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

Please read on for this week’s notices:

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

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.

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 Wednes-day 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!

CUPPA & COMPANY Tues 26th March
In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm. Friendship, conversa-tion & cake for any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

MOTHERING SUNDAY POSES
The flower team will be making Mothering Sunday poses on Saturday 30th March. If you have any spare greenery would you be kind enough to leave it at the back of St. Mary’s on Fri 29th? Many Thanks, Carol Workman.

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 Scaven-ger 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.

Never been on the roll?  
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 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.

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 CEN-TRE
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 renew-al 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 at www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/training. Any questions please Jan Windsor. Thanks.

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

TONY COMPTON
We are sad to announce that Tony passed away peacefully last Friday. Friends of Tony and Jean are welcome to join them for a Service of Thanksgiving for Tony’s life at St. Mary’s at 2.30pm on Thursday 4th April followed by light refreshments afterwards in the parish centre.