Sunday 30th August 2015  Trinity 13

‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1v17)
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Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Reg Forse
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
Anthem: God so loved the world (Stainer)
9.30am St.Faith Communion – Love
Revd Phil Hiscock
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke/Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ All Age Worship
Revd Phil Hiscock
6.30pm St.Mary’s Service with Healing & Wholeness Diana Dow
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CONGREGATIONAL LETTER & AUTUMN DATES
All worshippers please be sure to collect Andy’s letter from the back of church today along with a programme for the autumn. Are you on the church Electoral Roll? If so then then your letter is addressed to you in an envelope (to ensure all ER members get a copy!). The Electoral Roll is the closest the parish has to a ‘signed up’ membership and is renewed each Spring before the AGM.

TAKE YOUR ‘POMPEY CHIMES’ TODAY
Mention of Pioneering including Leesland on the front page and a Church Alive centre spread.

COME… Tonight
To our Service of Healing & Wholeness this
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.

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? It starts with our own expectation and the culture we offer across the parish – we all make the difference.
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.
HARVEST OFFERINGS on 27th September
We are invited to present gifts of non perishable groceries and toiletries at Harvest. These items will be given to the local Food & Basics Bank.

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

CAP MONEY COURSE
2 forthcoming courses – all welcome, free.
Mondays 5th, 12th & 19th October – 7.00pm
Weds 18th, 25th Nov & 2nd Dec – 9.00am
The Waterside Centre, South Street.
Each 2 hours session is designed for everyone and anyone by teaching budgeting and money
management skills – a positive impact of all.
More details on a leaflet available next week or at www.capmoneycourse.org

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.

TEEN CHALLENGE at iNViTe : Divine Exchange
On 27th September we welcome a Teen Challenge team from the Midlands with their music and stories of release from drugs. Please join us at 6.30pm that day in St.Mary’s. A taster can be seen at ‘The Divine Exchange’ video on YouTube.

Fortnightly THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
recommencing 10th September from 10am to 11.30 in Parish Centre Lounge.
This term we shall be studying the Old Testament book of Joshua.
Do come and join us – everyone welcome.
Please read the whole of the book like a novel before the first session – all 24 chapters!

NEXT SUNDAY’S THEME
Growing the Church – naturally!
Our Focus – Committing ourselves to growth.

DID YOU KNOW?
Please pray for all the 7 schools in the parish as they return for the Autumn. Did you know that Alverstoke Junior School’s special teacher and governor day this week is focussing upon affirming the school’s Christian values and character.