10th April 2016 Easter 3

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 Communion
Revds Andrew Norris & Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Worship – Joy
Darren Clarke
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revds Andrew Norris & Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
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Bible Readings:  Acts 9v1-20 & John 21v1-19

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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, Following a hymn and introduction, Bishop Christopher will then lead us in
2. Processing with prayers along the ‘railway’ walkway and through Leesland Park (with songs and prayer stations) to the back entrance of Leesland Junior School for
3. Licensing of Tim as our new Pioneer Minister at about 11.40am on Sunday 17th April in Leesland CE Junior School Hall.
Shared with Forton, a very special day in our church story.
4. A planned ‘Bring & Share’ lunch will follow in Leesland CE 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.

NEXT MESSY CHURCH Thursday 28th April at 3.30pm
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FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER
Hebrews 10v25: “not giving up meeting together…
but encouraging one another.”

SIGN-UP FOR TIM’S LICENSING LUNCH on 17th
Urgent! Please sign 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! Food can be delivered to the Infant Hall on the way to St.Faith’s before 11.00am or when arriving by those going directly to the Junior Hall for the service.

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

PILGRIM starts back on Thursday 21st
Our Thursday evenings start up again on 21st April with a Bring & Share Supper from 7.15pm to include an Agape style communion. All welcome to join us for our gathering of worship, prayer, Bible study and fellowship – midweek church!

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.
Copies of the Accounts and of last year’s minutes are available, and the Electoral Roll may be inspected.
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LOVING SERVICE & GIVING
Hebrews 10v24: ‘“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

NOMINATIONS for PCC
Could you serve on the Parochial Church Council? Meeting 6 times a year our PCC shares in overseeing the ministry and mission of the parish. Nominations are sought for the election of 4 members at our APCM to serve until 2019. Nominees to be worshippers at St.Mary’s and on the Electoral Roll. Nomination forms are at the back of St.Mary’s or at Parish Office.

ST.FRANCIS’ CHURCH ‘SPRING CLEAN’
Bring your dustpan and duster – let’s tidy up the church from 9.00am on Saturday 16th April.

THANK YOU FOR THE CARPET & SOFTWARE
Many thanks to all who contributed towards the very helpful new carpets in St.Mary’s and for the gift of the new worship presentation software – all very much appreciated, thank you.

COULD YOU JOIN A WELCOME TEAM?
We’d value adding three more members to our welcome and hospitality ‘Team 5’ to greet folk and serve refreshments at St.Mary’s? Please have a word with the clergy or wardens if you could help – thank you.
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REMEMBERING with THANKSGIVING…
FUNERALS AT ST.MARY’S
For John Windebank who lived on Little Lane all his life, whose funeral is at 11.30am on 12th April.
For Nobby Nobes our Sidesman for over 30 years,
whose funeral is at 11.00am on 19th April.
For Roy Anderson, a Thanksgiving at 2.00pm on 20th April. For Peter Price, son of Dai & Betti, at 2.00pm on 26th April.

Looking ahead to future notices…

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!

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!