Sunday 15th May 2016 Pentecost

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revds Charlie Peer & Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revds Tim Watson & Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revds Chris Richardson & Charlie Peer
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clark & Revd Tim Watson
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.00pm Pentecost Service celebrating lay ministry (and week of prayer) at St.Faith’s, Lee onSolent.
No 6.30pm service at St.Mary’s.

Principal Bible Readings: Acts 2v1-21 and John 14v8-17

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WELCOME TO REVD CHARLIE PEER 

Today we’re pleased to welcome Charlie, our Diocesan Mission Development Officer to at 9.15am & 10.45am.

SPECIAL DEANERY PENTECOST SERVICE
Tonight let’s join with our brothers and sisters from across Gosport to celebrate the ministry of all church members at Pentecost, and commissioning all PCC members. 6.00pm in St.Faith’s, Lee on Solent. No evening services here.

MESSY CHURCH
Children and their adults are invited to join in the fun, friendship and food at Messy Church on Thurs 26th May from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Ending with cooked tea.
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GROWING & PRAYING
Acts 2v42: ’They devoted themselves… to the apostles’ teaching, to breaking bread… and to prayer’

This Thurs: ’MAKING CONNECTIONS’
Please come. 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 welcome.

TO BE A PILGRIM!
Pilgrims will be at ‘Making Connections’ this Thursday. Thereafter you’re invited to our weekly Thursday evening ‘Pilgrims’ meetings from 7.15pm in the Parish Centre.
For some who work on Sundays it is midweek church! 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 26th May
Canaanite Woman (Matt 15v21-28) + John
Thursday 2nd June
BRING & SHARE ‘AGAPE’ SUPPER’ at Rectory
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, visitors welcome for a discussion on role of MU today.
On Weds 18th May members are attending the Diocesan MU Communion Service at noon in the Cathedral.
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship… and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

CONCERT: CELEBRATING YOUNG SINGERS!
A concert hosted by St. Mary’s Junior Choir in St.Mary’s on Saturday 21st May with singers from a number of local primary schools. 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.

St.Faith’s CELEBRATION TEA PARTY!
Saturday 28th May – Celebration ‘Bring & Share’ Tea
commemorating the Queen’s 90th on Saturday 28th May at 3.00pm. £3 – all welcome.

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!

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
Tickets for the Strawberry lunch on Thursday 16th June are now on sale at the Parish Centre and after the morning Sunday services at St Mary’s. The event starts at 12.30. Early birds – £9 until Sunday 12th June and £12 thereafter.
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SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

THIS IS CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 15th – 21st May
Please take an envelope and make your own offering. We’re grateful to all collectors this week and to Philippa Harrap as our new coordinator. Any queries to Philippa via the Parish Office or email at nrpjhmum@aol.com. Thank you for giving.

CHRISTIAN AID QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT
Next Saturday 21st May at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. A pub quiz with edible prize and a raffle. Tickets £10 (£5 under 18s) from Parish Office, or at the door. To reserve seats for you team please email quiz.curry@gmail.com .

CONGRATULATIONS TO HUMPHREY!
The Bishop has inaugurated a new St.Thomas Award for ‘notable Christian service’ and we’re delighted to hear that he is awarding it to Revd Humphrey Prideaux on Sunday night in the Cathedral for Humphrey’s ‘service to adult Christian education and ministerial training’. Congratulations Humphrey!

PROVIDING A NEW WORSHIP PA SYSTEM
One requirement when the St.Mary’s PA was installed was to enhance the music PA. We were guided to provide a separate system for this. The musicians have got by with tired and borrowed equipment since then but, now the need is proven, it is time to provide a new digital piano and speakers.
If any folks share this vision and can make a donation towards the £3000 cost then your gifts would be greatly appreciated – thank you very much. Gifts in the special one-off gift ‘yellow’ envelopes additionally labelled for ‘Worship PA’ would be wonderful or by transfer making sure to inform Tim, Treasurer.