A warm welcome to worship in

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“… so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom,
but on God’s power.” 1 Cor. 2v13-20
Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Diana Dow
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux

Spring Catalogue out now and ready for orders, Real Easter Eggs can be ordered in time for Easter along with lots of fair trade goods – see Pete and Julie at the stall at the back of St.Mary’s over coffee today.
Today, 12th February, we shall have a special meeting after morning worship to end with a soup lunch. A time to discuss the future vision and continuation of St.Faith’s.
This meeting is for those for whom St.Faith’s is the church to which they principally belong and where they primarily worship.

Our popular lunch is next on Valentine’s Day at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre – Tuesday 14th February. All Welcome. £6. RSVP the Parish Office to reserve a place.

The open meeting in January was very positive both in celebrating the range of activities for children, youth and families; in recognising how our ministry must provide nurture for a deeper faith and discipleship; in seeking to plug the gaps and strengthen our teams in doing this. We seek leaders for a new youth cell for 10-13s whilst we’re pleased to start the following…

New OLDER YOUTH CELL (14 -16+)
2nd & 4th Wednesdays during term.
7.30-8.45pm at 6 Carlong Way PO12 1LN with Clare & Tim Watson. For Bible Study – Prayer – Nibbles.
Starts 8th March – Creation & Fall
22nd March – God’s Faithfulness
12th April – Cross & Resurrection
Contact the Watsons to book a place: 023 9243 9737

Fridays during term time, 7.30pm in The Parish Centre.
We’re so grateful to our leaders who have recently stepped down but who worked so hard for our Youth Club on Friday nights – thank you for all you’ve given. We’re thankful too for new helpers, Tara & Rachel, whose support to Anne & Ed Ross with Laurie means Breakthrough continues to serve over 30 teenagers each week.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your
hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thess 2v16)

Last October the young people from the 9.15am & Church Alive services planted 100 pots. The bulbs in their decorated pots will be available at St.Mary’s for a minimum donation of £1 for Ethiopia.

We’re grateful to all who applied for the role and are sorry we can only appoint one leader. We’re also very thankful to Jo Fryer who has led and taken the groups from strength to strength; often going the extra mile on behalf of families and the church – thank you Jo. Starting on 27th February, after half-term, we’re pleased to announce that our new Baby & Toddlers Group Leader will be Michelle Duffy. Please pray for Jo, for Michelle and all those who applied as we all look to the future – thank you.

SEEK PERSONAL PRAYER AT ST.MARY’S? Following their autumn training, two members of our renewed team of 12, will be available to pray with anyone who seeks prayer between 10.15am-10.45am in St.Mary’s Sanctuary each week.

The course got off to a great start on Wednesday. During the evening we offer desserts. If you are happy to make a dessert for one or more evenings then please sign the list at the back of St.Mary’s and we’ll be in touch to co-ordinate the puds that we seek – thank you very much.

A long advanced notice so that we can all be there to welcome Bishop Christopher to St.Mary’s on Sunday 26th November.

On 26th November Bishop Christopher will be pleased to Confirm those who wish to affirm their baptism, and be prayed for to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The ancient prayer said is: “Confirm O Lord your servant (N) with your Holy Spirit”. For those baptised as infants this is the completion of the baptism and fulfilment of the promises made by your parents; for you to make it your own. For those adults who are not baptised it offers the opportunity for baptism (including by immersion for those who wish) immediately followed by the prayer. There will be preparation in the Autumn for older teenagers and adults who’d like to affirm and declare their faith by Confirmation or through adult Baptism.

Do you like offering hospitality? Or can you welcome people to worship? If so, whether a 9.15am or 10.45am worshipper – can you help in the practical task of setting up our coffee and refreshments at Mary’s or offer the welcome at the door for Church Alive? This has proven to be a vital ministry and after a visit by some of the congregation from St.Ann’s in the dockyard in January the Naval Chaplain said: Thank you for making us all welcome. It was very enjoyable and a pleasure to see a positive, growing church in action!
So thank you to all on the Welcome Teams and all Sidesmen, and those who’ve previously served. But now, to maintain this positive hospitality we need new members to join our four teams on duty once a month. Please have a word with the clergy or Churchwardens if you could possibly help as a member of a team – thank you so much.

EWE MATTER Target Reached
Very many thanks to those who’ve kindly donated and we have now raised the sum needed for Leesland School sheep; thank you.