Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris with Revd Andy Davis
Anthem:O Taste & See (Vaughan Williams)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris with Revd Andy Davis
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Anthem: God so loved the world (Stainer)
TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
Acts 8v26-end and John 15v1-8
HERE FOR BAPTISM (Christening)?
A warm welcome to those attending your ‘Baptism Welcome’ during the Church Alive service today (congratulations!) and to those enquiring for the future – for whom there is a meeting at 11.55am in the Chapel. Welcome also to family and guests attending the 12.30pm Baptism Service – it’s great to see you all.
8.00am SERVICE CHANGES START TODAY
9.30am St.Faith’s SERVICE CHANGE NEXT SUNDAY
Our new 8.00am service of BCP Morning Prayer (1st/3rd Sundays) starts today; there will be an opportunity to light candles for the General Election. St.Faith’s congregation host their first 9.30am Morning Worship on 10th May (2nd/4th Sundays). Communion for each on all other weeks.
VISIT OF OUR GOSPORT AREA DEAN
We’re pleased to welcome Revd Andy Davis back to the Parish at 9.15am and 10.45am in St.Mary’s today. Andy was a curate here and celebrates his 25th Anniversary in ministry in July. He is now our Gosport Area Dean. We shall also look forward to him joining St.Faith’s and St.Francis’ in the future. In Gosport, Andy is vicar for Holy Trinity and Christchurch.
SPECIAL DEANERY PENTECOST SERVICE 24th May
Andy Davis will be back for Pentecost which is to be Deanery celebration – and a commissioning for members of all our deanery churches in their mission and local ministries. Please join us in hosting this service in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on 24th May as we welcome friends from across Gosport.
Volunteers: CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10th-16th May 2015
One week to go… a good team of some 25, thanks, but still many streets remain as we seek new volunteers to deliver and collect envelopes from homes – providing the main income for Christian Aid. Please see the display/ list of roads at the back of St.Mary’s, let the Church Office know or see Bill Lock the coordinator if you can help.
COLLECTION PACKS For those signed up, your packs are available today or for collection from the Parish Centre.
CONCERT ‘TRIAL BY JURY’
Join us for a 60 min programme of musical gems by Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer and Friends in the Parish Centre on Saturday 16th May at 7.30pm. Always fabulous musical evenings from this excellent group of singers.
ST.MARY’S SPRING CHORAL EVENSONG 17th MAY
6.30pm with Evening Canticles in E Flat by Bairstow.
RENEWING THE PARISH CENTRE A large turn out from church and community last Wednesday to start thinking about replacing the Parish Centre – from which initial project groups are forming: design and finance. If you would be interested in joining either group then please let the Churchwardens know.
Please come and pay us a visit for our Coffee Morning. Saturday 9th May 9.45 until 11.30am. You will be very welcome. DCM 13th May 7.30pm St Francis. Our building is available for hire contact Kay Lancaster 92522113.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND CHRIS’S ORDINATION?
The Cathedral need numbers so if you’d like to attend the Cathedral at 11.0am on 4th July to support Chris then please let Sue in the Church Office know this week – thanks.
We look forward welcoming Chris & Abbie Richardson (with James & Kate) on Sunday 5th July when we shall host a Welcome Lunch in the Parish Centre.
But first we’d love to welcome the family with a hearty ‘hamper’ in their new home when they move to the parish in 4 weeks – any donations of a few new home necessities and some welcoming ‘luxuries’ would be great in the box at the back of St.Mary’s or to the Church Office by 17th; thank you.
SUMMER TERM PILGRIM – join the fellowship.
Join us on Thursday evening in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm for our Pilgrim evening starting with how we can have confidence in the Resurrection from John’s Gospel. A midweek act of worship, prayer, friendship, learning, growing.
SIDESMEN TRAINING TUES or SAT
Our Sunday ‘welcome’ is key to the future of the church. All current and new sidesmen are asked to attend training to reflect on this across the parish on either 5th May at 7.30pm or 9th May at 9.00am in St.Mary’s. This is for those who would be welcomers at St.Francis’ and St.Faith’s too – thanks.
Laura Craft is doing the ‘Moonlight Walk’ – five miles – on Sat 9th May, in support of St Wilfred’s Hospice in Chichester which cared for her Nana. If you would like to Sponsor Laura please pop a note into the parish centre or to give online go to www.justgiving.com/Laura-Craft.
Join about 30 folk in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 12th May for the friendship of our church lunch at 12.30pm. RSVP the Parish Office or Carol Workman for catering, thanks.
NEXT LADIES BREAKFAST (Men’s is cancelled that day!)
Saturday 23rd May at 9.00am in the Parish Centre.
SUMMER BBQ LUNCH AT THE RECTORY
Early notice that all are invited please to join us for a garden BBQ on 19th July from 12.30pm.
The Ven Trevor Reader (former curate) will join us to lead Evensong at St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on the 7th June.
ST.MATTHEW’S BRIDGEMARY MAY FAIR 30th May
90 members filled the Parish Centre to hear reports, make appointments and celebrate church growth – hearing how the Electoral Roll membership has risen with 23 new members to 415. Newly appointed to the Parochial Church Council were Phil Dray, David McKinlay, Betty Baird and Sarah Savery with Graham Hewitt being elected to the Gosport Deanery Synod. Bill Lock and Kathryn Clarke are our Churchwardens.
DID YOU KNOW? Head Teacher
Alverstoke CofE Junior School have appointed a new Head Teacher. We’re very pleased to announce and congratulate Mr Graham Cutter upon his appointment.