16th October 2016 Trinity 21
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
All Scripture is God-breathed
2 Timothy 3 v16
Today’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revds Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Choral Evensong
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Francis’ Prayer
Sunday’s Principal Readings: 2 Timothy 3v14-4v5 and Luke 18v1-8
GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Eph.1v16: ‘We never cease to give thanks for you’
We seek for October to be a month of Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing in the life of our church.
Along with your ‘Thank you’ postcard please take away the ‘Thank you for sharing’ letter from the Rector.
EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship…
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
PARISH BARN DANCE
Come and share the joy of the evening for all in our Brodrick Hall on Sat 29th October at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (to include supper) available at the church office or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising funds towards our new parish centre.
ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING
You’re invited to join us on 19th November at St.Francis’ from 9.45am to 11.30am. Friends, Fair Trade and a variety of Stalls etc.
MEN’S NIGHT CONTROLLED BURN!
Or in traditional language – a bonfire with fish n’ chips.
Parish Centre on Wednesday 9th November at 1930 to burn off all the tree trimmings from last week’s men’s breakfast! If any can also arrive earlier at 3.00pm we shall cut out the turf to make a tidy fire pit. Suitably attired for smoke with gloves, garden forks, clippers etc.
Place your fish ’n chips order on the night.
This Thursday MESSY CHURCH
A week early due to half-term! On Thursday 20th October from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. All families welcome, for children with their adults to enjoy Bible themed craft & games, story & songs, all ending with a hot cooked tea! Please join us.
CHOIR @ PORTSMOUTH CATHEDRAL
The choir invite you to join them as they sing Choral Evensong at the Cathedral on Thursday 27th October at 6.00pm. As the Visiting Choir they’d be delighted for friends from the parish to join them.
LEARNING & GROWING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves to the apostles
teaching, to the fellowship… and to prayer .’
‘PILGRIMS’ this Autumn with Christianity Explored
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. Now also offering ‘Christianity Explored’.
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.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’
Today TRAIDCRAFT STALL
In St.Mary’s after the 0930 and Church Alive services. Hosted by Pete & Julie Fieldsend who have taken up representing Traidcraft for us. We have coffee, tea, biscuits and one or two other products which we’re trying, along with catalogues for people to browse and order in time for Christmas – our next stall will be Sun 20 Nov.
BOOKSTALL Next Week
A good selection of books from Cornerstone Bookshop – including ideas for Christmas – will be in St.Mary’s over morning coffee next Sunday; by Val & Dave McKinley.
MONDAY TODDLER’S GROUP – HELP!
We’re delighted for Jo Fryer our Toddler Groups leader on being appointed to a new job. But, it leaves our 1.30pm Monday Toddler Group in the Parish Centre leaderless as of 31st October! If anyone is able to stand in and cover a few weeks then your help would be greatly appreciated whilst we plan for the future. Please have a word with the clergy, churchwardens or Libby Norris – thank you.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL STEWARDS
This years Christmas Tree Festival takes place on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016. As in previous years we are asking for volunteers to help make the event another huge success. If you are able to act as a Steward for this event would you please email Liz Finch at email@example.com – thank you.
A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY GROUP
Cessac House (The Redan off Fort Road) hosts a special group on the first Monday of each month from 2.00pm- 4.00pm. An open invitation is extended by Nerys Blackburn who is the Dementia Team Leader/Advisor.
FOOD BASKET in St.Mary’s
All year long a basket at the back of St.Mary’s welcomes any provisions to support local homeless young people in the care of the Accommodation Resource Centre.
For that extra tin of beans etc in your groceries we are very grateful – thank you.
The Late JEAN BEAZLEY
We continue to pray for Kim & Ann in the congregation, and Kim’s sister Jenny as they make arrangements for Jean’s service of thanksgiving at 12 noon on Friday 21st October in St.Mary’s following a morning cremation.
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’.