A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Today’s Theme celebrates Jesus
declared to be light for the nations by Simeon at his
dedication; ‘The Presentation of Christ at the Temple’ is traditionally called Candle-mas (light party?)

Please enjoy all the candles and flowers in St.Mary’s,
and remember folk in the Candlemas memorial book.
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love
Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Christingle
Revd Chris Richardson & Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Choral Evensong
Revd Andrew Norris & Darren Clarke

SUNDAY’S PRINCIPAL READINGS:  Hebrews 2v14-end & Luke 2v22-40

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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

HUMPHREY’S FAVOURITE CHOCOLATES!
As Revd Humphrey Prideaux celebrates his 80th with us by presiding at 8.00am & 9.15am today, so he shares his favourites with us too – Congratulations Humphrey!

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

ST.FRANCIS’ SOCIAL
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.

ST.FAITH’S VALENTINE’S TEA
Saturday 13th February at 3.00pm – Valentine Bring and Share Tea, with entertainment, raffle etc., cost £3 per head, all proceeds to St Faith’s Church.
Advanced notice: on Good Friday you’re invited to St.Faith’s ‘Jerusalem Joy’ cantata at 3.00pm.

NEW FOR MEN
Watch this space for future events for men. Something may happen sooner – but blokes are invited to put Sat 23rd April in their dairies for a ‘Cars ’n Curry’ night in the Parish Centre. We’ll order take away food – then race the radio controlled or Scalextric kit you bring along! After eating we’ll invite a guest to speak about God. Some may have other normal ‘model’ cars to put on show or none, no worries; just come for car chat – food – God chat, and bring your mates. More details and sign up nearer the time.

WOMEN – Watch this space for something chilled for you too… a girls night out maybe?
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GROWING & PRAYING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship… and to prayer’

WEDNESDAY PRAYER DURING LENT
A call to gather and seek God in prayer each Wednesday of Lent from 10th Feb to Holy Week 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 learn to wait on God with others and respond.

NEW: THE PRAYERS OF JESUS COURSE
Join us for all six, or just the one or two evenings you can get along to our very good ’Prayers of Jesus’ course which starts this Thursday with refreshments at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. During this fascinating course we will look at:
4th February: Watch & Pray:
Jesus’ Model Prayer Life Mark 1v32-39
11th February: Our God Listens:
The Persistent Widow Luke 18v18
18th February: Joining in Jesus’ Prayer:
The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6v9-13
25th February: Praying to a Good God:
The Friend at Midnight Luke 11v5-13
3rd March: Praying with Purpose:
Jesus’ Final Prayer John 17v20-26
10th March: A Friend in High Places:
Faith, Prayer & Answers John 14v8-17a
These themes will be preached about on each Sunday following the course session.

GROWING CHILDREN’s FAITH Meeting 2nd Feb
We need a 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 this Tuesday 2nd at the Rectory, Little Anglesey Road or chat to Libby Norris.

HELP TO GROW OUR PARISH 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.
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TODAY’S SPECIAL CANDLEMAS CELEBRATIONS
Jesus is our light.
10.45am Christingle at Church Alive
6.30pm Candlemas Choral Evensong
Please take great care in St.Mary’s with all the wonderful candles in church. At Christingle – candles will only be lit for children under the supervision of their adult.

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.

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. Want to help? Short meeting at Parish Centre, 6.30pm this Tue.

TWO FUNERALS IN ST.MARY’S THIS WEEK
Please hold Admiral Tony and his family in your prayers as they prepare to give thanks for Betty’s life at her funeral in St.Mary’s at 12noon this Friday 5th February;
and also the family of Robert Bloomfield whose funeral is on Thursday 4th February at 12noon in St.Mary’s.

DID YOU KNOW?
Revd Chris was called to ‘deacon’ for the Bishop in the Cathedral yesterday evening! Hope it went well Chris.