Sunday’s Services…

8.00am St.Mary’s Said Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis All Age Worship
Diana Dow
12.30pm Baptism
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke Communion
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Francis Prayer Evening

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The Collect for Mothering Sunday

God of love,
passionate and strong, tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
Ephesians 2v1-10
John 3v14-21

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ARE YOU A NEWER WORSHIPPER HERE?
You’re invited to one of our welcome get togethers – a walk to Stokes Bay followed by Tea at the Rectory on 29th March, 19th April or 17th May; or just for the tea! 3.30pm walk from the Rectory for 4.30pm proper vicarage tea! We’d love to see you even if you’ve already been coming along for a little while! Simply RSVP Andy – rector@alverstokeparish.org (92503308)

OUR LENT DEBATE ‘Forgiveness & Reconciliation’
At St.Francis Church, 11.15am on Sunday 22nd March with a guest panel on the theme of ‘Forgiveness & Reconciliation’. With a guest panel of Bishop Trevor Williams (Corrymeela Community), our own Betty Baird (from Northern Ireland) and Revd Colin Chamberlain (former chaplain to Nelson Mandela). All Welcome from across the parish to this special event.

Parish Concert in St.Mary’s – please come and enjoy…
SPINNAKER BRASS IN CONCERT 28th March
The excellent local band’s popular music, 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. Retiring collection for church funds.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)
Please note that the AGM for the whole parish is to be held on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.

Joining the CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
Electoral Roll welcome membership and giving packs are available for the annual update of the formal parish Electoral Roll which is taking place during March closing on 5th April, Easter Day, ahead of the APCM.

CAN YOU JOIN OUR WELCOME TEAM?
At the annual meeting we nominate ‘sidesmen’ who have the most important role of being our welcomers as we come to worship. Perhaps you could join the rota for this? – we especially need more women as well as men, and younger people too. New Training for all sidemen is essential and will be on 5th May at 7.30pm or 9th May at 9.00am. See wardens for more information. This is for those who would be welcomers at St.Francis’ and St.Faith’s too – thank you.

Informal ANNUAL REPORTS
Those who coordinate our many and varied ministries for the church in the parish and would like to offer a report of 2014 for the Annual Meeting please submit your 400-500 words to Sue in the Parish Office by Monday 30th March – thank you.

An alternative gift for Mothering Sunday?…
KENYA MATERNITY SPONSORED RUN on Palm Sunday
Libby Norris, Yvette Dawson and Rosie Wright will run 4K, cycle 16K and run 4K. They’d welcome sponsored gifts on the forms at the back of our churches in favour of Kenyan mums through our parish partnership to raise £5000 for 5 Maternity Units; otherwise sponsored gifts can be given to the Parish Office. Thank you for supporting Kenyan mums.

BREAKTHROUGH YOUTH CLUB
Join us every Friday in the Parish Centre (or Brod) from 7.30pm for all secondary aged people. The church club seeks to build its team of helpers – could you join a rota to support this ministry? See Anne or Ed Ross or Andy Norris.

‘INHERITANCE’ – A PASSION PLAY FOR LENT
By Riding Lights Theatre Company on 20th March in Portsmouth Cathedral. £10 (£8) 92 823300 ext234

Join us at PILGRIM on Thursdays
You’re invited to the enjoyable Pilgrim evenings at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre following The Lord’s Prayer for Lent.

LISTENING FOR LIFE
For the Deanery, Diana Dow is presenting the Acorn course in Holy Trinity on 16th, 23rd, 30th April & 7th May from 7.15pm. £10. Book through Jean using the special leaflet by 2nd April.

ELDERLY FRAIL MISSION ACTION PLANNING GROUP
For prayer, an exciting new group meets for a second time this week working out how the parish can best serve the frail elderly and their carers which is one of our mission priorities.

MOTHER’S DAY POSIES
Many thanks to those who’ve made our lovely poses for today.

YESTERDAY’S JUMBLE SALE
Many thanks to the Toddlers & Messy Church volunteers who hosted the sale yesterday, and to those who supported the event with jumble and purchases towards needed resources.

iNViTe – CONTEMPORARY PRAISE
Next Sunday our 6.30pm iNViTe services welcomes musicians from St.Jude’s, Southsea, to lead us in our praise and prayer. All welcome to what have been very popular contemporary services. Refreshments from 6.00pm.

NEW BABY CHANGER Please note that a folding changer table is now located in St.Mary’s Church Toilet.
THE PCC & THE SUNDAY SERVICE PATTERN
Thank you to those who prayed for PCC last Tuesday which welcomed the various options within the Brodrick Hall Mission Action Planning report that need to be considered alongside the development of the Parish Centre and our parish needs.

The Parish Accounts were also received for 2014 – there was gratitude for so much which has been given in many ways and for the work of all the finance team. Thanks that the finances are improved over 2013 through increased gifts and savings, even so, the parish still runs a shortfall of over £1000 per month! Any new givers would therefore be very welcome!

Prayers were especially valued for the discussion and decision seeking to reduce from 3.8 to 2.8 the number of communions on an average Sunday of the month. Following the open meetings the PCC did approve the significant change weekly to alternate communion with morning worship at St.Faith’s; and the historic change to alternate communion with morning prayer at 8.00am in St.Mary’s. This will take place from 3rd May. St.Faith’s Communion will be 1st, 3rd & usually 5th Sundays; 8.00am HC will be 2nd, 4th & 5th.

8.00am CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Worshippers at 8.00am are invited to create the exact format of morning prayer to start on 3rd May at a meeting with the Rector on Tuesday 24th March, time to be chosen on Sunday by the congregation choosing between 3.30pm or 6.00pm.

ST.FAITH’S MORNING WORSHIP
Worshippers at St.Faith’s are invited to discuss the form of worship they’d introduce on 10th May with the rector during our service on 22nd March.

3 MAUNDY THURSDAY EVENING SERVICES
Upper Room Services at St.Francis 7.00pm and St.Faith’s 6.30pm. Celebration of the Last Supper in the Parish Centre at 7.00pm. The Parish Centre service involves foods of the passover including a meal of Shepherd’s Pie & Trifle. Please sign up on the list at the back of St.Mary’s or the Parish Centre if you would like share in this special meal in which communion was instituted – thank you.

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES TEAM PUPPETS
Our new team is up and running leading worship in some of our schools. Using a scheme called ‘Open The Book’ they seek to purchase a number of puppets costing £50 each to be used for assemblies and in our church children’s work too. If anyone would be willing to sponsor a puppet then your gift to the Parish Office would be much appreciated – thank you.

A PIONEERING MINISTER FOR LEESLAND?
The Deanery Mission & Pastoral Committee met on Thursday to consider Pioneering ministry in Leesland. What does it mean? What will it look like? A proposal is being worked out to appoint a new minister in Leesland around St.Faith’s and seeking collaboration with Forton. Please pray for the progress of forming this mission focussed post.

GOOD FRIDAY OUTDOOR SERVICE
Churches Together Open Air Service on 3rd April at 11.15am outside St Mary’s (R.C) Church, Gosport High Street. Join fellow Christians in a shared act of witness and worship. (If wet, at Christ Church, Stoke Road.)

NEW PARISH CENTRE WORKING GROUP     
Any who may be interested in working towards renewing or replacing the Parish Centre for its 50th Anniversary (2018), both in the planning of what to do or in fundraising, are invited to a first meeting to get started on 29th April at 7.30pm, Parish Centre. All welcome.