Following the example of St Francis and walking in the footsteps of Christ, our Mission is Worship, Community and Service.
COVID-19 has changed our lives, but our life of worship continues! Morning and Evening prayer are said in church each weekday and streamed on our Facebook Page. On Sundays we pemiere a Eucharist on YouTube at 10am and there is an in- person Eucharist at 11.30am. You can book a place for this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. At present this is held in the church hall because of building work in the church, due to finish in mid-October
In worship we seek to engage the head and heart, following Jesus’ commandment on the night he was betrayed to share bread and wine to remember him and to celebrate his presence with us. We strive to discern God’s love found in the scriptures and its meaning for us today.
There is also a Zoom Evening Prayer at 5pm on Sundays and an in-person Eucharist on Tuesdays at 6.30pm, see the Calendar for details of hjow to take part in these.
St Francis Church strives to be a community of faith that is open to people of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation. We aim to play an active role in our local community, bringing people together in the Franciscan values of Humility, Love and Joy.
At this time of 'social distancing', isolation is challenging to many people and we are actively finding ways to share in community, without being physically present to one another.
In 'normal' times we make our hall available for hire for all kinds of community activities from Amateur Dramatics to Zumba. Click on the Hall Bookings tab for more information or to enquire about holding an activity there.
At the monent we are not able to hold our weekly Toddler Group but we have restarted our Tea and Toast group welcoming young people after school into a space that is safe and encouraging. Get in touch if you would like to know more!
We witness to our Christian faith in loving service. We raise funds for local and international charities, for example we have recently raised money for Toilet Twinning, a charity which brings clean water and safe sanitation to the world’s poorest people.
Each year we support Christian Aid during Christian Aid week, with collections and other activities. We have an active Mothers’ Union, part of an organisation that seeks to transform communities world-wide through family life.
In normal times, on the first Tuesday of each month (except August) and each week during Lent we run a Soup Lunch from 12.30pm to raise money for charity. Each Wednesday we run a Place of Welcome. Places of Welcome are run by local community groups who want everyone in their neighbourhood to have a place to go for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a conversation if and when they need it. Unfortunately these activities have been suspended during the pandemic.
We are an Eco Church and are committed to sustainability and environmental awareness. We are working towards becoming Carbon Neutral, and advancing recycling and sustainability initiatives wherever we can.