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KEEPING IN TOUCH
...with the Church of St Francis of Assisi, Folkestone Road, Kew  
The Church of England and the Methodist Church Working Together for Christ

Clergy:
Anglican Vicar: The Revd Alex Galbraith, Tel:547758
Methodist Minister: The Revd. Marie-Anne Kent, 513128.


SERVICES

Every Sunday: Holy Communion at 10.30, followed by coffee.
Every Thursday, Holy Communion (or morning prayer) 10 am followed by coffee.


We have not had an issue of this newsletter for nearly 2 years, because of coronavirus, which prevented us from having any activities to advertise; communications have instead been through email and over the phone.   It has been wonderful that the church has been kept open for services as much as legally possible with suitable precautions, that we have all kept in touch and that activities such as knit and natter have restarted, though others such as the monthly lunches and bible study have not.
The pandemic is not yet over and although we are hoping to hold some special services and events, these will be kept under review and will depend on government and church advice.
We have been shocked and saddened at the news that our Vicar has incurable cancer; but it is wonderful that people have already begun to step in and take some of the jobs that he has done: Sheena and Keith Williams, property; David and Jacqui Bolshaw, hall lettings; Morag Matthews, safeguarding.   There will be more to do yet and much sadness to endure; but if everyone keeps their eyes open and takes responsibility for church, we can move forward together with real hope and faith for the future.   We will however have to recognize that there will be some changes; it may not always be possible to get a priest or a minister on a Sunday to give holy communion; so, on occasions, it will be morning prayer or a service of the word.   We must all be loyal in these times and make regular and frequent attendance at church an even higher priority, so that we can support each other and give our church a future.

SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE

We are hoping to hold this on Sunday 6 February at 10.30 to commemorate those who have died during this time, in which funerals were either nonexistent or restricted: Jean Parker who died in March 2020, who was a faithful member of the choir, a staunch Methodist and brave in adversity; Ron Mosses who died in May 2020, who was our wonderful sacristan and server for many years, welcoming people in and caring for our building; Barry Wilson who died in March 2021, who had a great sense of humour and would turn his hand to anything; Brian Woodhams, who died last April, who was our organist for more than 20 years and was kind and generous, took no payment and was a friend to all; Kathleen Emerson, who died in July, who was married to Richard for 72 years and was full of faith and fun and beauty.   We will sing hymns chosen by members of their families and will celebrate their lives.   Brian’s daughter Belinda will play the organ.

25 TH ANNIVERSARY

In March it will be 25 years since we moved into our building.   We are hoping to hold a service of celebration on Sunday 20 March at 10.30, followed by a bring and share lunch, restrictions permitting.

MUSIC MACHINE
After the sadness of losing our organist, we were fortunate to be given a wonderful machine that plays hymns through our speakers; it came from Victoria Methodist Church when it closed and Sheena Williams has worked extremely hard to master it and get it working well; we are very grateful to her for the cost she has borne, the effort she has put in and to the choir for giving a good lead with it.

GETTING TOGETHER
It was lovely to get together for a coffee morning organized by Pam Henigan, Avon and Morgan on 4 December.   There were hot drinks, mince pies and cakes, good conversation and a good turn out in bad weather; £75 was raised for church funds.
The Christmas meal was a great success on 12 December in the new venue of The Old Duke; thanks to Su O’Neil for organizing it and for decorating the Christmas tree, donated as usual by Bill Rimmer’s café.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
We had a really lovely carol service on the Sunday before Christmas.   The first-time readers, Nisha and Pam, were brilliant and the choir, let by Sheena and the music machine, really surpassed themselves.   The youngsters took a full part in lighting the advent candles and in putting the figures in the crib, and even the Vicar’s animal noises were appreciated.   The Christmas services also went well.

TELEPHONE

As the church telephone was in the Vicar’s name and as it was rarely used and costs us money whether it is used or not, and as almost everybody now has access to a mobile phone, it has been decided to cancel the line rental and save the money.

WELCOME TO NEW PEOPLE MOVING IN
Margaret has produced letters to welcome new people; if someone moves in near you, put a letter through their door and make them welcome.   We are also using them for the houses on the new estate.   The letters are in the office; please take them and use them well.

KNIT AND NATTER
This group meets every Tuesday at 10.30; there is a lot of knitting and nattering over coffee and biscuits.   Please come along and bring someone else.


MEMORIAL BOOK
Don’t forget to have a word with Su O’Neil if you would like to use our memorial book to commemorate a loved one who has died.

SNIPPET
The stall invented by Hazel and supplied by many others continues to bring in money and provide a place to buy and sell for church funds.

SOME FUTURE EVENTS
(these are scheduled, but could change)
6 February, 10.30, special memorial service.
20 March, service for the 25 th anniversary, followed by lunch.
21 March, 7.30PM, church council meeting and Archdeacon’s parish review.
10 April: Annual church meeting and gift day.
5 June, service for the Queen’s platinum jubilee; followed by lunch?
If you have any other ideas and would like to get involved, please speak to Marie-Anne or the wardens or stewards.

HALL BOOKING
an event to plan? For information about or to book our large and inviting hall and fully- equipped kitchen, please telephone David Bolshaw 531943 or email davidbolshaw@btinternet.com
Keep in touch also at:
www.stfrancis-online.co.uk

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We have resumed Sunday worship in the church, HOWEVER, there are strict guidelines which must be followed.
Details of the guidelines and the order of service are on the Services page




 
 
 
 
 
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