Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.00am Baptism & Confirmation with Communion
with Bishop Christopher
Please note that there are no other services across the parish on this special day.
Please pray for the candidates:
Adult Baptism: Wesley, Anna & Gemma
Confirmation: Allan, Sue, Peter, Jo, Emma, Hannah, Bob, Betty & Sharon, Stefan, Megan, Lucy, Lizzi-Grace.
Renewal of Baptismal Vows: Debbie & Sarah

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Midweek Services Changes due to Works:
All midweek services are in the Parish Centre being Morning Prayer at 9.00am on Mon, Tue, Thur & Friday plus Wednesday Communions at 7.30am and 10.30am. Thursday communion at 10.00am in St.Faith’s.
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Next Sunday 30th November Advent
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
9.15am St.Mary’s Parish Communion
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.15am St.Francis Morning Worship
6.00pm No evening service in St.Mary’s – all invited to the
DEANERY ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
The annual celebration including our choir at St.Faith’s, Lee on Solent at 6.00pm.

The Collect for Christ the King
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ
ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
Ephesians 1v15-end (NIV)
Matthew 25v31-end (NIV)

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WE’RE SO PLEASED…
if you’ve come along and joined us in supporting the candidates at their Baptism and Confirmation this morning. If you are new to St.Mary’s then we hope you will find all you need in the order of service leaflet. Bishop Christopher welcomes us all to this special service and invites us to pray for the candidates as they take this step of faith. Please stay on for coffee and cake in celebration after the service!

NEW PA AND PROJECTION being INSTALLED
     The scaffolding is now down, but works are still in progress installing the new PA and Visual Presentation system in St.Mary’s. The screen is up!  But please note that some cabling may be loose and equipment stored around the church this Sunday.  Congregational giving to Shaping The Future plus grants so far from The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, Diocesan Mission Opportunities Fund, Friends of St.Mary’s, the Choir, the Flower Guild and members’ Open Gardens have all contributed to allow this project to be undertaken – thank you all. It is hoped the installation will be complete for use on Advent Sunday and at least by the busy Christmas season – we apologise for any inconvenience whilst this work is undertaken by Sound Advice Ltd who install nationally but are locally based in Fareham. Our Daily Services are being held in the Parish Centre.

PARISH KENYA MATERNITY PARTNERSHIP
Many thanks to all who supported the Kenya Supper with Charlotte from Christian Aid updating us about our project to support 5 maternity units in Narok County
(our 2 year partnership to raise £5000 by July 2016 increased to £20,000 by the EU!).
The supper has now raised over £800 towards this,
so thank you very much and to the members of the 5 Bible Fellowship Groups who hosted the evening.
If you would like to be a partner in giving a small sum regularly to this project then please take the leaflet and form from the back of church – thank you.

This Thursday MESSY CHURCH
Join us on Thursday 27th at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for the joy of worship, fellowship, growing faith, crafts and a cooked tea geared towards young and primary aged children and their adults.

Can you serve the mission of the parish as a
SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOVERNOR?
The PCC seeks to nominate 2 congregational members to serve the Leesland Infant & Junior Schools and one member for Alverstoke Junior School.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 11th-14th December
Bring your friends along – enjoy the 600+ musicians!
Christmas Tree Festival help…
Would you like to decorate the Tree of Remembrance for this Centennial year? Contact Parish Office.
Can you help as a Steward? If so Tim Finch would be delighted to hear from you- tim.finch0404@outlook.com
Can you bake a Cake? If so Carol Workman would be pleased to receive cakes for the festival café, thank you.

Tomorrow FLOWER GUILD SEEK GREENERY
Members of the Flower Guild would very much welcome evergreen foliage for the Lych Gate eg-Holly, Fir, Ivy, Osmanthus, Eleagnus, Myrtle, Laurel, Bay, Box, or Yew. Lengths no less than 14 inches – please leave them in the Parish Centre Garden just behind the recycle bins tomorrow on Monday 24th – thank you.

CAN YOU HELP AS A MIDWEEK STEWARD…
when we host 8 Carols Services for the Schools and Uniformed Organisations? Please contact Peter Camp.

CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT hosted by the Choir, our very popular Christmas supper party is on Saturday 6th December 7.00pm Parish Centre – are now available from Paul Pilott or the Parish Office.

On Friday AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
The Mothers’ Union are hosting this important event in Portsmouth Cathedral next Friday 28 November, 1.00 until 4.30pm. Various speakers on different aspect of gender violence. See www.mothersunion.org or Erica Izzard for more information.

COME & SING MESSIAH Friday 12th December
Or simply listen as you share in this evening of Christmas Tree Festival celebration with popular choruses from Handel’s classic. Admission Free, retiring offering for the church. 6.45pm arrival, 7.00pm rehearsal, 8.15pm performance. Led by Paul Pilott.

ADVENT SHEEP TRAIL
The shepherds on the hillside has lost their sheep who have gone Christmas shopping in Alverstoke! They need to find them in time for Christmas so children of the schools and parish will be invited to join in our Messy Church Advent Sheep Trail. All of the local shops in Alverstoke village will hide a knitted sheep inside or in their window display and families need to go on a ‘treasure hunt’ type trail to find the names the shops have given to all the sheep! Leaflets will be a the back of church next week and out through the schools.

PEW SHEET EMAIL LIST
Would you like to receive this pew sheet in advance on Friday each week by email? If so please email Andy at rector@alverstokeparish.org to give permission for your name to be on the mailing list.
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Sundays at St.Mary’s are now:
8.00am Communion (Book of Common Prayer Said)
9.15am Communion (Common Worship & Choir)
10.15am Refreshments in Church
10.45am Church Alive (Contemporary music & All Age)
6.30pm Evensong(1st&3rd) Merbecke (2nd) Praise(4th)
Special Services which will change this timing pattern are:
14th December 10.00am Christmas Tree Festival Service  and 28th December 9.15am Communion but NO Church Alive.