2nd April 2017 Passion Sunday

A warm welcome to worship in

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8v6

Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Tim Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Lenten Choral Evensong
Diana Dow
For Passion Sunday this evening at 6.30pm the choir shall be singing music by Henry Purcell, Herbert Howells and Sir David Willcocks with special guest conductor Jonathan Willcocks. All Welcome.

The official AGM of the parish is to be held on Tuesday 11th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s Church. Optional ‘Compline’ prayers will follow after the end of the APCM in the Chapel. Elections for Churchwardens, four members of the Parochial Church Council and, this year, six members to Deanery Synod will be held in the context of reports, accounts and reflection from 2016.

Could you serve on the PCC or Deanery Synod? We need to appoint 4 members to PCC for 3 years, 6 members to Deanery Synod including PCC for 3 years. Nomination forms for these rolls can be found at the back of St.Mary’s. The PCC meets on Tuesdays, bi-monthly from January. Our thanks to those who are at the end of their term and have served us on PCC and Synod for the past three years: Sue Strong, Tim Finch, Libby Norris, Michael Thomas, Carol Workman, Jean Compton, Sue Smith, Michael Lane and Graham Hewitt; and also to Bill Lock as Churchwarden.

Lead/involved in a church group? Then reports up to A5 size of 2016 church life welcome to the Parish Office by 4th April.

From 10.30am starting in St.Mary’s Church with activities, story and worship for Good Friday and Easter plus refreshments; all families welcome with their children – ending with hot lunch in ParishCentre.
HELP! We need many extra helpers for this Messy Church – at simple craft tables, serving refreshments etc. If you could help please contact Karen Fillery at nkae.williams@ntlworld.com or Libby.Norris@btinternet.com or the Parish Office – thank you.

Come and play Bridge on Tuesday 20th April in the Parish Centre. Tickets £20 a table from the Parish Office.

Save our C: UKELELE BAND Cheese & Wine
Raise the roof – bring your singing voices at 7.30pm on Friday 12th May in the Parish Centre. Tickets £7.50 at Parish Office.

Save our Centre FUNDRAISING Total
Many thanks to those who supported Tuesday’s Coffee Morning raising £256; for the donation of China raising £357 on ebay; and for gifts and ‘milk bottle collections’ meaning £1000 was raised last month giving us a new grand total so far of £10,776. Thank you all!

On 21st May and 18th June we are going to try new Community Evensong services whereby members of the congregation who are also members of community groups within the parish (hobbies, interests, charities – mindful that their values would need to be in keeping with St.Mary’s) are encouraged to invite your group to have a special service of thanksgiving/celebration at Evensong. Members of the group could read the lessons, select the hymns, offer a welcome, share a few words of encouragement about the group, and – if familiar with praying – could even offer the prayers. If you have a group you’d like to approach then please email Andy asap and we’ll get the ball rolling! Also, if you’re part of a group which might prefer a more contemporary style of worship then please also get in touch to see if a time can be found in the future.
If successful we may repeat Community Evensong in the Autumn.

We’re planning work parties to freshen up the Parish Centre Hall. Sat 27th May to clean/prepare the Hall. Sat 3rd June to paint. The SMILE and A.Men ladies and men’s groups may have a special ‘call up’ for 3rd June – with breakfast to start! But as always for these groups, everyone will be very welcome.

_______________________________________________________ SERVING & GIVING
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)

We’re passionate about nurturing and releasing the gifts God has shared among the congregation. If you’d be interested in helping the minister host a Church Alive service as part of a team on any of the following Sundays: 14th May, 18th or 25th June, 2nd July then please email Andy with the date you can help. We have also subscribed to the comprehensive resource called ROOTS with lots of worship and learning ideas themed for adults and children every Sunday. ROOTS will help the teams hosting a service to prepare the act of worship.

The fayre is on 30th September this year and we help to host it with Gosport Rotary Club. Rather than the Raffle, this year the congregation are invited to create some Family Fun with our own fun fete in the church grounds. It would be wonderful if we could run a dozen games and activity stalls which are affordable/free for children and their families – injecting some free fun rather than commerce in to the fayre! Any ideas of stalls? We need to be planning now and we’d probably need 30 helpers – so who’s up for this? Please email Andy if you can help – thank you.

Can you help for two days a year?
‘Prayer Spaces in Schools’ is an exciting and incredibly rewarding prayer experience run twice a year at Leesland Infant and Junior schools. This initiative is organized by our pioneer minister, Rev Tim Watson. It’s an incredible ministry to be involved with and our current volunteers always report back that the experience has been rewarding. Twice a year, for three full school days our prayer spaces run and each day over 150 children have the opportunity to take part in experiential and creative prayer. To make the most of this opportunity we need more volunteers. Volunteers will receive full training and induction. A DBS check will be required to be involved with this exciting ministry: this will be organized within the parish and won’t cost volunteers anything. Ideally each volunteer would be able to offer two full-days during a school calendar year and two hours for induction/training, done at a time to suit. If you’d like more information please speak to Revd Tim watson 023 9243 9737 revtimwatson@hotmail.com.

Our partnership is for women and girls in southern Ethiopia – this is an area now facing famine through drought. Christian Aid, Worldvision and TEAR Fund are part of the Disasters Emergency Committee which has launched a famine appeal due to the extended drought leading to famine for 16 million people in South Sudan, Northern Kenya, Somalia and Southern Ethiopia. Visit their websites if you’d like to give through those agencies – www.tearfund.org www.christianaid.org.uk worldvision.org.uk

LENT APPEAL – Stop the Traffik
During Lent, we’re invited to support ‘Stop the Traffik’.
This is through the Bishop’s Lent Appeal which he has called ‘From Slavery to Freedom’. The Bishop explains in the leaflets and gift envelopes in church why he has chosen to raise vital funds for Stop the Traffik and also to start a fund for domestic abuse locally.

Although it seems strange for a vicar to warrant such support this parish is such that we’re delighted to say that Revd Hazel O’Sullivan has agreed to offer administrative and chaplaincy support to Andy. Please note therefore that Hazel now has sight of Andy’s emails and correspondence and may reply on his behalf. Hazel, who has Bishop’s Permission to Officiate will continue with leading worship in the parish and editing the Parish News too.