17th April 2016 Easter 4

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:

Our regular services are cancelled in favour of the visit by Bishop Christopher in welcoming and licensing Revd Tim Watson as our new Leesland Pioneer Minister.
9.15am St.Mary’s Said Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
11.00am St.Faith’s Church: Introduction to the Licensing
11.10am Procession via the Cycle/Walkway via Leesland Park to the Schools.
11.30am Arrival to Leesland Junior School Hall if not processing
11.40ish Licensing Service continues upon the arrival of the procession
12.30pm Leesland Infant School Hall for coffee and lunch

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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
A warm welcome to St.Faith’s Leesland and to
Leesland Federation CofE Infant & Junior Schools as we gather with Bishop Christopher to welcome Revd Tim Watson with Clare and their children Evie & Lucie.

A special welcome to those who’ve travelled in support of Tim & Clare from Feast, Crewe, and to the Mayor of Gosport and guests representing the community. Thank you for coming to join us on this special day.

You are invited to join us for lunch following the Licensing in the Infant School Hall from about 12.30pm.

Next MESSY CHURCH
Children and their adults are invited to join in the fun, friendship and food at Messy Church on Thursday 28th April from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Ending with cooked tea for all.

Next Sunday iNViTe
Our contemporary praise and prayer service next Sunday 24th April at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s. All welcome.
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FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER
Hebrews 10v25: “not giving up meeting together…
but encouraging one another.”
Tues for MOTHERS’ UNION
The MU will meet on Tuesday 19th April at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre when our speaker will be Caroline Barber who will be telling us of the seven good habits for good mental health. Everyone is most welcome to join us.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
Thursday Bible Study restarts for the summer term this week on 21st April in the Parish Centre lounge.  We meet fortnightly from 10am to 11.30am.  We shall be studying the gospel of Mark and everyone is most welcome to come. Diana Dow 02392 528122

This Thurs BRING & SHARE SUPPER
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 – for church!

Next Sat CARS ’N CURRY NIGHT for Men
New for men on Sat 23rd April at 7.30pm 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!)

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!

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.

ST.MARY’S JUNIOR SAILING CLUB
The season started last night with a fabulous quiz supper in the Parish Centre for the 50 sailors and their families.
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LOVING SERVICE & GIVING
Hebrews 10v24: ‘“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

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

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. Copies of the Accounts and of last year’s minutes are available, and the Electoral Roll may be inspected.

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.

COULD YOU JOIN A WELCOME TEAM?
We’d value adding four 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 value serving in this vital ministry – thank you.

ST.MARY’S SEEKS A ‘SACRISTAN’
Could it be you? We’re grateful to Anne Charlesworth for serving us faithfully for over 30 years in caring for our silverware and preparing St.Mary’s for communion services. Thank you Anne, who is happy to train anyone who may be happy to share in this midweek ministry. Please have a with Peter Camp or Andy Norris – thanks.
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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.

GIRLGUIDING MAY FAIR
Alverstoke & Forton Girlguiding invite you to their May Fair at the Parish Centre from 2.00pm-4.00pm on Saturday 14th May. Stalls, games, cakes, refreshments and much more.

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.

A NEW PARISH CENTRE for 2020?
The Parish Centre Regeneration Group have been working hard to consider the way forward. The PCC have approved their suggestion that we go to the next stage with architects plans so that the Parish Centre may continue to serve at the heart of our community most effectively for the future.

FUNERALS AT ST.MARY’S
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.
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