A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
Sunday’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion Revd Reg Forse
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s All Saints Thanksgiving remembering Loved Ones departed Revds Andy Norris, Chris Richardson
Sunday’s Principal Bible Readings: Revelation 21v1-6 & John 11v32-44
SUNDAY MORNING: 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.
SUNDAY EVENING: ALL SAINTS THANKSGIVING A special service in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm today to re-member our loved ones who have died. There is a list at the back of St.Mary’s upon which names may be added for the service.
A VISION FOR GIVING -Thank you for all you give. GIVING PACKS are available for all worshippers to take away today. 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.
This Wednesday ALPHA – Why and how do I pray? The new course has enjoyed some fabulous conversa-tion and searching questions. There’s still the oppor-tunity to join this Wednesday from 7.25pm- 9.00pm in Darcey’s Tea Room.
This Thursday PILGRIM – Parables A very good course is being enjoyed by 30 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 wor-ship – this is midweek church for some who can’t get on Sundays. Come and grow your faith.
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.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED to all those who are responding to the Giving Packs in renewing your Christian Giving to the church – for increases in giving, for one off gifts towards our deficit, and for signing up to the Parish Giving Scheme. We are very grateful to you as you give to the Lord in these and all ways. It has been pointed out to us that the letter in the pack does not include the ‘0’ at the start of the bank account number for any ‘transfers’, so if you are able to transfer an immediate gift in this way then the account is: St.Mary’s Alverstoke PCC Sort Code: 30-93-56 Number: 07382842 Bank: Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, Gosport Branch
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 LUNCH CLUB Next on Tuesday 10th November, 12.30pm in the Par-ish Centre. £5 for a great hot dinner and good fellowship – all welcome. RSVP Parish Office.
CHURCH ALIVE THEMES – November 1st November: Exploring Compassion plus a Light Party for families 8th November: No Church Alive at Remembrance 15th November: Exploring Renewal 22nd November: Exploring Hope 29th November: Exploring Holiness
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 sup-port 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 provi-sion 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.