6th November 2016 3 before Advent

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thessolonians 2 v 16 -17)
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Today’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Darren Clarke
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Take the NEW LEAFLET TODAY
Three key themes emerged during our special days of prayer last Lent. Love, Reconciliation and Servanthood (with Thanksgiving). We explored Reconciliation in the Spring whilst during October we sought to grow in
Thankfulness. Now, in November, we shall explore what it means to be Servants of one another – through the
example of Jesus (and also by next Sunday’s Acts of
Remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice).

How would you like to serve?
Please make sure you take a copy
of our November leaflet:
SHARING IN
THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH.
It complements the congregational
letter from October.

Within it we especially seek to grow a new 50 strong team of pastoral visitors next Spring, as part of an 18 month project to be managed by Revd Chris Richardson to renew and strengthen our parish pastoral care teams.
We also need to build the teams working among children and families for the amazing work and activities to grow.

But – our first conviction is that we should all nurture our love for God by both receiving his love in our lives and in sharing it as servants: a cycle of receiving and giving.
So, do please take and read SHARING IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH and – thank you for all that you do.

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MONDAY TODDLER’S GROUP – HELP!
We urgently seek a new leader for our 1.30pm Monday Toddler Group in the Parish Centre – 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 very much.

Today BOOKSTALL for Christmas
Next Sunday 6th November over coffee in St.Mary’s for Advent Calendars and a variety of books (from Cornerstone Christian Bookshop). Again on 27th Nov and 18th December – hosted by Val & Dave McKinley.

TRAIDCRAFT STALL
In St.Mary’s after the 0930 and Church Alive services on Sunday 20th November and 18th December.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL STEWARDS
This year’s 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 lizbrightsparks@hotmail.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.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY TIME CHANGES
Please note change to services next Sunday. At St.Mary’s there is no 9.15am service or 10.45am Church Alive. Instead there is one main Service of Remembrance starting at 10.30am with the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial. *St.Francis’ gather at 10.45am ahead of their 11.15am service to listen to the Cenotaph for 11.00am.
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EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship…
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

Tues PARISH LUNCH
On Tuesday 8th November at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. £6 at the time. RSVP Parish Office for numbers.

Weds MEN’S NIGHT CONTROLLED BURN!
A bonfire with fish n’ chips ordered on the night. Parish Centre on 9th Nov at 1930 to burn off the tree trimmings. At 3.00pm we shall cut out a fire pit. Suitably attired for smoke with gloves, garden forks etc.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING
You’re invited to join us on 19th November at St.Francis’ from 9.45am to 11.30am. Friends, Stalls, Fair Trade etc.

CHEESE & WINE EVENING with Hoveraid
Join us on Saturday 19th November in the Parish Centre for a fascinating evening hearing about this ministry
accessing river communities in Madagascar by hovercraft. RSVP Parish Office for catering purposes. Tickets £10 for Hoveraid fundraising – thank you. All Welcome.

SMILE (St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening)
Join us next at 7.00pm on Weds 23rd Nov 7.00pm for a
Ladies Pottery Painting Evening @ Made by Me…Craft Studio, 74 High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent, PO13 9DA.
Come along and be creative with some pottery painting, and make some new friends at the same time. See it at
http://www.madebymestudio.co.uk/how-it-works/4558998011 Free tea, Coffee & biscuits!
You are welcome to bring along a bottle if you wish (18+) – we can supply glasses. Please confirm your attendance to Charlotte.adams@alverstoke.church  by the 10th Nov to guarantee your place.

NEXT MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 24th November at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Fabulous church with themed craft, stories, worship and hot supper for primary aged children and their adults.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE – bake a cake?
Sunday 27th November at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s. We’re hosting the Gosport Deanery Advent Carol Service with a large choir. Please join us to celebrate and welcome all our guests. Can you make a cake for that celebration? That would be greatly appreciated as well as delicious.

CHOIR CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT
The choir look forward to hosting you at 7.00pm on Sat 3rd Dec in the Parish Centre. Tickets £12 (Students £7) from the Parish Office. Please bring own drink & glasses.

Join us at NEW WINE HOLIDAY 2017
Have a word with Revd Chris Richardson or Clare Watson as we seek a group to camp together from 30th July at New Wine next summer. We seek a booking by 30th Nov.
Great for adults and very popular with children.