A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all
and in all. (Eph4)
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Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: Lord I trust Thee (Handel)
9.30am St.Faith Communion
Revd Reg Forse
St.Mary’s Church Alive is at Walpole Park with Churches Together in Gosport at 10.30am.
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
12.30am St.Mary’s Baptism
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Diana Dow
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:

Ephesians 4v1-16

John 6v24-35
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AUGUST LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITALS
You’re invited to our summer season on Fridays. 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’l.)
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!

OLD GOSPORT – TALK 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. St.Francis can be hired for events from Kay 92522113.

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

NEW ALPHA COURSE
Who do you know who would value an invitation to Alpha? We’re looking forward to our next Alpha Course which will commence on Wednesday 7th October from 7.30pm-9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room for 10 weeks. Want to get to grips with understanding your faith in Christ? Then Alpha is for you – please come along and bring a friend!
TALKING ABOUT MONEY – Thank you.
We’re very grateful to all who have responded in giving in the light of the parishes financial struggle. All your giving across the whole congregation is very much appreciated – thank you.
We are due to host a full Stewardship campaign in October to introduce the new CofE Parish Giving Scheme. But until then, we’re grateful to any who are able to respond to our deficit now by new giving or one of gifts – thank you very much. For more information or for Standing Order and Gift Aid forms please contact the Parish Office.

CHURCH ALIVE BAPTISM: 16th August
The wider congregation who knew Megan & Stephen Milliken weekly at the former 10.00am service and now at Church Alive, will be pleased to congratulate them on the birth of Annabelle in June. Megan & Stephen will be celebrating Annabel’s baptism within Church Alive on Sunday 16th August. They invite their friends in the congregation to join them at lunchtime afterwards at the ‘Search Museum’ in Clarence Road next to the Gosport Gallery entrance.

PIONEERING MINISTER for LEESLAND
A date of 9th December has been put in the
Bishop’s diary for the hosting of interviews for three new Pioneering posts across the diocese. We are to be one of those posts in Leesland with St.Faith’s as the hub of this exciting new ministry. Please pray towards this important appointment for us and our deanery in collaboration with Forton. Pioneering Ministers are a new style of ‘vicar’ in the CofE who have the objective of reaching out to the unchurched community who normally live their lives without reference to the church or Christian faith. The post will be full time for at least five years and will enable us to better serve the
significant part of our parish north of the B3333.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Parochial Church Council have affirmed the Bishop’s policy which allows for a journey to be taken by older children ahead of their receiving communion before they are Confirmed. The journey involves a course of preparation culminating in the presentation of a certificate in a church service. Children so prepared and admitted may then take communion in any anglican church. The children are then expected to prepare for Confirmation as their faith grows towards adulthood.