At St Francis Church, following St Francis' example and walking in the footsteps of Christ, we seek to live a shared life of worship, community and service.
In the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public worship has been suspended. However, our life of worship continues. Robert, the Vicar, says morning and evening prayer alone in church each day, and Jon our Curate does likewise at home in solidarity with everyone else who cannot come to church. We are producing and distributing resources so that as a church family we can continue to hold the world before God in prayer, now more than ever.
In usual times our main act of worship is the Parish Eucharist at 9.30am every Sunday where we seek to engage the head and heart in the worship of God. Our worship is Eucharistic, following Jesus’ commandment on the night he was betrayed to share bread and wine to remember him and celebrate his presence with us. We seek to understand the message of God’s love found in the scriptures and its meaning for us today.
There is also a quiet, shorter Communion service each Sunday morning at 8am.
Once a month we hold a short, meditative service, normally at 6pm on a Sunday evening, using music from the Taizé community.
We also celebrate the Eucharist each Tuesday at 6.30pm and there are special services on feast days and during Advent and Lent each year.
St Francis Church seeks to be a community of faith that is open to people of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation. We hope also that we can play an active role in our local community, seeking to bring people together in the Franciscan values of Humility, Love and Joy.
At this time of 'social distancing', isolation will prove challenging to a great many people and we are looking to find 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. You can go on our website for more information or to arrange your activity.
Every Thursday during school term-time at 1.30pm we hold a Toddler Group with play and refreshments for Toddlers, their parents and carers and on Mondays our Tea and Toast group welcomes young people after school into a space that is safe and encouraging.
We seek to witness to our Christian faith in loving service. We regularly hold fundraisers 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.
At St Francis High Heaton we are committed to sustainability and environmental awareness. We are working towards becoming Carbon Neutral, and advancing recycling and sustainability initiatives wherever we can.
During the Covid19 pandemic we are looking for ways to serve those around us through this period of 'social distancing' and collaborate with other local community groups to ensure that no-one becomes isolated.