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Lent 2019: During Lent, St Francis and St Mary's are following a course called ‘Paraclesis’. For more details of the Sunday sermons topics and small groups click here
St Francis hits the headlines!: The Church Times newspaper has just published a lovely article about our own Joyce Town who was confirmed at St Mary's on 3rd February and will be 100 years young in May. To see this article please follow this link https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/15-february/news/uk/confirmed-at-99-never-too-late
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
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
Alpha Course: At the start of a New Year, many people make a commitment to exploring matters of faith. Alpha is a great way to discover and learn. Hazel will be co-hosting a course starting on Thursday evenings from 24th January. It involves a meal and an open discussion about different aspects of the Christian faith. Speak to Hazel if you would like more information.
Churches Together in West Wickham Children's Event: 'Come on and Celebrate' for children under 8 and their carers on Tuesday 19th February from 12 noon until 2.30pm at St John's Church, Layhams Lane. Lunch provided. Donations towards costs appreciated. For more details contact Barbara Plummer - firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
Women's Event: The next Women's Event will be held on Tuesday 19th February at 8pm in St Mary's Main Hall. The subject will be 'Reflexology - How does it balance all the body systems and improve your well-being?'. For more information click here
Scouts Quiz Night: Our Scout group is holding a quiz night on Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church Hall. Please support them at this event. For more information click here
Gravetalk: The next Gravetalk event is on Tuesday 5th March in Corza, High Street, West Wickham. For more information click here
Ash Wednesday Services: Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on 6th March. Two services are being held in West Wickham - in the morning at St Francis and in the evening at the Methodist Church in Hawes Lane. Both will offer ashing. For full details of times, etc., click here
Messy Church: The next Messy Church is at St Mary's on Friday 8th March at 3.45pm. 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 13th March 2019 from 2.30pm to 4pm. For more details click here
Matchbox Theatre: The next Matchbox Theatre production is on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March at 7.30pm in the church hall. The company will perform the play 'An Enemy of the People' by Henrik Ibsen. The play tells the story of a Norwegian doctor - Tomas Stockmann - who dares to speak an unpalatable truth and is punished for it. Tickets are available from the box office on 0845 680 4568 (local rate).
London Concert Chorus: This talented group of singers is performing at St Francis on Saturday 13th April at 7,30pm. Tickets are £10 per person including refreshments from David Wada or by email from email@example.com. For more information click here
Advance Notice - West Wickham Choir Concert: The annual concert will take place on Saturday 20th July at 7pm in St Mary's and Sunday 21st July at 3pm in St Francis. The main item this year will be a performance of Faure's 'Requiem'. Click here for more details of how to be part of this concert.
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: A new priest has been appointed to St Andrew's in Gweru, our link parish in Zimbabwe. His name is Revd Ronald Chikuyo and his wife is Tinotenda Constance. They are a young couple with a daughter who is less than a year old. Revd Ronald was a parishioner at St Andrew's when he got called for the ordained ministry and comes highly commended by Bishop Ignatius. Please pray for Revd Ronald as he begins his ministry at St Andrews in very challenging times. Bishop Ignatius is visiting the UK next month and clergy, readers and church wardens have a opportunity to meet him at St Francis, Horley on Saturday 16th February from 10am to 11.30am. For news of the Croydon/Zimbabwe Link click here
Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here