2nd October 2016 Trinity 19

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline
2 Timothy 1 v 7
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Today’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Tim Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong Darren Clarke

Principal Bible Readings: 2 Timothy 1v1-14 and Luke 17v5-10
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GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Eph.1v16: ‘We never cease to give thanks for you’
THANK YOU
We seek for October to be a month of Thanksgiving. It started with our Harvest Thanksgivings to God – but now let’s seek thankfulness to God for each other to be a hallmark of our church life this month. For each person sharing in the life of our church – thank you!
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship…
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
ST.FRANCIS’ LUNCH TODAY
Join us at St.Francis’ for a Bring & Share Lunch after our 11.15am Communion Service on 2nd October.

MEN’S BREAKFAST & TREE TRIM!
Men are invited for a full english breakfast at 8.45am 8th Oct in the Parish Centre (£4), then trimming back shrubs and trees in the NE corner of the grounds. Bring bow saws, trimmers etc., (NO chain saws!). RSVP Chris Richardson or Neil Adams for no.s.

ST.FAITH’S AUTUMN TEA
Come and join us at St.Faith’s for our Autumn
Bring & Share Tea on Saturday 8th October at 3.00pm. £3 per person, with entertainments.

RUSSIAN MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERT
Members of the church were so impressed on a recent cultural trip to Russia that the result is a concert here in St.Mary’s on Tuesday 11th October at 7.00pm. Come and hear The Voronezh Male Voice Choir, chief conductor Tatyana Izhogina, who are visiting England to celebrate the life of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh. The programme at St. Mary’s will range from sacred music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian and Ukrainian composers plus folklore pieces. Tickets £10.

PARISH BARN DANCE
Everyone can enjoy a good old barn dance. Come and share the joy of the evening for all in our Brodrick Hall on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (to include supper) available at the church office, or email parishcentreregeneration2020@gmail.com.
Raising funds towards our new parish centre.

Come to a NEW WINE HOLIDAY 2017
Bring your tent, caravan or motor home and join our church group camping together from 30th July-5th
August next summer. A great opportunity at the Christian holiday/teaching week at Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.
The first (and cheapest) booking deadline is 30th November until which time adults cost £144 with children on a scale of prices. Contact Chris Richardson or Clare Watson for details of a church group going together, and check www.new-wine.org/united17 for details. To camp together our group has been called ‘St.Mary’s Gosport’.

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LEARNING & GROWING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves to the apostles
teaching, to the fellowship… and to prayer .’

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED COURSE
What is the best news you have ever heard? For the first time we shall host a Christianity Explored course in the parish – take an invitation card, please come along and bring a friend to explore the questions of faith and life. Starts Thurs 6th October in the Parish Centre from 7.15pm – hosted by Andy & Libby Norris.

CONFIRMATION
We shall look forward to a visit by Bishop Christopher in 2017 for Baptism & Confirmation. If there are any folk who may be interested in working towards this then our new Christianity Explored is the place to start. Details as above – you’d be very welcome to come along.

‘PILGRIMS’ this Autumn
Our midweek church offers explorations in either John’s Gospel or the ‘Going Deeper’ series on ‘Forgiveness’. Each Thursday starting at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre, all welcome. Fellowship, Worship and Learning.
‘Christianity Explored’ will offer a third option in October.

GROWING A HEALING MINISTRY
Registration forms are available from the Parish
Centre or Diana Dow for our ‘Acorn’ course to run for 5 weeks on Oct 9th, 16th, 23rd and Nov 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. The course costs £10 – but have a word with Andy if that is difficult.

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS (BFG)
regularly meet in homes or the Parish Centre for friendship and chatting, Bible study and discussion, prayer and reflection.   The groups offer significant encouragement in faith and support in life. You’d be very welcome to join a group that suites you.
Overall Co-ordinator: Diana Dow (02392 528122).
Wednesday Ladies BFG Fortnightly at 2.30pm
Thursday ‘Bible Study’ BFG Fortnightly, 10.00-11.30am
Wednesday ‘Open Hands’ BFG Weekly, 8.00-9.30pm
Thursday ‘Beta’ BFG Fortnightly, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friday ‘Bible & Biscuit’ BFG
Weekly at 9.30am and pre-school children are welcome.
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WORSHIPPING
Next CHORAL EVENSONG
Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s
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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’
FOOD BANK & ETHIOPIA
Thank you for the generosity shown last week in the supply of food provisions and by the enveloped gifts for women & girls in Ethiopia – we praise God that we’re well on the way to the £5000 target with over £3000 now banked! Thank you so much