The notices from the weekly pew sheet for Sunday 11th Jan…

Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
 Anthem: Holy, Holy (Schubert)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Christingle & Lunch
Revd Phil Hiscock
6.30pm St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux

The Collect for Baptism of Christ
Heavenly Father,
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:

Acts 19v1-7

Mark 1v4-11

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BEM CONGRATULATIONS
To Peter Camp upon being made a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in her New Year’s Honours List; for services to our community.
Thank you for your faithful service to the parish.

PILGRIM COURSE   Starts again on 22nd January to explore Pilgrim book three: The Commandments. All are welcome to the warm fellowship of this course and simple midweek act of worship.

AT ST.FAITH
We are so grateful to Revd Alan Ball & Joan for such faithful service to us over 21 years, and even as they remain as worshippers we’re sorry that Alan has now stepped back from leading our serving – Thank you Alan and Joan. Our AGM is to be held on Sunday 15th February followed by a lunch at St.Faith’s when we shall bid our local farewell to Phil & Maggie Hiscock.

AT ST.FRANCIS
Please stay for our shared lunch after the Christingle today. 21st Jan is DC at 7.30pm in church. A reminder that our Prayer Cross is available for your requests. We continue to collect old and new postcards for Mission Aviation, and milk bottle tops for Guides. Joy.

This Thursday GROWING THE VISION at St.Mary’s
St.Mary’s is hosting a conference for all in Gosport & Fareham anglican churches: Thurs 15th January 7.30pm. Led by the Rev Charlie Peer, the Diocesan Mission Development Officer. All are welcome please to come and reflect on the church for the future.

This Tuesday PARISH LUNCH
Our first lunch for the new year is this Tuesday at 12.30pm; RSVP Parish Office or Carol Workman.
£5 on the day.

This THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
For the spring starts on 15.01.15 from 10am to 11.30am in the Parish Centre lounge fortnightly.  All welcome. We are enjoying the study of Luke’s gospel.
Diana Dow 02392 528122.

Next Saturday MEN’S BREAKFAST
The next men’s breakfast will take place on Sat 17th January in the Parish Centre, starting at 9.00 am.  RSVP by 15th January to Parish Office or David Atkins.

SPRING ALPHA COURSE
it is planned to start a new Alpha Course on Thursday evenings in February for Lent – further details to follow.

iNViTE Evening Praise & Worship
For a couple of years the fourth Sunday evening service of each month has been ‘prayer and praise’. In refreshing this service, it will now be called INVITE.
You are invited to come!
The first INVITE will be on Sunday 25th January at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on which occasion the worship group from LOGOS CHURCH are our special guests who have been invited to lead us in our worship.

NEXT MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 22nd January at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.

St.Mary’s Christingle at CANDLEMAS!
We look forward to the celebration on 1st February when St.Mary’s will be ablaze with candles and floral decoration of the Flower Guild. 10.45am Church Alive will include Christingle and 6.30pm will be the special candlelight Candlemas Evensong.

SPONSOR A CANDLEMAS CANDLE IN MEMORY
For Candlemas, if you would like to donate £2 for a candle in memory of a loved one, please complete the form in our churches and return to the Parish Office by 26th Jan. Names are entered to the Memorial Book.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS for THE NEW YEAR
Our theme for all morning services at St.Mary’s in January until Lent at 8.00am, 9.15am and 10.45am will be the Commandments.
If you would like a course book to complement the preaching then they are available from the Parish Office for £5 or available for e-books from Amazon etc.
PROGRAMME:
Sunday 11th January : REVERENCE
The vital importance of reverence and worship for God and the danger of making idols of what we love.
Sunday 18th January : REST
Furthering the theme of reverence in the third commandment and the linked theme of rest and the Sabbath in the rhythm of our lives.
Sunday 25th January: RESPECT
The honour shown within the family and respect for the sanctity of life.
Sunday 1st February : LIGHT
A step out of the Commandments for our Candlemas
celebrations including Christingle at Church Alive.
Sunday 8th February : RIGHTEOUSNESS
What about adultery and theft and their implications f!
or our daily lives?
Sunday 15th February : RELIABILITY
What are the dangers of dishonesty and covetousness.

PARISH SCHOOLS ASSEMBLY TEAM
Would you like to join our new team to lead assemblies in our primary schools? Please have word with Laura via the Parish Office.

SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOVERNOR?
The PCC seeks to nominate 2 congregational members to serve the Leesland Infant & Junior Schools and one member for Alverstoke Junior School. Please have a word with the clergy, thank you.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION LUNCHES
We are hosting all the couples to be married here in 2015 for their preparation on either 8th February or 8th March in the Parish Centre. Their special time starts with lunch at 12.30pm. If any are able to assist in preparing (lasagne) and in serving the lunch please let Sue know in the Parish Office after 5th January, thanks.

PARISH FIRST AID COURSE
Just a few places remain for the day course on 17th January for a first aid certificate to help with the activities of the church. Contact Jan Windsor on janet.windsor@btinternet.com for info. £15.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
The meeting of PCC on Tuesday will be discussing some strategic matters such as the future of the Parish Centre and of the number of communions the parish can sustain each Sunday (3.6 on average at the moment!) with less priests available this Spring. Please pray for PCC in these and all of their other matters.