On Tuesday CUPPA & COMPANY
offering friendship for the bereaved: is changing time to meet on 4th Tuesday of each month from 2.00-4.00pm in the Parish Centre starting this week on 23rd Sept.

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

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

Next Sat ALVERSTOKE MICHAELMAS FAYRE
Join the 1000’s who will visit the Parish Centre, church and village on 27th September from noon – 4.00pm.
Can you help as a steward in St.Mary’s during the Fayre; if so please see Peter Camp.

Next Sat MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT 7.00pm-9.00pm in St.Mary’s Church plus the grand ‘Not the Last Night of the Proms’ style ending – bring flags.

Next Sunday 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. FAIRTRADE stall at St.Mary’s over coffee in Church. St.Francis is hosting a debate whilst the great Harvest hymns will be sung in the evening at St.Mary’s.

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. Please invite guests will the special Pilgrim leaflet.

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.
Please invite guests with the special Alpha leaflet.

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

September LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Please take your copy today from the back of church. For all worshippers with envelopes addressed to those whose names are on the parish Electoral Roll. It is about new services times which do not change until 26th October in St.Mary’s, about St.Mary’s ‘Shaping The Future’ and pointing us to the new website & logo. Thank you to St.Faith’s & St.Francis for being patient!

MESSY GREAT OUTDOORS
Families are invited to join us at Fairthorne Manor on Sat 4th October. A unique family event organised by the Diocese & Libby! Booking form contact Libby Norris or clare.jones@portsmouth.anglican.org

LADIES BREAKFAST 4th Oct, 9.00am Parish Centre.

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. Please see the special gift day leaflet. Thank you.

ST.FAITH’S CHURCH invite all to celebrate their patronal festival at Evensong on 5th October at 6.00pm.

ST.FRANCIS CHURCH will celebrate their patronal festival at 11.15am on 5th October with a ‘Bring & Share’ lunch to follow the service. St.Francis Church can be booked by contacting Kay on 92 522113.

VOTE FOR OUR PARISH TODDLERS GROUP
Lloyds Bank Community Fund has shortlisted our Baby & Toddlers Groups to receive a grant based upon community voting by 10th October. Please support our ministry by voting at The LLoyds Bank Community Site or visiting Lloyds Bank Gosport Branch for a voting token.

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. A course for young people will also be held, please ask Andy.

PARISH SUPPER FOR our KENYA PARTNERSHIP
You’re invited to a special supper in support of our Kenya Partnership on Sat.8th November in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm. Hosted by members of our 5 home ‘Bible Fellowship Groups’ please join us for an evening of good food, friendship and fun all for our Kenya link. Tickets will be £7.50 in due course.

DIOCESAN CATHEDRAL HEALING MINISTRY DAY
Saturday 18th October from 9.30am-4.30pm. Speakers, workshops and a special service. £8, bring a picnic; booking forms in church, info: Diana Dow 92 528122.