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 parents but godparents and grandparents too – anyone who plays a key role in the lives of young people. We’re looking for a group who would like to come together to pilot this… please contact Jo Northey (07807188912) if you are interested!

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.

AN INVITATION FROM FROM THE BISHOP:
I write to extend a warm invitation to join Sally and me for a Bishopsgrove Marquee Quiz Night, which we will be hosting on Friday 22nd June at 7pm, with all proceeds go-ing to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2018 Appeal for refugees. Teams will be in tables of 6-8, and you can come along as a team or join in with one on the night. There is no specific charge but the cost of the evening, including a buffet supper with wine and an excellent range of questions on a variety of topics is £15. Please contact Rachel at: rachel.houlberg@portsmouth.anglican.org to book a place.

STRAWBERRY LUNCH Thursday 28th June Get your ‘early bird’ tickets now! In support of the Parish Centre Regeneration Project. 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.

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)

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…

Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sunday 17th June
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 !)

DIARY DATE – Summer Choral Evensong – 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 – back of St. Mary’s.