6th March 2016 Mothering Sunday

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Today’s Theme from our reflections for Lent on
‘The Prayers of Jesus’ is
Praying with Purpose
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
Anthem: He That Shall Endure-Mendelssohn
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revds Andrew Norris & Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong.
Revd Chris Richardson
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PRAISING GOD
Acts 2v47: praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

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 this 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.

LICENSING FOR REVD TIM WATSON
On 17th April, in three stages first by Gathering in St.Faith’s at 11.00am, Bishop Christopher will then lead us in Processing with prayers along the ‘railway’ walkway and through Leesland Park to the back entrance of Leesland Junior School for the Licensing of Tim as our new Pioneer Minister at 11.00am on Sunday 17th April in Leesland.
Shared with Forton, a very special day in our church story.
A planned ‘Bring & Share’ lunch will follow.
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.

ST.MARY’S WORSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE
We’d be grateful of all worshippers at St.Mary’s completing a survey – cream forms at the back of church, posted when complete in the box during March or to Parish Centre. Thanks. We’d also value your help in forwarding a blue feedback survey to any you know who may have left us through the changes – thank you for your help.
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

PARISH LUNCH on TUESDAY
Our popular lunch this Tuesday 8th March at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. £6 for hot 3 course dinner. RSVP to the Office. A great way to meet and enjoy fellowship.

FISH ‘n CHIP SUPPER
In the last ‘formal’ week of Lent a simple take away supper in the Parish Centre at 7.15pm on Thursday 17th March, followed by reflecting upon Jesus’ journey of prayers through Holy Week. Orders in advance on form at back of our churches or directly with Phil Dray. All Welcome!

LADIES BREAKFAST – next one soon
Women are invited to enjoy the fellowship and breakfast at 9.00am on Saturday mornings in the Parish Centre.

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.

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

PRAYER FOCUS IN LENT
No extended notice this week but please keep up the prayer walks for Lent and Wednesday Prayer at 2.00pm or 7.30pm in St.Mary’s until Easter!

THE PRAYERS OF JESUS COURSE
Refreshments from 7.15pm in the Parish Centre.
10th March: A Friend in High Places:
Faith, Prayer & Answers John 14v8-17a
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GIVING & THANKSGIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

Thanks for the Mothering Sunday POSIES
Thank you to those who’ve given and made the posies as a sign of our appreciation for the care and love we receive today – they are lovely and such a blessing!
Thank you from our KENYA PARTNERSHIP
Ahead of schedule we have raised the £5,000 which we committed to Christian Aid’s women’s maternity project in Kenya. Thank you to all who raised money and gave regularly to this fabulous way of linking our church with the believers in Narok County. Our £5000 will now be made up to £20,000 by the EU. Apparently Christian Aid cannot take more than the £5000 – and so we are now invited to start a new partnership until October 2017 with a very similar project in Ethiopia, but this time our £5000 becomes £30,000! The PCC will
discuss whether we should do this on Tuesday this week.
Please let members know what you think about it?

Giving a WELCOME HAMPER
Moving south from Crewe in Holy Week! 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 Chapel CARPET – see the sample.
We have good quotes for carpeting the front creche and back children’s areas in dark grey – toned to the red carpet and patterned to match the tiled flooring. The condition of the chapel carpet has now been raised – please see the mould and moth! The PCC will discuss this on Tuesday evening to see if it should be replaced at the same time at a reduced price of £620. If any felt this to be something to which they could give for the dignity, prayer and ministry of the chapel then your donation would be valuable and gratefully appreciated. If we go ahead a gift jar will appear at the back in
St.Mary’s next Sunday 13th March – thank you very much.
A small sample of the proposed carpet may be seen behind the candlestick on the Chapel communion table!

Thanks to local BUSINESSES for help
We’re very grateful to ‘First Choice Removals’ for helping us move pews to safe storage last Thursday along with Haslar Heritage for storing them for us and ‘Ian Cameron & Sons Builders’ for undertaking all the joinery.

CAP MONEY Course
Starting this Friday for two sessions. Leaflets at the back.
Hosted by Kim Beazely in the congregation, on Fridays 11th & 18th March 11.30am-1.30pm at Waterside Community Church PO12 1ES. Book online at capuk.org
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DID YOU KNOW?

ST.MARY’S CHURCH JUNIOR SALING CLUB
Our 70 year old club has a few spaces left to welcome new members from the parish. From Year 5 children to Year 11.
From May, 2.00pm Sat & Sun afternoon sailing on the creek.
All kit provided within £60 membership fee for the season. Email stmjsc@yahoo.com or check smjsc.org.uk for details. Starts with ‘Fish ’n Chips’ in the Parish Centre on 16th April!

PCC ON TUESDAY – a big night ahead!
To let you know that the church council will be discussing whether to go ahead with regeneration of the Parish Centre for 2020 along with the approval of our Accounts for 2015.

OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
St.Faith’s after shorter worship next Sunday 13th March.
Our whole parish Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Tuesday 19th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s.

We’d love you to join in March!
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.

LOOKING AHEAD…

FRIENDS OF ST.MARY’S AGM
We’re so grateful to the Friends of St.Mary’s for their care of St.Mary’s church building. Our AGM is on Saturday 7th May at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. Following our business the Chairman of GAFIRS, Keith Thomas will speak, ending with Cheese and Wine. Please contact Peter Camp for more information about the Friends – 023 92 526031.

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.

THE PARISH STRAWBERRY LUNCH
‘The Strawberry Team’ invite us this year on Thursday 16th June in the Parish Centre. Tickets will be available in due course – don’t miss out on this lovely summer celebration.

QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY
Lunchtime on Sunday 12th June in Alverstoke Village Centre around the Chestnut Tree. From 12noon-3.00pm – music, tables and seating for 250 – bring your picnic hamper, find a seat and join our parish celebration!
EASTER IN THE PARISH…

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.