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The Collect for Advent 1

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds,
that when your son Jesus Christ comes again
as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him
who is our Lord and our God. Amen.
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
2 Peter 3v8-15a
Mark 1v1-8

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Next Weekend CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Bring your friends along – enjoy the 600+ musicians!
The Mayor turns on the tree lights at 6.15pm on Thursday when the Lowry Girls lead our carol singing!
Take a festival leaflet and bring your friends!
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 which you’re invited to enjoy on Sat/Sun in the Parish Centre – thank you.

Next Friday 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! All of the local shops in Alverstoke village have hidden knitted sheep inside or in their window display and families have until 22nd Dec to go on a ‘treasure hunt’ type trail to find the names the shops have given to all the sheep! Trail leaflets are in church or on the website.

Next Sunday ST.FRANCIS CAROL SERVICE
14th December at 11.15am. Will be having a Christmas card board if you wish to send one card to the church family. Christmas Communion 21 December.  To hire St.Francis building contact Kay Lancaster 92522113.

Next Sunday ST.FAITH CAROL SERVICE
14th December at 10.15am.

ST.MARY’S COMMUNION on 21st December
Please note that on 21st December the published Morning Prayer at 9.15am will be changed to be Communion in view of 10.45am and 6.30pm both being Carol Services.

ST.MARY’S 10.30am WEDNESDAY COMMUNION
This will continue monthly on the first Wednesday of each month with the fellowship of the Mothers’ Union in attendance, but will no longer be offered weekly.

ST.MARY’S NEW PA AND PROJECTION
    Although basic sound and projection works, the new installation will not be completed until January due, in part, to the busyness of Advent and Christmas. You can see the new speakers, the screen and projector.

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.

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

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY
Can you help to deliver cards to the homes of the parish, along yours and nearby streets this week? Cards will be available from Monday in the Parish Centre to be delivered in welcoming parishioners to celebrate Christmas with us – thank you.

IN SADNESS
we announce the sad news of the death of Admiral David Cook, please pray for Sarah & their family.
ARC BASKET at the back of St.Mary’s…
please donate chocolate biscuits, chocolates, biscuits, mince pies, toiletries, soaps, all sealed please to give as gifts for the homeless.  The bad news is that accommodation has recently been lost and more youngsters may be sleeping rough.  Please help them.

CHURCHES HOMELESS ACTION
Please send £5 supermarket gift cards to Deanery Office, St.Faith’s Church, Crasswell Stree, Portsmouth PO1 1HT before 17th Dec – for the homeless, thanks.

GROWING THE VISION
St.Mary’s is hosting a conference for all in Gosport & Fareham anglican churches: Thurs 15th January 7.30pm. Led by the Rev Charlie Peer, the Diocesan Mission Development Officer. Please come.

Thank you to the choir for hosting last night’s amazing
CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT

BREAKTHROUGH YOUTH CLUB HELP
For the new year we are seeking to strengthen the team of helpers at our very successful Friday night youth club with 30+ young people each week. If you are able to consider helping with this (on a rota) please have a word with Anne & Ed Ross or the clergy, thank you.

Explaining COFFEE at ST.MARY’S
Please stay on for refreshments after the 9.15am Communion today. An important time for fellowship between the morning congregations.
Stations with coffee and hot water pumps for you to self-serve. Teas, herbal and decaf available. If a pump should run out then please alert one of the team or there is always more coffee or water at the kitchen area. Kathryn Clarke is our coffee team leader today.
Café Corner – for those who would value sitting as a group please make use of the small tables and clustered chairs in the enhanced space at the back.
There is no need to rush off once the music starts – the first piece at 10.40am is the melody of a new song followed by a hymn (Make Way) for gathering. You are welcome to continue chatting at the back.
It is a new principle of hospitality that the drinks are served free of charge, whilst those who enjoy the breakfast foods are invited to contribute towards the ongoing cost of these – thank you.

ST.MARY’S CHURCH ADVENT MIDWEEK USE:
Mon 8th: 1400 Funeral for Mary Buchanan
1800 Guides Carol Service
(8th-11th: Leesland Infants Carols at St.Faith’s)
Wed 10th: Christmas Tree Festival Set-up
11th-15th: Christmas Tree Festival
Mon 15th: 1700 Gomer Infants Christmas
Tue 16th: 1000 Gomer Infants Class Visit
1800 Alverstoke Junior
Wed 17th: 0930 Leesland Junior Rehearse
1330 Leesland Junior Carols
(1430 Autistic Soc.Carols at St.Francis)
Thurs 18th: 1330 Alverstoke Infants Nativity
(1900 Carol Service at St.Luke’s)
Fri 19th: 0930 Church Christmas Decorating
Sat 20th: 0930 Orchestra Rehearsal