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Worship across the Parish:    Lent 2

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Darren Clarke

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson/Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Diana Dow

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Andy Norris

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong

Paddy Trasler

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson

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LENT 2019

Would you like a Christian Book for Lent?

A number of books remain for you to take and have for Lent.  On the table at the back of St.Mary’s – please browse, help yourself and enjoy – this will be the last Sunday when they are available.  

LENT CHORAL EVENSONG   7th April

St.Mary’s choir invite you to join them at 6.30pm on 7th April as they sing ‘O Saviour of the World’ by Sir John Goss.

iNViTe for LENT   24th March

Join us next Sunday 24th for reflective prayer and worship songs as we focus on Jesus for Lent; 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.  

PARISH BOUNDARY PRAYER WALK  27th

Whether for the whole 8 miles, or just the first mile along Stokes Bay, those who wish are invited to walk the parish boundary with Andy Norris starting from GAFIRS at 1.30pm on Wednesday 27th March.  We’ll stop at ‘junctions’ along the way to pray for the community; and for a cuppa too!  Weather dependent – not in rain!

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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING

Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship… 

prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

MOTHERS’ UNION ANNUAL SERVICE  Tues

Our MU invite you to join them in St.Mary’s at 2.00pm on 19th March for their Annual Service of Commitment, followed by a cuppa 

CUPPA & COMPANY    Tues 26th March

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

MESSY CHURCH  Thurs 28th March

The next fabulous celebration for children and their adults returns at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre on 28th.  Games, stories, crafts, worship ending with a cooked tea served at 5.15pm.  Don’t miss it!

MOTHERING SUNDAY Evening    31st March

We shall be celebrating Mothering Sunday across our morning services on 31st March, but at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s we shall reflect more upon prayer for healing and wholeness in parenthood, relationships and families.  With an opportunity to be anointed with oil.

EASTER HOLS FAMILIES ACTIVITIES

Both days at 10am-12noon:

Mon 8th April – Family Beach Art Competition followed by games

Tue 9th April – Family Scavenger Hunt followed by quiz and craft

All free, and all children and their adults welcome.  Pre-book with Kate, Families Minister, on 07986 009942

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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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)

Never been on the roll?  Take a form today.

NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

Join our CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019

plus data and photo consent forms.  Forms which explain more are available at the back of church.  Return by 31st March!

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

What a year we’ve had!  Join in at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th April in St.Mary’s Church for information, thanksgiving, electing, vision.

AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS    visit on 7th April Thank you so much to all who’ve raised money and given to our Africa Partnerships.  You’re ongoing support for Christian Aid in Ghana and of CHASE Africa in Kenya is wonderful.   We’ve now raised the balance of £2500 for Christian Aid (total £5000) and so we look forward to welcoming Christian Aid’s Stephen Dominy to St.Mary’s on 7th April to tell us about the Ghana project and receive a cheque.  Our partnerships continue until the end of 2019 – when the final balance of our fundraising will be given to CHASE Africa.

LEESLAND THREADS       Clothes Swap

Leesland Threads: the new children’s clothes swap has a particular need for boys clothes aged 3-6, if you have any spare they would be gratefully received. Please bag up any clothes and leave at the back of St. Mary’s.  Many thanks.  Revd Tim Watson, Pioneer. 

JAM JARS FOR GOOD FRIDAY!

Messy Church are collecting Jam Jars with their Lids to be ready for Good Friday Messy Church.  Jars to Parish Centre or back of church (Sundays only) please – thank you.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING : PARISH CENTRE

Those who volunteer and work with children or adults where a DBS certificate is required need to undertake the diocesan C1 training module every three years.  This is for 2 hours – either online – or face to to face.  We are actually hosting a ‘face to face’ diocesan C1 training course in the Parish Centre on Sat 13th July run by the diocesan safeguarding team.  This is an excellent opportunity for those who need initial training or renewal to obtain their:

C1 Children:  09:30-11:30 

C1 Adults: 12:30-14:30

Some may wish to attend both sessions.  Each session needs to be booked online on the Safeguarding pages at www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/training.  Scrolling down to 13th July sessions.  This course is open to all across the diocese – so it is first come first served for up to 30 places on each.  If there are any queries or difficulties, or to check if you require renewal, please contact our Safeguarding Lead Recruiter: Jan Windsor.  Thanks.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 26th March

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.

APRIL CONCERT      Sat 13th April

PAUL PILOTT, LOUISE HELYER & FRIENDS 

invite you to join them in another of their popular concerts in St.Mary’s on 13th April with a retiring collection for the project.

BARN DANCE     11th May

Welcome in the summer with a traditional Barn Dance in the main hall of Bay House School.  No experience needed as we have an expert caller.  tickets include supper but not drinks!  A great night out – so just bring lots of energy and a sense of fun!

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July

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THY KINGDOM COME ‘Beacon’ Event 9th June

In response to the Archbishop’s national call to prayer Portsmouth Diocese are calling all churches together on Pentecost Sunday 9th June in the grounds of Portchester Castle.    

A special open air and ecumenical ‘beacon’ of prayer, worship, celebration:

1pm-2.30pm The big prayer picnic with fun for families and a variety of prayer tents to visit.

2.30pm-4pm The prayer & worship event drawing us all together as one.

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HOLY WEEK & EASTER 2019

Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 

Communion for Maundy Thursday 10.00am in St.Faith’s

‘Upper Room’ Last Supper communion service                                             at 7.00pm in St.Francis Church.

‘Watch & Pray’ Quiet Vigil 8.00 – 9.30pm in St.Mary’s.

‘Vigil Compline’ 9.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel.

Friday 19th April Good Friday

Easter ‘Messy Church’ at 10.30am in St.Mary’s.

Churches Together Good Friday Service outside               ‘Centrepeace’ on Gosport High Street at 11.15am.

Traditional Good Friday Devotions 2.00pm in St.Mary’s

Sunday 21st April Easter Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s Traditional Holy Communion 

10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion (for all ages)

(Please note 9.15am & 10.45am combining at 10.00am)

11.15am St.Francis’ Easter Communion

6.30pm     St.Mary’s Easter Readings & Hymns of Praise