19th February 2017 2 b Lent

A warm welcome to worship in

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well…” Matthew 6 v 33
Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
12.30am St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Andrew Norris

IT TAKES TWO – Building a Lasting Marriage. Thurs 16 March by Care for the Family.
A fun, informative and very popular evening being held for couples across the UK. Coming to Cosham Baptist Church on Thursday 16th March from 7.30-10pm. For more details check out the website https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/event/it-takes-two-portsmouth or call Tel: 02920 810800

Next Sunday at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s we’re going to turn the focus of our monthly 6.30pm iNViTe service towards nurturing prayer and offering prayer ministry; our iNViTe Prayer Night for at least the next six months!

COFFEE MORNING 28th February
10:30 am until 12:00 noon. £2.50 for drink and cake.
Come and join us for tea, coffee, cake, chat, and more.
Come with friends, make new friends, and help raise money for a new Parish Centre. Thank you for all your support as the total raised is now £8114!

Friday 3rd March, 10.30am at Gosport URC -St.Columba’s, Elson Road, Gosport PO12 4WB.

Sunday 5th March. Refreshments from 6pm with worship commencing at 6.30pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn Lane, Crookhorn, PO7 5QB.

New OLDER YOUTH CELL (14 -16+)
2nd & 4th Wednesdays during term.
7.30-8.45pm at 6 Carlong Way PO12 1LN with Clare & Tim Watson. For Bible Study – Prayer – Nibbles.
Starts 8th March – Creation & Fall
22nd March – God’s Faithfulness
12th April – Cross & Resurrection
Contact the Watsons to book a place: 023 9243 9737

Fridays during term time, 7.30pm in The Parish Centre.
We’re so grateful to our leaders who have recently stepped down but who worked so hard for our Youth Club on Friday nights – thank you for all you’ve given. We’re thankful too for new helpers, Tara & Rachel, whose support to Anne & Ed Ross with Laurie means Breakthrough continues to serve over 30 teenagers each week.
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)

SEEK PERSONAL PRAYER AT ST.MARY’S? Following their autumn training, two members of our renewed team of 12 will wear badges and be available to pray with anyone who seeks prayer between 10.15am-10.45am in St.Mary’s Sanctuary each week – don’t hesitate to see them.

Please see our new page for the regeneration of the Parish Centre called: ALVERSTOKE NEW PARISH CENTRE. If you click on and ‘like’ it then it helps raise the pages presence for online searches. Thanks. There is also a New Centre tab on the website!

Many thanks to the children for selling daffodil pots and raising over £130 for women and girls in Ethiopia.
A long advanced notice so that we can all be there to welcome Bishop Christopher to St.Mary’s on Sunday 26th November.

On 26th November Bishop Christopher will be pleased to Confirm those who wish to affirm their baptism, and be prayed for to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The ancient prayer said is: “Confirm O Lord your servant (N) with your Holy Spirit”. For those baptised as infants this is the completion of the baptism and fulfilment of the promises made by your parents; for you to make it your own.

For those adults who are not baptised it offers the opportunity for baptism (including by immersion for those who wish) immediately followed by the prayer. There will be preparation in the Autumn for older teenagers and adults who’d like to affirm and declare their faith by Confirmation or through adult BaptismFor those adults who are not baptised it offers the opportunity for baptism (including by immersion for those who wish) immediately followed by the prayer. There will be preparation in the Autumn for older teenagers and adults who’d like to affirm and declare their faith by Confirmation or through adult Baptism.

Following the vote by the clergy at General Synod not to ‘take note’ of the House of Bishops’ paper on ‘Marriage and Same Sex Relationships’, Bishop Christopher has released the following press statement:
“All people must be valued by the Church as they are by God. Whatever the disagreements about how we formally express that – and further thinking is clearly needed – I’m committed to using the maximum freedom, which was encouraged by all the bishops in their report, to welcome and affirm everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, nationality or any of the ways in which people can be so hurtfully differentiated.  I’ll be exploring how this inclusion can be supported in our diocese including some guidance to clergy and lay leaders.”

With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.
+ Bishop Christopher

Many thanks to the 18 folk of St.Faith’s who shared in the consultation (and soup!) last Sunday. The options to release the church building for mission and focus on the Thursday Communion were most strongly supported. In the light of this the church committee have again met to consider the options and look forward to the future flourishing and mission of the community at St.Faith’s. More information will follow in preparation for St.Faith’s AGM on Sunday 12th March after morning worship, with a view to any changes being implemented after Easter.

ST.FRANCIS’ AGM on Sunday 19th March
PARISH APCM (AGM!) on Tuesday 11th April

Churches Together are grateful for the huge response of clothing etc for the homeless, thank you. There is now so much that they cannot take anymore for the time being! The Foodbank and ARC continue as usual to seek food items and toiletries, thank you.