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Sunday services at 8am and 10am. Also Wednesday 10am.


17th December 2023
Revd Liz: Announcement

For those that were not at church today this is the text of what I said at both services this morning.

“I am making an announcement to you all today to give you some news regarding Reverend Liz.

Liz has been with us for the past 18 months as you know. As is normal practice, Bishop Jonathan has decided that she should broaden her experience of parish life.

I can confirm that it has been agreed she will be leaving St George’s, and will transfer her curacy for the remainder of her title, to the Meon Valley Parishes.

She will be licensed in her new post from 19th February, and it is likely that she will have her licenses read, and be formally welcomed to the benefices, at a service of Evensong at St Peter & St Paul, Hambledon, on 25th February at 6.30 pm. You are invited to attend this service.

Given that Liz has booked some time with her family in Australia during January and early February, her last Sunday with us at St George’s will be in two weeks’ time, on Sunday 31st December 2023. I realise that this is short notice, but I have only learned this recently and have had to coordinate this announcement with the archdeacons and with the other parishes. Those other churches in the Meon Valley are making a similar statement to their parish congregations today.

We have been blessed to have Liz as our curate here at St George’s. Whilst I am sure we are all saddened that she is going, she leaves us with our utmost gratitude and best wishes as she continues her life of ministry.”

Kind regards,
Chris Gadd
Churchwarden


2nd July 2023
Fr Colin

Dear All

For those that were not with us at our 10AM service this morning.

Fr Colin is taking some extended compassionate leave for personal family reasons for the next few weeks.

If you need to speak to anyone on Parish matters or have any issues whatsoever, would you please in the first instance contact me (c.gadd@stgeorges.church or call me 07943 633734) or, in the alternative on the days that she works, Rev Liz.

Please resist the temptation to call or email Fr Colin.

Kind regards
Chris
Churchwarden


13th April 2023
Carbon Footprint Calculator

As part of the Eco Church award which we are working towards, St George’s is inviting you to use a Carbon footprint calculator to see what your impact is on the environment and to give suggestions to reduce it. These are a few we’ve found, you may like to use a different one. Do let us know how you get on! We don’t need to know the results, but we’d be delighted to hear from those who have engaged with this.

Many thanks in advance
The Eco Church Group.

 This one is free, secure and gives results without the need to give your email address. Quite detailed info needed though.

https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

A nice, quick, easy calculator but it needs an email address to get the results and you effectively sign up for newsletters but can unsubscribe at any point.

https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/questionnaire

Secure, comprehensive, asks you for an email address if you want to but you get a summarised report anyway. Offers good ways to reduce your carbon footprint which are personalised to your answers. This is the best in our opinion!

https://carbon-calculator.climatehero.me/?source=GoogleKeywords&gclid=CjwKCAiAxvGfBhB-EiwAMPakqibqdzpzexkCOpIvlRq2QyDR1dVuIeGvgJ4qZRRUJWRCbuHyleLNuBoCeEIQAvD_BwE







DOWNLOAD THE SERVICE SHEET, THE READING SHEET AND THE SUNDAY BULLETIN:

Service sheet for Lent: CLICK HERE
Reading Sheet Sunday 18th February: - CLICK HERE
Sunday Bulletin for Sunday 18th February: CLICK HERE


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.

There are people who have lost huge sums of money by being scammed by someone purporting to be the Police, or from a Bank, saying perhaps that an account has been compromised and persuading the withdrawal of cash or transfer of funds to another account. Never withdraw cash or transfer money on instructions of any ‘Officials’ or your Bank. They will be fraudsters who are persuasive and creating a sense of urgency. Remember you have done nothing to cause an account to be comprised, so it is the Bank’s problem not yours! So stop, allow time for some calm thought, and before doing anything contact us for advice.

There have been scam emails going around purportedly from NHS about COVID vaccinations and vaccination status. You will never be asked to pay for a vaccine or to establish your vaccination status. The NHS will never ask for Bank or Card details, PIN numbers or passwords, or for documents to prove your identity.

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. Under no circumstances ever give your PIN number to anyone else - even to your bank. 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!

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

St George’s YouTube Channel - HERE

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

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

View the latest APCM report - HERE

1st March 2024
Sunday Bulletin and Reading Sheet for Sunday 3rd march

The Bulletin and Reading Sheet for Sunday 3rd March 2024 are now available to download, read and print out HERE.

Our APCM will be held on Sunday 21st April. At this meeting we need to elect 2 Churchwardens and 5 PCC members, as some people resigned during the year. The forms are on the table at the back of church. If you are interested then please take a form to complete and pass to Jane Cook before the meeting.

Waterlooville Music Festival 2024 - The programme for Waterlooville Music Festival 2024 has been announced and details are in the Easter 2024 issue of St George's News, which is out now. Detailed information on everything happening at this year’s festival is also on the website at www.waterloovillemusicfestival.org.uk

Tickets will be available to purchase after the 10am Eucharist this Sunday, and also next Sunday, with huge savings on limited availability Passports, and early bird discounts on selected evenings.

Lastly, a reminder that the next meeting of the St George’s Friendship Group will be on Monday 11th March at 10am in the Church Hall. All are welcome. Please contact Linda Smith on 07834 457284 or email honeydaycareservices@gmail.com for more information.

Best wishes
Alex
Parish Administrator


11th February 2024
Fr Colin

Herewith the message I read at both services this morning.

As many will know, Fr Colin has been undergoing some treatment associated with his mental health for some months now.

This is, I am pleased to say, beginning to bear fruit.

The key message I would like to announce this morning is that Fr Colin will be coming back.

I am liaising with him (and the Diocese with the relevant agencies) to work on his phased return to St George’s. Fr Colin (and we) will need to take this very steadily and it may only amount to one or two Sundays a month initially. We will focus only on a return to his celebrating Mass to start with and not all the other day to day pastoral and other administrative requirements associated with his wider ministry.

I will keep you updated and in the meantime convey Fr Colin’s thanks for all the kind words and messages he has received, and for your prayers.

Speaking to people after the services, I can clarify that we do not yet have a date for Fr Colin’s first service back. More discussions are taking place this week following which I will update again.

Please continue to hold Fr Colin in prayer.

Kind regards
Chris
Churchwarden

 

19th December 2023
Message from Tony & Jane Rice-Oxley

We’d like to put a thank you on the web and in the bulletin to our friends in St George’s who gave such a generous contribution to our leaving present. We have had a bike shed built, photo attached and are delighted that our bikes are now protected.

Thanks again

Jane and Tony R-O

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