20th March 2016    Palm Sunday

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
Hosanna in the highest!”
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris & Susan Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Choral Evensong
Revd Andrew Norris & Darren Clarke
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Holy Week Services
‘Let us Pray’ in St.Mary’s on Weds at 2.00pm & 7.30pm.

Morning Prayers at 9.00am in St.Mary’s on Tues, Thurs and Friday.

Communions on Weds at 7.30am in the Parish Centre and Thursday at 10.00am in St.Faith’s.

Maundy Thursday: ‘Upper Room’ celebrations of the Last Supper 6.30pm at St.Faith’s and 7.00pm at St.Francis’.
‘Watch & Pray’ Vigil from 8.00pm -11.00pm in St.Mary’s.

Good Friday: ‘Messy Church’ at 10.30am in St.Mary’s.
Churches Together Good Friday Service outside.
‘Centrepeace’ on Gosport High Street at 11.00am.

1.45pm St.Mary’s Traditional Good Friday Devotions.
3.00pm ‘Jerusalem Joy’ performed in St.Faith’s.
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Easter Sunday 27th March (BST Begins!)
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion – Love
No 9.15am
10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion
No 10.45am
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
6.30pm St.Mary’s Easter iNViTe Praise
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PALM SUNDAY CHORAL EVENSONG
Tonight’s special Psalm Sunday music with the Choir,
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
From 10.30am in St.Mary’s and ending with a cooked lunch in the Parish Centre. With crafts, Bible story and worship for children and their adults as we think about Jesus’ dying for us on the cross and rising again.

GOOD FRIDAY ‘JERUSALEM JOY’
All invited to St.Faith’s for our special presentation of this powerful musical on Good Friday at 3.00pm, with worship hosted by Revd Alan Ball and Susan Smith, performed by ‘All Sorts’. With refreshments and Hot Cross Buns!

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 – please see below and sign-up at the back of our churches.
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
One week left! 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 form to any you know who have left us through the changes – thank you for your help.
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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.

SIGN-UP FOR TIM’S LICENSING LUNCH
Following the 11.00am Licensing on 17th April we shall enjoy lunch together in Leesland Junior School Hall.  Urgent! Please sign up the list asap to say you’re coming and also what, if anything, you can bring as a contribution to the food organised on a ‘Bring & Share’ basis. We seek cold savoury dishes such as Coronation Chicken or Quiche; salads and desserts – thank you!

LADIES BREAKFAST 8th April
Women are invited to enjoy the fellowship and breakfast at 9.00am on Saturday 8th in the Parish Centre where our guest speaker will be Revd Andy Davis from Holy Trinity.

We’re so pleased that 31 women enjoyed our first SMILE!

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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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.
The closing date for this ahead of APCM is Sunday 4th April.

OUR ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Our whole parish Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on Tuesday 19th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s.
As well as reflecting upon the life of the church in 2015 we shall appoint our Churchwardens and elected members of the Parochial Church Council; our Sidesmen and welcomers, and look forward to the future with time for your questions.
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LOVING SERVICE & GIVING
Hebrews 10v24: ‘“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

Chapel, Crèche & Children’s Corner CARPET
Many thanks for the donations towards replacing the Chapel carpet which will now only cost about £400 to the PCC and will be fitted in the week after Easter. The mould and moth condition of the chapel carpet means it is need of replacement. To provide for the front crèche and back children’s corner, and especially to keep worshippers safe from tripping over the rolled out carpet, new carpet will also be fitted from the ‘Shaping the Future’ Fund. Many thanks to those who
continue to support this vital fund with your gifts.

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.

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DID YOU KNOW?
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!

THE GIDEONS would value our prayers as they offer Bibles to Year 7 at Bay House on Monday. www.gideons.org.uk