Sunday 3rd May 2020

Sunday Gospel Reading 3rd May

John 10 

Jesus the Good Shepherd

10 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Project G Latest News!


Buildings Project Update


We are very pleased to be able to update you with progress on our project.


It may have seemed as though not much has been happening lately. However, there has been plenty of activity in the background! We have had many emails and meetings with all the relevant parties; Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, our architects Studio4, the Diocese and finally our chosen contractor RV Dart. These have all been a necessary part of the planning and preparation for the work starting.

The good news is that you can now expect to see RV Dart here on site from

Monday 10th July!

It is very important for us to be able to continue all the activities that go in in the church and hall during the building works, so the phasing – the order of the works – of the project has changed. The building work will begin with the new meeting rooms and toilets, and once they are complete work will start on the hall extension. This means we will have a meeting space available for us and our hirers throughout the project.

A corridor from the foyer to the new meeting rooms and toilets will be built by knocking through the gent’s toilets. This means that at some stage – and as a temporary measure – we will have only one toilet, the ladies, which we will have to share (we will be able to lock the main door!)

The contractors will be using the car park for their equipment, and therefore access to the car park will be very much restricted during the build. We ask that you make other arrangements to get here wherever possible.

Fundraising and grant applications are still ongoing, and we would love you to pray for us on a regular basis.  Being involved and supporting Project G offers you the opportunity to be part of something that God is doing here among us and we cannot do what we believe God is calling us to do without your incredible support, so please consider supporting us financially! 


Thank you for your patience, your co-operation and your support throughout this project.

May you be blessed richly in all you do.


24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”

Matthew 7:24-25

Golf Day

Bacon Rolls and Coffee to start BBQ and Salad at the 19th
Nearest the pin and longest drive competitions
£40 individual player including refreshments.
Further Details and application form available from Revd. Arthur Botham,
St Gabriel’s Church, Popley,01256 324734.

Good Friday

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17
Jesus died on the Cross for you, be here on Good Friday to remember his sacrifice

Family Service 10am

Three Hours by the Cross from 12noon

One Church March

It’s nearly time for our fantastic One Church Service again.
Sunday 26th March
Meet in the hall at 10am for bacon rolls, coffee and juice.
Worship in the Church from 10.30am
Can’t wait to see you here!

Why is Lent Important?

Why is Lent important?

Lent is a time of getting ready for Easter.

When Jesus was just getting started with his work, he went into the desert for 40 days to be all alone with God. He even went without food and prayed, and was tempted away from what God wanted him to do in all kinds of ways, but he resisted that temptation.

You can read that story here:

During Lent, Christians often do something different too, like praying every day or reading the Bible. This reminds us of Jesus’ time in the desert to focus just on God and feel closer to him.

The good news is that Sundays are still celebration days – so you can take a break from fasting!
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week – during this time, the church remembers Jesus’ death on a cross.
Even young children can take part in Lent. For example giving up a sweet treat every day might remind children that we can live more simply.

Our church in Lent

St. Gabriel’s will look quite different during Lent. You might notice the colour purple, and there will be very few decorations or flowers. This is because it’s a time to concentrate on God and remember how Jesus gave up his life on a cross to save all of us.

Because Lent is a time to reflect, church music and songs will tend to be more reflective and services won’t include the word ‘Alleluia’ – a very joyful word to express praise for God.

It’s a big contrast when Easter Day arrives, when the colourful decorations come out, there’s lots of celebration, ‘Alleuias’ and joyful music!

Why not come along to a service here at St. Gabriel’s during Lent and see how it is different to other services you have been to, say at Christmas? Then come along on Easter Sunday and see how joyful the church is!

One Church Tomorrow

Come and join us for

One Church

Worshipping Together!

Sunday 26th February

Coffee, juice and breakfast rolls at 10.00am in the hall
followed at 10.30am by worship in the church.
A warm welcome awaits you

Alpha Course Starts Next Week!

You are warmly invited to join us for the Alpha Adventure
What is Alpha?
Alpha is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in 10 sessions. Each evening involves sharing some food together, a talk, and an opportunity for discussion in small groups. It is relaxed, fun and free and you can ask anything you like.
Over 29M people around the world have attended Alpha, and that includes the intrepid explorer Bear Grylls.
Come along and find out more on:
TUESDAY 7th FEBRUARY at 1pm and again on
Watch Bear’s story at
Book your place here 

Our First One Church Service

It was great to see so many of you here on Sunday for our new One Church service.
Many thanks to the Boys Brigade for their hard work making the bacon rolls – delicious!
Our next One Church service will be on Sunday February 26th,meeting in the hall again at 10am for coffee, juice and – of course – bacon rolls.
See you then!

Bake Off Round 1

Congratulations to Jack Reeder for winning the first round of the Bake Off!

Also to Luke and Mary as runners up!

All the cakes looked amazing, and well done to everyone who took part.

Thank you to all our judges, especially Kelly as our expert judge.

The next Bake Off challenge is to make an ‘Apple Bake’. It’s up to you this time to interpret the challenge however you feel is best.

So get creative!
Bake Off Round 2 will be judged after the One Church Service on
Sunday 26th February.
All proceeds are in aid of projectG