Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Said Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
Anthem: King of Kings (Isom)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Alan Ball
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis All Age Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm Baptism Rev Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary Spring Choral Evensong
Rev Andrew Norris
Anthem: The Lord goes up (Archer)

Readings:   Acts 1v15-17, 21-end  and   John 17v6-19

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ST.MARY’S SPRING CHORAL EVENSONG 17th MAY
You’re invited to our special choral evensong with an augmented choir at 6.30pm this Evening. Canticles in E Flat by Bairstow plus ‘The Lord goes up’ by Archer.

This Thursday MESSY CHURCH 21st May
Families are invited to join the fun and the worship at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre, ending with cooked tea. This time Messy Church is collecting small glass jars with lids (eg mint sauce size) and cardboard shoe/tissue sized boxes – thanks.
Theme: Loving & Caring for God’s World

SPECIAL DEANERY PENTECOST SERVICE 24th May
Please join us to welcome members and the PCCs from our other Gosport anglican churches for a special Pentecost Deanery celebration at 6.30pm on 24th May. It will involve a commissioning for members of all our deanery churches in their mission and local ministries and as PCC members. This special service is in lieu of our usual iNViTe service.

Can you provide a cake for the Deanery Service? We’ll be serving refreshments before and after the 6.30pm service next Sunday. Any cakes, scones etc would be welcome, thanks!

PILGRIM – Come this Thurs for Supper!
You’re especially invited to our Bring & Share Supper, on 21st May – earlier at 7.00pm. Week by week join us on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm – looking at John’s Gospel. A midweek act of worship, prayer, friendship, learning, growing. No meeting in 1/2 term break, 28th May.

At ST.FRANCIS
Next Sunday you’re invited to wear something ‘red’ in the tradition of celebrating Pentecost! Join us from 9.00am on Sat 30th May for gardening and grounds upkeep. Our Summer tea is to be held on 27th June whilst on 7th August we host an ‘Old Gosport’ presentation with puddings!

NEXT LADIES BREAKFAST (Men’s is cancelled that day!)
Saturday 23rd May at 9.00am in the Parish Centre.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – Thank you.
Were very grateful for the work of a team of 30 collectors (facing the wind and rain) this last week!

UPDATE ON OUR KENYA FUND
As we work to raise £5000 by July 2016 (so that EU add £15000) for our partnership with Christian Aid and the Diocese of Narok to provide 5 maternity clinics, the good news is that our fund has now reached £3500. Thank you such generosity.

SUMMER FAMILIES FUN DAY
Early notice of our fun activities day for families on Saturday 18th July for the afternoon at the Parish Centre.

SUMMER BBQ LUNCH bidding farewell to Laura
Early notice that all are invited please to join us for a BBQ on 19th July from 12.30pm. This will be Laura’s last Sunday with us as our Parish Worker. Please note that the lunch may potentially evolve in to a picnic near the beach if we host a baptism in the sea that day!

DISCUSSING ST.MARY’S SIDE AISLE PEWS
The architect, builder and plumber recently visited to explore the possibility of moving the pews against the wall in St.Marys. This last week the PCC and Diocesan Advisory Committee have expressed strong support for the principle of this but the initial costings are high. We also hosted open meetings on Friday (after publication of this pew sheet!).
St.Mary’s has a real dignity as a church but it is notably overcrowded with pews.  It is hoped that the creating of space to the side aisles will not only afford greater usable space for church worship and community, but will also enhance the sense of ‘place’ and spiritual ‘space’ for the whole building; making it less ‘busy’ and adding to its character and beauty.

WE’RE ALL WELCOMERS!
Our recent Sidesmen’s training sessions explored how, in addition to their ‘welcome’, it is in fact all of us as members of the congregation who are needed to foster a culture of Invitation, of Welcome and of Care for all who attend our worship at every service. A sense that it is the Lord who invites us, welcomes us and cares for us and newcomers in our midst. Apparently, if we are not ‘welcomed’ at a deeper level by our 3rd visit to church then we’re unlikely to come again! So, let’s be second to none in our warmth of welcome, our inviting each other to fellowship (welcome teas, home groups, choir etc) and in the loving care we offer.

AT PCC LAST WEEK
Our new officers for the Church Council are:
Hon Treasurer: Tim Finch
Hon Secretary: Phil Dray
Vice Chair: Carol Workman

ROWANS HOSPICE
Are opening a new shop in Gosport – as with all charity shops they seek any volunteers who may be able to support the store in support of their free palliative care. Call 92 248004.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT THEME
At Church Alive during May we shall approach Pentecost with reflections on the amazing life of God for each person through the gift of the Holy Spirit today – join us to find out more…
10th May   The Fruit of the Spirit  – Galatians 5v22-23
17th May   The Gifts of the Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12v4-31
24th May   The Holy Spirit and the Church – Acts 2v1-21
31st May   The Holy Spirit adopts us – Romans 8v12-17

ASDA TOKENS FOR PARENT & TODDLER GROUP
If you’re shopping in Asda please support our Toddlers groups with you green tokens, thank you.

ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION
Our Churchwardens are ‘sworn in’ to office this Wednesday 20th May at our Archdeacon’s Visitation to be held in Fareham St.Columba’s Church for a service at 7.30pm – please pray for Bill & Kathryn in their roles.

NEW TO ST.MARY’S, ST.FAITH’S OR ST.FRANCIS?
You’re very welcome here.
Revd Andy & Libby Norris invite you to Tea at the Rectory Today, 17th May at 4.30pm.
It will be a pleasure to chat to you properly and share with you something of the life of the church in the parish.
Weather permitting, some may like to arrive earlier at 3.30pm for a walk to Stokes Bay before tea.
If you can come please RSVP rector@alverstokeparish.org or 92 503308 or a word with Andy or Libby who hope to see you. Children welcome.