Worship across the Parish:   Trinity 18

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Morning Prayer Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Adult Baptisms

Andy Norris/Darren Clarke

11.15am St.Francis’ Worship

George Oliver

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Tim Watson

ADULT BAPTISM & RENEWAL of FAITH   20th 

Please join us at 10.45am today to celebrate with Ness and with Andrew the momentous step of being baptised alongside those who are renewing their faith.  Let’s 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 which we’re all invited to echo in our hearts: 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.  Tea/Coffee provided, but please bring any other drinks you’d like to enjoy, thank you. 

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY BEREAVEMENT SERVICE

Sunday 3rd November at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.  You’re invited to our special service when we remember with thankfulness our loved ones departed whether in the recent or distant past.  You’re welcome to add names at the back of St.Mary’s to the ‘roll’ of any you’d like mentioning by name during the service.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY TIME CHANGES

Sunday 10th November:

10.30am St.Mary’s Remembrance Service

10.45am St.Francis’ Act of Remembrance

Please note: No 9.15am or Church Alive that day.

Also, Mon 11th Nov there will be an 11.00am act of remembrance at the memorial at the ‘front’ of Haslar Hospital & St.Luke’s.

‘SMILE’ LADIES NIGHT        22nd November

Ladies SMILE group wreath making evening Friday 22nd November in the Parish Centre.  SMILE = St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening!  There will be a choice of two wreaths to make either a felt one at a cost of £7 per person for materials or a rag wreath which will be at a cost of £5 for materials.  Alternatively you may bring your own wire coat hanger and materials and make a rag wreath at a cost of £1 towards the tuition.   Can you please contact Emma indicating  which wreath you would like to make . Could we please have a couple of volunteers to bring along a few cakes to go with the tea and coffee?

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 22nd Oct

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.  This Tuesday and then next on 26th November.

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

SPARKLE & STYLE FASHION SHOW 

A fashion show by M&Co Gosport on Tuesday 12th November at the Parish Centre, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  Doors open at 1.00pm.  Tickets include a glass of wine.     £7.50 from Parish Office in support of the new Parish Centre.

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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

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.

COMMUNION at HOME

If you know anyone who is no longer able to get to church but would like to receive occasional communion in their own home please let Hazel O’Sullivan know.

DID YOU COME BY CAR THIS MORNING? 

We have a number of people (all ages) who are going to find getting to church difficult as the winter weather arrives. Currently some use taxis and buggies or don’t make it at all. Can you offer to perhaps go a little out of your way to help – maybe even get the car out once a month if you usually walk – 9.15 and 10.45 services? The church can’t organise a rota for legal reasons but if you let Hazel O’Sullivan know that you either need or can offer a lift we’ll try to put you in touch. Many thanks – this is a very visible witness to Christian community.

PRAYER CARE  Every Sunday

Just a reminder that members of our prayer team are available to pray with anyone privately and confidentially about any matter from 10.15am-10.45am; behind the screen at the front of the church.   You can also leave prayer requests (please respect confidentiality) on the Prayer Tree near the Chapel.

ST.MARY’S GLAZING

The glass is now being cut to the templates, the oak framework to the arches is very well done, but still a few weeks to go!

HAVE YOU GOT A BADGE ON?

We encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge. You may like to make one at home or just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s when you arrive – 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 to Hilary.

THIS IS ONE WORLD WEEK     20th-27th Oct

“We must all share responsibility for the future of life on earth” David Attenborough.   www.oneworldweek.org

DID YOU KNOW?

They’re very profound, but did you know that the Five Marks of Mission of the anglican church, the reason ‘why’ we’re church are…

The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ:

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

To teach, baptise and nurture new believers

To respond to human need by loving service

To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.