A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Our chief end is to worship and glorify God, and enjoy
him forever. (Westminster Catechism 1647)
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Worship – Peace
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe praise with guests from Fareham Community Church
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Collect for Epiphany 3
God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday’s Principal Readings:

Psalm 150, Matthew 28v16-20 (and additional Psalm 86v18-13)

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WORSHIPPING
Today’s Theme from the course we’re following:
Our Heart – Developing Worship that helps the church to grow.

iNViTe Tonight at St.Mary’s
Friends from Fareham Community Church worship band will lead our praise & worship tonight hosted by Chris Richardson. Refreshments 6.00pm, 6.30pm start.

MESSY CHURCH This Thursday
This Thursday 28th January at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre – for primary aged children and their adults. Bible based crafts, games, worship and hot supper on ‘Jesus – past, present and future’ (Candlemas).
The team seek new helpers to join them in what proves to be a very fulfilling ministry especially for those in early retirement – please have a word.

Celebrating Light for the World in Jesus…
Next Sunday 31st Jan: Candlemas at St.Mary’s
CHRISTINGLE @ Church Alive
CANDLEMAS CHORAL EVENSONG

Also, as Revd Humphrey Prideaux celebrates his 80th he invites us to join him in thanksgiving as he celebrates communion at 8.00am & 9.15am next Sunday.
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

This Thurs BRING & SHARE SUPPER
Whether you’re established as a worshipper here for 30 years or for 3 months – please join us for a simple Bring & Share supper for all across the parish.
Join us in the fellowship of eating together on Thursday 28th January from 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. Come, meet and make new friends – ending with some prayer. If you can bring a simple savoury or sweet dish to share that would be great, if not still please come.

PARISH LUNCH
Next on 9th February at 12.30pm – with a Valentine’s theme. RSVP to the Parish Office. £6. Parish Centre.

AT ST.FRANCIS CHURCH
St Francis Social Event Saturday 13th February at 2.30pm.  All welcome.  Tea and cakes.  Entertainment from a clarinet.  Donations towards the new back fence.

CUPPA & COMPANY Friendship in Bereavement. Drop-In this Tues at 2.00pm in Parish Centre Lounge.

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GROWING & PRAYING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship… and to prayer’

THE PRAYERS OF JESUS Course
Our fascinating Pilgrim evenings will return for 6
sessions on ‘The Prayers of Jesus’ from Thurs 4th
Feb to 10th March at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. Starting with refreshments, and with prayer.

WEDNESDAY PRAYER DURING LENT
A call to gather and seek God in prayer each Weds from 10th Feb at either 2.00pm or 7.30pm in St.Mary’s (8.00pm on Ash Wednesday). Health permitting, some may like to make each Wednesday a day of fasting too! The prayer gatherings will not be ‘formed’ acts of worship but rather times to wait on God with others and respond as inspired.

GROWING CHILDREN’s FAITH Meeting 2nd Feb
We need a bigger team to help minister to the 35+ children and young people at worship each Sunday for both our 9.15am and 10.45am services. You’re invited to an exploratory meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2nd February at the Rectory, Little Anglesey Road or chat to Libby Norris – thank you.

REGULAR SMALL GROUPS – BFGs
There are five Bible Fellowship Groups which meet regularly for friendship, Bible Study and prayer. Please check the website under ‘courses’ for details or chat to the clergy.

REFRESH YOUR HEALING MINISTRY
A diocesan day of teaching and encouragement for parish Prayer Ministry Teams on Saturday February 27th at St.Jude’s Southsea from 9.30am-3.30pm. If you are interested in helping grow our ministry here please have a word with Andy or Diana Dow. Take a leaflet.

CAP MONEY COURSE Starts tomorrow – leaflets at back.
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IN EAGER ANTICIPATION… Revd Tim Watson
Bishop Christopher will license Tim as our new Pioneer Minister at 11.00am on Sunday 17th April in Leesland. A very special day in our church story.
Shared with Forton congregation too, Tim’s licensing will involve gathering at St.Faith’s and a procession to Leesland Junior School Hall for the service followed by lunch. Some may prefer simply to gather at the school.
The licensing will not include communion and so Hazel will host a single said service at 9.15am in St.Mary’s.

ST.MARY’S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN
On Saturday 6th February from 9.30 until 12 noon.
All are welcome to come and help, bringing your hoovers, dusters, brushes and elbow grease! Kindly assisted by our local Guide groups too. Thank you. Peter Camp.

The QUEEN’S 90th PICNIC STREET PARTY
Save the date: Richard Thorne is helping the parish join the national celebrations with a Street Party of our own in Alverstoke village on Sunday 12th June.