We’d love you to join Chris Richardson at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 6pm for his ordination as a priest. If you’re free, then that’d be great! Come and enjoy a picnic lunch with us the following day on Stokes Bay at 1pm as we celebrate.
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Sunday across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richrdson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St Mary’s Evensong
6.30pm St..Francis Evening Prayer
Revd Reg Forse
Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.
CHRIS RICHARDSON’S ORDINATION
Please come along with your prayer and support when Bishop Christopher ordains Chris as a ‘Priest’ in the Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 6.00pm. All welcome to this very moving celebration. Chris will first ‘preside’ at communion at 9.15am on 3rd July and we shall celebrate with a picnic lunch for all the family at Stokes Bay that day at 1.00pm.
• iNViTe with Chris Richardson – 26th June
• SUMMER CHORAL EVENSONG – 3rd July
EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship… and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
MOTHERS’ UNION 2pm 21st June, Parish Centre
BOWLING FOR THE BOYS!
Calling all chaps along to our next new night out for men on Weds 22nd June at 7.30pm meeting at the Boule Pitch (Pétanque/French Bowls) opposite Pebbles Beach Café & Wine Bar. Either bring your own drinks or get refreshment from Pebbles!
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA – CONCERT
‘A Night at the Opera – and elsewhere!’ by Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends. Opera and Broadway favourites on 25th June at 7.30pm in Parish Centre.
SUMMER PICNIC @ STOKES BAY
We shall enjoy a picnic lunch on Sunday 3rd July at 1.00pm (in celebration with Revd Chris). Bring outdoor games and family fun. Weather permitting at Stokes Bay – if wet in the Parish Centre.
St Francis 9th July A Cream Tea
Tickets £4 each from Eric and Joy Skinner 92588520. Purchase before end of June. Starting at 3pm with a musical interlude for half an hour, followed by tea.
SUMMER FAMILIES FUN DAY
Lots of fun activities day for families on Saturday 16th July from 2.00-4.00pm at the Parish Centre. £1 child. Over 200 folk joined us last year for all the fun. Ending with a picnic tea on the lawn! Hosted by the parish Baby & Toddler Groups and Messy Church. Extra helpers needed plus cakes – could you join in or bake?
SMILE 22nd July
St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening at 7.30pm on Fri 22nd July – to relax and a short presentation about our new Ethiopia women’s partnership (not fundraising!)
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’
PARISH CENTRE WORK PARTY
Please join us from 9.00am for the morning of 25th June to tidy up the Parish Centre grounds and building.
ST. FAITH’S HYMN SINGING – Going Digital!
The ‘Hymnal Plus’ player is used by many churches and is ideally suited to St. Faith’s. If there are any folk who’d be happy to make a donation to St. Faith’s in support of the £2000 cost then any gifts would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
If you haven’t already signed up for the 200 Club please do so. This is an excellent way to support the church and win a prize. Application forms at the back of the church or from Sue in the Parish Office.
We’re very grateful for the gifts received towards the new Worship PA at St.Mary’s, thank you so much.
SIDE AISLE PEWS & THE WAR MEMORIAL
Following pew consultations in May 2015, a presentation of our plans to make good the side aisles and provide a stone floor to dignify the War Memorial will be made in St.Mary’s. The first is on: Tues 19th July, 7.30pm (then Thurs 21st July 2pm; Weds 27th July 7.30pm, Weds 3rd August 11am). We hope this may lead to application for a Faculty this autumn for work in Spring 2017.
CALLING ALL PILGRIMS!
You are invited to our weekly Thursday evening
‘Pilgrims’ meetings. For the next 3 weeks (23rd, 30th June and 7th July) the Bible Studies in John’s Gospel will continue for those who have been coming along to that group in the new venue of Phil Dray’s home whist a new Bible Study will be available for all in the parish centre. On 14th July, we will then all join together for a meal.
ETHIOPIA PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH DAY
We shall launch our new partnership on Sunday 17th Ju-ly, to raise £5000 by October 2017 which will then be-come £30,000 by EU grant! For women’s wellbeing.
Available in church on Sunday 26 June
DID YOU KNOW? We’re hosting 27 weddings/blessings in St.Mary’s this year. Each one, a journey starting with our Ves-try Hour Team (Rowena Bradfield, Kay Lancaster, Peter Camp) followed by wedding prep. with the clergy, a rehearsal and the big day. Paul Pilott plays the organ; the Junior Choir often sing; Peter Camp administers each wedding service as registrar. CofE website: yourchurchwedding.org