This week's notice sheet

Today - SUNDAY 13th August


Morning Services

At 8.30am there is a traditional Book of Common Prayer communion service in the Chapel followed by breakfast served in the Café. The 10.30am service is a more informal service with children and youth joining the adults as we all worship and learn together. Tea & Coffee is available in the Café afterwards.


Summer Service Theme

Over the summer holidays in the morning services we will be exploring the theme of Heroes. We will be seeking to learn from the lives of those who have gone before us in the faith. These "heroes" were certainly not perfect but they all did amazing things as they learned to trust in the one who is the true hero. This will be a series where people of all ages and all stages of faith can be inspired and encouraged to live a life that makes an impact. The 8.30am services will take the theme but keep the usual Book of Common Prayer format. The 10.30am services will be all age services with opportunities for fun, interaction and creative responses to what we are learning. There will also be enough familiarity so that nobody feels lost and apart from 4th Sundays there will still be Holy Communion each week at the 10.30 service.


6.00pm Evening Service

A quiet, reflective service in the chapel.


Refresh & Renew

Tonight at 8pm in the Meeting Room there is an opportunity to relax with others in God's presence and receive refreshment and renewal. This is a great way to get equipped for the coming week.



There is no Closer service during August but there will be an extra Refresh and Renew Service on the 20th August instead.




Meet And Eat

The next Meet and Eat is on Monday 14th Augustfrom 12 noon until 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome but we are particularly aiming Meet and Eat for those who find it difficult to get out of the house. If you know anyone who might value an opportunity to meet with others for a chat over lunch, invitations are available that can be given to them. We also need more volunteers, to help run the lunch and to give lifts to those who need them. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Sarah Rogerson.


"Toccata Tuesdays"

St Aidan's, Wheatley Hills are hosting a Concert of Popular Organ Music on Tuesday 15th Augustat 7.30.pmto be given by Dr Simon Lindley.  Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection for the Doncaster Choral Society Millennium Fund. There will also be refreshments after the recital. For more details please see the poster in the entrance hall.


Afternoon Tea and Gap Year

In September Bethany Stott is going to undertake a gap year with Reign Ministries. She will be learning about faith and ministry from the leaders who took the group to Moldova. She will also be engaging in youth work placements. To help raise funds for the gap year she is putting on an afternoon tea on Friday 18th August at 3.00pm all are welcome to come to the afternoon tea and find out more about the gap year. If you wish to come along please book a place with either Bethany or Helen.  Thank you.


Soul Survivor

There will be a Bake Sale after the 10.30 service onSunday 20th Augustto raise funds for the Soul Survivor trip.  It would be wonderful if you could support us in getting our volunteer team members to Soul Survivor this summer, by buying a scrumptious cake, so they can be there for a life changing week with the young people at the end of August (25th-30th).




Morning Prayer/Prayer Requests

Morning Prayer is held daily in the Chapel at the following times:

Monday 10.15 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Morning Prayer is at 9.30 am.  Saturdays Morning Prayer is at 9.00 am, if you are unable to get to Morning Prayer, you can pray and read scripture online: 

On Wednesday mornings we have a service of Holy Communion in the Chapel at 9.30 am.

If you have a specific prayer request please fill in a slip and pop it in the prayer box. If you have an urgent and emergency prayer request please text 07493191852 with details of your prayer request.  If you would like to be one of the people who prays for any of these prayer requests, come along to morning prayer or text your name and the phrase "I'm happy to pray"  to 07493191852.


Celebrating Lay Ministry 16th & 17th September  - NEW

At St Francis Church we celebrate that many people are active in a variety of ministries that bless our church and community. For the last three years Liz Gibson has been studying hard with the Diocese School of Ministry to train to be a Reader. A Reader is someone who has been called, trained and equipped and licensed by the Diocese to work within the local church (and other churches) to help with the leading of services, teaching and preaching of the church. Liz has completed this training and will be licensed at11amonSeptember 16that Doncaster Minister. Over the last two years Sarah Rogerson has also been studying hard at theSchoolofMinistryand she will be licensed at the same service onSeptember 16th as a Pastoral Worker. A Pastoral Worker is someone who has been called, trained, equipped and licensed by the Diocese to help with pastoral care. Sarah will be able to continue her pastoral care co-ordinator role and her oversight of ministry with older people. She will now also have the opportunity to be able to do home communion visits amongst other things. The licensing of Liz and Sarah is a cause for great celebration and it would be good if as many as possible could come to the service at the minister. It would also be a great support if as many as possible could be in attendance at the Sunday morning services on September 17th where they will both be playing an active part and will be formally welcomed into their new roles.


