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Worship across the Parish:    2 Before Lent

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion Humphrey Prideaux

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion Andrew Norris

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive  Chris Richardson

11.00am St.Luke’s Communion Revd Ian Rutherford

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship  welcoming Revd Colin Chambers

6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe reflective praise & prayer Andy Norris/Chris Richardson

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion  Tim Watson

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iNViTe Sunday Night     6.30pm in St.Mary’s

With a reflection from the book of Ruth, Chris will be exploring how we can be faithful in all our relationships?  Join us for our informal yet reflective praise and prayer, a learning new songs.

CUPPA & COMPANY  This Tues 26th Feb

In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm.  Friendship, conversation & cake for any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

MESSY CHURCH   This Thurs 28th Feb

From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for children and their families.  Games, Stories, Craft, Songs, Worship and ending by 5.30pm after a hot cooked tea!   Hope you can come.

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 through to 18th April in the Parish Centre.  Starts with the supper below!

ALPHA ‘fish n chip’ SUPPER   This Thurs 28th 

You’re invited to our 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.  Hope to see you!

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP on 14th March

Come and enjoy a cuppa, chat and opportunity to play traditional table top games at our monthly drop-in from 2.00pm-4.00pm on Thursday 14th March in St.Francis’ Church.  All warmly welcome.

PARISH COUNTRY WALK  Saturday 27th April

Map, details and sign-up list at the back of St.Mary’s on Sundays.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.  This Tues 26th February

We’d value your company every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre.  £2.50 for coffee and cake.  Cakes & books for sale.  A great buzz and meeting place.

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 to 25th Feb, then £12, from the Parish Office. PBYO drinks/glasses. 80 tickets sold – be quick!

2019 – Save the dates for new Parish Centre events:

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

BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July

LENT’s COMING: Let’s help you… 

by releasing you from any unwanted items such as chocolates and that bottle of …?   Just think of the Lenten benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre!  Any gifts, candles, novelty items left over from Christmas delivered to the Parish Office would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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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)

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25th Feb-10th March

Order your fair-trade Easter Eggs through Peter & Julie Fieldsend our parish Traidcraft reps who’d be pleased to help you.  This year Fairtrade Fortnight focuses on the chocolate we adore!  Gosport Fairtrade Action’s Chocolate event is on Saturday, 9 March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. at the Discovery Centre. Tasting and family activities.

SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOVERNORS

Being a school governor on behalf of the church is a very significant voluntary role.  We’re seeking two folk from the congregation/electoral roll who may be able to offer their time and skills to serve our primary schools.  If it could be you called to this roll then have a word with Andy Norris who’d be pleased to chat, thank you.

Join a wholly NEW ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019

plus data and photo consent forms.

Forms for the six yearly Electoral Roll renewal plus data protection and photo consent are available at the back of church.  Those on the current roll have one in a named envelope to collect whilst all other worshippers are welcome to take a non-addressed copy.  It would help enormously if everyone could fill in data and photo forms even if you don’t fill in the Electoral Roll membership, thanks.

ST.MARY’S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN

Will take place on Sat 2nd March from 9.30am to 11.30am. Any help would be much appreciated on the day. Please bring along your own hoovers, dusters, brushes, extension leads! Our local Guides will also be helping – many thanks.  Peter Camp

CAN YOU HELP MAKE CRAFTS?   from Kate

Do you have time on your hands and enjoy preparing simple crafts and activities for children?  Kate’s on the look out for anyone willing to pre-prepare crafts.  If you are interested please call Kate, Families Minister, to arrange (over a cuppa?) 07986009942 Thank You.

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LENT 2019

ASH WEDNESDAY COMMUNION   6th March

Start Lent at our special communion service for Ash Wednesday with the option of ‘ashes’  at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 6th March.

TALKING JESUS COURSE   Lent 2019

The CofE joined partners to undertake some national research asking: What do people in England know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers?  The results were as staggering as they were encouraging.  Using this information an upbeat 6 week course for all church members has been produced; each week introduced by a short film.  Some of our home groups will use the course before Easter and others after; whilst Church Alive will use and discuss the films from 3rd March.  Ideal for Lent, we’re sure you’ll be fascinated, encouraged and challenged. 

The sessions are:

❖ Everyone Talking Jesus

❖ What Motivates Us

❖ Living Distinctively

❖ Our Story

❖ God’s Story

❖ Go On