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The Collect for Advent 4
Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:

Romans 16v25-end

Luke 1v26-38

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LOST ADVENT SHEEP NEARLY FOUND!
By tomorrow it is to be hoped that all of the lost sheep will have been found, sightings of them have been seen in all the Alverstoke shops from where the shepherd will collect them tomorrow just in time for Christmas Eve when they are needed so that Christmas doesn’t get postponed. We hope to see the sheep at the Crib Services. There’s still time today to look for the sheep, and thank you to all who have reported sightings by popping your completed sheep trail forms in the box at the back of St.Mary’s.

AT ST.FAITH
Christmas Eve Crib & Christingle at 4.00pm with midnight at 11.30pm, Christmas Day at 9.30am.
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 – thank you.

AT ST.FRANCIS
No service on Christmas Day – please enjoy St.Mary’s or St.Faith’s. All Age Worship on 28th December 11.15am.  11th January is our Christingle Service followed by a bring and share lunch.  A Blessed Christmas to all St.Francis family and friends, clergy, pianists and community. Donations of clean Towels and Blankets are desperately required for the animals by the ARK Stubbington and will be collected from the Parish Centre – thank you, Joy Skinner.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL THANKS
Please see the photos by Graham Hewitt in St.Mary’s.
FROM ROB HAMILTON, the festival chairman:
A huge “Thank You” to all who contributed to the Christmas Tree Festival.  From the many generous complements I received both during and since the event, a significant proportion of our visitors thought is was the best yet.  In particular, they commented on the style and originality of the decorations and the high standard of the performers.  We welcomed over 2902 visitors and 711 performers.  More importantly I think we generated some joy and happiness in many people’s hearts. Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to you all.
AND FROM CAROL WORKMAN from the Café:
So many thank yous to all the lovely ladies who helped to make the weekend in the parish centre so happy and successful: and to everyone who provided such delicious cakes and quiches.  A big thank you to Molly for such a funtastic help.
AND FROM ANGIE JONES to the musicians:
I would like to offer my personal thanks to all the 711 performers without whose contribution our festival would lack a vital element which contributes to the success of the whole occasion.

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

Can you serve the mission of the parish as a
SCHOOL FOUNDATION GOVERNOR?
The PCC seeks to nominate 2 members to serve the Leesland Infant & Junior Schools and one for Alverstoke Junior School. A very rewarding role. It does take the commitment of up to 2 meetings each term (5 a year) and involvement on a school committee. But, with more people choosing church schools than attend churches on a Sunday, it is one of the most important areas of the churches mission. In this church governors are vital. Please have a word with the clergy, thank you.

GROWING THE VISION at St.Mary’s
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. All are welcome please to come and reflect on the church for the future.

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

Christingle at CANDLEMAS!
We look forward to the celebration on 1st February when St.Mary’s will be ablaze with candles and floral decoration of the Flower Guild. 10.45am Church Alive will include Christingle and 6.30pm will be the special candlelight Candlemas Evensong.

PILGRIM COURSE Starts again on 22nd January to explore Pilgrim book three: The Commandments. All welcome to the warm fellowship of this course and simple midweek worship which feeds our ongoing Christian journey.

PREACHING ON THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
Our theme for all morning services at St.Mary’s in January at 8.00am, 9.15am and 10.45am. Starting on 4th January with ‘Priorities’ – Jesus’ summary of the Law as the foundation for the way a disciple is called to live.

INVITE Evening Praise & Worship
For a couple of years the fourth Sunday evening service of each month has been ‘prayer and praise’. In refreshing this service around a café style, it will now be called INVITE. You are invited to come!
The first INVITE will be on Sunday 25th January at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on which occasion the worship group from LOGOS CHURCH are our special guests and have been invited to lead us in our praise and worship.

CHRISTMAS WEEK SERVICES

Christmas Eve Wednesday 24th December
3.00 & 4.30pm St.Mary’s Crib Services
4.00pm St.Faith’s Crib & Christingle Service
11.00pm St.Mary’s Midnight Communion
11.30pm St.Faith’s Midnight Communion
Christmas Day Thursday 25th December
8.00am St.Mary’s said Communion
9.30am St.Faith’s Christmas Communion
10.00am St.Mary’s Christmas Family Communio