Sunday 9th September 2018
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s
” Every good and perfect give is from above.” James 1v17
Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion Chris Richardson
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
A LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Please be sure to take a copy of Andy’s letter for the autumn for all worshippers across the parish today.
PLEASE WEAR A NAME BADGE TODAY!
With a theme ‘You know me by name!’ at the start of a new autumn season we’d encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge for Sept/Oct. You may like to make one at home or, when you arrive, just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT BADGE MAKING FOR YOU?
If you fill in the slip and pop it in the small box at the back then Hilary Wilson has kindly offered to make proper badges. Thank you Hilary.
SEPTEMBER HOSPITALITY WEEK This Week
Our pastoral visiting teams are again encouraging us all to invite someone in the congregations past or present for a cuppa or a supper – out and about or at home! So let’s be invitational and get together with that extra someone expressing the Lord’s care for one another including those who can no longer get along to church!
A 20’s-30’s NETWORK?
Andy & Libby Norris invite those in their twenties and thirties to supper at The Rectory on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm in the hope of exploring the viability of relevant new network.
Please RSVP Andy or Libby for catering and dietary requirements! Thanks.
Join a HOME GROUP this September
More details in the letter for all worshippers today. We’d encourage all to belong to a small group in the church. We now have 7 groups meeting on Tues, Weds and Thurs – daytime and evening – so there should be one for you! Plus we want to start a 20’s-30’s Network!
SPECIAL ‘KAY’S TEA PARTY’ 11th September
2.30pm in Parish Centre for an entertaining tea party to raise money towards St.Francis’ Church fund to purchase 30 new chairs in memory of Kay Lancaster. Tickets £6 from the Parish Office. With many thanks to those who made gifts in Kay’s memory in August!
CHURCH ‘BRING & SHARE’ LUNCH
Sunday 23rd Sept in the Parish Centre from 12.15pm.
MICHAELMAS FAYRE including our
10p Messy Fun Fete in St.Mary’s Church grounds. 29th September between noon and 4.00pm. Please see notice overleaf seeking volunteers – sign list at back!
Michaelmas COMMUNITY CONCERT
A feast of local musical talent from 7.00pm-9.00pm on
29th September in St.Mary’s. A retiring offering for St.Mary’s music ministry. Bring flags for our usual proms style patriotic finale.
MICHAELMAS FAYRE PRIZES & HELP
As a member of the Fayre planning group Sue Simpson, in the Parish Office, requests any prizes (bottles, chocs etc) that may be offered as prizes for the official draw please. She also seeks folk who may be happy to assist on the day with the selling the official tickets. Please contact Sue at the Parish Office – thank you.
CHURCH COUNTRY WALK & PUB LUNCH!
Join us on the morning of Saturday 13th October for a 3 hour walk incorporating Queen Elizabeth Country Park and ending with a pub lunch. Details, map and sign up list at back. Jane & Huw Jones.
AFRICA QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT
Save the 20th October for our social in support of our partnerships in Ghana and Kenya through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa.
GOSPORT TO GALILEE … visit the Holy Land.
A once in a life time visit to the Holy Land for you after next Easter?
The full 11/12 day holiday is organised by Oak Hall Christian holidays. Find our more plus brochure today, 9th Sept, in The Parish Centre at 3pm or contact Mike Critchley 07977 534949
From Jo, our Families Minister…
GODPARENTS SUNDAY 16th September
Can you invite a Godparent our a Godchild to join you next week?
Next Sunday there will be special focus at our 9.15am service whilst Church Alive will be a more invitational Godparent/Godchild service. Whatever age we are celebrating those who have supported the journey in faith in others. For some this will be in the specific role of a Godparent or Christian Sponsor whilst for others it will be as friends and family who have prayed over many years. We have invited those who have been baptised or dedicated/Thanksgiving over the last year to come with their Godparents. However, this is a great opportunity for us all to invite the people we have journeyed with in faith, as Godparents, Sponsors or in other ways. We will think about the promises we’ve made, how we are the family of God and how we can be faithful in mentoring a new generation in faith.
10p MESSY FAMILY FUN FETE – Michaelmas Volunteers?
Last year our new innovation of the family fun in the church yard was very successful for the community. But we need many helpers to express God’s welcome through running the dozen fete games. Can you help us for some of the time between 12-4.00pm on 29th Sept? If so then I’d love to hear from you or please sign the volunteer list at the back of St.Mary’s so I can be in touch – thanks, Jo.
YOUTH including new Youth Alpha & Youth Group
Youth is a big focus this term, we are teaming up with St Faith’s Lee-on-Solent to be able to provide a wider range of activities. Please have a word with me, Jo, about our new Youth Alpha Course starting this September as a weekly group to eat and think about the basics of faith together. Also our Saturday night Youth Group will increase to twice a month on 2nd and 4th Saturdays starting 22nd September at a new time of 7.00pm – 8.30pm.
PARENTING FOR FAITH COURSE
Our course will resume next Friday morning at 9.30am with 4 more sessions, this week is about encouraging children to hear from God. Please contact me, Jo, for the venue etc.
Next MESSY CHURCH 27th September
3.30pm in Parish Centre for games, crafts, stories, cooked tea!
Thank you, Jo
07807188912 or email me
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
AUTUMN CONCERT – tickets now!
Tickets for the concert on 5th October are now available from the Parish Centre. Price is £7.50. We’ll be in for another treat with the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood, The (Portsmouth) Military Wives’ Choir, and Katie Rogers, a marvellous local jazz singer. The theme this year is “Pack up Your Troubles”. Tickets are selling fast.
AUTUMN BARN DANCE
On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOAN RUSSELL
We’re sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Joan Russell who has been at the heart of our church and wider community for many years. Please remember her family in your prayers whilst preparations are made for her special service in St.Mary’s on Tuesday 2nd October at 1.30pm.