Sunday 14th October 2018

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s

“Since we have a great High Priest… let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.” Hebrews 4v14,16
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Worship across the Parish: Trinity 20
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion
Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Chris Richardson/Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Sue Smith
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion Humphrey Prideaux
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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We all love invitations.  Who could you invite to one of the many activities or services on this sheet?

SPECIAL DEANERY MEETING This Thursday

All are invited to St.Faith’s this Thurs 18th at 8.00pm (in the Bulson Hall attached to the church) for a significant meeting at 8.00pm to hear about the future of Gosport Deanery and our churches.  This will be very challenging and starts off a six week consultation period about the future.  It means change but has the possibility of significant missional investment in Gosport for the future.  The more who can get along the better so we can respond and share in this.

QUIZ, CHILLI & UKELE NIGHT for Africa

Join us on 20th October for another great quiz, chilli supper (vegetarian option) plus pudding with Taverners Ukele Band.  In support of our Africa Partnerships in Ghana and Kenya (through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa).  Tickets £10 from the Parish Centre.

THE CHOIR invite you…

Autumn Choral Evensong  21st October 6.30pm and to

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL EVENSONG   25th October

A coach will be leaving the Parish Centre at 10.00am for a day out in Salisbury ending with our choir singing Evensong.  Coach tickets £10 at Parish Centre or Peter Camp.  Hosted by the Friends of St.Mary’s.

MESSY CHURCH  25th October

Messy Church meets again at 3.30pm on Thurs 25th, during half term, for crafts, games, story, worship and a hot served meal.  All children and their adults welcome! 

A request for shoe boxes or similar so we can make Noah’s Ark!

INVITe with B&S Tea!   28th October

Our monthly iNViTe service at 6.30pm is a reflective and prayerful act of worship with contemporary songs with time to listen and share.   This month we shall also have a Bring & Share buffet tea in  St.Mary’s from 5.45pm for those who’d like to gather ahead of the service in the fellowship of eating together.  All welcome.

ST.FAITH’S   10.00am Thursday 1st November

You are all invited to St. Faith’s, Tribe Road, to come to our Communion followed by ‘coffee & cake’ when Revd Tim Watson will update us about the work at Leesland; plus please ‘Bring & Buy a Cake’ sale in support of the church!

ADULT BONFIRE PARTY        Bring & Share

A repeat of last years fabulous bonfire and Bring & Share supper party at the Rectory.  This year to be held on Friday 9th November from 7.00pm.  All adults welcome (sorry not children) – hosted by our SMILE (women’s) and A.MEN (men’s) groups.  PBAB of your preferred drink!  Bring a friend and we hope to see you there.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING   Sat 10th Nov

You’re invited to join us on 10th November for the relaxed and friendly morning to enjoy coffee, cakes, company and stalls in support of St.Francis’ church:  9.45am-11.30am.

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ST.MARY’S MORNINGS FOR NEXT 3 WEEKS

At 9.15am and Church Alive we shall reflect upon our church in the light of the Deanery Special Meeting this Thursday.  A sense of imagining the church in the future and what this means for us as a community, in worship, mission and giving.

THANKSGIVING SUNDAY 28th October

The above ‘imagining’ will conclude on 28th October as a Thanksgiving Sunday when we’ll think about stewardship/giving for 2019.  We’re not asking for money now for this year – but looking ahead with information and what our response and giving will be in 2019.

PRAYER CARE  Every Sunday

Just a reminder that members of our prayer team are available to pray with anyone privately and confidentially about any matter from 10.15am-10.45am between the screens in St.Mary’s north aisle.

HAVE YOU GOT A BADGE ON?

We’re encouraging all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge for Sept/Oct. You may like to make one at home or just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s when you arrive – 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.

YOUTH ALPHA

Please pray for our wonderful group of 10 youth taking part each Weds from 5.30-7pm.  Might you be able to come and help us by cooking/washing up a simple meal for these next few Wednesdays?  We would also love another volunteer with church DBS to be in the discussions. Please see Jo Northey or Chris Richardson.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

At last… THE PLANS!  November public consultations in the Parish Centre on 15th (noon) & 22nd (evening).  Come and see!

ASDA GREEN TOKENS this Autumn!

Please place yours in our regeneration slot when you Asda shop!

OPERA COMIQUE presents Gilbert and Sullivan

7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 20th October.   If you would like to sing join the rehearsal on the day (ring 01329 665170). Free admission, with a retiring collection. With Paul Pilott, Louise Helyar & Friends.

BRIDGE DRIVE

6th November at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre.  £26 per table.

AUTUMN BARN DANCE

On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance. Tickets from Parish Centre – £12.50 to include a ploughman’s supper and dessert.

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JO’S LAST SUNDAY

This is sadly Jo’s last Sunday with us in the parish as Families Minister.  It has come around very fast – and our love and prayers are with Jo, Chlo & Flo as they prepare to move to Emsworth whilst Ed is away at sea!  Jo’s last working day is 18th.  The Lord be with you Jo in your new role as Families Minister & Pioneer in Emsworth.

NEW FAMILIES MINISTER

We are pleased to say that, subject to references and DBS, a new Families Minister has been appointed to our parish and we hope to announce this good news next Sunday.  Thank you for your prayers & ongoing giving which has made this timely appointment possible.

CHRISTMAS BOOKLET #Follow The Star

There is a lovely booklet to give out to guests over Christmas. It introduces Jesus through a journey over the 12 days of Christmas.  We have some 10,000 people visit us through December and Andy would love to be able to give the booklet to our guests.   You can see the booklet at the back of St.Mary’s.  Copies cost £1 each and if during October we can ‘crowd fund’ this through the gifts of those who’d like to contribute then we’ll give out as many as we can afford.  if you’d like to donate then envelopes marked ‘Christmas Booklet’ in the offering or Office would be wonderful – thank you.

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY BEREAVEMENT SERVICE

Sunday 4th November at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY TIME CHANGES

Sunday 11th November at 10.00am in St.Mary’s – the 100th anniversary of the armistice (No 9.15am or Church Alive that day).