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

The Church is closed by order of HM Government until 2nd December.
Subject to any new regulations that may be imposed, we hope to resume public services  in December.
Meanwhile, services continue to be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. You are not permitted to attend. We will re-open the church daily for visitors and private prayer as soon as it is permitted, and is safe. 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, and links for services by Bishop Christopher from Portsmouth Cathedral, and other recommended resources.

19th November 2020
Sunday Bulletin for 22nd November

The Bulletin for Sunday 22nd November 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 Sung Eucharist on 22nd November at 10am. Go HERE.

Please click on the link above to access the bulletin for this week's notices.

Christmas Raffle tickets are still on sale from Tony Rice-Oxley - please see the bulletin for information on how to buy them.

Best wishes,

Alex
Parish Administrator  


5th November 2020
Quiz Night

We have decided to resume the weekly online quiz every Tuesday evening starting next week (10th November) at 8pm, which you are invited to participate in. This will be on Zoom and it would be helpful if you have downloaded the Zoom software first.
https://zoom.us/download

Could you please email me on s.vann@stgeorges.church by 5pm on Tuesday so that I can inform Chris Gadd who to invite to the meeting.

Chris will send out a link join the quiz just before it starts. Please have paper and pencils or pens to write down your answers.

We have all appreciated the services that Fr Colin have given both in church and on You Tube and we would like the church to be able to continue its mission. The church has suffered from loss of income from the open plate collections taken at services and also loss of hiring out the church hall to outside organisations. We have also not been able to raise money from our social activities which also helped the church.

We do not wish to place undue pressure on those that are struggling financially at this time but if you feel able to make a donation to the Church please follow the links on the St Georges website:- http://www.stgeorgesnews.org/offertory

There is a choice to gift aid or not and the option to pay using your credit/debit card or your Pay Pal account. This money goes directly into the church’s bank account. If you pay into the fundraisers account please put the reference [Q (and your) Surname], 100% of this money goes to the church funds.

If you would like to be involved, to write or host a quiz evening or have any feedback, please get in touch. If anyone has any good ideas that we can during this time to encourage social interaction through social media or otherwise please let me know then we can discuss the possibility of this.

Kind regards

Shirley Vann
Social and Fundraising Committee Chairperson
E mail
Shirley.vann@live.co.uk


5th November 2020
Important message from Fr Colin

A Message from Fr Colin

Dear friends,

It was with a heavy heart that I locked the doors of the church after Evening Prayer yesterday, and that the church must be kept closed for public worship until the end of the new lockdown. I will revert to celebrating the Eucharist on my own, in the Lady Chapel, with just a camera and a laptop for company. The Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist will be livestreamed – you will be able to see me, but I will not see you. This also means that you will be unable to receive the sacrament during lockdown, for which I am truly sorry.

There are a few things that I would like to draw to your attention as we enter this period of lockdown.

Caring for the isolated or vulnerable
Many of you kindly volunteered to keep in regular contact with those who might be isolated or vulnerable during these difficult times. This is a really important part of our pastoral concern and support as a parish. Please could I ask those of you who volunteered during the last lockdown to continue to touch base with those you were allocated, particularly during this second lockdown.

Remembrance Sunday
Our 10AM Eucharist this Sunday will be a service of remembrance and will be livestreamed as usual. I would like to encourage you to follow this service online. Immediately afterward there will be an act of remembrance with wreath laying by the Lych gate. Government regulations suggest that this should be a short act of worship, with as few people present as is necessary. If you intend coming, please read the following carefully before you decide to do so:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday.

It is crucial that you book in by email if you intend coming to parishpriest@stgeorges.church because we need to have contact details of those who are present for track and trace purposes. Those who attend must ensure that they keep socially distant from others, apart from members of their family or support bubble, at all times. There is the possibility that heavy fines could be imposed in the event of non-compliance.

A small contingent of the Waterlooville branch of the Royal Naval Association will be in attendance and will lay a wreath.

Parish Quiz
You will have received an email from Shirley Vann about the return of our weekly parish quiz next Tuesday (10th November) at 8PM on Zoom. This is a good way to keep in contact and have some fun as a parish community. Please do join us if you can. You can reserve your place by emailing Shirley (
s.vann@stgeorges.church)

Christmas Raffle
Finally, an important message from Tony Rice-Oxley on behalf of the Social and Fundraising sub-committee:

‘We will be holding a Christmas raffle to part-compensate for the loss of our regular bazaar income. The raffle will be as simple as possible. Cloakroom tickets will be 'sold' to purchasers but retained for the final draw which will be broadcast on Zoom. Purchasers will be informed of the actual number on their tickets. Tickets can be bought by cheque (made out to St George's Fund Raisers) or by bank transfer to the Fund Raisers account the details of which many of you know from past donations. Cheques can either be sent by post to me or placed in the church postbox at the side of the hall at the top of the ramp (in envelopes please). Ticket numbers will be allocated on receipt of the money or bank transfer. Prizes will be much as for previous years with a cash first prize, a hamper as second and a selection of wines for third prize. There will be another 12 exciting prizes. The draw will take place on 19th December. We do hope you will take part to spend possibly what you would normally spend at the bazaar itself. Thank you.’

These are very difficult and unprecedented times and I know many of you are anxious and fearful. Please be assured of my prayers for you, as I hope for yours. We will get through this, let us hope and pray that it will be in the near future.

With love and prayers,
Fr Colin

Hope to see some of you at the quiz on Tuesday!

With my best wishes too for the coming week,
Alex
Parish Administrator







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 now 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

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


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

Vacancy for: Director of Music and Organist - DETAILS HERE
Applications Close 30 November 2020

view, download and print the  APCM REPORT - HERE

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 IN THE SPRING.
PLEASE CONTACT JANE RICE-OXLEY ON 02392 26357
 - j.rice-oxley@stgeorges.church

 QUIZ NIGHT IS BACK! Every Tuesday evening at 8pm during “Lockdown” ….
email Shirley Vann - s.vann@stgeorges.church - by 5pm Tuesday to take part and you will be sent the Link Code to join the ‘Zoom’ gathering.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Full details and how to buy tickets 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.