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Worship across the Parish:   Bible Sunday

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

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris/Darren Clarke

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris/Darren Clarke

11.00am St.Luke’s Communion

Ian Rutherford

11.15am St.Francis’ Worship

Steve Dent

6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe reflective prayer & praise

Tim Watson

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion   Steve Dent

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iNViTe at St.Mary’s Tonight

Revd Tim Watson, Pioneer Minister, and the worship group will be hosting our reflective service of praise and prayer this evening.  So you’re ‘iNViTed’ at 6.30pm to St.Mary’s this evening as we seek the Lord through song and prayer in a more relaxed style of worship.

GIDEON’S DISPLAY for BIBLE SUNDAY  Today

The Bible Society has designated today as Bible Sunday.   On the south side of the church there is a display of Bibles and New Testaments, produced by Gideon’s UK.  George Payne, a Gideon’s representative, will be in attendance.

VISIT TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL  Thurs

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!    This Thurs

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   This Fri

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 BEREAVEMENT SERVICE   Next Sun

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.

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.

‘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?

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

Save the Dates: Thurs 5th – Sun 8th December

TREE FESTIVAL SUNDAY TIME CHANGES

Please note: No St.Mary’s 9.15am or Church Alive on 8th Dec when we shall have one united festival service at 10.00am.

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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.

CHRISTMAS TREE STEWARDS

Help us welcome and host 5000 guests!

Christmas Tree Festival Stewards (Fri 6th – Sun 8th December).

Many thanks to those of you who have already confirmed that you can act as a steward again for this year’s festival.  If there is anyone else who would like to steward or would like to find out more about what being a steward entails, please contact Liz Finch asap.  Thanks so much.

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. Many Thanks, Kate.

PARISH WALKING

Although they don’t need to and due to circumstances, Jane & Huw Jones offer apologies for not organising a countryside church walk this autumn.  But say they have two good walks planned for the Spring and Autumn 2020.  We’re grateful to them for planning our walks and look forward to the Spring walk and lunch.

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.

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.

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.