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What a Welcome!


There's always a warm reception at St Francis

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Things are a bit different at the moment and most of our services are online - drop in and take a look, you can always keep your camera off!

We're so missing being together to worship; when we're able to gather, we care far more about you than what you wear - so come as you are and wear what’s comfortable.

As you’ll see, Sundays are pretty informal - we’re just imperfect people who are getting together to find out more about Jesus, to spend time with Him and to look together at how we can love and serve other people. We believe that God helps us and guides us by his Holy Spirit.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or where you’ve been, you’ve got something to bring! When you arrive, sit wherever you like. You won’t be asked to do anything and you aren’t expected to pay for anything, so just sit back and relax! Meet the team

When we're meeting in the building, we run programmes for Kids at the same time as our Sunday service. Please see below for more information.

How to find us

On Foot - If you are walking, the main entrance is on Pilgrims Close. Disabled access available.

By Bus - St Francis Church is a 5 minute walk down past the Cleveland Bay towards St Francis CE Primary school, from the Chidden Holt Bus Stop (43, 46, 461, X7A).

By Train - Chandler's Ford Station is about a 15 minute walk.

By Car - There is ample parking in our car park and in the surrounding area.

Click here to see a map of where we meet.


Promoting a safer church

Safeguarding those at risk

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Read our policy on Safeguarding and our statement on Domestic Abuse and Violence.

Our primary Safeguarding contact: safeguarding@stfrancis-valleypark.org.uk

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Meeting us online or in church

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Meeting us online or in church...


Wednesday Café

Join us in our community cafe...

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We're really missing our Wednesday café! Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website - we're hoping to start up again in in the new year, when it's safe to do so, with appropriate Covid precautions in place.

In normal times, the Rendezvous café is a great place to meet old friends and new! There's coffee and cake and a really warm welcome. Come along if you're by yourself as there are plenty of others who just drop in to catch up and we always love to meet new people.

Our Story

The history of St Francis Church

The history of St Francis Church

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St Francis' Church was built in 1990-91 and dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester on St Francis' Day, 4th October 1991.

The Church is situated in a quiet location at the heart of the Valley Park community, on a campus site with the adjacent St Francis Church of England Aided Primary School.

We're an LEP: a partnership between several denominations, and that means we have a really broad range of traditions meeting together. We're a diverse bunch - and proud of it!

Technically, St Francis' is a 'Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership' involving The Church of England, The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Church. We operate under a "Constitution" formally adopted on Sunday 19th September 2015, replacing an original Constitution which was established in October 1991.

St Francis', Valley Park Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnership was registered as a Charity in England and Wales in February 2016:
Charity Number 1165677.

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

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