MARCH Pew Sheet
Services in church
Services will continue at St Mary’s.
The government’s road map for coming out of the pandemic doesn’t seem to involve any immediate change to the guidance about church activities Please continue to check arrangements.
Everything may be subject to change.

COVID restrictions mean that in the church building you must wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, remain socially distanced and not mingle or socialize with other worshippers.
Please DON’T come if you feel unwell.
You must book for these services

The Sunday 10am service will be made accessible on Zoom – see below for the link
To book, email or leave a message on 01730 269390 during the week before, by midday on the Saturday for a Sunday service.

If you feel unwell, PLEASE DON’T COME TO CHURCH

Services in March

Sunday 7th March 8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
Lent 3 10am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 14th March 10am Parish Eucharist
Mothering Sunday

Sunday 21st March 10am Parish Eucharist
Lent 5 [4.30pm Family Teatime Service]
A decision about this service will take place nearer the time. Please check with Judith

Sunday 28th March 10am Parish Eucharist
Psalm Sunday

The order of service and the hymn can be found on our website each week. Go to our website and click on the Sunday Service tab along the top.
Booking for services
Pre-booking is required for the Sunday 10am Eucharist (by midday on Saturday)
and the Family Teatime service (by midnight the previous Thursday)
(email or leave a message on 01730 269390)
It would be helpful if you would put the service you are booking for in the subject heading eg: Sunday 7 March 10am

On some Sundays either or both the OT and NT maybe used, but the Gospel will always be used

On FRIDAY mornings (5th,12th,19th and 26th March) between 11-11.45am do join us on Zoom to discuss the coming Sunday’s readings – see link below
7 Mar Lent 3
Exodus 20.1–17
1 Corinthians 1.18–25
John 2.13–22

14 Mar 4th Sunday of Lent
Numbers 21.4–9
Ephesians 2.1–10
John 3.14–21

21 Mar 5th Sunday of Lent
Lent 5
Jeremiah 31.31–34
Hebrews 5.5–10
John 12.20–33

28 Mar Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms:
Mark 11.1–11

Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50.4–9a
Philippians 2.5–11
Mark 14.1—end of 15

Weekday services
Every Thursday evening at 6.00pm Holy Communion in church except Maundy Thursday * see below under news from the pews
Morning Prayer (8.15am) and Evening Prayer (5.30pm) are normally said in church on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The church is open for private prayer in the South Aisle on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays during the day

St Mary’s website.
Please check our website regularly

Do you need help?
If you have a pastoral emergency (whatever day, it is) please don’t hesitate to contact Judith. 01730 269390
If your situation is not urgent, however, it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The churchwardens are happy to assist with parish business on those days.

Are you sick?
If you are unwell, with the virus or anything else, please let the Parish Priest know. I may not be able to visit but there are other ways of ministering. Please don’t assume that I know

Church Warden contact details.
Win Normington: 01730 267926 Reached via:
Richard Marks: 01730 262599 Reached via

PCC members
The Revd Canon Will Hughes, the Rev’d Judith Bee, Win Normington and Richard Marks (Churchwardens), Moya Cozens, Vanessa Dowse, Greg Ford, Ian Johnston (Deanery Synod), Mary Owens (Deanery Synod), Alison Stevens, David Symmonds. Simon Nicholls, James Dryden and Katy Schwarz: PCC Secretary.
News from the pews.

Lent 2021
On Mondays 1, 8, 15, 22 March, also on Zoom, also at 7pm, we will have some teaching on the Eucharist. Please book your place on this course so we know how many to cater for, by emailing Judith or Tom or leave message on 269390

National Day of Reflection
March 23 will mark precisely one year since the start of the first Covid lockdown. The Church of England is joining Marie Curie, Hope UK, Care for the Family, Ataloss and many other charities and organisations that day to take a minute to reflect and a moment to connect. It will be a moment to stand with our local communities and pause for a minute at 12noon, perhaps send a simple prayer card to a grieving family or bless your local care home with kindness.

World Day of Prayer will be live streamed on Friday 5th March on these links :
at 10.30 or 2pm
If you wish to watch the Vanuatu service it is available on this link 2021 WDP WORSHIP SERVICE – YouTube .

