‘Out of his glorious riches may the Father strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith’ (Ephesians 3v15)
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Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: Prayer of St.Richard (White)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Diana Dow
6.30pm St.Mary BCP Evensong
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: All from the Sun’s uprise (Tomblings)
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Sunday’s Principal Bible Readings:

Ephesians 3v14-19 & Mark 3v31-35

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TODAY’S THEME
Growing the Church – naturally!
Our Culture – A community of invitation,
welcome and hospitality.

ALPHA LEAFLET TODAY
Please take and use the leaflets
to invite someone to Alpha.
Who do you know who would
value an invitation? We’re looking
forward to our next course which commences 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!
We all know someone who would find the course to be valuable and a grace from God for them.

CHURCH GROWTH MEETINGS
An excellent first meeting on Thursday among the 30 members who met to consider how Jesus’s church can grow here? Before any activity – it starts with our own desire leading us to pray – in that we all make the difference. You are invited to the next two special meetings of this anglican course: ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’. In the Parish Centre from 7.30pm on Thursdays 24th Sept and 1st Oct. Please let Andy know if there is a wish and demand for a daytime course?

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSAN SMITH
Sue was made a Reader by Bishop Christopher yesterday in the Cathedral. Following her 3 years of training, you’ll now see Sue in her new blue scarf as she hosts worship and preaches. You’re invited to our celebration Tea this afternoon…

SUNDAY TEA PARTY TODAY
To celebrate Sue’s licensing as our new Reader all are invited to Linda Grant’s ‘garden’ for tea and cakes/scones at 3pm this afternoon; hosted for us by St.Faith’s. If interested in joining us, please contact Linda 023 92 523 272 or Paddy 023 92 520 416. All welcome.

ST.FRANCIS’ CHURCH
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 for harvest offerings.

Next Sunday HARVEST OFFERINGS
We are invited to present gifts of non perishable
groceries and toiletries at our services next Sunday. These items will be go to Gosport Food & Basics Bank.
95% of Food Banks are run by churches and rely upon congregational gifts – thank you.

Next Sunday: STORIES OF HOPE 6.30pm
TEEN CHALLENGE UK join us at iNViTe
on 27th September with their music and stories of release from drugs. Please join us at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s. A taster can be seen at ‘The Divine Exchange’ video on YouTube. A special offering for the work of Teen Challenge UK and its work among young adults.

Next Saturday MICHAELMAS FAYRE
The Alverstoke village fayre organised by the church and the Rotary Club of Gosport is on 26th September. Come along and enjoy our fayre – the church is open from noon – 4.00pm with musical performances, decorated for harvest by the Flower Guild, with the new Alverstoke Quilt on display; Teas are served in the Parish Centre which is surrounded by stalls – plus the two ‘official’ fayre stalls are hosted by church members (please see Andy if can you help?).

MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT
Saturday 26th September in St.Mary’s at 7.00pm; a mixed concert ending with the magnificent proms style finale. Come and sing along with the Lowry Girls.

MESSY CHURCH
This Thursday from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre – we’ll be joining in with Church Growth as we plant our own bulbs and learn about Jesus. For primary aged children and their adults. Crafts, stories, games, worship all ending with a hot cooked tea served at 5.15pm.

PILGRIM COURSE
Our next Pilgrim course of 6 weeks begins on Thursday 8th October at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. To be a Pilgrim is to walk on that journey to inspire, renew and deepen our faith – come on the journey with us and grow your faith this autumn. All welcome.

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; 2 offers so far!

BABY & TODDLER GROUPS HELP
We believe the toddlers group is very important – we wish our leaders who’ve left for paid employment every success in their new jobs. It means there is an urgent need for more volunteers to go on a rota to help Jo Fryer deliver this amazing ministry on Monday afternoons in the Parish Centre. Please have a word if you could help with this, we will process safeguarding if needed.

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 the leaflet available or
at www.capmoneycourse.org

BREAKTHROUGH YOUTH CLUB HELP
This ministry is essential for some 40 local teenagers. Could you become a helper on Friday nights in The Parish Centre? If you could join the team (on a rota if not every week during term) then please have a word with the clergy or with Ed & Anne Ross. Thank you. We’ll process safeguarding admins if needed.

CATHEDRAL HEALING SERVICE
6pm on Sunday 18th October.
Everyone welcome, particularly those who work in local health services or are involved in their church’s healing ministry or prayer ministry teams.
Personal prayer will be offered and there will be light refreshments afterwards.  Diana Dow.

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 contact Libby Norris on libby.norris@btinternet.com.

DID YOU KNOW…? PEW SHEET by email
You can receive this notice sheet by email each Friday by registering for it on our website or emailing Andy.