Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Anthem:Christ is our Cornerstone (Thorne)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Alan Ball
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Darren Clarke & Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
11.15am St.Francis All Age Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
Anthem:This is the day (anon)
The Collect for Easter 2
Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked,
no entrance barred:
open the door of our hearts
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace
to the praise of God the Father. Amen.
TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
THE PARISH OFFICE is open as usual this week
RENEWING THE PARISH CENTRE – OPEN MEETING
Any who may be interested in working towards a new Parish Centre for its 50th Anniversary (2018), both in the planning and in fundraising, or just for information, are invited to a meeting to get it started on 29th April, 7.30pm, Parish Centre.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10th-16th May 2015
We need volunteers to support our parish envelope collections for Christian Aid – either/both in the preparation of collectors packs plus counting and in the street collections please. Please contact the Parish Office or Bill Lock – thanks. Did you know that 20,000 churches raised £11 million through these collections last year! Perhaps we can better our own £2000?
SUMMER TERM PILGRIM – join the fellowship.
Pilgrim will continue from 30th April on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre; first with Bible Studies of the resurrection from John’s Gospel followed by John 1 to 4.
SPONSOR A PUPPET? THANK YOU.
Thanks to your generosity we’ve been able to acquire a fabulous set of eight large puppets for use in our primary schools assemblies, families ministry and worship. 6 are sponsored leaving just two left, slightly more at £60 each, being our biblical character Jesus (on order) and a wonderful Lamb. Any sponsorship (or part of) towards them would be greatly appreciated through the Parish Office – thank you.
They’ll join us for the first time at Church Alive next week!
CAN YOU JOIN OUR WELCOME TEAM (Sidesmen) ?
At the annual meeting we nominate ‘sidesmen’ who have the most important role of being our welcomers as we come to worship. Perhaps you could join the rota for this? – we especially need more women as well as men, and younger people too. If so please have a word with a Churchwarden or sign the list at the back of our churches. New Training for all sidemen is essential and will be on 5th May at 7.30pm and 9th May at 9.00am. This is for those who would be welcomers at St.Francis’ and St.Faith’s too – thank you.
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.
If possible please bring a £1 coin to the meeting and we’ll tell you what it is for when you get there!
PARISH ACCOUNTS 2014
The parish accounts are available in our churches for inspection. You are welcome to have a copy – if they run out then please sign the list in church so we can print more!
We thank the Lord that Finances are improving, but it still leaves us running with a shortfall of about £1000 per month.
ELECTIONS TO PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
We elect 4 members of St.Mary’s to the PCC for a 3 year term at each annual meeting. We’re grateful to Graham, Rosemary and Karen who have served and are stepping down this time. Please pray towards this, nomination forms are at the back.
We’re also grateful to Karen for her service as PCC Secretary – a post which we shall need to fill for the new PCC! Could you join the PCC as our new Secretary?
NEW SERVICES IN MAY The change to the pattern of 9.30am St.Faith’s and our 8.00am services starts on Sunday 3rd May when communion will alternate with morning prayer.
PARISH LUNCHEON 14th April Tuesday 14th April at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. RSVP directly to 92 523984.
iNViTe welcomes CAP
We are looking forward to the next iNViTe service at 6.30pm on 26th April in St.Mary’s. On this occasion we have invited a team from Gosport Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to join us. As well as our contemporary praise and worship a few people will share their stories of how God has met them in their place of deepest need – by the journey of CAP befriends walking with them through debt. A celebration of the freedom and release that faith in Jesus brings – join us if you can. The music will be provided by members of different local churches.
iNViTe at Pentecost on 24th May is to be Deanery celebration – and a commissioning in the Holy Spirit for members of all our deanery churches in their mission and local ministries.
ST.MARY’S FOOTPATH CLOSURE 21st April
Advanced notice of the closure of the main front pathway to St.Mary’s for surfacing from 21st April. The work to cover the path with the surface that runs down to the Lych Gate may last 2 or 3 days. For this work we are grateful for the support of our County Councillors and The Friends of St.Mary’s.
Join a BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Want to deepen your faith, understanding, prayer and fellowship? Our enjoyable midweek home groups for friendship, bible study, faith discussion and prayer would welcome new members. You’d be very welcome.
NEXT ALPHA COURSE – save the date, bring a friend.
The next course is booked for Wednesday evenings from 7th October for 10 weeks in Darcey’s Tea Room from 7.00pm. Start to pray now about whom you could invite to come!
NEW HELPERS FOR YOUTH CLUB?
Our fabulous Friday youth club hosts 35 young people – but it needs new helpers. If you could join a rota to support this ministry then please have a word with Anne or Ed Ross or Andy Norris for more information – thank you.
Please pray for Paddy Trasler who will be attending selection for training as a Reader on 9th May whilst, following her Stubbington placement, Sue Smith approaches her licensing to the parish on 19th September at 11.00am in the Cathedral.
WELCOMING THE NEW CURATE Save the Date
We’ll soon welcome Chris Richardson and Abbie (with James & Kate) upon his Cathedral ordination at 11.00am on 4th July. It would be good if a number of folk could represent the parish at that special service – please let Sue in the Parish Office know. Chris will be introduced to us on Sunday 5th July when we shall host a Welcome Lunch in the Parish Centre
A FAB WEEK AT SPRING HARVEST
8 adults of the congregation and 7 members of our Breakthrough Youth Club enjoyed a week of sunshine at Butlins in Minehead. For the young people the dynamic worship and Bible teaching sessions were all new – but it was a fabulous and life changing week of encountering God’s love with some folk committing their lives to Christ. The adult teaching and worship was inspiring, especially the Bible studies from Ephesians. Perhaps more of us can go next year? Can’t wait – then check out New Wine in August?
NEW FOR YOUR MOBILE or PAD… THE LYFE APP
from the Bible Society. Enjoy three daily bible reflections on the go and throughout the day – free from googleplay or the app store. Daily Lyfe will help you stay connected to God – morning, noon and night.