Sunday 19th July 2015: Trinity 7

Picnic this Sunday, 12noon at the beach!  Read on…

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SUNDAY’S Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris & Laura Craft
Anthem: God Made Us (Mawby)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45-11.15 St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clark & Laura Craft
11.30am Baptism on the Beach
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Darren Clarke
Anthem: Ave Verum (Mozart)

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Sunday’s Principal Readings:

Ephesians 2v11-end & Mark 6v30-34, 53-end

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FAREWELL TO LAURA
Today we are sad to be bidding farewell to Laura Craft from the ministry team. Laura has been such a blessing to those whom she has served in the parish over this past year. We thank you Laura for all you have brought to us as we pray for the Lord’s grace to bless you for the future. We hope to see you around too – always free to join in here.

TODAY’S BAPTISMS & PICNIC AT THE BEACH
Church Alive will commence as usual at 10.45am, bidding farewell to Laura, then at 11.15am the congregation will go to the beach (end of path 1/2 way between GAFIRS & sailing club) for baptisms at 11.30am. Please pray for the Curran children to be baptised: Iris, Bluebell, Rosie & Persephone. After the baptisms all are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass, with some games, from 12.00-2.00pm. (If, at noon, the weather is wet then the picnic will be at the Rectory on Little Anglesey Road). Do join us for the celebrations.

CHURCH ALIVE @ Walpole Park on 2nd August
At 10.30am on this summer Sunday Church Alive will join the Gosport Churches Together celebration by the boating lakes – we’ll take ‘Messy Church’ craft activities along & Andy has been asked to speak at the ecumenical celebration.
No Church Alive in St.Mary’s on 2nd August.

ANNUAL LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS
You’re invited to our summer season on Fridays in August. 12.30pm-1.15pm in St.Mary’s Church.
Light refreshments available. Close up organ view on big screen! Tickets £4 (3.50) per recital from the Parish Office or on the door (Students Free).
7th August – Charles Harrison (Chichester Cath.)
14th August – Andrew Cleary (Christ’s Hospital)
21st August – Oliver Macfarlane (Guildford)
28th August – Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey)

St. Mary’s Choir Recruitment
Thursdays-in-August, 7.00-8.00pm. All Musical Adults and Children are invited to join our
COME AND SING‘OPEN’ CHOIR REHEARSALS
An Opportunity to find out about singing with the choir! Tea, Coffee, Biscuits etc.All Are Welcome!

At ST.FRANCIS
A new illustrated Talk by Bob Harrop on Old Gosport -14th August 7.00pm at St Francis.  Refreshments of puddings, tea/coffee included in ticket price of £4 which are available from Joy and Eric Skinner 92588520. Thanks to all who joined us in the fun of last weeks Cream Tea. St.Francis can be hired for events from Kay 92522113.

MOTHERS’ UNION You’re invited – Cream Tea on 21st July at 2.00pm – tickets from Parish Office.

SUMMER PILGRIM MEETINGS
will meet in members homes each Thursday from 7.30pm through July-Aug. Starting this week looking at the Book of James. Contact Andy or the office for weekly venues and details. All welcome for this midweek fellowship.

SUMMER FUN DAY
Following a very successful day – thank you so much to all who planned and helped – especially the Parish Baby & Toddler Group and Messy Church along with the sponsorships you obtained.

ALPHA COURSE
Advanced notice that our next course will commence on Wednesday 7th October from 7.30pm-9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room. Want to get to grips with understanding your faith in Christ? Then Alpha is for you – please come along.

TALKING ABOUT MONEY – Our Stewardship.
We are about 200 people worshipping at our services every Sunday from a larger pool of 300 or so of those of come regularly. The PCC would like to call us all to prayerful consideration of our parish finances.
Midway through the year our income is down from last year which will lead us towards a substantial deficit. We don’t have the £53000 legacy which blessed us in 2014. Hence cash flow to fulfil our responsibilities will start to be difficult.
It’s the effectiveness of our finance team with Tim as Treasurer using new software that is better informing us as to our trends in giving. We seek wisely to spend all that is entrusted to the parish, our expenditure has not increased whilst our giving has been behind for a few years now. This deficit runs at £4000 a month, and so we are at the point of reserves no longer being able to keep us afloat. We seek to be able to resource our mission in the parish and, once we appoint a Pioneering Minister, we will then also cease to be net donors to the diocese in terms of our Parish Share covering all clergy costs.
Please commit this matter to your prayers that we may discern the Lord’s will and grace to guide all 300 of us.
Therefore if anyone is able to review their giving or if any new givers are able to take up regular Standing Orders with Gift Aid then that would be very much appreciated – thank you so much for all you give.
This please, in keeping with the principles of our Christian Stewardship such that we all offer our gifts in worship to God in proportion to our income – thank you. Please note that we shall have a Stewardship Campaign to launch the Parish Giving Scheme in October – but that comes too late to balance the 2015 books!
For more information please contact the Parish Office.

DID YOU KNOW?
Our parish Facebook page is growing in
popularity. The record so far was this week’s
fun day posting with over 1300 people reached! Keep up the sharing of the page known as Alverstoke Parish Church. You can follow the Alverstoke Parish Baby & Toddlers Group own Facebook page too.