Thank you so much to all who’ve raised money and given to our Africa Partnerships. Your ongoing support for Christian Aid in Ghana and of CHASE Africa in Kenya is wonderful. We’ve now raised the balance of £2,500 for Christian Aid (total £5,000) and so we look forward to welcoming Christian Aid’s Stephen Dominy to St.Mary’s this Sunday to tell us about the Ghana project.

For those who value our weekly notices please read on for this Sunday:

Please take a magazine and pass it on to a friend or neighbour once you have enjoyed reading it.

Both days at 10am-12noon:
Mon 8th April – Family Beach Art Competition followed by games
Tue 9th April – Family Scavenger Hunt followed by quiz and craft. Lots of prizes and cake – all free. All children with their adults are welcome. Pre-book with Kate, Families Minister, on 07986 009942
If you are to assist Kate with the safety aspect of the Beach Art and Scavenger Hunt Easter fun days, then please let her know.

Thanks for all the JAM JARS for Messy Church Easter gardens. We have plenty now! Some of our regular team are away, so we would be grateful for extra helpers to assist with refreshments, supporting the activities and clearing tables and chairs etc. Please contact Kate or Libby of you are able to help.

PARISH COUNTRY WALK Saturday 27th April
Map, details and sign-up list at the back of St.Mary’s on Sun-days.

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 enve-lopes 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…

APRIL CONCERT Sat 13th April
invite you to join them in another of their popular concerts in St.Mary’s on 13th April with a retiring collection for the project.

BARN DANCE 11th May Get your tickets!
Welcome in the summer with a 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!

GARDEN WALKABOUT, 6th & 7th July

The new roll is can be seen and inspected by any who which to have sight of and check their entry. Please have a word with the churchwardens who will have the roll during St.Mary’s services.
What a year we’ve had! Join in at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th April 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 2017. 

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. Also to Kathryn Clarke who has served us for five years as Churchwarden – we thank her for all her commitment and work. 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 Jan-uary. In addition we shall be appointing two churchwardens. Kay is willing to stand and we seek a successor to be nominated for Kathryn. Please commit all of these appointments to the Lord in prayer – thank you.

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 
We hope to have three folk at this service taking photos so we can build the new website!
• 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 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

The office is closed on Good Friday until Monday 29th April.