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Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revds Andrew Norris/Chris Richardson
Anthem: My Eyes For Beauty (Howells)
9.30am St.Faith Morning Worship: Joy
Susan Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbeke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux

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Sunday’s Principal Bible Readings:

Ephesians 4v25-5v2 & John 6v35, 41-51

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NEXT ALPHA COURSE
Who do you know who would value an invitation to Alpha? We’re looking forward to our next Alpha Course which will commence on Wednesday 7th October from 7.30pm-9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room for 10 weeks. Want to get to grips with understanding your faith in Christ? Then Alpha is for you – please come along and bring a friend!

AUGUST LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS
You’re invited to our summer season on Fridays. 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).
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!

CHURCH ALIVE BAPTISM: 16th August
The wider congregation who knew Megan & Stephen Milliken weekly at the former 10.00am service and now at Church Alive, will be pleased to congratulate them on the birth of Annabelle in June. Megan & Stephen will be celebrating Annabel’s baptism within Church Alive next Sunday. They invite their friends in the congregation to join them at lunchtime afterwards at the ‘Search Museum’ in Clarence Road next to the Gosport Gallery entrance.

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.

MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT
Saturday 26th September in St.Mary’s at 7.00pm.

TALKING ABOUT MONEY – Thank you.
We’re very grateful to all who have responded in giving in the light of the parishes financial struggle. All your giving across the whole congregation is very much appreciated – thank you.
We are due to host a full Stewardship campaign in October to introduce the new CofE Parish Giving Scheme. But until then, we’re grateful to any who are able to respond to our deficit now by new giving or one of gifts – thank you very much. For more information or for Standing Order and Gift Aid forms please contact the Parish Office.

SEPTEMBER’S SUNDAY THEME
Growing the Church – naturally!
In September we shall explore the first three sessions of the diocesan sponsored course: Leading Your Church into Growth.
6th September: Our Focus – Committing
ourselves to growth.
13th September: Our Plan – Developing a strategy for growth and doing it!
20th September: Our Culture – Developing a Community of Invitation, Welcome and Hospitality.
A second set of 3 weeks will take place in January.

OCTOBER’S SUNDAY THEME
First Fruits & Tithes
We shall think about Christian Stewardship and have a promotion of the new diocesan Parish
Giving Scheme. We’ll discover new ways of
giving of our money to God including the scheme that makes our giving go further and recovers the Gift Aided Tax immediately!
27th September: Harvest First Fruits & Tithes
4th October: Everything comes from you
11th October: Lay up Treasure in Heaven
18th October: The Grace of Giving
25th October: Giving cheerfully!

DID YOU KNOW? BFGs
We host 5 home groups in the parish called Bible Fellowship Groups (BFGs). You are invited to join them for friendship and fellowship; learning and discipleship; Bible discussion and prayer; food and hospitality. Some groups meet each week, others fortnightly. On the church website see the Courses tab and then Bible Fellowship Groups tab for full details.
Why not join a group when they get back together in September for the Autumn?

FUNERAL at St.Mary’s
We’re sorry to announce the news that Betty Price died this week. Her funeral service will be on 21st August at 2.30pm. Known by so many, with her husband Di who was a priest in the parish.

PIONEERING MINISTER for LEESLAND
A date of 9th December has been put in the
Bishop’s diary for the hosting of interviews for three new Pioneering posts across the diocese. We are to be one of those posts in Leesland with St.Faith’s as the hub of this exciting new ministry. Please pray towards this important appointment for us and our deanery in collaboration with Forton. Pioneering Ministers are a new style of ‘vicar’ in the CofE who have the objective of reaching out to the unchurched community who normally live their lives without reference to the church or Christian faith. The post will be full time for at least five years and will enable us to better serve the
significant part of our parish north of Privett Road.