Worship across the Parish:    Sunday Before Lent

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Diana Dow

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Reg Forse

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive 

Andy Norris/Chris Richardson

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

welcoming Revd Colin Chambers

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Chris Richardson

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong

Diana Dow

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson


LENT 2019


Start Lent at our special communion service for Ash Wednesday with the option of ‘ashes’  at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 6th March.

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 two Sundays 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 on Wednesdays!

20 folk started Alpha last Thursday – but due to 

demand Andy, our Rector, will be running a second

Alpha Course this Lent – on Wednesday evenings 

starting on 13th March, 7.30pm in The Rectory.  

This is in addition to the Thursday Course.  

Please contact Andy or sign list in St.Mary’s if you’d be interested to join this new but smaller Alpha Course on Weds until Easter.


Those caring for tots are invited to our weekday groups (term time). Natasha our leader and the team would be pleased to welcome you; cuppa, chatting, songs & rhymes, children’s play:

Mondays in Parish Centre from 1.15pm -2.45pm

Tuesdays in St.Francis’ Church from 9.30am -11.00am


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.

PARISH COUNTRY WALK  Saturday 27th April

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


Working Towards a New Parish Centre…


BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July



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)

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT now until 10th March

Order your fair-trade Easter Eggs through Peter & Julie Fieldsend our parish Traidcraft reps who’d be pleased to help you.  This year Fairtrade Fortnight focuses on the chocolate we adore!  Gosport Fairtrade Action’s Chocolate event is on Saturday, 9 March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. at the Discovery Centre. Tasting and family activities.


Being a school governor on behalf of the church is a very significant voluntary role.  We’re seeking a member of the congregation/electoral roll who may be able to offer their time and skills to serve Alverstoke Junior School.  If it could be you called to this roll then have a word with Andy Norris who’d be pleased to chat, thank you.

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 in a named envelope whilst all others are welcome to take a non-addressed copy.  

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.


Many thanks to all who turned up at yesterday to freshen up the church with your cleaning, polishing, mending and caring; and also to the team who hosted last night’s fabulous curry and quiz.

D-DAY 75th : Researcher Required!

For June we’ll prepare a reflective space at the war memorial for the 75th Anniversary commemoration of D-Day.  To help with this it would be helpful to know if any of those who are named upon our war memorial from WW2 were involved in the D-Day landings – 

or of other parish veterans too.  Is there is anyone who’d be willing to research the names online etc and find such details by May?  If so we’d be very grateful, thank you. Please have a word with Andy.  Gosport Borough are hosting a Stokes Bay event for 1st-2nd June.


Kate’s on the look out for anyone willing to pre-prepare crafts for children’s activities.  If you are interested please call Kate, Families Minister, to arrange (over a cuppa?) 07986009942 Thank You.


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 11.00am.

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