‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2v42)
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Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: A new commandment (Aston)
9.30am St.Faith Communion – Love
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris/Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris/Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Darren Clarke

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The Collect for Church Growth
God of Mission
Who along brings growth to your Church,
Send your Holy Spirit to give
Vision to our planning,
Wisdom to our actions,
And Power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
In spiritual commitment to you,
And in service to our local community,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for Trinity 14
Merciful God,
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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TODAY’S PRINCIPAL BIBLE READINGS:
Acts 2v42-47 & Matthew 16v15-19
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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.

TODAY’S THEME
Growing the Church – naturally!
Our Focus – Committing ourselves to growth.
Next Sunday we consider:
Our Plan – A strategy for growth and doing it!

COMING SOON – 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!

THREE GROWTH 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 special meetings for three sessions, Part 1 of 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.FAITH’S SUNDAY TEA
To welcome Sue Smith as our new Reader. Those wishing to celebrate Sue’s appointment are invited to come to Linda Grant’s for tea and cakes/scones on Sunday 20 September at 3pm. If interested in joining us, please contact Linda 023 92 523 272 or Paddy 023 92 520 416. All welcome.

ST.FRANCIS’ CHURCH
is open to visit as part of Gosport’s Heritage Open Days on Saturday 12th September. 11.00 until 3.00pm.
On Sunday 27 September our 11.15am Harvest Service is followed by a bring and share lunch. If further information is required, contact Joy on 92 588 520. Tinned and dried food and toiletries will be a gift to Gosport Basic Food Bank.

MEN’S BREAKFAST
Details in correction of Autumn Dates leaflet… Saturday 19 September at 8.30 am in the Small Hall, Parish Centre, then on Sat 7th November.

DRAMA GROUP FOR OCTOBER
Andy would like to hear from any adults who may be willing to prepare a couple of simple drama sketches for our stewardship services in October.

YOUTH ALPHA
This term we will be running a Youth Alpha course on Wednesdays, starting this week on 9th September at 7:15pm. This is a look at the Christian faith designed to be engaging and accessible to the secondary aged youth of Breakthrough. The evenings start with sharing a meal together. Places are limited. If you would like to book a place, please email us on youth@alverstokeparish.org or call/text 07903142033.

PARISH LUNCH
12.30pm this Tuesday 8th September – please give your name and number to Sue in the Office.

CHILDREN’S COMMUNION
Parents who would like to find out more about preparing their Junior/Secondary aged children for communion before Confirmation are invited to chat to Libby Norris after Church Alive on 13th September or contact her on libby.norris@btinternet.com

CAP MONEY COURSE
Two 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, thanks.

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. Everyone welcome.
Please read the whole of the book like a novel before the first session – all 24 chapters!

DID YOU KNOW…
Our clergy are away this week at the Bishop’s Diocesan Conference (3 yearly) at High Leigh, St.Alban’s.