Inclusive Church

Inclusion at St Francis

The word inclusion means a lot of things to different people, but at St Francis it is very simple: just as God loves each one of us exactly as we are, so we at St Francis want you to feel welcome and valued as part of our church community.

In September 2020 we were welcomed into the Inclusive Church Network and proudly display the ICN logo on our website as a sign of our commitment to making our church a welcoming place to people from all backgrounds.

Our Ministry Team and Parochial Church Council have adopted the following vision:

"We believe in inclusive Church - a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate on any grounds, including disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We acknowledge that every one of us has sinned and is in need of God’s forgiveness, and that none of us is better than another. We reject the idea that some people are unacceptable to God. We welcome everyone to come and worship with us, learn about God, grow in their relationship with Him and be part of our church family. We believe in a Church in which the power of the Holy Spirit allows all people to grasp the love of Jesus Christ and to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation."


We aim to welcome personally every individual attending our services when they come through the door. Please ask our greeters if you would like any help with finding a seat or locating the various facilities in the church building, or if you would like some of our accessible materials.

If you have any questions about attending a service or event at St Francis and would like more information in advance, please contact

Leadership positions

We want to make it clear that at St Francis all people are treated as equals and are encouraged to take a participatory role in worship and leadership at the church, within the Church of England and safeguarding guidelines