeless in Central London every Thursday.

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