A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
(2 Corinthians 8v9)
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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 Morning Communion
Revds Andrew Norris & Chris Richardson
Anthem: Christ is Cornerstone (Thorne)
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Choral Evensong
Revd Humphrey Prideaux Anthem: The King shall rejoice (Handel)
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Sunday’s Principal Bible Readings:  2 Corinthians 8v1-15 & Luke 21v1-4

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Book your place for next Saturday…
REFUGEE CRISIS plus a RESTORATION APPEAL
QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT
Next Saturday 24th October at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre raising funds for the Christian Aid Refugee Crisis Appeal and to support St.Thomas’s Church Penkull. £10. To book a place and for dietary requirements please email quiz.curry@gmail.com or get your ticket at the Parish Office. We’re grateful to David Harrap for the inspiration and planning behind this evening.

This Wednesday ALPHA – meaning of the cross
The new course has enjoyed some fabulous conversation and searching questions. There’s still the opportunity to join this Wednesday from 7.25pm- 9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room when we consider Good Friday.

This Thursday MESSY CHURCH
3.30pm in the Parish Centre for all children and their adults – activities, worship and a hot tea at 5.15pm.
Messy Church are seeking SHOE BOXES for this week’s activity – if you have any you can leave at the Parish Centre we’d be most grateful, thank you.

This Thursday PILGRIM – Parables
A very good new course being enjoyed by 25 folk, you’re invited to come along and join in – 7.30pm in the Parish Centre on Thursday evenings. Explore Jesus’ Parables of the Kingdom. Video and discussion, prayer and worship – this is midweek church for some who can’t get on Sundays. Come and grow your faith.

Next Sunday BRING & SHARE LUNCH
Sunday 25th after morning worship from all our services across the parish, join us when you can for food and fellowship between 12noon – 2.00pm in the Parish Centre. All welcome.

A VISION FOR GIVING -Thank you for all you give.
GIVING PACKS are available for all worshippers to take away today. Those on the Electoral Roll have packs addressed to you. Please read all the information.
This month we are reflecting upon Christian Giving to and through the church.
We shall all be invited to give for the future by signing up to the PARISH GIVING SCHEME. A new national CofE administrative scheme which leaves the donor in control whilst significantly improving parish finances by immediate Gift Aid recovery. Thank you.

LIGHT PARTY 1st November
This year our Light Party on All Saints Sunday will take place during Church Alive – starting in St.Mary’s at 10.45am, children and families will be invited to a Light Party in the Parish Centre.

MEMORIAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING
A special service in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on All Saints Sunday 1st November to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a list towards the end October upon which names may be added for the service.

TONIGHT’s CHORAL EVENSONG
You’re invited this evening for worship with the Smith Responses, Howells canticles and Handel’s anthem.

GIDEONS at iNViTe for BIBLE SUNDAY
Our contemporary worship at 6.30pm next Sunday evening will also welcome a presentation from Gideons International for what is Bible Sunday.

ST.FRANCIS COFFEE MORNING
Saturday 14th November 9.45am until 11.30 Coffee morning. Various stalls and lovely cakes.  All welcome.

Thursday Morning
LEADING YOUR CHURCH INTO GROWTH
Some may like to explore the LYCIG course along with the Thursday morning Bible Study Group starting on 5th November at 10.00am in the Parish Centre.
All Welcome to come along – with this some 70 folk will have valued this inspirational 3 session course.

MEN’S BREAKFAST Cancelled
Due to general low attendance the Men’s Breakfast will take a break from meeting for 6 months and so please note that the November breakfast is cancelled. Any desire and ideas for the future please contact Brian on
92 584371 or brianatjellicoe@aol.com. Thank you to David Atkins & Brian Russell who’ve faithfully served this men’s fellowship for many years.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES 8th November
St.Faith’s at 9.30am.
St.Mary’s at 10.30am (No 9.15am or 10.45am that day)
St.Francis’ earlier start at 10.45am to hear Cenotaph.

ST.MARY’S CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th December. Bring a friend and join the 1000s for this very moving celebration which enjoys the music of 600+ performers!

PARISH TODDLERS & YOUTH CLUB HELP
Can you join the team of volunteers as a helper? We seek to strengthen the teams helping to set up and support the leaders of these valuable ministries for young families and local youth. Please have a word with the clergy for more information, thank you.

Exploring a NEW PARISH CENTRE
Helpful conversations are continuing about the provision of a new or refurbished Parish Centre. The needs and requirements are increasingly clear. Freely at this stage, architects are exploring the possibilities for a building which will attract substantial grants to cover the costs whilst working towards 2020 for its completion. If it is achievable, such a building will be a significant hub for our mission at the heart of the community. But, until more details are clear this is all pending and no decisions have been made to go ahead with the project.

DID YOU KNOW? Michaelmas Fayre
The Michaelmas Fayre central fund has afforded a donation of £2250 towards the Parish Centre plus support for the Mayor’s Charity and The Rotary Club of Gosport. Thanks to all who helped make the day such a success.