Worship across the Parish:    Lent 1

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer

Darren Clarke

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Darren Clarke

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Choral Communion

Chris Richardson

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson


Would you like a Book for Lent?


Over the years worshippers have been generous in lending/giving books to our library – thank you.  Although one or two still borrow books we are no longer going to host the library in favour of further developing the children’s corner.   If any folk would like to ‘recover’ their books from the table in St.Mary’s over the next week then please do so with our gratitude.  Others may like to look at the books and see if there are any that you’d like to take – perhaps to read for Lent or thereafter; you’d be welcome to have them.


The CofE joined partners to undertake some national research asking: What do people in England know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers?  The results were as staggering as they were encouraging.  Using this information an upbeat 6 week course for all church members has been produced; each week introduced by a short film.  Some of our home groups will use the course before Easter and others after; whilst Church Alive will use and discuss the films from 3rd March.  Ideal for Lent, we’re sure you’ll be fascinated, encouraged and challenged. 

The sessions are: Everyone Talking Jesus ❖ What Motivates Us

Living Distinctively ❖ Our Story ❖ God’s Story ❖ Go On


Whether for the whole 8 miles, or just the first mile along Stokes Bay, those who wish are invited to walk the parish boundary with Andy Norris starting from GAFIRS at 1.30pm on Wednesday 27th March.  We’ll stop at ‘junctions’ along the way to pray for the community; and for a cuppa too!  Weather dependent – not in rain!



Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship… prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

EXTRA  ALPHA Course after Easter

A change to last week’s notice:  we’re postponingour second Alpha until after Easter.  A Wednesday evening course from May to July will follow on nicely from our current Lent course.  More details to follow.


Come and enjoy a cuppa, chat and opportunity to play traditional table top games at our monthly drop-in from 2.00pm-4.00pm on Thursday 14th March in St.Francis’ Church.  All warmly welcome.

CUPPA & COMPANY    Tues 26th March

In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm.  Friendship, conversation & cake for any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.


Our MU invite you to join them in St.Mary’s at 2.00pm on 19th March for their Annual Service of Commitment, followed by a cuppq

PARISH COUNTRY WALK  Saturday 27th April

Map, details and sign-up list at the back of St.Mary’s on Sundays.



May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.   (2 Thess 2v16)

Could it be you?


We’re seeking a church member who may be able to serve Alverstoke Junior School as a governor. Being a Foundation Governor is a very full and rewarding role.  Please contact Andy.

Join a wholly NEW ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019

plus data and photo consent forms.  Forms for the six yearly Roll renewal plus data and photo consent are available at the back of church.  Those on the current roll have one posted whilst all others are welcome to take a non-addressed copy.  Return by 31st March!


What a year we’ve had!  Join in at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th April in St.Mary’s Church for information, thanksgiving, electing, vision.


Leesland Threads: the new children’s clothes swap has a particular need for boys clothes aged 3-6, if you have any spare they would be gratefully received. Please bag up any clothes and leave at the back of St. Mary’s.  Many thanks.  Revd Tim Watson, Pioneer.


Those who volunteer and work with children or adults where a DBS certificate is required need to undertake the diocesan C1 training module every three years.  This is for 2 hours – either online – or face to to face.  We are actually hosting a ‘face to face’ diocesan C1 training course in the Parish Centre on Sat 13th July run by the diocesan safeguarding team.  This is an excellent opportunity for those who need initial training or renewal to obtain their:

C1 Children:  09:30-11:30 

C1 Adults: 12:30-14:30

Some may wish to attend both sessions.  Each session needs to be booked online on the Safeguarding pages at www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/training.  Scrolling down to 13th July sessions.  This course is open to all across the diocese – so it is first come first served for up to 30 places on each.  If there are any queries or difficulties, or to check if you require renewal, please contact our Safeguarding Lead Recruiter: Jan Windsor.  Thanks.


If you would like to help Kate our Families Minster plan our Good Friday Messy Church then you’re invited to the Parish Centre on Thursday 14th March at 4.40pm?  Your help would be wonderful.  

If you would like to help in practical ways even if you are unable to volunteer on the day please come along too. We need craft makers, welcome team, food prep makers, singers, quiz master and more to make Good Friday Messy the best it can be with the Lord’s help. Call Kate Families Minister

AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS    visit on 7th April Thank you so much to all who’ve raised money and given to our Africa Partnerships.  You’re ongoing support for Christian Aid in Ghana and of CHASE Africa in Kenya is wonderful.   We’ve now raised the balance of £2500 for Christian Aid (total £5000) and so we look forward to welcoming Christian Aid’s Stephen Dominy to St.Mary’s on 7th April to tell us about the Ghana project and receive a cheque.  Our partnerships continue until the end of 2019 – when the final balance of our fundraising will be given to CHASE Africa.


Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 26th March

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.

APRIL CONCERT      Sat 13th April


invite you to join them in another of their popular concerts in St.Mary’s on 13th April with a retiring collection for the project.

BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July


THY KINGDOM COME ‘Beacon’ Event 9th June

In response to the Archbishop’s national call to prayer Portsmouth Diocese are calling all churches together on Pentecost Sunday 9th June in the grounds of Portchester Castle.    A special open air and ecumenical ‘beacon’ of prayer, worship, celebration:

1pm-2.30pm The big prayer picnic with fun for families and a variety of prayer tents to visit. 2.30pm-4pm The prayer & worship event drawing us all together as one.



Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 

Communion for Maundy Thursday 10.00am in St.Faith’s

‘Upper Room’ Last Supper communion service                                             at 7.00pm in St.Francis Church.

‘Watch & Pray’ Quiet Vigil 8.00 – 9.30pm in St.Mary’s.

‘Vigil Compline’ 9.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel.

Friday 19th April Good Friday

Easter ‘Messy Church’ at 10.30am in St.Mary’s.

Churches Together Good Friday Service outside               ‘Centrepeace’ on Gosport High Street at 11.15am.

Traditional Good Friday Devotions 2.00pm in St.Mary’s

Sunday 21st April Easter Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s Traditional Holy Communion 

10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion (for all ages)

(Please note 9.15am & 10.45am combining at 10.00am)

11.15am St.Francis’ Easter Communion

6.30pm     St.Mary’s Easter Readings & Hymns of Praise