Sunday 19th January: Epiphany 2
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Morning Prayer
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Reg Forse / Steve Dent
10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive Steve Dent
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong Diana Dow
Thurs 9th St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson / Erica Wilkie
iNViTe Next Sunday – ‘Faith in Action’ & Tea!
Next Sunday evening we look forward to welcoming Phil Rutt to our iNViTe service at 6.30pm. Phil is a Project Leader of the Open Doors project for the homeless in Gosport this winter, along with being the chair of the Food & Basics Bank. With Phil’s experience, Steve Dent will be exploring ‘Faith in Action’ at our informal service. We’ll enjoy a ‘Bring & Share’ Tea ahead of the service from 5.40pm.
CHRISTINGLE at ST.MARY’S 2nd Feb
Join us at 10.45am at Candlemas on 2nd February for our beautiful intergenerational Christingle as we celebrate the light of Jesus.
Candlelight CHORAL EVENSONG
For Candlemas at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 2nd February for a
choral festival of Jesus ‘The Light of the World’.
MEMORIAL CANDLES for Candlemas
St.Mary’s will be ablaze with candles on 2nd Feb. If you would like to sponsor a Candlemas candle in memory of a loved one whose name will then be entered by calligraphy in the Candlemas Memorial Book, please complete the form at the back of St.Mary’s and return it to the Parish Office by 27th Jan with your £3 per name.
GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
Fish n’ Chips at ALPHA Thurs 6th February If you’ve not experienced the new Alpha film series yet then you’re in for a treat. Why not come along to the first ‘taster’
session – and even better – enjoy complimentary ‘fish n’ chips’ (or other alternative from the chippy) to start off our new course.
The films are both challenging and inspiring – they help us address questions of life and of faith – and help renew our Christian life.
Our Spring Alpha starts on Thurs 6th February at 7.15pm in The Parish Centre. For catering purposes please sign up for the first evening by contacting Andy Norris at email@example.com. Why not invite and bring a friend? They do like an invitation!
LENT COURSE ‘On The Third Day’
Why not join us for this year’s Lent Course, ‘On The Third Day’? Starting on Weds 11th March, it comprises of five sessions exploring the relevance of the resurrection for today. We will be running two groups in the comfortable St.Francis’ Church in Clayhall Road; one at 10.30am to noon, the other from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. All are welcome, with tea and coffee to start. Please contact Steve Dent on 07722 902 344 for info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MESSY CHURCH Thurs 23rd Jan
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.
New: FORCES FAMILY TEA Sun 26th Jan
Those serving in the armed forces and service families are invited to our first tea from 4.15pm on Sunday 26th January in the Parish Centre. Whether single or with a family – all who are serving would be very welcome. The tea is for spouses and children too – especially important when someone is away from home. Contact Andy Norris or Jon & Carole Backhouse (RN Chaplain) for more info.
SMILE goes Dotty! 31st Jan
St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening gathers for another creative evening of ‘Dotty Art’ on Friday 31st Jan at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All women welcome, using simple dotting techniques to create beautiful craft items/cards. £7.50 includes all materials and tutor. You’re of course welcome to join the fellowship and make friends even if you don’t wish to join in the ‘paid up’ craft activity. Please contact Emma Anderton for more info and to book your Dot!
SPRING HARVEST OPPORTUNITY at Easter
Marie Anthony has booked a static caravan in Minehead in order to attend Spring Harvest 2020 from 4th-9th April. She has two spare twin bedrooms available if any would like to attend the excellent event. The cost would not be for the caravan, only for the Spring Harvest entry which is £175 per adult for the week’s Christian
festival which occupies the whole of Butlins – so it is a great holiday as well as spiritually inspired and renewing. See Spring Harvest at www.springharvest.org and contact Marie to discuss.
PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION events
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tues 28th Jan
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.
Quiz & Curry Night Sat 15th Feb
Enjoy our classic pub style quiz in great company with a choice of veg. or chicken curry at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets £10 per person before 7th Feb, or £12 thereafter! From the parish
office or by emailing email@example.com . Please bring own drinks!
Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor
Mar 24th – Coffee Morning
Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!
May 16th – Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends Concert
Jun 2nd – Beetle Drive, Tea & Cake
Please take a Milk Bottle for your coins!
The small bottles for collecting loose change have so far raised £2905 which proves how ‘every penny counts’! So, if you’re willing, you’re invited to take a small bottle from the back of St.Mary’s
today and return it when full! Thank you very much indeed.
Alverstoke Garden Walkabout 4th-5th July
If you have a garden in Alverstoke, you could open it up for us! It doesn’t need to look like the Chelsea Show, just a space you enjoy and would like to share however large or small, paved or lawned, shuns or tubs. It’s a lovely sociable occasion welcoming so many people. Tempted? Please call Sally Rees (in the choir) or a member of the Regeneration team. Thank you.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”
GOSPORT ‘OPEN DOORS’ APPEAL
Can you help the Mayor’s vision supporting the homeless with
accommodation and food from 6th Jan to 29th Feb? More information on a letter from the Mayor at the back of St.Mary’s or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
PUSHCHAIR – LEFT BEHIND AFTER CHURCH!
Do you know who’s it is? It’s at the back of St.Mary’s.
WE’RE SORRY TO SAY…
The following church members funerals are arranged for:
Eric Martin at 12.15pm on Thurs 23rd at Portchester Crem.
Jo Luffingham at 2.00pm on Mon 27th, memorial in St.Mary’s.
Joan Thompson at 12.30pm on Thurs 13th Feb to be held in Solent Evangelical Church. Joan worshipped at St.Faith’s and was a long serving member of our team visiting nursing homes.