5th June 2016    Trinity 2

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

They were all filled with awe and praised God… ‘God has come to help his people.’
(Luke 7 v 16)
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Today’s Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Revd Tim Watson
6.30pm St..Mary’s Evensong
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
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WORSHIPPING
Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

MARCH WORSHIP REVIEW BOOKLET
Thank you to the 133 folk who returned a questionnaire about worship at St.Mary’s in March. We had hoped to publish the results as a paper booklet for all to have – but the cost for 300 is high – so it is available in pdf format to print from our website. Some paper copies available at the Parish Office for any who struggle to print one off online – please ask!

CHRIS RICHARDSON’S ORDINATION
Please come along with your prayer and support when Bishop Christopher ordains Chris as a ‘Priest’ in the Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 6.00pm. All welcome to this very moving celebration. Chris will first ‘preside’ at communion at 9.15am on 3rd July and we shall celebrate with a picnic lunch for all the family at Stokes Bay that day at 1.00pm.

SUMMER CHORAL EVENSONG 3rd July
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GROWING & PRAYING
Acts 2v42:’They devoted themselves…to the apostles’ teaching, to breaking bread…and to prayer’
CALLING ALL PILGRIMS!
At ‘Pilgrims’ on Thursday this week, midweek church for all, from 7.15pm in Parish Centre we study either
The Fig Tree (Mark 11v12-21) or John’s Gospel.

ENJOY A DAY RETREAT
Day Retreat to Whitehill Chase, Bordon, Hants
Tuesday 5th July, 9.30am from the Parish Centre.
For the peace of the chapel and the garden with a service of Healing and Wholeness. Prayer available. Buffet lunch (donations).  Diana Dow on 02392 528122 or email mrsdianadow@aol.com.
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship… and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

SCRAP HAPPY QUILT SHOW This weekend
Our local Scrap Happy quilters are currently displaying their beautiful works at the Quilting Festival in St. Mary’s. Open on Fri/Sat from 10.0am-5.00pm and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 4.00pm. All welcome!

QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY
NEXT SUNDAY 12 noon – 3.00pm on 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 dress 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
Tuesday 14th June at 12.30pm in Parish Centre. £6 on the day. RSVP Carol Workman or Parish Office.

FRIENDS of ST.MARY’S COACH TRIP
To Savill Gardens, Great Windsor Park on 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.
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 Café & Wine Bar. 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 – 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 Parish Centre.

SUMMER PICNIC @ STOKES BAY
We shall enjoy a picnic lunch on Sunday 3rd July at 1.00pm (in celebration with Revd Chris). Bring outdoor games and family fun. Weather permitting at Stokes Bay – if wet in the Parish Centre.

SUMMER FAMILIES FUN DAY
Lot’s of fun activities day for families on Saturday 16th July from 2.00-4.00pm at the Parish Centre. £1 child. Over 200 folk joined us last year for all the fun. Ending with a picnic tea on the lawn! Hosted by the parish Baby & Toddler Groups and Messy Church. Extra helpers needed plus cakes – could you join in or bake?
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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’

GIVE AWAY ‘THE SERVANT QUEEN’ BOOK!
HM Queen Elizabeth has prefaced a special presentation book about her faith. We hope to have 200 copies available next Sunday for worshippers to take and (after a sneak read!) to pass on to a friend. They’re designed to be given away! 100 children’s versions available too.
Please think about to whom you’d like to give a copy?

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2016 – over £3000!
Thank-you to all the volunteers, helpers and contributors to our effort to raise funds for the work of CA.
Together we have already raised over £3000. The grand total from our collection will be available soon once all the contributions have been counted. Funds raised separately at the Quiz Night have contributed to this sum, and also made a £400 donation to the Christian Aid parish partnership for Ethiopia! Thank-you indeed!

ETHIOPIA PARTNERSHIP’ LAUNCH DAY
We shall launch our new partnership on Sunday 17th July, to raise £5000 by October 2017 which will then become £30,000 by EU grant! For women’s wellbeing.

NEW PARISH CENTRE PUBLICITY HELP
The committee would value new members including a small team to help co-ordinate PUBLICITY – could you help us promote our 2020 vision?

ST. FAITH’S HYMN SINGING – Going Digital!
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 WORSHIP PA SYSTEM
We’re very grateful for the gifts received towards the new PA and keyboard. The equipment has now arrived in support of our worship. But it is not too late to make a gift if you’d still like to contribute towards this – thank you! Please clearly label any gifts as ‘Worship PA’.