Sunday 23rd September 2018

St.Mary’s St.Faith’s St.Francis’ St.Luke’s

” Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”  James 3v18


Worship across the Parish: Trinity 17

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris/Henry Pomeroy CHASE Africa

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris/Henry Pomeroy CHASE Africa

11.00am St.Luke’s Communion

Ian Rutherford

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

George Oliver

6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Contemporary Praise Chris Richardson/Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Tim Watson



We’re delighted to welcome Henry Pomeroy, a Director from CHASE Africa, to speak at St.Mary’s this morning.  We look forward to hearing about the vision and mission of the charity which we are supporting within our Africa Partnerships and to presenting a cheque to Henry today.  Thank you to all who’ve raised money.

Our Michael Wheeler is a trustee and will be speaking at St.Francis’ for harvest next Sunday morning about CHASE Africa too.


Please join us for lunch today from 12.15pm-1.45pm in the Parish Centre.  Just come along, or if you can bring a dish to share then we shall look forward to enjoying buffet lunch together in fellowship and giving an opportunity to meet Henry Pomeroy.   Food (covered) can be placed in the Parish Centre Lounge from 9.00am Sunday.

CUPPA & COMPANY  This Tuesday

In the Parish Centre between 2pm and 3pm.  Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend to enjoy a cuppa and home made cake!  Every fourth Tuesday.

MESSY CHURCH  This Thursday 27th September

3.30pm in Parish Centre for games, crafts, stories, cooked tea!


Please join us next Sunday 30th when we shall celebrate Harvest at our morning services.  Gifts of imperishable groceries and of toiletries will be collected at all services in support of the Gosport & Fareham Food & Basics Bank; including at St.Francis’ and Thursday St.Faith’s.


Join us on the morning of Saturday 13th October for a 3 hour walk incorporating Queen Elizabeth Country Park and ending with a pub lunch. Details, map and sign up list at back.  Jane & Huw Jones.


Join us on 20th October for another great quiz, chilli supper (vegetarian option) plus pudding with Taverners Ukele Band.  In support of our Africa Partnerships in Ghana and Kenya (through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa).  Tickets £10 from the Parish Centre.

A 20’s-30’s NETWORK?   Supper Invite

Andy & Libby Norris invite those in their twenties and thirties to supper at The Rectory on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm in the hope of exploring the viability of relevant new network. 

Please RSVP for catering and dietary requirements!  Thanks.

ADULT BONFIRE PARTY        Bring & Share

A repeat of last years fabulous bonfire and Bring & Share supper party at the Rectory.  This year to be held on Friday 9th November from 7.00pm.  All adults welcome (sorry not children) – hosted by our SMILE (women’s) and A.MEN (men’s) groups.  PBAB of your preferred refreshment!  Bring a friend, hope to see you there.



12noon-4.00pm including our

10p Messy Fun Fete in St.Mary’s Church grounds.    Last year our new innovation of the family fun in the church yard was very successful for the community.  We need many helpers to express God’s welcome through running the dozen fete games.  Thank you to those who have already signed up, today Jo Northey will be asking which stalls you can help on.  We still need more volunteers. Thank you for your support, this was a great way to show love to local families at last year.

Michaelmas Church Music & Prayer

St.Mary’s is open throughout the fayre – with a repertoire of organ music played for visitors and a prayer space in the chapel.


A feast of local musical talent from 7.00pm-9.00pm on

29th September in St.Mary’s. A retiring offering for St.Mary’s music ministry. Bring flags for our usual proms style patriotic finale!


For the first time we’ve had permission to close Green Road – this will add much to the Fayre.  But to do this we need to offer at least four volunteers stewards at the road barriers (to let in emergency vehicles).  Support will be given plus official reflective tops.  Please let Andy Norris know if you can offer help.

Look out for our STALLS within the Fayre!

Visit our two Parish Centre Regeneration Stalls – meet the team with latest news; buy their cakes, sweets and knitted hedgehogs!

Also members are hosting stalls for our Africa Partnerships: look out for Debie & Hazel selling their decorated pottery – and Michael with cakes/sweets supported by baking from our children’s groups/families (delivered to stall on the day or in advance to Jo Northey at 8, Gomer Lane) – thank you.


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 between the screens in St.Mary’s north aisle.


With a theme ‘You know me by name!’ 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.


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.


Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

The Fund Balance at the end of August was an amazing £35,862 – Thank you so much for such generosity of hard work and giving!

Coffee, Cake & Co.  Tuesday 25th Sept

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.

AUTUMN CONCERT – tickets now!

Tickets for the concert on 5th October are now available from the Parish Centre. Price is £7.50. We’ll be in for another treat with the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood, The (Portsmouth) Military Wives’ Choir, and Katie Rogers, a marvellous local jazz singer. The theme this year is “Pack up Your Troubles”. Tickets are selling fast.

OPERA COMIQUE presents Gilbert and Sullivan

7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 20th October.   If you would like to sing join the rehearsal on the day (ring 01329 665170). Free admission, with a retiring collection. With Paul Pilott, Louise Helyar & Friends.


On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance. Tickets from Parish Centre – £12.50 to include a ploughman’s supper and dessert.


Funerals of Church Members

We’re sorry to share the sad news of the passing and funerals of:

Ivy Bishop  – Portchester, 27th at 1.00pm, afterwards at St.Francis’ for refreshments – donations to Friends of St.Francis’

Alex Bratton – St.Mary’s – time be confirmed

Joan Russell – St.Mary’s at 1.30pm on 2nd October.


WALK FOR FREEDOM (Modern Slavery)

On 20th October STOP THE TRAFFIK Portsmouth and partners host a WALK FOR FREEDOM to raise awareness about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in our City.  11.30am in Guildhall Square – to walk in silence, single file through the city centre alongside Police, Counsellors, church and other partners.


Sat 11th November   9.45am-11.30am