Sunday 14th April 2019

“‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’”   

Luke 19v38

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


Worship across the Parish:    Palm Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer

Chris Richardson

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

Chris Richardson

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Paddy Trasler

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Sung Merbecke Communion

Humphrey Prideaux

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Maundy Thursday Communion 

Tim Watson



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; all parishioners welcome.

‘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

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion (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


All children and their adults are invited to explore the Easter story through crafts, stories, games, worship and food.  Starting in St.Mary’s Church at 10.30am on Friday and ending with lunch in the Parish Centre at noon.  Hope you can come.

We’d be grateful for extra helpers to assist with refreshments, 

supporting the activities and clearing tables and chairs etc. 

Please contact Kate if you are able to help – thanks so much.

GOOD FRIDAY at 2.00pm

A reflective and prayerful service using the words of Jesus from the cross and traditional Good Friday hymns.  Come and join the prayer in this tradition marking the last hour of Jesus on the cross.

EASTER SUNDAY at 10.00am  (no 9.15 or 10.45!)

We will celebrate Easter by uniting our 9.15am and 10.45am     services at St.Mary’s – worshipping together at 10.00am next Sunday.  We hope you’ll come and join in with this opportunity for most of the church to gather as one in proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection.  Easter Egg Hunt at the end over coffee!  


A notice to say we hope to have two or three photographers at 10.00am on Easter Sunday.  We will have consent forms to sign for those who’ve not completed one.  Be assured that you will not be in a picture if you do not give consent.  We hope to take photos reflecting the range of worship – traditional with the choir, robed clergy etc along with ones showing the music group, activity, refreshments, and congregational worship.  This is because we need new photos to build our brand new website to launch next term.  No individual will be identified in any photograph and there will be a chance to check the new website before it is made public. We hope this is ok with the congregation – thank you.


St. Mary’s Organ Scholar Ryan Bloxsom, achieved a Pass with Distinction in his Grade 4 exam, gaining 144 marks (out of 150!). Grace Russell of the Junior Choir passed with Merit at 120 marks, in her Grade 4 singing exam. Congratulations to both. Paul Pilott

PARISH COUNTRY WALK  Saturday 27th April

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

A good crowd are signing up so why not join the friendship and lunch!  Walk led by Jane and Huw Jones.


Current course members please note our Alpha course will  enjoy an extension and continue for the first four Thursdays of May from 2nd – 23rd May.  On 2nd May will be an Easter meal.

A new Summer Alpha Course will run on Wednesday evenings starting on 29th May to 17th July.  If you’ve missed the Spring Alpha or would value attending this excellent course then please save the Wednesdays through June and July and join us.  Whyn not invite and bring a friend – they do like invitations!


Our new Coffee and Activities morning for Seniors starts on Tues 2nd May, 10-11.30 am in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road. (More details in the parish mag). Would you be able to help with serving coffee or washing up? We would also be very grateful for small cakes/tray bakes. Please see Hazel O’Sullivan if you can help.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE   28th September

Can you help us?   

The parish shares with Gosport Rotarians in organising the Michaelmas Fayre for our community.  With 5000 visitors and charitable fundraising approaching £20,000 it is a significant event.  The committee have asked the church to provide two people to be:

The Brochure Editor

The Official Draw Co-ordinator 

These roles can be supported by Sue in the office.  Urgently by Easter Andy would be very pleased to hear from anyone, pair or team of folk who would be willing to undertake these roles. You’re help would be very much appreciated and is so important in our  community relations for the future of the fayre.  Thanks so much.


12th to 18th May – Can you help us deliver Christian Aid Week 

envelopes to every home in the parish?  There is no longer any knocking on doors to collect donations, simply popping envelopes through the door.  This worked well last year and so we’d love to reach even more homes!

If you’d be able to deliver a few envelopes then please contact our Christian Aid Co-ordinators – Philippa Harrap or Peter Ford; thank you.  Contact details: 



Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

BARN DANCE  11th May   Get your tickets!

Join us for our traditional Barn Dance in the main hall of Bay House School.  No experience needed as we have an expert caller.  Tickets from the Parish Centre, £12.50 to include supper and dancing but not drinks!  A great night out – so just bring lots of energy and have fun!   

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 23rd April

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.


to Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends for last night’s concert.

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July




The new roll and accounts can be seen at the back of St.Mary’s on Sunday & Tues night. Roll members are invited to check their entry.


our AGM this Tuesday

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

Elections for Churchwardens, four members of the Parochial Church Council and, this year, two members to Deanery Synod will be held in the context of reports, accounts and reflection from 2018. 


Our thanks to those who are at the end of their term and have 

served us on PCC and Synod in the past three years: Vicki Metcalf George Payne, Kim Beazley, Liz Husain and Derek Thompson. Could you serve on the PCC or Deanery Synod? We need to appoint 4 new members to PCC for 3 years, 2 members to Deanery Synod which includes PCC for 2 years. Nomination forms for these rolls can be found at the back of St.Mary’s. The PCC meets on 2nd Tuesdays, bi-monthly from January. In addition we shall be appointing two churchwardens.  Kay & Kathryn are willing to stand. Please commit all of these appointments to the Lord in prayer – thank you.