A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come” (Rev 1v4b)
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Today’s Worship Across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Worship: Peace
Susan Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
11.00am St.Luke’s Holy Communion
Revd Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Contemporary Praise
Revd Andy Norris
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The Collect for Christ the King
God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory. Amen.
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TODAY’S BIBLE READINGS:
Revelation 1v4b-8   and   John 18v33-37

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Today simple LUNCH on SUNDAY
Join us after morning worship for 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Relaxed and informal fellowship over a simple lunch – soup, bread & cheese provided centrally. All welcome. Just come as you are.

This Thursday MESSY CHURCH
Families welcome from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre – Advent theme. Do you have any Shoe Boxes for making nativity crib scenes? To the Parish Centre this week, thanks.

MOTHERS’ UNION DEANERY ADVENT SERVICE
Wednesday 2nd December at 2.00pm in St.Mary’s, all welcome, including branches from Gosport & Fareham.

ST.FAITH’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE – 5th Dec
St Faith’s Church, Tribe Road, Come and join us for a Christmas Fayre and Coffee morning.  On Saturday 5th December 2015 from 10.00am until 12.00noon.  Stalls, games, raffle light refreshments no admission charge.

CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT
Hosted by St. Mary’s Choir Saturday 5th December 7.00pm Parish Centre – traditional Christmas Dinner plus seasonal songs and fun! – Tickets £12, students £7 from Paul Pilott on Sundays at church or Parish Office, in aid of Choir funds. All welcome when we pack the Parish Centre for this happy evening.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 11th-13th December
Full steam ahead. Bring your friends along – all the 79 trees now allocated and 900 musicians! A very moving celebration which prompts 700+ prayer requests from over 3000 visitors and remembers so many loved ones.
Can you help as a Steward? If so Tim Finch would be delighted to hear from you- tim.finch0404@outlook.com
Can you bake a Cake? If so Carol Workman would be pleased to receive cakes for the festival café, thanks.

LYTCH GATE GARLANDS – cuttings tomorrow!
Greenery is needed to create these magnificent decorations. In particular, if you could provide cuttings of any of the following they would be most welcome: Osmanthus, Eleagnus, Fir, variegated or plain Ivy not trailing, more bunched, Myrtle variegated or plain, Laurel, Bay, Box, Yew, Holly.  Cuttings need to be a minimum of 14 inches long.  Please place cuttings in black bin liners at the back of the Parish Centre today and tomorrow.

STEWARDS FOR CAROL SERVICES
It would be helpful once again this year to have Stewards to assist with the School and Uniformed organisations Carol Services. If you are able to help could you please contact Peter Camp – Thank you

DEANERY ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
6.00pm on 29th November at St.Faith, Lee on Solent.
Please note that there will be NO evening service at St.Mary’s on this day – thank you. The choir will be singing at St.Faith’s, Lee on Solent.

NEW AJS SCHOOL VALUES : Grace, Hope, Love
Bishop Christopher has rearranged his diary to be able to visit St.Mary’s on 2nd December at 9.30pm for a special service. The children of Alverstoke CE Junior School (Aided) will be celebrating their new school values of: Sharing God’s Grace with Hope and Love.
Parents and members of the congregation would be welcome to come alone.

NEW PIONEERING MINISTER
The closing date for applications for our new Pioneering Minister Post for Leesland is this week. Please pray for all who may be applying and for wisdom for the Bishop and those involved in interviews on 8th-9th December. The candidates will ‘view’ the parish on 8th December. Pray too for St.Faith’s at the hub of this new ministry and for the Leesland school and community.

Today CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL
You’d always be welcome at Cornerstone Bookshop (Bemisters Lane) in Gosport, but should you be able to get along then Val McKinley is going to host a monthly bookstall over coffee at St.Mary’s. This Sunday with many books for Christmas.

Today GOSPORT STREET PASTORS   We welcome Brian Cossins and team with their Street Pastors presentation at 9.15am and 10.45am today. Please chat to them and take the information they bring as we’re invited to support and pray for this special ministry in our town.

New to ALVERSTOKE – you need the ALPHABET!
St.Mary’s has published a wonderful coffee table book called THE ALVERSTOKE ALPHABET.
It makes a great gift for Christmas. A display copy can be seen at the back of St.Mary’s today alongside wrapped copies. If you like it you are welcome to take one (or more!) on trust and then pay £15 per copy to the Parish Office during the week.

DID YOU KNOW? Parish Schools
Please pray for all of our schools in the parish and for the church Collective Worship Team which visits most of the primary schools to lead assemblies. Children in the congregation attend all the schools and many many worshippers are members of staff.
Gomer Infants
Gomer Juniors
Alverstoke Infants
Alverstoke CE Junior
Leesland CE Infants
Leesland CE Junior
Bay House Secondary
St.Mary’s RC Primary
Please also pray for the new Gateway PreSchool which has been opened at Leesland Junior.

DIARY DATES: CHRISTMAS 2015
Sunday 20th December
Services across parish as usual except :
10.45am St.Mary’s Carol Praise & Nativity
11.15am St.Francis’ Christmas Communion
6.30pm St.Mary’s Nine Lesson & Carols
Thursday 24th December – Christmas Eve
3.00pm & 4.30pm St.Mary’s Crib Services
4.00pm St.Faith’s Christingle & Crib Service
11.00pm St.Mary’s Midnight Communion
11.30pm St.Faith’s Midnight Communion
Friday 25th December – Christmas
8.00am St.Mary’s Said BCP Communion
10.00am St.Mary’s Christmas Communion
Sunday 27th December
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Worship – Peace
No 10.45am St.Mary’s NO Church Alive
No 11.00am NO St.Luke’s in December
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
No 6.30pm St.Mary’s NO Evening iNViTe
Sunday 3rd January 2016 Normal service resumes!