The Collect for Christmas 1
God in Trinity,
eternal unity of perfect love:
gather the nations to be one family,
and draw us into your holy life
through the birth of Emmanuel,
our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:

1 Corinthians 1v26-29

Matthew 2v13-18
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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
11th January is our Christingle Service followed by a bring and share lunch.  Donations of clean Towels and Blankets are desperately required for the animals by the ARK Stubbington and will be collected from the Parish Centre after 5th January – thank you, Joy Skinner.

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.

PILGRIM COURSE Starts again on 22nd January to explore Pilgrim book three: The Commandments. All are welcome to the warm fellowship of this course and simple midweek act of worship.
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.

SPRING ALPHA COURSE
it is planned to start a new Alpha Course on Thursday evenings in February for Lent – further details to follow.

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.

St.Mary’s 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.

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IN THE NEW YEAR
Our theme for all morning services at St.Mary’s in January until Lent at 8.00am, 9.15am and 10.45am will be the Commandments.
PROGRAMME:
Sunday 4th January : PRIORITIES
Jesus’ summary of the law as the foundation for the way a disciple is called to live.
Sunday 11th January : REVERENCE
The vital importance of reverence and worship for God and the danger of making idols of what we love.
Sunday 18th January : REST
Furthering the theme of reverence in the third commandment and the linked theme of rest and the Sabbath in the rhythm of our lives.
Sunday 25th January: RESPECT
The honour shown within the family and respect for the sanctity of life.
Sunday 1st February : LIGHT
A step out of the Commandments for our Candlemas
celebrations including Christingle at Church Alive.
Sunday 8th February : RIGHTEOUSNESS
What about adultery and theft and their implications f!
or our daily lives?
Sunday 15th February : RELIABILITY
What are the dangers of dishonesty and covetousness.

NEXT MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 22nd January at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.

NATIVITY VIDEO
See the youth club’s nativity video!

GET THE PEW SHEET EARLY
Simply email rector@alverstokeparish.org to request the pew sheet by email each Friday/Saturday. This gives permission for you to be added to the pew sheet mailing list from which you can easily unsubscribe.

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. This is a very rewarding role. It does take the commitment of up to 2 governors 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.

READERS IN TRAINING NEWS
Sue Smith, our Reader in Training, is to spend a placement at Holy Rood in Stubbington in the Spring whilst an application has been made to selection for training as a Reader for Paddy Trasler from the parish. Also, in February we shall welcome Sue Lambert (from Christchurch) on a placement to experience Church Alive as she prepares for her own selection as a priest.
Our Readers (Darren, Diana & Sue) are on a Readers Conference for the weekend of 17th-18th January.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
with thanksgiving for the life of Rear Admiral David Cooke to be on Tuesday 3rd February at 2.00pm.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION LUNCHES
We are hosting all the couples to be married here in 2015 for their preparation on either 8th February or 8th March in the Parish Centre. Their special time starts with lunch at 12.30pm. If any are able to assist in preparing (lasagne) and in serving the lunch please let Sue know in the Parish Office after 5th January, thanks.