3rd April 2016 Easter 2
HAPPY EASTERTIDE!
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“After his suffering, Jesus presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1v3).
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Diana Dow

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WORSHIP
Hebrews 10v22: “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.”

LICENSING FOR REVD TIM WATSON
On 17th April, in three stages first by
1. Gathering in St.Faith’s at 11.00am, Bishop Christopher will then lead us in
2. Processing with prayers along the ‘railway’ walkway and through Leesland Park to the back entrance of Leesland Junior School for the
3. Licensing of Tim as our new Pioneer Minister at 11.40am on Sunday 17th April in Leesland Junior School Hall.
Shared with Forton, a very special day in our church story.
A planned ‘Bring & Share’ lunch will follow in Leesland Infant School Hall – please see notice below and sign-up at the back of our churches. Thank you.
Some may prefer simply to gather at the school from 11.30am awaiting the arrival of the procession.
The licensing will not include communion and so Hazel will host a single said service at 9.15am in St.Mary’s that day.
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FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER
Hebrews 10v25: “not giving up meeting together…  but encouraging one another.”

SIGN-UP FOR TIM’S LICENSING LUNCH
Following the 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 9th 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.

PARISH LUNCH
All welcome on Tues 12th April, 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. £6 for a good hot meal & fellowship. RSVP office.

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!)

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 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.”
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 Monday 4th April.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
Meeting 6 times a year our PCC shares in the ministry and mission of the parish as well as having responsibility towards 3 churches, two church halls, a sailing club and a graveyard! Nominations are sought for the election of 4 members by our APCM to serve until 2019.

ST.FRANCIS’ CHURCH ‘SPRING CLEAN’
Bring your dustpan and duster – let’s tidy up the church from 9.00am on Saturday 6th April. This is followed by a Gardening Morning on Saturday 7th May. All to be ready for
St.Francis’ next Coffee Morning on 14th May!
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DID YOU KNOW?
APRIL’S PARISH NEWS IS NOW AVAILABLE
along with the new Pompey Chimes!

A NEW PARISH CENTRE!
The Parish Centre Regeneration Group have been working hard on our behalf to consider the way forward. The PCC have now approved their suggestion that we go to the next stage and ask architects to submit some plans to us which will deliver all the requirements that have been identified so that the Parish Centre may continue to serve at the heart of our community most effectively for the future.
This will become our Parish Centre 2020 Vision – and will call us to the adventure of raising funds and seeking grants over the next three years.
We hope to be ready to reveal our vision and plans to the whole community at the Michaelmas Fayre – then it will be full steam 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 community celebration!

NEXT MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 28th April at 3.30pm