29th May 2016 Trinity 1

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Grace and peace to you from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Galatians 1 v 3)
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
‘Friends without Borders’
6.30pm St..Mary’s Evensong
Revd Chris Richardson
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CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL THIS SUNDAY
At St.Mary’s over morning coffee from 10.15am.

’BRING & SHARE’ SUPPER AT RECTORY
You’re invite to the Rectory on Little Anglesey Road this Thursday evening at 7.15pm. Our supper will include a simple ‘Agape’ celebration of communion. Hosted by the regular Pilgrims Group, all are very welcome to join the fellowship, meal and prayer – even just for one night!

O TO BE A PILGRIM!
You are invited to our weekly Thursday evening ‘Pilgrims’ meetings. This Thursday is a Rectory supper and then for subsequent weeks Pilgrim we return to the Parish Centre, from 7.15pm. For some who work on Sundays it is midweek church! Following refreshments, worship & prayer, the hour long learning will offers two options:
Bible Studies in John’s Gospel each week or,
‘The Miracles of Jesus’ (Deeper Connections series).
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

JUNE MOTHERS’ UNION
Tues 21st June 2.00pm Parish Centre, visitors welcome.

ENJOY A DAY RETREAT
Day Retreat to Whitehill Chase, Bordon, Hants
Tuesday 5th July, Leaving at 9.30am from the Parish Centre and returning around 4pm. Come and experience the peace of the chapel at Whitehill Chase and its garden and join in the service of Healing and Wholeness. Prayer available throughout the day.  Buffet lunch at 1pm
(donations please).  Contact Diana Dow on 02392 528122 or email mrsdianadow@aol.com regarding transport.

CARE FOR THE FAMLY ADDITIONAL NEEDS EVENT
Saturday 4th June 10:30am – 3:15pm. Emmanuel Church, Guildford, GU2 9SJ. A great opportunity to meet and learn with others who understand and to recharge the
batteries. Be encouraged, supported and inspired!
For more information visit www.careforthefamily.org.uk
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship… and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

NEWER TO THE CHURCH? COME TO SUPPER!
Why not simply come along to the Rectory (by the creek along Little Anglesey Road) on Thursday evening this week from 7.15pm for supper. A great way to meet folks who’d love to welcome you to the church – and to meet the clergy too. Hosted by our regular Pilgrims group.

SCRAP HAPPY QUILT SHOW next weekend
3rd – 5th June in St.Mary’s Church. 10am-4.00pm Friday/Saturday. 12.30pm-4.00pm Sunday. Definitely not something to miss.

QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY
12 noon to 3.00pm on Sunday 12th June in Alverstoke Village Centre around the Chestnut Tree. Tables and seating for 250 – live music, all free. Bring your picnic, find a seat and join our community celebration! Come in your fancy dress! Prize for best children’s fancy dressed as judged by our MP, and prize for best ladies hat as judged by the Mayor! In St.Mary’s Church if wet.

THE NEXT MONTHLY PARISH LUNCH: 12th June

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 ANNUAL PARISH STRAWBERRY LUNCH
Tickets are on sale at the Parish Centre and after the 9.15am Sunday service at St Mary’s for the lunch on Thurs 16th June at 12.30pm. £9 until Sunday 12th June and £12 thereafter. In support of the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund.

BOWLING FOR THE BOYS!
Calling all chaps along to our next new night out for men on Wednesday 22nd June at 7.30pm meeting at the Boule Pitch (Pétanque/French Bowls) opposite Pebbles Beach Cafe. With French flair we’ll rake out the sand pitches and enjoy a tournament. Either bring your own drinks or get refreshment from Pebbles! Neil Adams or Chris Richardson for details.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA!
‘A Night at the Opera – and elsewhere!’ CONCERT by our own Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends. Opera and Broadway favourites on 25th June at 7.30pm in The Parish Centre.

ORDINATION FOR CHRIS & SUMMER PICNIC
You are invited to the ordination of Chris as a priest by the Bishop on Saturday 2nd July at 4.00pm in the Cathedral. We shall enjoy a celebration lunch on Sunday 3rd July at 1.00pm. Weather permitting we hope to have a picnic at Stokes Bay – if wet then a Bring & Share lunch in the Parish Centre.
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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’

ST.FAITH’S HYMN SINGING – Going Digital!
Our congregation at St.Faith’s are well known for their joy in hymn singing. The organist Ruth plays for our communion services but we’d like to support the worship by providing a digital hymn player for the other services. The Hymnal Plus player is used by many churches and is ideally suited to St.Faith’s. If there are any folk who’d be happy to make a donation to St.Faith’s in support of the £2000 cost then any gifts would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

ST.MARY’S NEW WORSHIP PA SYSTEM
Thank you so much for the generous gifts received last week including an anonymous envelope through the Rectory door with £500 cash towards the new equipment!
Donations are still welcome towards the £3600 total from folk who’d value making a gift towards this worship and missional resource. Gifts in the special one-off gift ‘yellow’ envelopes additionally labelling them for ‘Worship PA’ would be wonderful – or by bank transfer making sure to inform Tim, our Treasurer please to transfer to our account. Cheques to ‘St.Mary’s Shaping The Future’. All either in our offertory plates or to the Parish Office. Thank you very much indeed for your support.

ST.FRANCIS’ ‘FRIENDS WITHOUT BORDERS’
This Sunday the charity visit St.Francis’ Church to talk about their support for asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the Portsmouth area. An offering will be taken in support of this vital work which originated in the former Haslar IRC.

NEW PARISH CENTRE PUBLICITY HELP
Architects are now drawing up schemes for us to ‘regenerate’ the Parish Centre for which there will be monthly coffee mornings from July. The committee would value a new members including someone to help co-ordinate PUBLICITY – thanks. We are now seeking to start fundraising in earnest for this significant project with a view to a new centre by 2020.

‘ETHIOPIA PARTNERSHIP’ LAUNCH DAY:17th July.