7th August 2016 Trinity 11

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  (Hebrews 11v1)
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Darren Clarke
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This Friday…
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!
You’re welcome to bring your picnic lunch.

NEXT MEN’S NIGHT OUT
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. We’ll also have a chat about future events – come with ideas.

QUIREMASTER’S QUIZ NIGHT
Saturday 10th September, 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Make up teams of 10 (or come and be allocated a team!) and join us for a light hearted evening themed on music, general knowledge and sport. Ploughman’s supper and apple pie. Own drinks & glasses. Tickets £10 (<16s £5) Parish Office. In support of music at St.Mary’s.

AUTUMN PARISH BARN DANCE
Don’t miss the ‘Save our Centre’ 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.
Towards our new parish centre for 2020.
Numbers limited to first 96 tickets!

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. Starts on Thurs 6th October in the Parish Centre.

GROWING A HEALING MINISTRY
Our Acorn Christian Healing Foundation course is to run for 5 weeks on October 9th, 16th, 23rd and November 6th and 13th from 4pm to 6pm in the Parish Centre.  Please speak to Rev. Andy or Diana Dow if you would like to attend to continue the building of our church into the safe and effective healing community it is called to be as Christ’s body.

CHURCHES TOGETHER MENS BREAKFAST
Next Saturday: ’Eat & Action’ (E&A). The first new breakfast for men across Gosport churches is on Sat13th August at 0830 at Vanilla Bean Cafe, 25 High Street  £4 for their ‘regular breakfast’ including tea or coffee. Then 0905 to ‘Centrepeace’ (two doors away) for talk/discussion ending 0950. email RSVP to info@centrepeace.co.uk by Thursday so they can confirm numbers with Vanilla Bean Cafe.
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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’

RIDE & STRIDE
In aid of Hants & Islands Historic Churches Trust – the
annual sponsored cycle ride or walk on 10th September. Any who wish to cycle a route visiting different churches (between here and Fareham/Titchfield area) contact David Atkins on 9255 3198. Get sponsored and the sum you raise is divided between the Trust and our parish.

CAN YOU HELP AT THE MICHAELMAS FAYRE?
we have three volunteers so far, can you join them? Because as a church we’re asked to 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? Thank you so much.

THE ALVERSTOKE TRUST (Help?)
An independent charity for the relief of those in need in the parish distributes up to £1500 a year in small grants. Information and applications via the Parish Website. Meeting twice a year, the Trustees seek a new colleague to be nominated to join them. Please have a word with the Rector if you’d be
interested to serve the community in this capacity.

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.

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.

Can you organise a fundraising event for this?
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.

COME & SING IN AUGUST
at our ‘informal’ open Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays from 7.00pm-8.00pm. Coffee and Cake! To find out about singing with St.Mary’s Choir – all welcome – enter by Choir Vestry door.

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! Afters the Coffee Morning our balance is about £3500. Thank you all.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2016
Save the Date: 8th-11th December 2016
Set up and decorate Trees: 7th December
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‘Shaping the Future’
SIDE AISLE PEWS & THE WAR MEMORIAL
Many thanks to those who came to one of our four presentations about making good the floor and walls where the pews have gone, and about laying a Portland Stone and Purbeck Stone floor beneath the war memorial. Your comments and suggestions were helpful and very much appreciated. Thank you too to those who’ve already spontaneously and kindly made donations towards the ‘war memorial’ stone and to those who regularly give to our ‘Shaping the Future’ fund which
allows us to develop and to grow