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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.  For more information click here

God's Big Picture:  You may have many questions about the Bible, whether you've been a Christian for a long time, or are relatively new to faith.  'God's Big Picture' will be the focus for a new group meeting at St Francis and St Mary's to look at God's message for us as given in the Bible and a framework in which these and other questions might be answered.  For more details 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 14th November 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

In Loving Memory:  Our annual service to remember those who have died will be on All Saints Sunday, 4th November at 3 pm in St Francis’ Church.  Do let others know who you feel might find this service helpful and offer to come along with them to provide support.

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.  For full details of the weekend's events and timings, click here   Would you like to dedicate one of the flower displays at the Festival to the memory of a loved one or friend? Some local traders are also sponsoring displays & advertising in the Brochure. The cost is £40 per display.  If you would rather just have a mention in the Brochure, this will cost £20 per name. The funds being raised are to support the Festival of Peace, and any profit will be shared between the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.  Please speak to Tim Shingler for further details.

Shirley Christmas Tree Festival:  St John, Shirley will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Festival from 23rd to 25th November.  Entrance costs £3 (accompanied children are free).  In addition to the beautifully decorated trees around the church there is a Christmas market, refreshments and live music .  For more details click here 

Matchbox Theatre:  The next production by St Francis own theatre company is the comedy 'A Bunch of Amateurs' by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.  This will be performed on 29th and 30th November and 1st December at 7.30pm in the church hall.

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.  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.  Please don't donate blankets and duvets although sleeping bags are acceptable.

News from Zimbabwe:  On 27th September, The Bishop of Croydon received this email message from Bishop Ignatius.  "In Zimbabwe we are seeing queues at fuel service stations and prices on some commodities have doubled and some disappearing from the shelves. We keep trusting God. I am well and the Diocese. We are facing challenges of cholera and typhoid in our cities. Large gatherings are discouraged and for our diocesan celebrations we have dropped the number of invited people from 1200 to less than 300, and we are not providing food for the celebrations. Celebration without food and drinks is not African. Sad to get to this departure from tradition." For news of the Croydon/Zimbabwe Link click here

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here