Sunday 15th December: Advent 4
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion
Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Steve Dent
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Carol Praise & Nativity
Andrew Norris
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ Christmas Communion
Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe for hot chocolate in church
followed by carol singing in the Village Home!
Thurs 26th No St.Faith’s Communion

Christmas Eve 3.00pm & 4.30pm Crib Services
11.00pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day 8.00am Traditional Said Holy Communion
10.00am Christmas Communion (all age)

Leesland Neighbourhood Church has a programme of Christmas activity at St.Faith’s which can be seen at:

Sunday 29th December Christmas 1
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Paula Heald & Angela Gill
6.30pm St.Mary’s Said reflective service of Healing
& Wholeness in the Chapel
Diana Dow & Roger Collinson

6.30pm for homely Hot Chocolate & mince pies in St.Mary’s to warm up our voices ahead of singing carols for about 20 minutes at 7.00pm in The Village Home Pub.

Please note for your diary that our next Alpha Course will start with a complimentary ‘Fish n Chip’ supper on Thurs 6th February and run through to Easter in the Parish Centre, with a planned ‘day’ on 14th March. Please take and use the special Alpha invitational postcards to invite someone to Alpha – they’re the ‘Fa-la la la’ cards at the back! It’s a ‘must do’ course – who could you invite along?

Children are invited to come dressed up for the nativity at 10.45am on 22nd. Children are also welcome to dress as their favourite nativity character for the Crib Services on Christmas Eve.

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from
Christmas Day until Monday 6th January 2020.
Urgent enquires during that time are welcome at the Rectory.
A Reflective Service of Healing & Wholeness for the New Year. Sunday 29th Dec
Members of the prayer ministry team invite you join them as they host a simple Said service with time for reflection and prayer in the Chapel in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on Sunday 29th December.

SMILE goes Dotty! 31st Jan
St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening gathers for another creative evening of ‘Dotty Art’ on Friday 31st Jan at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All women welcome to get together with others to relax, feel good and have fun. You’ll be using simple dotting techniques to create beautiful wooden hanging hearts, cards and decorated envelopes. Choice of paint effects, colours, designs and stamped sentiments. Price is £7.50 to include all materials and tuition.
You’re of course welcome to join the fellowship and make friends even if you don’t wish to join in the ‘paid up’ craft activity. Please contact Emma Anderton for more info and to book your Dot!

In awaiting confirmation of planning consent please put the
following dates in your diary for 2020…
Jan 28th – Coffee Morning
Feb 15th – Curry & Quiz Night
Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor
Mar 24th – Coffee Morning
Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!
Apr 28th – Coffee Morning
May 16th – Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends Concert
May 26th – Coffee Morning
Jun 2nd – Beetle Drive, Tea & Cake
Jun 23rd – Coffee Morning
Jul 4th/5th – Alverstoke Garden Walkabout

Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”

Don’t forget – those who’ve been collecting imperishable food or toiletries each day are invited to bring your 25 items to St.Mary’s in the New Year to place them with our permanent basket/hamper which collects all year for our Gosport Food & Basics Bank; thanks.

Can you the Mayor’s vision supporting the homeless with accommodation and food from 6th Jan to 29th Feb? ‘Open Doors’ will use different church venues rotating weekly to provide a bed, a hot meal and breakfast each night, a listening ear and assistance. The project seeks: camp beds (£60 to reuse next year!), new pillows, single quilts/covers/sheets and food donations – also games, batteries and books! With a training evening ahead, volunteer support is sought including care and health professionals; e.g. hairdressers and nurses. More info on a letter from the Mayor at the back of St.Mary’s or email: Thank you.

Since the CofE signed the Armed Forces Covenant we have hoped to host a monthly activity for Forces personnel and their families. We want to serve those in the forces through those who are retired from the services or any others willing to help in ‘hosting’ teas, fellowship and activity under the guiding hand of Revd Jon and Carole Backhouse (Collingwood Chaplain). Our vision is to connect with military personnel and families – seeing them supported, encouraged and growing in faith. Any who share this vision for a 4th Sunday are invited to a meeting to start planning on Sun 5th January at 4.00pm in The Chapel. Retired services folk, those serving today or any who’d like to support them are welcome in anticipation of a first tea on 26th Jan!