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Worship across the Parish:    TRINITY 13

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Morning Prayer Paddy Trasler

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Sue Smith

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Darren Clarke

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Tim Watson

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CONNECTIONS   This Thursday

Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am  11.30am in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road, this Thurs 18th.  Every 1st/3rd Thurs.

Next Sunday 22nd @ CHURCH ALIVE

We look forward and are grateful to the Tuesday Evening Home Group who will be hosting our worship next Sunday at 10.45am. Pray for them as they take courage to share and lead us in praise!

A NEW HOME GROUP – finding it harder to hear?

is starting at Liz Haughton’s, 19 Little Green, 10.00 to 11.30 every other Thursday.  This is an off-shoot of the established Thursday morning Bible Study Group and is especially for those who find it difficult to hear in larger groups.  Liz is starting with 4 people but would welcome a few more.  Phone 02392 526138 if interested.

MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT  

7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 28th September to enjoy a feast of local musical talent with soloists, school choirs, and adult ensembles and choirs – ending with the popular pieces styled upon the Last Night of the Proms.  In support of St.Mary’s Music.

RECTORY BONFIRE & SUPPER

All adults welcome for a bonfire and ‘Bring & Share’ supper at the Rectory on 1st November from 7.00pm.  Hosted by our men’s A.Men and women’s SMILE groups.

‘DISCIPLE’   NB: Change of Venue to Rectory

A new group will start on Wednesday 2nd October for eleven weeks in the autumn as follow on for those who’ve already participated in an Alpha Course and who may not yet have joined a Home Group.  If you’ve been to Alpha and would be interested in this for the Autumn then please have a word with Andy Norris, thanks.

ADULT BAPTISM  20th October 

We’re pleased to be planning a Baptism service for adults during Church Alive on 20th October.  If you would like to consider being baptised as an adult then please soon have a word with Andy Norris, thanks. We may need a few sessions for preparation for any who may not have recently attended an Alpha course.

CUPPA & COMPANY    Tues 24th Sept

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 26th Sept

The next fabulous celebration for children and their adults returns at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre on 26th.  Games, stories, crafts, worship ending with a cooked tea served at 5.15pm.  Don’t miss it!

HARVEST GIFTS of GROCERIES & TOILETRIES

Please join us on Sunday 29th September when we shall celebrate Harvest at our morning services.    Gifts of imperishable groceries and of toiletries will be collected at all services in support of the Gosport & Fareham Food Bank; thank you so much… and don’t forget that there’s a basket at the back each week during the year for donations of those valued items at any time, thanks.

HEALING & WHOLENESS  Sun 29th Sept

On 29th September at 6.30pm we’ll host a special evening service in St.Mary’s with liturgy and prayer opportunity for healing, wholeness, reconciliation and peace for you or those for whom you pray.  All welcome to this gentle and reflective service… and don’t forget that the trained Prayer Ministry Team are happy to pray with anybody in confidence during coffee each Sunday morning (behind screen at front) – or by arrangement at any time.

ST.FRANCIS’ GUEST SPEAKER on 29th Sept

We look forward to welcoming Rachel Sawford at St.Francis’ worship at 11.15am on 29th, St.Francis’ charity Sunday.  Rachel will be speaking on behalf of a women’s refuge.

ST.MARY’S AUTUMN CHORAL EVENSONG 

is on 20th October at 6.30pm

VISIT TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

St.Mary’s Choir will sing Choral Evensong in Winchester Cathedral at 5.30pm on Thurs 31st October.  We are always delighted to have friends from the Parish who would like to join us for these special services. Enquiries to Paul Pilott 023 92 526255

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 24th Sept

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.

Michaelmas Fayre Village Teas – 28th September

Afternoon Tea & Prosecco – 8th October

Paul Pilott & Friends Concert – 19th October

Coffee Morning – 22nd October

Sparkle & Style Fashion Show – 12th November

Coffee Morning – 26th November

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SERVING & GIVING

Acts 4v32:  ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE 28th September

St.Mary’s needs you!   Please save the date.  

Help! Three more Stewards Needed… if this could be you then please sign the new list at the back of St.Mary’s – that would be very kind as we seek to be effective partners to the Rotarians, thank you.  Stewards will report to the Festival Chairman.

Many Thanks to those who’ve volunteered to help at the Fayre… 

7 for the draw, about 20 for the 10p Family Fun Fete.  Others would still be valued helping with those activities – but we do especially need to provide three more ‘Stewards’ for the overall fayre.

LEESLAND CE INFANT SCHOOL 125 Anniversary!

The Leesland Infant school building has been serving the children of Leesland for 125 years! Kate Hedges (business manager at the school) is opening the school as part of the Heritage Weekend in Gosport (14th and 15th of September). If you were a pupil at Leesland and would like to be involved at the weekend please 

contact Kate Hedges at the school on 02392 583872

SCAFFOLDING IN ST.MARY’S

You’ll notice the works being undertaken in preparation for installing the glazing both to the Tower and to the Chapel.  The scaffolding poses a risk so please take great care.  The joiners are currently templating the shape so that the glass fits snuggly in to the arches.  The scaffold will remain for a number of weeks.

PLEASE WEAR A NAME BADGE TODAY!

At the start of a new autumn season we’d encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge for Sept/Oct. You may like to make one at home or, when you arrive, just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s – 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.

DID YOU KNOW?     Care Homes Ministry

… a small team from the church host Sunday worship at Northcott House once a month.  A number of other teams also visit other nursing and care homes with communion, visits and to lead services during the week.  Would you like to be involved in this important ministry?  Please have a word with the clergy – thanks.