“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles.”   Luke 2v30-32

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

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Worship across the Parish:    Epiphany 3

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Diana Dow

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Reg Forse

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Christingle Service

Andy Norris/Libby Norris/Kate Smyth

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

Reg Forse

6.30pm St.Mary’s Candlemas Choral Evensong

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson

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CHRISTINGLE at ST.MARY’S 3rd Feb     Join us at 10.45am today for our beautiful       intergenerational Christingle service as we celebrate        the light of Jesus for all nations at Candlemas.

CHORAL EVENSONG for CANDLEMAS 3rd Feb

The Choir invite you to join them for our annual celebration this evening.  We’re grateful to the Flower Guild for all the decorations.

HALF-TERM HOLIDAY CLUB

Parish Centre – for families: games, crafts, Bible stories, snacks etc

Weds 20th Feb from 10.30am- 12.30pm

Thurs 21st Feb from 11.00am-1.00pm

Book a place with Kate Smyth our Families Minister.

COMPLIMENTARY ‘FISH n CHIP’ SUPPER Thursday 28th February

You’re invited to our Alpha Supper to enjoy a free ‘Fish n Chip’ meal followed by a 20 minute film on Thurs 28th February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.  Very relaxed, friendly and by which we’ll simply introduce the next Alpha Course with the film: Is there more to life than this?  Without any obligation to return the following week – simply to enjoy food, friends and film!  Please sign list at back of St.Mary’s or RSVP Parish Office for catering purposes including dietary requirements such as gluten free, in lieu of Fish n Chips.

Try ALPHA –  Ideal for LENT 2019

Alpha affords a very good and relevant Lent Course for any 

however long we’ve been coming to church, who want to explore faith, Jesus, the cross and resurrection, prayer and the Bible in anticipation of Easter.   Includes a Saturday morning on 30th March.  From 28th February, 7.00pm on Thursday evenings to 

18th April in the Parish Centre.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

CURRY & QUIZ NIGHT    2nd March

7.00pm in the Parish Centre for a pub quiz with either meat or 

vegetable curry.  Early bird tickets £10 until 25th Feb, then £12, from the Parish Office.   PBYO drinks/glasses.

PLEASE TAKE A MILK BOTTLE from the back!

2019 – Save the dates for new Parish Centre events:

PAUL PILOT, LOUISE HELYER & FRIENDS CONCERT, 13th April

BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July

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SERVING & GIVING

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)

MEMORIAL CANDLES & BOOK at Candlemas

With thanks to the florists of the Flower Guild who have 

decorated St.Mary’s and filled it with light this weekend using many candles sponsored in memory of loved ones whose names can be seen in the special Memorial Book.

NEHEMIAH SERMON SERIES

In the light of the Gosport strategic development of parishes (about which we are waiting to hear!) we shall be exploring the story of Nehemiah in our sermons over five Sundays from 20th January (excepting Candlemas).  Asking the questions:

10th Feb: How do I work well with others?

17th Feb: How do I defeat discouragement?

24th Feb: What are the steps to spiritual renewal?

BADGES – please pick up name badges from the back if you’ve had one made, some are stock piling on the table – thank you.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25th Feb-10th March

This year with a focus on the chocolate we adore!  Not only can we chose only to buy fair chocolate but we can also find out more at Gosport Fairtrade Action’s Chocolate event on Saturday, 9 March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. at the Discovery Centre. Chocolate tasting and fun activities for all the family, as well as information and ideas for action.    We’re grateful to Peter & Julie Fieldsend as Traidcraft reps for our parish.

Join a wholly NEW ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019

ADVANCED NOTICE!   NEW FORMS AVAILABLE IN 2 WEEKS!

Belonging to the Church of England is a strange thing – in fact it is a very open sense of belonging; first to God, then to a church denomination, and then to a local congregation for worship and in mission.

We belong to Christ through faith by our Baptism, it’s also our mark of belonging to the whole worldwide church, which is then expressed locally.  The Church of England extends this sense of belonging through the Confirmation  ceremony, although that is technically about the prayer confirming God’s Spirit and love in our lives; confirming our baptism.  So how do we belong?   Well, in the CofE we belong by participation through our meeting, praying and being God’s people together: gathered as a faith community at whatever level we like.

Now, for those who would like to formally sign-up the closest each parish of the CofE has is the ‘Church Electoral Roll’.  It has a real sense of belonging, and roll members are those who see themselves as sharing in the life, mission, care and responsibilities of the church through our prayer, serving, giving and fellowship.  This has to be updated annually before an annual meeting so you can vote for the Parochial Church Council.

But…  every 6 years the Roll is deleted and starts from scratch; when everyone whether new or previously on the roll must sign up!

This is an advance notice to say that 2019 is such a year. So, in the next few weeks when the forms become available please take one to be returned by Sunday 31st March. 

If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to have a word with Revd Andy Norris, or contact our Electoral Roll Officer, Sue Simpson in the office; thank you.