Vause - Green - NEW

Vicky and Danny will be getting married at 3pm on Saturday 9th Septemberhere at St Francis.  They would be delighted for the church family to attend their wedding ceremony.


Goodman - McCann

Corin and Tom would love to invite all church family to their wedding ceremony here at St Francis at 2pm on Saturday 16th September. There will be drinks and cakes available afterwards in Café Theo.


Naturally Supernatural 2018

The group that went to Naturally Supernatural 2017 loved it and have all grown closer to God and are already excited for next year! We would love many many more people to join us. You can camp, stay in local hotels or come as day visitors. Booking for 2018 opens soon and there are significant reductions for those who book before 31st August. The conference runs from 22nd July to 2nd August 2018. To hear more about the conference see Richard's blog postor or check out their website or instagram videos


Church Family Contact List

The new Church Family Contact List is due to be updated ready for publication in September. If your details have altered or you would like them including on this internal document please see either Liz or Maureen.


Missing People

Kevin will be doing a sponsored silence on 14th September to mark 10 years since Andrew went missing.  Please consider helping by sponsoring online or with cash to the box in the Café/office. Thank you.


Co-op Local Community Fund

Link to select St Francis Churchas your cause by signing into your online account at and select St Francis Church project. If you haven't already registered please do so.  All funds raised will be for new equipment for Integrate and Integrate EXTRA.


Proms In The Paddock Picnic

A community event for all the family onSunday 3rd September,2.00-4.00pm. Bring your own picnic. Featuring the Armthorpe & Elmfield Brass Band and our very own Community Band. More details to follow shortly.


Movement Day UK, 6th & 7th October 2017

Movement Day is not just a one off event, it is a pivotal moment in a long term ongoing conversation about the need to express mission in a unified approach and to see Christians released to make a difference in every area of life. 6-7 October 2017 - Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London. Book Now!

Diocesan visit toGermany

The Diocese of Sheffield Hattingen-Witten link invites you to consider joining the next trip to the partner diocese in the Ruhr area of Germany.  This will be between 27th October & 4th November and will cost £230 for adults, £160 for children (although not suited to younger children). If you would like a booking form or find out more contact Mrs Jayne Spaven (Link Secretary) on 07852 312363 or email


Charity for August and September

Our Charity for August and September isMAF - Misson Aviation Fellowship.MAFis a Christian organisation servicing 26 developing countries to reach people who are out of sight, out of mind, and out of hope.  When land access is denied by inaccessible terrain (because of natural disaster, war or economic crisis) thousands of communities are completely isolated.


MAF's  pilots fly into around 1,400 remote destinations, transporting medical supplies, food, water, relief teams and Church workers. MAF has about 135 light aircraft which can land in deserts, jungles, on lakes, rivers, tracks or roads bringing help, hope and healing to thousands of people for whom flying is not a luxury but a lifeline.   We will hold a Coffee morning and cake sale on Friday 22ndSeptember to raise money forMAF, but meanwhile please put your donation in the box in the foyer. 


Newsletter - NEW

Please remember to send any items for inclusion in the newsletter to Liz by email, ( Liz will be away from Wednesday afternoon so if you have any items for inclusion in the Newsletter for 20th August please email them to Liz as soon as possible.  Thank you.


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20th August - CakeSale for Soul Survivor


21st August - Chit Chat


25th  - 30th  August - Soul Survivor


28th August - Knit & Natter and Soup Lunch


3rd September - Proms in the Paddock Picnic


12th September - Integrate Extra


23rd - 24th September - Harvest Weekend


DIARY DATES Week Commencing 13th August


14th August


Pastoral Meeting

Morning Prayer

Meet & Eat

Meeting Room







15th August

Morning Prayer

Café Theo








Wednesday16th August

Holy Communion

Café Theo









17th August


Morning Prayer

Café Theo









18th August

Morning Prayer

Charity Afternoon Tea






19th August

Morning Prayer

Café Theo









20th August

BCP Communion Service


Family Communion


Evening Prayer


Refresh  Renew







Meeting Room