Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
Anthem: God made us (Mawby)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
12.30pm Baptism Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
Anthem: Lead me Lord (Wesley)
The Collect for Epiphany 3
God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.
TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
This Thursday PILGRIM COURSE
Please join us on 22nd January to explore Pilgrim book three: The Commandments. 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome to the warm fellowship of this course and simple midweek act of worship. Please see leaflet for programme details.
This Thursday MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 22nd January at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Seeking any empty clean soup/baked bean cans to centre by Thursday, thank you.
Next Saturday BOOK SALE FOR KENYA PROJECT
There will be a book sale in the Parish Centre on Saturday 24th January, between 10.00 am and noon, to raise funds for our Kenya project to provide hospital and midwifery services. Also on sale will be vinyl and videos. Further details: Brian Russell 02392 584371
Next Sunday 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.
In two weeks St.Mary’s CANDLEMAS
CHRISTINGLE and CHORAL EVENSONG
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.
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 worship – Thank you Alan and Joan to whom the congregation offer an expression of our affection this morning. Our AGM is to be held on Sunday 15th February followed by a lunch when we shall bid our local farewell to Phil & Maggie.
21st Jan is DCM at 7.30pm in church. Special Debate on Forgiveness on 22nd February. A reminder that our Prayer Cross is available for your requests. We continue to collect old and new postcards for Mission Aviation, clean milk bottle tops for Guides, old clean towels, duvet covers, blankets for Stubbington Ark. Joy.
SPRING HARVEST 6-10 April 2015
A group, including teens, are planning to visit this
Christian holiday conference for all at Butlins in Minehead. See leaflet for more information.
Many Thanks to those who helped us host 140 delegates at GROWING THE VISION last Thursday.
PARISH SCHOOLS ASSEMBLY TEAM
Would you like to join our new team to lead assemblies in our primary schools? Contact Laura at Parish Office.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION LUNCHES
We are hosting couples for their preparation on 8th Feb and 8th Mar in the Parish Centre. Their 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.
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
Our theme for all morning services at St.Mary’s in January until Lent at 8.00am, 9.15am and 10.45am.
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.
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.
Thank you PARISH FIRST AID COURSE
To Jan Windsor and friend for training and delivering a vital course in enabling of our various ministries yesterday.
Last Tuesday’s PCC and OPEN MEETINGS
The PCC seek to forward a strategy and plans to renew the Parish Centre over the next 5 years.
They’re also reflecting on proposals to make a sustainable pattern of worship with regard to the number of communions (3.6 on average Sunday at the moment!) – for decision in March. In thinking about this
please come for tea/cake to the open meetings on 1st & 12th February, 4.00pm in the Parish Centre, and after communion at St.Faith on Thur 12th February.
NB: Tweaking the monthly plan… please note that from February, St.Mary’s 9.15am Morning Prayer followed by Church Alive Communion will be on 2nd Sunday of month, rather than the third.