Strawberry Lunch Thursday 28th June
Get your ‘early bird’ tickets now! In support of the Parish Centre RegenerationProject
You’re invited to join the very popular annual lunch at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Buffet lunch followed by Strawberries & Cream. Tickets from the Parish Centre: £9 for ‘early birds’ until 24th June, thereafter £12.
 
Please read on for this week’s notices:
 
BOOK NOW For Parish Lunch
Our last Parish Lunch for Early Summer is on Tuesday 12th June at 12.30pm. Contact the Parish Office to reserve a place at this very popular event. Cost is £7 on the day. All Welcome.
 
HOSPITALITY – CAKES ARE INVITED PLEASE FOR THE ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION 7.30pm, 19th June
Every year the Archdeacon hosts a service for all the pa-rishes of Gosport and Fareham when Churchwardens are ‘sworn in’ to their duties and the Archdeacon preaches his ‘charge’ for our mission. This year the service is to be hosted in St.Mary’s at 7.30pm and all are welcome. From 4.30pm the wardens from across the two deaneries will be having interviews with the Archdeacon and we’d like to serve refreshments for them and other guests. If you can offer a cake(s) it would be very welcome indeed – thank you !
 
CAN YOU HELP ST.FRANCIS’ TODDLERS GROUP BY MAKING TEA?
It’s a lovely friendly group meeting on a Tuesday from 10-11.30. Would anyone be able to come along and help with the tea & coffee for us this term? We are especially short of help on 5th & 26th June and 3rd July! Thanks very much. Jo (07807188912)
 
From Jo, our Families Minister..
 
YOUTH GROUP MEETS NEXT SATURDAY – 9TH JUNE, 6.30-8pm in the Parish Centre for year 6+. If its nice we can get out the volleyball and cricket but even if it rains there’ll be much fun! Pass it on…..
 
COMING SOON – A ‘PARENTING FOR FAITH’ COURSE
Parenting for Faith is a fantastic 8 week opportunity to get together and think about the way we impact the lives of the children we are involved with. It’s not just for par-ents but godparents and grandparents too – anyone who plays a key role in the lives of young people. I’m looking for a group who would like to come together to pilot this… please contact Jo Northey (07807188912) if you are interested!
 
PICNIC & FUN Sunday 22nd July
On 22nd July, at the end of the school year, we will be having a special celebration in Church Alive followed by a Picnic together at the Parish Centre for all the folk and families we encounter through our different groups. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.
 
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
 
‘Mamas & Papas’ to Mozart and Back! Enjoy a Fanta-stic Concert on 9th June – Sixty minutes of musicals, opera and pop charts with the very popular and gifted ‘Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends’ on 9th June at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. With a retiring offering in support of the Parish Centre regeneration.
 
Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sunday 17th Ju-ne
Tickets are now on sale for the Alverstoke Garden Walkabout. Price £3.50 including garden guide and map. They are available from the Parish Office, from Queens Parade News, Privett Road, and from members of the Pa-rish Centre Regeneration Fund Committee. Fourteen local residents have agreed to open their lovely gardens to visi-tors to raise funds. On the day, the Parish Centre will be open for plant sales and refreshments etc.
 
NEWS UPDATES:
 
June Edition Of The Parish Magazine now available at the back of church (behind hymn book desk). 50p.
 
A Great Read – The New Diocesan Magazine. Please take one from near the door. FREE.(Don’t let the cover mislead you – its not a wedding handout !)
 
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DIARY DATE –
Summer Choral Evensong, Sunday 1st July
 
CYCLE FOR AFRICA IN THE NEW FOREST 7/7
The team of 12, cycling for our Africa Partnerships in the New Forest on 7th July is now in training. Sponsorship forms will soon be a the back of church to encourage the team to pedal harder and keep going for the communities in Kenya and Ghana.
 
Africa Partnership 2018-2019
Please see the new partnership display at the back of St.Mary’s.
 
Have You Added Your Photo To Our Collage Yet?
There are now 200 people on the collage in St Mary’s ce-lebrating the fellowship we share. Please add a passport sized photograph of yourself and let’s see if we can get up to 250 ! We hope to make a church postcard from the collage in the autumn. Please note – you are always wel-come to remove your photo if you no longer want it to be on the collage.
 
GIVING to the CHURCH: Parish Giving Scheme
 
We’re so grateful for all that is so faithfully given in support of the ministry and mission of the church in the parish – thank you. In addition to your gifts to our ‘ongoing’ work at St.Mary’s, St.Francis’, St.Faith’s and St.Luke’s, many also give faithfully towards our special projects like the Parish Centre Regeneration, Shaping The Future, our Africa Partnership and our Families Minister; thank you.
The PCC has now received the Accounts for the first quarter of 2018 which show that we’ll have a challen-ging year ahead for the ‘main’ income account which, at this stage, projects a deficit of about £5,000.
Hence, if there are any newer folk who may be able to consider joining our Parish Giving Scheme then please take a scheme leaflet from the back of St.Mary’s – thank you so much.
We are expecting to reflect on Stewardship this Autumn – it will have been three years since we last had general gift appeal!