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Worship across the Parish: HARVEST THANKSGIVING

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Said Communion Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Harvest Communion

Steve Dent/Andy Norris

10.45am St.Mary’s Harvest Church Alive

Steve Dent/Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Guest speaker: Rachel Sawford

6.30pm St.Mary’s Service with Prayer for Healing & Wholeness

Andy Norris/Steve Dent/Diana Dow

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Andy Norris

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TODAY’S HARVEST GIFTS 

of GROCERIES & TOILETRIES

We celebrate Harvest this morning and worshippers are invited to offer gifts of imperishable groceries and of toiletries 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, thank you.

HEALING & WHOLENESS  Tonight

Our service at 6.30pm this evening has a focus on reflection, prayers and opportunity to seek God’s grace for peace, reconciliation, healing and wholeness in our lives or for those for whom we pray.  Don’t be ‘shy’ to come either for yourself or for someone else.  In the service will the purely optional, but dignified opportunity to light a candle, place petals in the font, have formal anointing, to pray or just to remain comfortable whilst the choir sing.  All welcome to this gentle and reflective service.

AFTERNOON TEA with PROSECCO!     8th Oct

Join us for a very enjoyable afternoon tea at 2.00pm on Tuesday 8th in the Parish Centre in support of the new Parish Centre.  Tickets are £7.50 for a great occasion and fabulous tea – especially now that we have formally applied for Planning Permission on the plans seen at the back of church.  Tickets from Marilyn Lovett or the office in the Parish Centre.  Not to be missed!

MICHAELMAS FAYRE Thank you

Thank you so much to all those who helped at the Michaelmas Fayre yesterday both during the morning and afternoon.  Welcoming guests in to the church, for the concert, for the 10p Fete, for the Regeneration Refreshments, acting as road stewards, supporting the draw – some 50+ folk in the end and we’re very grateful to you.

ST.FRANCIS’ GUEST SPEAKER Welcome

Today we welcome Rachel Sawford at St.Francis’ worship at 11.15am for St.Francis’ charity Sunday.  Rachel will be speaking on behalf of a women’s refuge.

Concert with Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends:

OPERA MEETS THE EVERLYS     19th Oct

The accomplished and popular choir are back in St.Mary’s on Sat 19th at 7.30pm for an exciting mix of entertaining music.  On behalf of the new Parish Centre – no tickets but a retiring collection.  Billed as ‘An unusual 60 minutes programme of popular & classic 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’   This Weds at Rectory

Our new group will start this 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.

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

Families LIGHT PARTY!

October 31st from 5.00-6.30pm in the Parish centre. Party games/ crafts/ Fun challenges and more! Pre-book with Kate Smyth to secure a place or just turn up for this half-term event!  £2 per child.

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. 

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Great News… This week we submitted our plans to GBC to seek planning permission!

Thank you to the regeneration team who have brought us to this significant moment over four years of work!  Please now pray for this process that the outcomes would be in keeping with the Lord’s will – if that should be for a new centre to be provided to serve our community for the years ahead.

Although we’ve spent sums to get to this point we are just shy of having raised an ‘overall’ total of £100,000.  This is remarkable – we’re so grateful and invite you to the events below to see if we can   raise the final £3,000 to tip this over the century by the end of 2019!

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.

NEW POSTCARDS & MAGAZINE:

Please take and use the new invitational postcards.  There are two. 

CONNECTING PEOPLE and CREATING COMMUNITY.

Connecting People is green and highlights the drop-in midweek activities and Sunday worship which focus on adults and seniors.

Creating Community is blue and highlights our activities and worship more focussed upon families and children.

HOPE MAGAZINE

Following the success of the Easter Hope magazine we have 250 copies of the autumn magazine for you to give to a friend (even if you enjoy reading it first!).  

We hope you find the new postcards and Hope mag to be helpful as you continue ‘Talking Jesus’ and sharing his love in the parish for our many groups are offering great hope and comfort to people.  Thank you, because they are reliant upon your invitation to join in.

From Kate, Families Minister:

“We are running a Light Party on 31st October for families in the Parish centre and I am looking to see if I can borrow lots of LED fairy lights or bright items that the team and I can  decorate the hall with. If you feel you can help then please see Kate to arrange collection. Many Thanks.

Thanks to all the folk that gave up their time to make the Michaelmas 10p Fete a success. Please pray that the conversations and flyers that went out will draw folk to Jesus and people will feel a sense of community at St Mary’s.   Thank you, Kate.”

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.