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’ thinks about
Praying in Jesus’ Name.
Today’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Anthem: Wash me thoroughly (Halls)
9.30am St.Faith’s Said Communion & AGM
Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revds Chris Richardson & Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
Anthem: God so loved (Stainer)
Hebrews 10v22: “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.”
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.
FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER
Hebrews 10v25: “not giving up meeting together…
but encouraging one another.”
‘LET US PRAY’ IN LENT On Weds at 2.00pm & 7.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel.
Women on Wednesday SMILE! The name of our new girls night out – St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening! 7.30pm this Weds 16th March enjoying Darcey’s Tearoom; chat, laugh, friendship and God.
Thursday FISH ‘n CHIP SUPPER
All Welcome in this last week of Lent to 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. £5 on Thursday night. Sign list at back so your portion (or chippy alternative) can be ordered or let the Office or Phil Dray know.
LADIES BREAKFAST 8th April
Women are invited to enjoy the fellowship and breakfast at 9.00am on Saturday mornings in the Parish Centre.
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!)
LOVING SERVICE & GIVING
Hebrews 10v24: ‘“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”
Thank you from our KENYA PARTNERSHIP
Please see the latest newsletter from our church partnership with Narok diocese in Kenya and the maternal healthcare project for which we have now raised our £5,000. 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.
New: Partnering Women in Ethiopia
Christian Aid have now invited us to start a new church partnership until October 2017 with a women’s healthcare and wellbeing project in Ethiopia – this time our £5000 becomes £30,000! So it’s time for us to start our jogging, suppers, stalls etc, for this new partnership with the church in Ethiopia!
We have a balance from our earlier pre-Kenya partnership and so are sending a final £250 to the children’s unit of the diocesan hospital in Wusasa, Nigeria, for which we’d previously raised some £13,000 over the years of our special link.
PAINT A BEDROOM & Welcome Hamper
Contributions to Tim, Clare and their children’s welcome hamper have been much appreciated – thank you very much.
We now seek 2 or 3 folk to help paint a bedroom this week – they’ve worked hard on the rest of house but had no time left! Please let Sue in the Office know if you can help – thank you.
Special Collection Today: CHAPEL CARPET
The mould and moth condition of the chapel carpet means that we seek to replace it and would value any gifts towards the cost of £620 in the offertory dish at the back of St.Mary’s today – thank you very much for any support towards this. A carpet sample can be seen in the chapel.
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
COFFEE MORNINGS – we’d love to see you!
Our members who support CAP invite you to one of the CAP Coffee Mornings. Discover what’s been happening at our local CAP Debt centre and/or find out about the many and varied ways you could perhaps be involved in this amazing work; we’d love to see you over coffee and cake.
Thurs 17th March 10am at The Welcome Centre, Copse Lane, Rowner PO13 0DH
Sat 19th March 10am at Solent Evangelical Church, Forton Road PO12 3HF.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check smjsc.org.uk for details.
SEEKING A FAIRTRADE CO-ORDINATOR
We’re so grateful to David & Tessa Bloodworth who’ve
faithfully encouraged fairtrade & provided the Tradecraft stall for us. They are now stepping down from this and seek a successor to train up in this valuable ministry. We thank them for this and their many ministries in outreach, as warden, and on the baptism team over so many years.
DID YOU KNOW?
Congratulations to Molly & Marie
We celebrate with Marie & Mollie today who’ve undertaken a course to affirm their faith and prepare them to take communion as young people under the Bishop’s scheme.
Congratulations to you both and may the Lord’s grace be you as you share in proclaiming Jesus in this way at our Church Alive Communion today.
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.
OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Our whole parish Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Tuesday 19th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s.
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.
MESSY CHURCH 10.30am in St.Mary’s
GOSPORT CHURCHES TOGETHER
11.00am outside Centrepeace, High Street, Gosport
GOOD FRIDAY DEVOTIONS 1.45pm in St.Mary’s
‘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.