Mothering Sunday
It will not be possible to have our usual Mothering Sunday service with the present restrictions. We will keep the Sunday as the 4th Sunday in Lent, but begin our 10am service with prayers for our mothers, (living and departed!). If you are joining us on Zoom, you may like to encourage your children to join us for the first few minutes of the service and have a slower or small posy to present to Mum all together at this point.

Maundy Thursday (1st April)
Our Maundy Thursday service will be at 7pm in the church and also available via zoom. There will be no stripping of the altar and vigil this year, but those in church are invited to remain as long as they wish; the zoom meeting will remain open until everyone whose picture can be seen has left. Please keep yourselves muted.

Good Friday 2nd April
We are hoping to organise an outdoor family friendly observance on Good Friday. Please look out for further details nearer the time.

At 2pm there will be a service in church, also available on Zoom: At the Foot of the Cross

Easter day services
More details will be sent out later. We will try to ensure that all communicants who wish to receive the sacrament on Easter day have that opportunity.

Sad news
Most of you will have heard now the sad news of the death of two of our faithful congregation
John Hickman died suddenly in hospital on 20 February. In the three years since he joined us, we have got to know him well. A highlight of his time with us was his confirmation by the bishop in 2019. Our love and prayers to Chris and his family
David Hughes died suddenly in hospital on 25 February. David has been our Bell Tower Captain and a regular attendee at our 8am service; during the pandemic he has been able to join us on Zoom. Our love and prayers to his wife Rita and all the bellringing family.

May both John and David rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory

Family Teatime services
We were sad to cancel our February FTS. An email will be sent to all families nearer the time to regarding the March FTS

Bishop’s Lent Appeal
As last year, the 2021 Lent Appeal focuses on the environment and our God-given responsibility for the care and sustaining of the world, its resources and its people, which are His first, and also ours. For details go to

New Bishop
As you will know, Bishop Christopher is retiring in April. The process for discerning who our new Bishop will be has already begun. Our Vacancy-in-See committee are still keen to hear from a wide range of people with regard to our diocese’s needs and the skills we’d like to see in the next Bishop of Portsmouth. They’d love for you to fill in the short survey on this link by 12noon on March 10. These will be collated to help the committee’s work.

Neighbourcare is still operating as normal and can be contacted via Peter (01730 269034) or Kim (01730 262252). The service is currently looking for new volunteers to bolster their numbers. They have had a number of age-related retirements recently and the group would like to add some new blood to share jobs. It’s not demanding and you only ‘put your hand up’ for a job if you want to. Volunteering for NeighbourCare is a good act of Christian service, so if you think you might be able to help, please contact Peter Nixon for a chat (no obligation!): email

Post Office
The Post Office will be in the Seward Room at St Mary’s church on Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30am;
New arrangements at the Seward Room for the weekly visits include:
• people will need to follow the one way signage,
• wear a mask,
• use the hand sanitiser
• only one person can be served (and one waiting by the Seward Room door) at a time.

It will be Post Office only (no sales, no tea/coffee) and the toilets will not be available.

Fairtrade goods
As part of our desire for a fairer world, many of us choose to buy fairly traded goods. Before COVID certain of these goods were available on a Friday morning at the Post Office. It is still possible to order things from the Traidcraft catalogue. Go to . An order will be placed on 8 March; if you would like to order anything, please contact Judith 269390 before then stating clearly what you would like. A bigger order means none of us pays p&p! It usually arrives within a week of the order.
We also have some large catering size (1kg) of ground coffee for £17 each available for purchase.

Our giving
No services in church during lockdown meant that our finances suffered (like everyone’s!) and will continue to do so for a while.
Thank you to those of you who continue to give through the Parish Giving Scheme, or by standing order.
If you would like to find out more about the Parish Giving Scheme (which is an easy and convenient way to give and includes Gift Aid) please contact our Treasurer, Ian Johnston 262293.
It is now also possible to give via GoFundMe on our website. As is usual with such websites, there is a small administration charge for its use. When you make a donation, it asks you to give a tip, which goes towards the costs of running its site. Set the tip to £0 if you don’t want to pay this!

