24th July 2016 Trinity 9

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“So I say to you: ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Luke 11v9)
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
Sue Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.00am St Luke’s Worship
Revd Roger Devonshire
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Sue Smith
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Praise
Revd Andrew Norris
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COME FOR COFFEE, CAKE & COMPANY
on TUESDAY MORNING
Join us for our new monthly coffee mornings to raise funds for the Parish Centre ‘Regeneration’ project. Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Starting on 26th July please Bring friends and spread the word…

ST.MARY’S SUMMER ORGAN RECITALS
Fridays in August 12.30pm-1.15pm. £5/£4 entry per recital on door or at Parish Office. Students free.
5th August: Ian Richardson (St.John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth)
12th August: David Price (St.Thomas’ Cathedral, Portsmouth)
19th August: Richard Pearce (Concert Organist)
26th August: Shean Bowers (Bath Abbey)
with views of the key/pedals on the big screen!

NEXT MEN’S NIGHT
Older or younger, all chaps are invited to keep the evening of Wednesday 7th September free to get together for a drink at The Old Lodge at 7.30pm.

PARISH BARN DANCE
Don’t miss our Barn Dance in the Brodrick Hall on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (to include supper) available at the church office, or
reserve tickets by emailing parishcentreregeneration2020@gmail.com. For the new parish centre.

@ ST.FAITH’S – TRASH CAFE
The Trash Cafe and pay what you want food boutique is happening every Tuesday between 4 and 7pm, at St. Faith’s on Tribe Road. You are all welcome to come along and find out more about what we’re doing. Please note there will be no Trash Cafe on the 9th of August.

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED COURSE
One life. What’s it all about? For the first time we shall host a Christianity Explored course in the parish – come along and bring a friend to explore the questions of faith and life. Starting on Thursday 6th October 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.FRANCIS’ GIFT DAY NEXT SUNDAY
Thank you to everyone who raised £162 at the cream tea towards the fencing. St.Francis’ welcomes Revd Colin Chambers next Sunday for their gift day on 31st July in
support in support of St George’s Foundation (caring for street children in Sierra Leone).

CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL TODAY
at coffee time in St.Mary’s
SERVING TEENAGERS – 100 each week!
We need more helpers/leaders for our youth ministry on Sunday mornings (immediate) and on Friday nights (September). A few extra folk may allow rotas so we can at least be covered with enough each week. Please have a word with Andy or Chris to find out more and see if it could be you. Thank you.
We are privileged to connect with about 100 young people each week in the summer through the Friday Breakthrough, Sunday groups, Junior Choir and our Junior Sailing Club. Thank you to our amazing teams who serve them.

OUR NEW ETHIOPIA PARTNERSHIP
‘Healthier Futures for Women & Girls’
We shall have a special parish Gift Day for our
new ‘Healthier Futures’ partnership at Harvest
on 25th September.

With Christian Aid and their partners on the ground we are supporting women and families in Ethiopia overcome the challenges they face from poverty which fuels selling girls to marriage as children followed by high maternal and child mortality. A situation of suffering, of dangerous abortion, of harmful traditional practices, of gender inequality and lack of access to family planning, health and educational services. Involving work in both churches and in mosques.

With £1000 already in the bank we seek to raise an additional £4000 by October 2017 which will then be multiplied to £30000 by the EU. This will enable our partners to
improve the circumstances and wellbeing of women and girls and release them from the dangers they face.

Can you organise a fundraising event for this? In 2015 a sponsored run for Kenya raised over £700 – who’s up for that? From selling cakes to quiz nights… Thank you.
If any would be willing to donate regularly by Standing
Order or BACS then please pay to our special account of
St.Mary’s Alverstoke PCC (it’s at Lloyds TSB plc, Gosport)
Account Number: 01077703 Sort Code: 30-93-56
If you can please code your gift as ‘ETHIOPIA’.
Any gifts in envelopes marked for ‘Ethiopia’ will always be welcome in the offertory at any time – thank you.
Have you signed up with us so we can collect any Gift Aid?
Thank you for sharing in this Africa partnership for the poor.

PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION NEWS
Even as we await the first drawings from architects the fundraising has started enabling us to get the project to renew our Parish Centre underway. We’re so grateful to The Strawberry Lunch team for £817, to the Scrap Happy Quilters (from the show) for £1000, to Alverstoke WI for £500 and the regeneration committee for £54 from their coffee at meetings! Our
current balance is about £3100. Thank you all.

CAN YOU HELP AT THE MICHAELMAS FAYRE?
As a church we run the two official fayre stalls with information and official fayre raffle, plus we can offer church information and hope to sell tickets for our autumn Barn Dance. Can you offer help to this for part of the afternoon on 24th September?
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Presentations continue on 27th July and 3rd Aug:

SIDE AISLE PEWS & THE WAR MEMORIAL
Following pew consultations in May 2015, new presentations of our plans to make good the side aisles and provide a stone floor to dignify the War Memorial will be made in St.Mary’s.
On: Weds 27th July 7.30pm and Weds 3rd August 11am. We hope this may lead to application for a Faculty this autumn for work in Spring 2017.
Many thanks to those who regularly give to our ‘Shaping the Future’ fund which allows us to develop and to grow.