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This page is intended as your primary source of information in these difficult times.
Return here daily to keep informed.

You may attend Church services, but you need to pre-book. Email: bookings@stgeorges.church
Services will continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. We will re-open the church daily for visitors and private prayer as soon as it is permitted, and is safe. Morning and Evening Prayer is said most days and you are welcome to attend.
All public gatherings and social events are cancelled until further notice.

 ‘at home’ resources are on the menu to the left - here you will find all you need in one place, including links to live streaming video and past recordings of St George’s Sunday and Wednesday morning services, Readings and Service Sheets,  links for services from Portsmouth Cathedral, and other recommended resources.

Welcome to the web site for St George’s Church and its Parish magazine, St George’s News.

This is the world’s longest running Parish Magazine on the Internet - we were the first parish magazine on the web, our On-Line edition started in February 1996. You will find many interesting articles here on a wide variety of subjects. If you want a copy of the printed version, you can subscribe here.

St George’s Church welcomes visitors. During more normal times, the Church is open from 9.30am until 3pm. (mornings only during school holidays). At the moment the Church is closed. See the calendar for details.

You can attend our Sunday services at 8am and 10am and the mid-week Eucharist at 10am on Wednesdays; however prior booking is required as numbers are restricted. See  HERE. Most services also transmitted live on YouTube. Sunday School and Sunday School Baby & Toddler Group, (9.45am in the hall during term times) are cancelled at the moment.

SAFEGUARDING. To contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer email
 safeguarding@stgeorges.church
St George’s Church Waterlooville adopts and follows the House of Bishop’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy. For more detailed information click HERE

Join the St George’s Church Waterlooville Mailing List - HERE

St George’s YouTube Channel for our Eucharist services - HERE

‘At Home Resources’ page: all you need, in one place  - HERE

Download & Print the Mission Action Plan: Growing a Healthy Church - HERE

ST GEORGE’S AND YOU

We are producing a booklet about St George’s and the congregation……how we think of our church, what it means to us. Perhaps you were baptised or married here. You may remember significant moments or a ramble, a Parish lunch, an induction, some of the church shows. Perhaps some of the outreach of the church comes to mind, times when you have helped others or seen great changes. Just a line or two with a memory or thought about our church would be most welcome.

The booklet will be incorporated into our fundraising which we are trying to start again as we have lost so much due to the lockdown. For more information or to send contributions:
j.rice-oxley@stgeorges.church


CHURCH SHOP - STORAGE REQUIRED.
DOES ANYONE HAVE GARAGE SPACE TO OFFER FOR ITEMS FOR CHURCH CHARITY SHOP.
WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT THIS WILL TAKE PLACE TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.
PLEASE CONTACT JANE RICE-OXLEY ON 02392 26357

 - j.rice-oxley@stgeorges.church

ST GEORGE’S BOOK OF POEMS - 6th Edition - “Life Under Lockdown”
Now available to purchase to help raise funds for St George’s. Price £5
See Jane Rice-Oxley for your copy.

Scams and Tricksters - We have been warned by the Diocese that Churches and their congregations are being targeted by fraudsters, so please be alert. The latest scam is an email, purportedly from the Vicar or some other trusted Church Official, asking the recipient to contribute to a secret and discreet gift collection for a church member by purchasing Amazon Vouchers, and sending the voucher codes in reply.

Any church fundraising activity will have appeared in the Sunday Bulletin, you can view both current and past copies on the church website HERE.

If you get a text offering a COVID vaccine, beware, this may also be a scam. The link to book should take you to book.nhs.me and you will NOT be asked for credit card, password or any personal details other than, possibly, your postcode and date of birth.

Never expose bank or credit card details in response to an email or on the telephone to anyone who has called you, and be suspicious if they suggest you call back - you can still get caught out. Never open an email attachment from an unexpected, suspicious or unknown source.

If in any doubt forward emails, or describe and detail any other approaches (e.g., by telephone/text) to: webmaster@stgeorges.church  and we will advise if it is a scam. Do this before doing anything else!

13th May 2021
Sunday Bulletin and Reading Sheet for 16th May

The Bulletin for Sunday 16th May is now available to download, read and print out at the "at home resources" page of the church website. Also the Reading Sheet and the links you need to view the live feed video of the Eucharist on 16th May at 10am. Go HERE

To book for any of our services, please send an email to bookings@stgeorges.church or call the Parish Office on 023 9225 8079. Let us know which service you would like to book for and the names & contact numbers of those attending. For services in Church, please remember to bring a face covering and follow the usual Covid-19 safety precautions (social distancing, sanitising hands etc).

If you would like to attend the Ascension Day Eucharist today at 7PM but haven't booked yet, please book in the usual way (as detailed above) as soon as possible. The service will also be streamed on our website/YouTube channel.

Finally, please see the information below for an event happening over the next week or so.

Thy Kingdom Come - Thy Kingdom Come is a 10-day global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension Day (Thursday 13th May) to Pentecost (Sunday 23rd May) for more people to come to know Jesus. On Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th May there will be 24 hours of prayer on Zoom (from 9am to 9pm each day), all are welcome to attend and drop in & out as they wish. More information can be found on their website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/ .

Best wishes,
Alex
Parish Administrator  


17th April 2021
APCM report - update

An updated version of the APCM report is now available to download. This revised version now includes the Financial Report and Accounts. Go HERE


25th February 2021
Give the Church an Easter gift

As we approach the great Christian Festival of Easter, when we give thanks to God for the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, would you like to give a gift in thanksgiving for the day to day work and witness of St George’s Church? This was an idea that was discussed by a recent meeting of our Social and Fundraising sub-committee. The idea is that the gift comes in the form of a contribution towards some of the major costs that we incur to keep our church running smoothly, and to ensure that we continue to be a beacon of the light, love and compassion of God at the centre of Waterlooville.

Below is a breakdown of the annual cost of some of the major items of expenditure, excluding the Parish Share.

Gas £384
Electricity £564
Water £150
Piano/Organ tuning £170
Pest Control £105
Photocopier rental and copies £815
Software licences £75
Copyright licences £287
Window Cleaning £320
Communion wafers £90
Liturgical expenses £90
Fire extinguisher servicing £135
Lightning conductor test £210
Royal School of Church Music Subscription £107

If you would like to give a gift by way of a contribution to one of these items please speak to one of the Church Wardens, or to our treasurer, Sara Pask. Please be assured this is entirely voluntary and no one should feel pressurised into doing so.

Fr Colin






Don Lloyd’s Church News slot is on The Flash Radio every Sunday morning at 7am.

Find it on 104.3FM, or command your Alexa or Google device to “Play the radio station The Flash”.

view, download and print the  APCM REPORT - HERE

SUMMER LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2021

A series of free lunchtime concerts will be performed every Thursday from 29th July and throughout August.

A welcome opportunity to enjoy live music at last! More information HERE


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Live streaming & recordings of Sunday and Wednesday Eucharists celebrated by Fr Colin are HERE. Also links to daily and Sunday worship from Portsmouth Cathedral and the Diocese.