Each month in our prayers for the community we focus on a different road, which is always advertised in this pew sheet. This month we particularly pray for the residents of Sumner Road

Electoral roll
If you are already on the electoral roll there is no need to do anything!
If you are not and you would like to be, please contact our ER officer, Eileen Taylor

Eco Church
St Mary’s new Eco Church group is now up and running and meets on the last Thursday of each month. The group is working to produce a carbon footprint in time for the APCM. This will estimate the carbon dioxide emissions linked to St Mary’s activity and should give us a baseline against which to measure progress as we work towards our 2030 net zero target. For more information about Eco Church, please contact Greg Ford on
Recent news item on the BBC: “Could churches do more to fight climate change?”
We have put together some useful information about recycling below, and will aim to provide some “top tips” each month to help us all, individually and as a congregation, to be aware of small changes which could make a difference to our own carbon footprint.

Eco Top Tips
Recycling reduces waste in landfill and in our oceans, conserves natural resources, saves energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A national recycling rate of 30% is almost equivalent of removing 30 million cars from the roads.

Locally we can recycle the following in our council recycle bins:

• Brown envelopes
• Junk mail
• Magazines
• Newspapers
• Telephone directories
• Window envelopes
• Yellow Pages
• Cardboard egg boxes
• Cardboard fruit and veg punnets
• Cardboard sleeves
• Cereal boxes
• Corrugated cardboard
• Toilet roll tubes
• Aerosols
• Drinks cans
• Food tins
• Cleaner and detergent bottles
• Milk bottles
• Drinks bottles
• Toiletries and shampoo bottles
• Glass
• Garden waste

However, there are many more things that can be recycled in other ways and with a little more effort.
Uncooked food waste, including used tea leaves, coffee grounds and egg shells can be composted in a compost bin or wormery.
Shredded paper cannot be recycled but can be composted.
Milk bottle tops can be recycled in Church.
Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes can usually be recycled in church but can also be recycled at Petersfield Infants School.
Used postage stamps, crisp packets, cheese packaging, used pens, used glasses and several other items can be recycled at Petersfield Infants School, more information can be found here:

If there are any other recycling schemes or ideas we haven’t mentioned then please share them so that we can all try to improve our recycling.

Plastic milk bottle tops
Please keep collecting clean plastic milk bottle tops for the Rowans Hospice. They are taken to the recycling plant at Portsmouth. Monica is happy to continue to do this so many thanks.
Monica Stokes

The new chair of the Petersfield Area Churches Together of which Buriton is part, is The Rev Josh Thomas of Petersfield United Reformed Church. The annual service will take place on Zoom on Sunday 14 March at 3pm (link below)
Our PACT foodbank in Petersfield is as necessary as it ever was. It continues to provide bags of food to people in difficulties who are referred by various agencies in the area. They are currently low on the following items: Tinned and Packet soups; Jams/spreads; Savoury treats; Small bags of sugar; Savoury/cheese biscuits; Tinned fruit; Hot chocolate; Porridge oats; Tooth brushes and paste. Goods can be left with Liz Palmer at 6 Kiln Lane (labelled cardboard box in the porch or nearby if locked) or phone 01730 266267 or email Updates about the Foodbank can be found via
Zoom links
Some people are finding the links on this epew sheet don’t take you directly to the meeting. If this happens, try copy and paste into google, or open the Zoom app and type in the meeting ID
Topic: Sunday Eucharist
Every Sunday at 10am
This link is good until the end of June
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Join Zoom Meeting
Or dial in on your landline – check your tariff first
0 203 481 5237 United Kingdom
Meeting ID: 827 2126 6308
Passcode: 111111
Topic: Sunday readings on a Friday!
Fridays at 11am
This link is good until the end of June
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 5338 0878
Passcode: 145820

Topic: Lent Event
Time: Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM London
Every week on Mon, 4 occurrence(s)
Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM
Mar 8, 2021 07:00 PM
Mar 15, 2021 07:00 PM
Mar 22, 2021 07:00 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 869 5775 6896
Passcode: 111111

Topic: Maundy Thursday
Time: Apr 1, 2021 07:00 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 5588 9803
Passcode: 998293
Dial by your location
0 203 481 5237 United Kingdom

Don’t forget to alter those clocks; one hour forward on the
27th/28th March

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That’s all folks!

Next edition beginning of April
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