Sunday 12th January: Baptism of Christ
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Hazel O’Sullivan
10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Tim Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Christingle Service
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Merbecke Choral Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
Thurs 9th St.Faith’s Communion
Andy Norris

Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

CANDLEMAS 2nd Feb. Did you know…
At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth as God with us, God incarnate. At Candlemas we follow Jesus being presented to God in the Temple at the age of 40 days – his naming and dedication – where we celebrate Jesus as the Light of God’s salvation for all peoples and nations; the one who, in turn, will present us to God our Father. Celebrating Jesus as the Light of the World therefore continues when we gather for the following:

St.Francis’ Christingle 12th January at 11.15am
St.Mary’s Christingle 2nd February at 10.45am

For Candlemas at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 2nd February for a
beautiful choral celebration of Jesus ‘The Light of the World’.

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.

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

Over coffee in St.Mary’s

FISH N CHIPS at ALPHA Thursday 6th February. If you’ve not experienced the new Alpha film series then 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 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

CONNECTIONS This Thurs 16th Feb
Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am -11.30am in
the Scout HQ, Clayhall Road. Every 1st/3rd Thurs.

MESSY CHURCH Thurs 23rd Jan
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.

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.

iNViTe Bring & Share TEA 29th Jan
We’ll start our iNViTe teas again ahead of iNViTe services on 4th Sunday of each month. A very informal finger buffet tea (scones/cakes/savouries) from 5.40pm in St.Mary’s Church, leading up to our 6.30pm service. All Welcome – even if you just want to join us for tea each month! Who knows – we might even enjoy a few left over goodies and see some folk from the earlier Forces Tea too!

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 to get together with others to relax, feel good and have fun. You’ll be using simple dotting techniques to create beautiful wooden hanging hearts, cards and decorated envelopes. Choice of paint effects, colours, designs and stamped sentiments. Price is £7.50 to include all materials and tuition.
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!

A legal agreement is being prepared which, upon completion, should allow for confirmation of planning consent for the new Parish Centre. So we should soon have that good news to share, but in the meantime please add the following dates in your diary, and let’s continue enjoying getting together for 2020…
Jan 28th – Coffee Morning
Feb 15th – Curry & Quiz Night – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor
Mar 24th – Coffee Morning
Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!
Apr 28th – Coffee Morning
May 16th – Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends Concert
May 26th – Coffee Morning
Jun 2nd – Beetle Drive, Tea & Cake
Jun 23rd – Coffee Morning
Jul 4th/5th – Alverstoke Garden Walkabout

Can we help you by relieving you of any unwanted Christmas gifts such as chocolates and that odd bottle of Champagne? Just think of the health benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre! Any gifts, candles, novelty items would be greatly appreciated at the Parish Centre – with thanks for your support.

Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”

Don’t forget – those who’ve been collecting imperishable food or toiletries each day are invited to bring your 25 items to St.Mary’s in the New Year to place them with our permanent basket/hamper which collects all year for our Gosport Food & Basics Bank; thanks.

Can you the Mayor’s vision supporting the homeless with accommodation and food from 6th Jan to 29th Feb? More info on a letter from the Mayor at the back of St.Mary’s or email: Thank you.

PARISH AGM 21st April
Please pop the date of Tuesday 21st April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s in your diary for our parish annual meeting (APCM) – thanks, Andy.

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.
Please pray for their families and for Eric’s wife Joyce at this time.

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.
Please pray for their families and for Eric’s wife Joyce at this time.