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Worship across the Parish:   Trinity 17

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Said Communion Humphrey Prideaux

9.15am St.Mary’s Worship: God’s Word in our Hands!

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Worship

Darren Clarke

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Merbecke Setting Communion

Humphrey Prideaux

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Tim Watson

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CONNECTIONS   This Thursday 17th

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

TRAIDCRAFT is BACK! Today

The Traidcaraft stall is back on 13th Oct with the usual Coffee, Chocolate and Preserves etc but also with the opportunity to view and order your Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards and  Christmas gifts. Thank you, Julie & Peter Fieldsend.   

GOD’S WORLD IN OUR HANDS  Today

It’s timely to welcome Traidcraft back today when our 9.15am 

service shall explore the special theme of: God’s World in our Hands.  With Climate Change so much in the media, why not invite someone to join you at this service?  They may not know that the Church of England’s mission is to ‘Strive to Safeguard the integrity of Creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING   19th Oct

Join us on Sat 19th for the relaxed coffee morning with cakes and stalls in support of St.Francis’ Church: 9.45am-11.30am.

Concert with Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends:   19th October

“OPERA MEETS THE EVERLYS”     Next Sat

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’.

ST.MARY’S JUNIOR SAILING CLUB  Next Sat

The 45 young sailors in our church sailing club are celebrating the end of a good season on the creek, sailing each weekend, at their season end ‘Laying Up Supper’ next Saturday when awards for their progress will be presented – including our special Dee Caffari silver globe trophy (given by round the world sailor Dee who is our church club President).  Congratulations to all our sailors and thanks to the many volunteers who help us serve the young people in this way which makes such a difference to young people’s confidence, self-esteem and belonging.

ADULT BAPTISM & RENEWAL of FAITH   20th 

Please join us next Sunday at 10.45am to celebrate with those who are taking the momentous step of being baptised and others who are renewing their faith.  Let us all be there as a church to formally welcome them in to the fellowship we share in Christ.  So please pray for Ness and for Andrew along with those others who’ll renew commitment to Christ with the words:

Do you commit your life to Jesus Christ?

I answer the call of God my creator.
I commit my life to Jesus Christ,   trusting him as my Saviour and Lord.
I seek new life from the Holy Spirit.

MESSY CHURCH  24th October

Children and their adults are invited for crafts, games, story, songs, worship and a hot cooked tea from 3.30pm in Parish Centre.  Messy Church want to re-use your plastic bottles so if you’re able to pop them in to the Parish Centre that would be great – thank you.

VISIT TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL   31st Oct

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!    31st Oct

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.

RECTORY BONFIRE & SUPPER   1st Nov

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.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10th November

Please note that our morning service times change for Remembrance.  Instead of both 9.15am and 10.45am we have one single Remembrance Service in St.Mary’s starting at 10.30am.  It includes the laying of wreaths at the significant parish memorial.  St.Francis’ Church also gather earlier at 10.45am for an act of Remembrance.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Great News… We’ve 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! 

It’s time to get your tickets for the 12th November:

SPARKLE & STYLE FASHION SHOW 

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.

From Kate, Families Minister:

LIGHT PARTY HELPERS & Guvna B!

We are running a Light Party on 31st October for families in the Parish centre.  If there are any folk who can help me either set up (4.30pm-5.00pm) and clear up (6.30pm-7.00pm) or in running the party (5.00pm-6.30pm) then I’d be pleased to hear from you.  I am also looking borrow lots of LED fairy lights or bright items that we can decorate the hall with. If you feel you can help then please see Kate Many Thanks.

Also…

Kate is planning to attend Harbour Church this Sunday evening (13th) at 6pm to hear double MOBO award winning Christian rapper, author and evangelist Guvna B.  The event is at 334 Commercial Road Portsmouth PO14BT. 

Strive to Safeguard the integrity of Creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth:

ONE WORLD WEEK POSTER

NEW POSTCARDS

Please take and use the new invitational postcards and invite someone along.  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.

NEW ‘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.