Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
Anthem: Thou Knowest Lord (Purcell)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
& AGM Revd Phil Hisock
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe
Revd Andy Norris with guests from Bishop’s Waltham King’s Church
The Collect for Lent 1
Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
1 Peter 3v18-end
FAREWELL TO PHIL & MAGGIE HISCOCK
Please especially join us next Sunday 1st March so that we can all come together at 10.00am for Phil’s final parish communion and lunch as he retires after 7 years of ministry in this parish. There are no other services that day. Please share in expressing our appreciation to Phil & Maggie for all they have given to us over the years. It will be a special service with a special liturgy.
Next Sunday FAREWELL LUNCH
As we bid farewell to Phil & Maggie we have the perfect opportunity to get together as a church across the parish and enjoy an informal lunch in the Parish Centre from 12noon. Please come. We shall enjoy a simple Bring & Share Lunch such that those who are able to offer savoury finger buffet foods or a cake are invited to drop them in to the Parish Centre as you arrive to the service; thank you very much. All welcome as we gather for lunch, cut the cake and raise a glass!
Tonight Join us for iNViTe
For informal praise and prayer at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s when the worship band from Bishop’s Waltham King’s Church will join us in celebration. Coffee available.
iNViTe on 22nd March welcomes St.Jude’s, Southsea.
Join us at PILGRIM on Thursday
The enjoyable Pilgrim evenings continue this week at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre on Thursday – refreshments, music, prayers and learning together, this week we start to look at The Lord’s Prayer until Easter.
Next MEN’S BREAKFAST
Sat 7th March at 9.00am in Parish Centre with Phil.
2nd Hand BOOK SALE for our KENYA LINK
Over coffee after our single 10.00am service next Sunday on 1st March.
MESSY CHURCH this Thursday & junk!
26th February at 3.30pm in Parish Centre for primary aged children and their adults. Craft, Games, Bible, Praise and a hot cooked tea! Ending 5.30pm.
Junk modelling items needed please to the Parish Centre… cardboard tubes & cereal boxes, egg boxes etc needed for making towers; theme of the Jesus’ Temptations. Thank you.
CONGRATULATIONS One Year Old!
The parish Baby & Toddler group is celebrating its first anniversary on Tuesday at St.Francis from 9.30am. Many thanks to Jo, Sam and the amazing team. Did you know that the Monday & Tuesday groups now have some 90 registered families over the past year!
JUMBLE SALE for new toys and resources!
Sat 14th March 10.00-11.30am in the Parish Centre in support of our Toddler’s Group & Messy Church.
Today is the AGM following the 11.15am service. Special Debate on ‘Forgiveness & Reconciliation’ on 22nd March at 11.15am. The church is available for hire through Kay Lancaster on 92522113.
CHURCHES TOGETHER LENT COURSE
Sharing in fellowship with those of other Gosport churches, you are invited to one of the united Lent Groups reflecting on the theme of `Prayer as Protest’. Check out events on
http://together.ourchurchweb.org.uk/gosport/ for details, times of 6 groups, registration info, poster and leaflets.
At St.Francis Church, 11.15am on Sunday 22nd March with a guest panel on the theme of ‘Forgiveness & Reconciliation’.
‘INHERITANCE’ – A PASSION PLAY FOR LENT
By Riding Light Theatre Company on 20th March in Portsmouth Cathedral. £10 (£8) 92 823300 ext234
STUDYING THE LORD’S PRAYER for Lent
We shall follow a new six week Pilgrim Course for Sunday morning preaching at St.Mary’s during Lent and on Thursday evenings at the Pilgrim Sessions. Pilgrim Book 2 : THE LORD’S PRAYER will be available for £5 for any who’d like a copy.
AMAZING New Xperia PHONE OFFER!
For a donation – contact Paul Pilott.
LISTENING FOR LIFE
For the Deanery, Diana Dow is presenting the Acorn course in Holy Trinity on 16th, 23rd, 30th April & 7th May from 7.15pm. £10. Book through Jean Compton using the special leaflet by 2nd April.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)
Please note that the AGM for the whole parish is to be held on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.
CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
Electoral Roll welcome membership and giving packs will be available shortly for the annual update of the parish Electoral Roll will take place during March closing on 5th April, Easter Day, ahead of the APCM.
Informal ANNUAL REPORTS
Those who coordinate our many and varied ministries for the church in the parish and would like to offer a report of 2014 for the Annual Meeting please submit your 400-500 words to Sue in the Parish Office by Monday 30th March – thank you.
GOOD FRIDAY OUTDOOR SERVICE
Churches Together Open Air Service on 3rd April at 11.15am outside St Mary’s (R.C) Church, Gosport High Street. Join fellow Christians in a shared act of witness and worship. (If wet, at Christ Church, Stoke Road.)
Sundays in February 2.00pm until 5.00pm. Warnford Church and Park open to Visitors. Music, gifts and refreshments.
DID YOU KNOW… Dance
Three members (Liz, Sarah & Libby) visited the ’Breath of God’ Dance Workshop in London yesterday run by Spring’s Dance Company where Liz’s daughter dances.
DID YOU KNOW… BFGs Great for Lent!
We host 5 small Bible Fellowship Groups which regularly meet in homes or the Parish Centre for friendship, prayer, Bible discussion, reflection. They always welcome new members – details on the website under ‘Courses’ or from Diana Dow.
DID YOU KNOW… Pioneering Minister
We are seeking the support of the Deanery in the hope that the Bishop may appoint a Pioneering Minister for Leesland (as a form of successor to Phil at St.Faith’s) and in collaboration with Forton sandwiching the area north of B3333 and south of A32. Please pray for the meeting of the Deanery Mission & Pastoral Committee on 12th March when this will continue to be discussed.
DID YOU KNOW… Spring Harvest
8 of the adult congregation plus 7 Breakthrough Youth Club members are attending SH for the week after Easter. Many thanks to those who have sponsored this in favour of the young people having opportunity to go.
Please pray for Anne & Ed leading the young people, and for Laura & Claire joining the Spring Harvest staff!
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