Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:

  • 8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
    Revd Andy Norris
  • 9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
    Revds Andy Norris & Hazel O’Sullivan
    Anthem: Song of Mary (Shephard)
  • 9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
    Revd Phil Hiscock
  • 10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
    Revd Andy Norris
  • 11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
    Revd Phil Hiscock
  • 6.30pm St.Mary’s Choral Evensong
    Revd A Norris & Darren Clarke

The Collect for Candlemas
Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God. Amen.
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:

Hebrews 2v14-end
Luke 2v22-40

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WELCOME to Sue Lambert
With us on a diocesan placement during February.

BAPTISM WELCOMES
With a warm welcome to their families, and following their baptisms in January, we look forward to welcoming Eden Sterne & Leah Golding in to the family of the church today at Church Alive and present their certificates and candles.

TODAY’S BAPTISM ENQUIRIES
We welcome any joining Church Alive today to enquire about Baptism and invite you to a short meeting at 11.55am in the Chapel, on the right of the church at the front.

MANY THANKS to the FLOWER GUILD
and team who have prepared the candles and flowers for our celebrations today.

CANDLEMAS CANDLES
Please see the special memorial book to see who has been remembered through the candles.

KEEPING SAFE: CHRISTINGLE @ CHURCH ALIVE
Please parents be sure to watch over your children at the point when their Christingle candles are lit, ensuring that they are always held at arms length away from themselves and other people – thank you.

AT ST.FAITH
St Faith’s AGM is to be held on Sunday 15th February followed by a lunch when we shall bid our local farewell to Phil & Maggie. St.Faith’s is available for hire.

AT ST.FRANCIS
Special Debate on ‘Forgiveness & Reconciliation’ on 22nd March (postponed from Feb) at 11.15am. St.Francis’ AGM after 11.15am worship on 22nd February. The church is available for hire through Kay Lancaster on 92522113. A reminder that our Prayer Cross is available for your requests. We collect old and new postcards for Mission Aviation, clean milk bottle tops for Guides, old clean towels, duvet covers, blankets for Stubbington Ark. Joy.

SPRING CLEAN AT ST.MARY’S
7th February – our Annual Spring Clean bringing own dusters, hoovers and mops etc… please! Our Girl Guides will be here as well. Please join us for this annual event – thank you. Peter Camp.

OPEN MEETINGS to Discuss Communion
The recent PCC reflected on making a sustainable pattern of worship with regard to the number of communions (3.6 on average Sunday at the moment!) – for decision in March. This may mainly impact our St.Faith’s and 8.00am congregations. In thinking about this please come for tea/cake to the open meetings to chat with Andy on 1st & 12th February, 4.00pm in the Parish Centre, and after 10.00am communion at St.Faith’s on Thursday 12th February.

Tweaking the Current MONTHLY SERVICE PLAN
Please note that from February, St.Mary’s 9.15am Morning Prayer followed by Church Alive Communion will be on 2nd Sunday of month, rather than the third.

SPRING HARVEST 6-10 April 2015
A growing group, including teens, are planning to visit this Christian holiday conference for all at Butlins in Minehead. Indicate your interest today to Anne Ross or Libby Norris. See leaflet for more information.

PARISH SCHOOLS ASSEMBLY TEAM
Would you like to join our new team to lead assemblies in our primary schools? Contact Laura at Parish Office.

FAREWELL TO PHIL & MAGGIE
Please pop the date in your diary so that we can all come together at 10.00am on Sunday 1st March for Phil’s final parish communion and lunch as he retires after 7 years of ministry in this parish. There are no other services that day.

JOIN US AT PILGRIM on Thursday
The enjoyable Pilgrim evenings continue this week at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre on Thursday – refreshments, music, prayers and learning together, this week on the 10 Commandments theme of Reverence.

Next…
PARISH LUNCH CLUB
Tuesday 10th February at 12.30pm in Parish Centre.
LADIES’ BREAKFAST
Saturday 14th February at 9.00am in Parish Centre.
MESSY CHURCH
26th February at 3.30pm in Parish Centre.
MEN’S BREAKFAST
Saturday 7th March at 9.00am in Parish Centre.

GIVING TO OUR KENYA PARTNERSHIP
Up to 31st Dec we have raised £2,199 for the project to provide 5 maternity units in Narok County, SW Kenya. This leaves £3,701 to be raised by July 2016 so that the EU quadruple it to £20,000! Please see leaflets at the back for more information, a few more regular Standing Orders in favour of the link would very helpful indeed. Thank you so much for your support for one of the poorest regions of Africa with the highest maternal mortality.

PARISH NEWS
Our monthly magazine has a print run of 600. Make sure you get your copy for February, out today!

TO RECEIVE THIS PEW SHEET BY EMAIL…
each Friday simply request from rector@alverstokeparish.org

REMEMBERING WITH THANKSGIVING…
This week St.Mary’s hosts:
Memorial Service for Rear Admiral David Cooke CB MBE
on Tuesday 3rd February at 1400.
Funeral Service for Sally Wright
on Friday 6th February at 1400.
Please pray for their families at this time and also for the families of:
Thomas Harford whose funeral is on 11th Feb at 10.00am and
of Don Cahill whose funeral is on 17th February at 2.30pm.

PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOLS
Please pray for our church schools in the parish – Alverstoke Junior School and the Leesland Federation – as they are both seeking new head teachers for September. It is a time when it is difficult to recruit heads and so we do commend the staff and governors to your prayers.

AMAZING New Xperia PHONE OFFER!
For a donation to the Organ Fund a brand new Sony Xperia E3 is available through the organist, Paul Pilott – make the most of this opportunity for a great phone and to support the organ – thanks. On this phone you could always download the course book for the commandments which we follow below…

This Week MIDWEEK COMMUNIONS
Wednesday at 7.30am in the Parish Centre every week, and on this first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am in St.Mary’s including the Mothers’ Union Prayer and offering for the MU International Fund. Communion weekly on Thursdays at St.Faith’s at 10.00am, this week with MU members too.