Help is needed to clear and tidy the back patio garden at St Michael's presbytery prior to repairs to the patio. The planned date for this is Saturday 28th April (weather permitting). If you can please bring rakes, garden brooms, secateurs, loppers. Let Helen know if you can help- 01189701438.
Martin of our Burghfield Common community is organising a coach to join the Portsmouth part of this event which starts at 3pm on Sunday April 29th. The Rosary on the Coast aims at a re-flourishing of faith, for the grace to build a culture of life and true peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations. For more about Rosary on the Coast see https://www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk/
There are sign-up sheets at St Michael’s and St Oswald’s.
The next parish ramble is on Saturday 21st April starting at 10am. The meeting point will be the car park in Swan Street, Kingsclere (the car park people used to parked in for Mass) . Please bring suitable footwear as there could be muddy patches (hopefully not too many as the forecast is pretty good for this week). The walk should take around 1 – 1.5hrs, people can either head home after or stop in the local pub for a drink / lunch. Everyone welcome to join in.
If you think you will be coming, it would be useful to know names at some point beforehand so we know whether to wait for any latecomers; the organisers mobile is 07816115128 if you want to send a message on the morning or beforehand.
There will be an evening ramble on Friday July 6th - please save the date!
The diocese has arranged a Parish Renewal Event with an external speaker, Sherry Weddell. Sherry is the author of the Called and Gifted process and of books such as Forming Intentional Disciples. She has over 20 years of experience of helping 500 parishes on 5 continents. She doesn’t come to the UK very often and so this is a real opportunity to learn from her wisdom and experience first hand. There are three separate events:-
- On the morning of Friday 18th May Sherry is speaking to Clergy only about their role in parish renewal.
- On the afternoon of Friday 18th, between 2pm and 7pm, she will be speaking about how each lay person can help their parish become more outward focused and “missionary” in its culture and its activities. This will obviously be of particular interest to anyone is part of a parish council, evangelisation strategy team or leadership group, but is also very suitable for anyone who is not currently involved within their parish, but feels that maybe they would like to help in some way in the future, using their own specific charism. Sherry will talk about the areas for parish renewal sharing practical and concrete steps to make this happen. There will also be a chance to hear from parishes in our diocese who are very actively working on parish renewal at the moment. The Bishop will be taking part all day.
-On Saturday 19th May starting at 9.30 am Sherry will be speaking to anyone who would like to develop their relationship with the Lord and respond to His call to be an active disciple and apostle. She will talk in detail about the five thresholds that every person goes through in their journey to be a true disciple of the Lord, using examples and materials that she has gathered over the last few years since she published her ground-breaking book on this subject. As well as helping each of us personally, this will be useful for every catechist, parent and person who is encouraging and accompanying others on their spiritual journey. Again, we will hear from a few parishes in our diocese, and have discussion time.
All events are free and separate, and are being held at the Basingstoke Country Hotel, near Hook and Junction 5 of the M3. Booking is needed as places are limited. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parish-renewal-in-the-portsmouth-diocese-with-sherry-weddell-tickets-42527602203