A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Sunday’s Theme from our reflections for Lent on
‘The Prayers of Jesus’ is
Praying to a Good God.
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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
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
Anthem: He That Shall Endure-Mendelssohn
9.30am St.Faith’s Worship – Peace
Darren Clarke
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Revd Ian Rutherford
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship & AGM
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Praise led by guests from Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn.
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PRAISING GOD
Acts 2v47: praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

iNViTe with Church of the Good Shepherd
Please come tonight as Revd Canon Peter Hall joins us to speak alongside his team from Crookhorn. We are tremendously privileged in the fellowship that we shall share this evening with the folk from COGS. 6.30pm in St.Mary’s, refreshments at 6.00pm. Hope you can come.

MOTHERS’ UNION MIDWEEK COMMUNION
Our two MU communions will become one service held at St.Faith’s on the first Thurs of each month at 10.00am; BCP with Revd Alan Ball. All welcome. Hence there is no 10.30am Weds communion at St.Mary’s this week.
Members of our branch are happy to offer lifts if needed.

LICENSING SERVICE FOR NEW AREA DEAN
We’re pleased to announce that Revd Karen Mitchell (Bridgemary/Elson) is to be licensed by the Bishop as our new Gosport Area Dean next Sunday evening 6th March at St.Faith’s, Lee on Solent, along with Revd Paul Chamberlain as her assistant. Please pray for them. All invited.

PALM SUNDAY CHORAL EVENSONG
Special Psalm Sunday music with the Choir, 6.30pm on 20th March at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.

CELEBRATING THE LAST SUPPER
Our Maundy Thursday ‘Upper Room’ services around tables reflecting on Jesus’ Last Supper will take place on 24th March either 6.30pm St.Faith’s or 7.00pm St.Francis.
Afterwards, St.Mary’s will be open for personal prayer from 8.00pm-11.00pm for a silent ‘Watch & Pray’ vigil.

GOOD FRIDAY MESSY CHURCH 10.30am Parish Centre
GOOD FRIDAY GOSPORT CHURCHES TOGETHER
11.00am outside Centrepeace, High Street, Gosport
GOOD FRIDAY DEVOTIONS 1.45pm in St.Mary’s
GOOD FRIDAY ‘JERUSALEM JOY’ 3.00pm in St.Faith’s

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
Please note that their will be one principal morning service at St.Mary’s at 10.00am on 27th March. On this special day both the 9.15am and 10.45am services shall combine for our principal Easter celebration in addition to regular 8.00am, 9.30am St.Faith’s, 11.00am St.Luke’s and 11.15am St.Francis’ communions in the parish. Easter evening praise is iNViTe at 6.30pm with our own team.
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GROWING & PRAYING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship… and to prayer’

40 MILES OF PRAYER!
May you know grace as you keep walking the prayer miles for Lent, or pray at home for God’s love to richly bless your community and neighbours.

LENT WEDNESDAY PRAYER
Moving and inspirational times of prayer where a growing sense of our shared call to ‘love’ is emerging. You’re invited to gather and seek God in prayer each Weds in Lent at 2.00pm or 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. Health permitting, some may like to make each Wednesday a day of fasting too!

THE PRAYERS OF JESUS COURSE
Refreshments from 7.15pm in the Parish Centre.
3rd March: Praying with Purpose:
Jesus’ Final Prayer John 17v20-26
10th March: A Friend in High Places:
Faith, Prayer & Answers John 14v8-17a
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

SMILE!
The name of our new girls night out – St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening! 7.30pm on Weds 16th March enjoying Darcey’s Tearoom; chat, laugh, friendship and God.

LUNCH WITH TIM & THE BISHOP!
Save the date and come to welcome Tim & Clare Watson over lunch after Tim’s licensing on 17th April, in Leesland School.

CARS ’N CURRY NIGHT
New for men on Sat 23rd April in the Parish Centre. We’ll order take away food – then race the radio controlled or Scalextric kit you bring along! Come with models or not – car chat, food, God talk and bring your mates (plus drinks!).

JUMBLE SALE for our FAMILIES MINISTRY
Next Saturday 5th March 10.00am-11.30am in St.Francis’ Church hosted by our Baby & Toddler Groups, towards crafts & resources. Donations of jumble, toys, bric-a-brac, books etc to St.Francis Church or contact Jo 02392 267123 – thank you.
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GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

Giving a CHRISTIAN BOOK for Easter
Visit David & Val McKinley as they host a Cornerstone Christian Bookshop Stall over coffee at St.Mary’s this Sunday.

Giving GREENERY for Mothering Sunday
We’d be grateful of any greenery suitable for the making of posies if left at the back of St.Mary’s by 26th Feb – thank you.

Giving a WELCOME HAMPER
We’d like to welcome Tim & Clare Watson to their new home with a hearty hamper. If you would like to contribute to this
by popping any grocery or household items in to the Parish Centre by 13th March that would be very kind – thank you.

Giving a crèche & children’s corner CARPET
After a long trial, the PCC would love to lay a carpet
for the crèche in front of the Chapel in St.Mary’s. We also hope to fit carpet to the children’s corner at the back. Dark grey to match the tiled flooring and to tone with the red carpet. If there are any who think this is a great idea and would be willing to sponsor a m² or ft² that would be wonderful, thank you. Please put any donations in envelopes marked with ‘Carpet’ – many thanks for this real blessing to families.

Giving by businesses: REMOVING SIDE PEWS
On Thursday this week you may see the removal vans of ‘First Choice Removals’ helping us move pews to safe storage at Haslar. We thank them along with ‘Ian Cameron & Sons Builders’ and ‘Haslar Heritage’ for their generous support.
We have 15 month permission to experiment with removing the pews in St.Mary’s which are attached to the walls.

Next CAP MONEY COURSE
Hosted by Kim Beazely in the congregation, a two session course is next to be held on Fridays 11th & 18th March 11.30am-1.30pm at Waterside Community Church PO12 1ES. Book online at capuk.org Leaflets available.
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DID YOU KNOW?

OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
St.Francis’ congregation hold their AGM after worship today.
St.Faith’s theirs after worship on 13th March.
Our whole parish Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Tuesday 19th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s.

Notices to carry forward…

LICENSING FOR 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 that day.

SUMMER QUILTING FESTIVAL
Our local Scrap Happy quilters are displaying their beautiful works at the Quilting Festival in St.Mary’s from 3rd – 5th June 2016. Save the date and come to enjoy their wonderful craft.

QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY PICNIC
Lunchtime on Sunday 12th June in Alverstoke Village Centre.

We’d love you to join!
THE CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
By your faith in Jesus you belong to his church – your baptism celebrates that belonging. But you can express ‘belonging’ to a local CofE congregation through our ‘Church Electoral Roll’. It even gives you a vote at the annual meetings – so why not sign up? Application Forms are at the back of church.