8th May 2016    Sunday after Ascension

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
‘’Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory.’
(John 17v24)
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Worship – Joy
Paddy Trasler
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux

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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.”

PENTECOST GUEST PREACHER

We look forward to welcoming Revd Charlie Peer, Mission Development Officer at the Diocese, next Sunday at St.Mary’s 9.15am & 10.45am services.

SPECIAL DEANERY PENTECOST SERVICE
Let’s join with our brothers and sisters from across Gosport to celebrate Pentecost together next Sunday evening, 15th May, at 6.00pm in St.Faith’s, Lee on Solent.
No evening service here in St.Mary’s next Sunday.

MESSY CHURCH
Children and their adults are invited to join in the fun, friendship and food at Messy Church on Thursday 26th May from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Ending with cooked tea for all.
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FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER
Hebrews 10v25: “not giving up meeting together… but encouraging one another.”

NATIONAL ‘WEEK OF PRAYER’ this week
St.Mary’s Chapel will be open every day throughout this week with five prayer stations to which any everyone is invited to visit, and focus on the themes of the stations to guide our prayers. Open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday 9th May to Saturday 14th (to 4.00pm on Wednesday), and on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.

PRAYERS FOR LEESLAND this Thurs
As the CofE engages in prayer leading up to Pentecost through the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative, you are invited to join Revd Tim Watson at St.Faith’s, Tribe Road, for a relaxed evening of conversation and reflective prayer at the launch of a new regular prayer gathering with a focus on Leesland. This Thurs 12th May at 7.45pm.

‘MAKING CONNECTIONS’ Conference
All Fareham & Gosport parishes are joining together here in St.Mary’s on Thursday 19th May from 7.15pm for an evening entitled: MAKING CONNECTIONS – Different Ways of Doing Church! Please join us for this evening as we host many guests and consider different ways of being the CofE for the future! Organised by the Cross-Deanery Education Group. All worshippers welcome.

CELEBRATING YOUNG SINGERS! Concert
A concert hosted by St. Mary’s Junior Choir in St.Mary’s on Saturday 21st May 7.30pm. About 60 minutes of songs also featuring members of Local School Choirs. Come and enjoy the celebration, Admission Free with Retiring Collection for ‘Shaping The Future’.
June Concert: ‘A Night at the Opera – and elsewhere!’ by Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends. Opera and Broadway favourites on 25th June at 7.30pm in The Parish Centre.

PARISH LUNCH
12.30pm this Tuesday 10th May, £6; RSVP Parish Centre.

ST.MARY’S INFORMAL LADIES EVENING
This Wednesday 11th May join us at SMILE, an evening stroll along the beach followed by a drink in The Old Lodge! If you are unable to make the walk, please come for a drink. We’ll meet at the Parish Centre at 6:45pm, leaving at 7pm and returning to The Old Lodge by 8pm.

St.Faith’s COFFEE MORNING & TEA PARTY!
Saturday 7th May – Coffee Morning from 10.00am-noon.
Saturday 28th May – Celebration ‘Bring & Share’ Tea
commemorating the Queen’s 90th on Saturday 28th May at 3.00pm. £3 – all welcome.

St.Francis’ COFFEE MORNING
Saturday 7th May – Church garden tidy for the morning!
Saturday 14th May – Coffee Morning from 9.45 to 11.30am cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, fair trade.  Thanks for your support.

TO BE A PILGRIM!
You’re invited to our weekly Thursday evening ‘Pilgrims’ meetings from 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. All welcome!
Following refreshments and 20 mins of worship & prayer, the hour long learning will now offers two options:
Bible Studies in John’s Gospel each week or,
‘The Miracles of Jesus’ (Deeper Connections series).
Thursday 12th May
Feeding 5000 & Walking on Water (Matt.14v15-33) + John
Thursday 19th May
IN ST.MARY’S – A CONFERENCE FOR ALL THE CHURCHES!
Thursday 26th May
Canaanite Woman (Matt 15v21-28) + John

Thursday 2nd June
BRING & SHARE SUPPER with Agapé Communion
Thursday 9th June
The Fig Tree (Mark 11v12-21) + John
Thursday 16th June
Ten Lepers (Luke 17v1-19) + John
Thursday 23rd June
Miracles Conclusion + John

MOTHERS’ UNION Tues 17th May 2.00pm Parish Centre

FRIENDS of ST.MARY’S SUMMER COACH TRIP
To Savill Gardens, Great Windsor Park on Weds 15th June.
8.30am from Parish Centre, return 5.00pm. Tickets £18 from Parish Office or Peter Camp.

THE PARISH STRAWBERRY LUNCH
Our wonderful annual lunch is on 16th June, Parish Centre.
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LOVING SERVICE & GIVING
Hebrews 10v24: ‘“let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 15th – 21st May
Philippa Harrap is coordinating our parish collections for Christian Aid week this year. Many thanks to those who have traditionally collected about £2500 each year. New collectors ar
8th May 2016 Ascension

ONLINE SECRETARIAL SKILLS?
From your home, can you offer a couple of hours of online email support to Andy each week? He’d value a chat!

NEW ST.MARY’S ‘SACRISTAN’
We’re grateful to Jean Compton and Sue Strong who will together serve as St.Mary’s ‘Sacristan’ (preparing for communion each week!). They continue on from Anne Charlesworth’s 30 years in this role – thank you Anne!

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.

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!
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