WELCOME TO LAURA
We welcome Laura Craft at 10.00am today as our new Discovery Parish Worker. Sponsored by the Diocese, Laura will be joining our church staff on a full time basis for one year. Laura has moved to the home of Marie & Gavin Anthony, 16 Solent Drive, for the year. Please introduce yourself in welcoming Laura.

MATINS
Our final service of Matins at 11.15am today will be followed by refreshments to mark such an ending.

This Mon & Tue: BABY & TODDLERS GROUP
Mondays from 1.00-2.30pm Parish Centre
Tuesday from 9.30-11.00am St.Francis

Next Saturday BABY & TODDLERS JUMBLE SALE
Please support our thriving groups at their sale in the Parish Centre from 10.00am-11.30am on Sat 20th September. Thanks to all who came to the Family Skittles event which raised £140 for our this work.

MESSY CHURCH is Back!
Thursday 25th September, 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Please join us, ending with cooked tea from 5.10pm.

MESSY GREAT OUTDOORS
Families are invited to join us at Fairthorne Manor on Saturday 4th October. A unique event for families organised by the Diocese and Libby! For more details and family booking form contact Libby Norris or clare.jones@portsmouth.anglican.org

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

In St.Francis Church on Friday 19th September 10.00am until 12.00 noon. Come and have a cake and a cuppa with friends. You are welcome to bring a homebake to slice up if you want to as well.

Rectory WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
For MacMillan Cancer Support, Libby Norris invites you to the Rectory on Friday 26th Sept, 10.00am – 2.00pm.

ALVERSTOKE MICHAELMAS FAYRE
Join the 1000’s who will visit the Parish Centre, church and village on 27th September from noon – 4.00pm.
CHURCH STEWARDS DURING THE FAYRE
To help welcome visitors and look after the church between 1.00pm – 4.00pm, 27th September.
If you can help for an hour please contact Peter Camp.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING
Our harvest celebrations will take place across the parish on Sunday 28th September when gifts of imperishable groceries and toiletries are requested in support of Gosport Food Bank; thank you very much.

DEBATE: Is there a solution to UK poverty?
At 11.15am on Sunday 28th September at St.Francis Church, for Harvest we ask ‘Is there a solution to poverty in the UK?’ Speakers include Caroline Dinenage MP for the debate in lieu of our service.

OUR NEW PILGRIM COURSE
For 10 Thursday evenings starting on 2nd October, a new anglican course to discover, renew and deepen our understanding of faith. 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. The evenings commence with some prayer and music.

OUR NEW ALPHA ‘ESPRESSO’
Starting on Thursday 9th October from 10.30-11.30am we are hosting ‘Alpha Express’ in Darcey’s Tea Room. Simply order your refreshments and join us upstairs.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE CONFIRMED? 23rd Nov.
Please have a word with Andy Norris if you are interested in Confirmation when the Bishop visits the parish on Sunday 23rd November. Preparation will be by our Pilgrim or Alpha Espresso Courses.

COACH TRIP to MAPPERTON HOUSE
Friends of Crescent Gardens visit to the House and Gardens on 18th Sept leaving the Parish Centre at 0900 to 1930. Places at £30. David Merritt 023 92 582 068 or Enid Billington 023 92 580 746.

FRIENDS OF ST.MARY’S AUTUMN WALK
Tuesday 7th October in the Meon Valley & pub lunch. Contact Eileen or Colin Peake 92 521271.

SHAPING THE FUTURE GIFT DAY – 5th October
Improving our hearing and seeing at St.Mary’s – please see the display at the back. We seek the balance through a gift day on 5th October. Thank you.

WILDLIFE TRUST 19th September 7.30pm for talk on The Galapagos Islands, Parish Centre £2.50.