Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
Anthem: King of All Ages (Isom)
9.30am St.Faith Morning Worship: Peace
Revd Andy Norris & Sue Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion Revd Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andy Norris & Sue Smith
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Praise
Revd Andy Norris
SUNDAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
Next Sunday CHURCH ALIVE @ Walpole Park
At 10.30am on 2nd August Church Alive will join the Gosport Churches Together celebration by the boating lakes in Walpole Park. We’ll take ‘Messy Church’ craft activities along & Andy has been asked to speak at the ecumenical celebration.
No Church Alive in St.Mary’s on 2nd August.
ANNUAL LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS
You’re invited to our summer season on Fridays in August. 12.30pm-1.15pm in St.Mary’s Church.
Light refreshments available. Close up organ view on big screen! Tickets £4 (3.50) per recital from the Parish Office or on the door (Students Free).
7th August – Charles Harrison (Chichester Cath.)
14th August – Andrew Cleary (Christ’s Hospital)
21st August – Oliver Macfarlane (Guildford)
28th August – Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey)
St. Mary’s Choir Recruitment
Thursdays-in-August, 7.00-8.00pm. All Musical Adults and Children are invited to join our
COME AND SING‘OPEN’ CHOIR REHEARSALS
An Opportunity to find out about singing with the choir! Tea, Coffee, Biscuits etc.All Are Welcome!
A new illustrated Talk by Bob Harrop on Old Gosport -14th August 7.00pm at St Francis. Refreshments of puddings, tea/coffee included in ticket price of £4 which are available from Joy and Eric Skinner 92588520. St.Francis can be hired for events from Kay 92522113.
SUMMER PILGRIM MEETINGS
will meet in members homes each Thursday from 7.30pm through July-Aug. Contact Andy or the office for weekly venues and details. All welcome for this midweek fellowship.
Our next Alpha Course will commence on Wednesday 7th October from 7.30pm-9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room. Want to get to grips with understanding your faith in Christ? Then Alpha is for you – please come along.
TALKING ABOUT MONEY – Our Stewardship.
We are about 200 people worshipping at our services every Sunday from a larger pool of 300 or so of those of come regularly. The PCC would like to call us all to prayerful consideration of our parish finances.
Midway through the year our income is down from last year which will lead us towards a substantial deficit. We don’t have the £53000 legacy which blessed us in 2014. Hence cash flow to fulfil our responsibilities will start to be difficult. It’s the
effectiveness of our finance team with Tim as Treasurer using new software that is better informing us as to our trends in giving. We seek wisely to spend all that is entrusted to the parish, our expenditure has not increased whilst our giving has been behind for a few years now. This deficit runs at £4000 a month, and so we are at the point of reserves no longer being able to keep us afloat. We seek to be able to resource our mission in the parish and, once we appoint a Pioneering Minister, we will then also cease to be net donors to the diocese in terms of our Parish Share covering all clergy costs.
Please commit this matter to your prayers that we may discern the Lord’s will and grace to guide all 300 of us.
Therefore if anyone is able to review their giving or if any new givers are able to take up regular Standing Orders with Gift Aid then that would be very much appreciated – thank you so much for all you give. This please, in keeping with the principles of our Christian Stewardship such that we all offer our gifts in worship to God in proportion to our income – thank you.
Please note that we shall have a Stewardship Campaign to launch the Parish Giving Scheme in October – but that comes too late to balance the 2015 books!
For more information please contact the Parish Office.
DID YOU KNOW? Damp Wall!
The wall of St.Mary’s towards the back of church from the war memorial has been damp from the external down pipe leaking. Cameron & Sons have repaired the wall and floor. They found the floor blocks to be rotted but managed to save the top inch of each block in order to relay the floor. The surface is not yet perfectly smooth so please take care if you walk on it.
With thanks to The Friends of St.Mary’s for their support in this needed repair.