Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
Anthem: This Joyful Eastertide (Wood)
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
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
Anthem: Come Ye Faithful (Thatcher)
6.30pm St.Francis Communion
Principle Bible Readings: Acts 3v12-19 and Luke 24v36b-48
On Tues ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
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!
This Thursday 23rd is MESSY CHURCH
from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre, crafts, games and worship; the theme of the Good Samaritan – ending with hot tea.
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. See the display and sign the roads list at the back of St.Mary’s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FAIRTRADE items available at St.Mary’s from 10.15am today!
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. A celebration of the freedom and release that faith in Jesus brings – join us if you can. 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.
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY – come and join us!
The fortnightly group starts up this week on 23rd April –
10.00-11.30am in the Parish Centre to study Luke 21.
Spring Clean on Sat 25th April 9.00-12.00 noon. Join us for all or part of the time. Coffee Morning on Sat 9th May 9.45-11.30am. Donation of plants, books, good quality bric-a-brac, homemade cakes and preserves please, and bring your friends and neighbours along to say hello.
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.
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
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.
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.