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Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: Ave Verum (Pearsall)
9.30am St.Faith Morning Worship – Peace
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Revd Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Contemporary Revd Andy Norris/Revd Chris Richardson

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Principal Bible Readings:

Ephesians 6v10-20 and John 6v56-69

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PREPARE FOR – ALPHA
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.
What is Christianity? Who is Jesus? Want to get to grips with understanding your faith? How can I be sure? Alpha is for you – please come along and bring a friend!

Your church needs you …
THREE SPECIAL MEETINGS
The Christian Church is growing.
Although the challenges in the UK
are tough they are not insurmountable. So how does Christ’s church grow here? Jesus’ Church needs you! It starts with our own expectation and the culture we offer across the parish – it starts with each one of us as we look to God. You make the difference between growth or decline!
We are all therefore invited to three special meetings for three sessions, Part 1 from the anglican course: ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’. In the Parish Centre from 7.30pm on Thursdays 17th & 24th Sept and 1st October. The sessions are listed overleaf with the Sunday themes.

COME…
To our Service of Healing & Wholeness next
Sunday evening at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.
Come to pray for the NHS.
Come if any part of you is dis-eased.
Come if you feel drawn to pray for others.
Come if you feel that God does not want the world to be like this – that he wants the wholeness and shalom for all that Jesus declared.

ST.FRANCIS’ CHURCH is open to visit as part of Gosport’s Heritage Open Days on Saturday 12th September. 11.00 until 3.00pm.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE – Church volunteers?
The Alverstoke village fayre organised by the church and the Rotary Club of Gosport is on 26th September. The church hosts two stalls for the fayre selling tickets along with parish promotional information. During the fayre congregational volunteers are needed both to man the stalls and to be welcoming Stewards in the open Church. Please have a word with Andy Norris for the stalls, and Peter Camp about stewarding, thank you.

MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT
Saturday 26th September in St.Mary’s at 7.00pm.

LAST AUGUST LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL
You’re invited to our final recital on Friday. 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).
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!

SEPTEMBER’S SUNDAY THEME
Growing the Church – naturally!
In September we shall explore the first three
sessions of the diocesan sponsored course:
Leading Your Church into Growth.
6th September: Our Focus – Committing
ourselves to growth.
13th September: Our Plan – Developing a strategy for growth and doing it!
20th September: Our Culture – Developing a Community of Invitation, Welcome and Hospitality.
A second set of 3 weeks will take place in January.

OCTOBER’S SUNDAY THEME
First Fruits & Tithes
We shall think about Christian Stewardship and have a promotion of the new diocesan Parish
Giving Scheme. We’ll discover new ways of
giving of our money to God including the scheme that makes our giving go further and recovers the Gift Aided Tax immediately!
27th September: Harvest First Fruits & Tithes
4th October: Everything comes from you
11th October: Lay up Treasure in Heaven
18th October: The Grace of Giving
25th October: Giving cheerfully!

ALVERSTOKE QUILT UNVEILING
For a few years local quilters have been creating wonderful images of buildings in the village to be The Alverstoke Quilt. This arose out of a parish
meeting involving Revd Ted Goodyer in 2012.
The Alverstoke Quilt is now ready to be unveiled by the Mayor of Gosport and will be dedicated on Friday 28th August in the Parish Centre where it will remain on display.

DID YOU KNOW? iNViTe is…
An opportunity to worship God in a more open, relaxed and contemporary style – join us this evening at 6.30pm. Whilst on 27th September we look forward to welcoming a ministry from the Midlands, Teen Challenge, who will share their music and testimonies about release from drug addiction.