13th November 2016
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
This is my command: love each another (John 15 v 17)
Take the November 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 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:
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.
We shall look forward to hearing about Hoveraid at our 9.15am Communion next Sunday following on from the Cheese & Wine evening on Saturday.
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.
BUSKING & CARDS FOR ETHIOPIA
Two of our young people – Kate and Lotti – have made Christmas Cards to sell over coffee at St.Mary’s next Sunday 20th Nov in aid of Healthier Futures for Women and Girls in Ethiopia. Then on 4th Dec they shall be ‘busking’ outside St.Mary’s (inside if wet!) at that time – the girls will be grateful of your coins in their hat, thank you!
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.
PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS DELIVERY
From next Sunday – please take street bundles of cards to deliver ahead of the Christmas Tree Festival – thank you.
In St.Mary’s after the 0930 and Church Alive services on Sunday 20th November and 18th December.
BOOKSTALLS for Christmas
Sunday 27th November and 18th December over coffee in St.Mary’s for Advent Calendars and a variety of books (from Cornerstone Christian Bookshop). – by Val & Dave.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.
STEWARDS FOR CAROL SERVICES
It would be helpful once again this year to have Stewards to assist with the School and Uniformed organisations Carol Services in December. If you are able to help could you please contact Peter Camp at email@example.com – Thank you.
LAYING TURF AT PARISH CENTRE
Following the fabulous bonfire on Wednesday, if any folk are able to help relay the turf to the fire pit on Tuesday 15th morning at 11.00am that would be very kind. 30 mins!
EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship…
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
Monthly Diocesan NEW WINE CELEBRATION
Tonight 6.30pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn PO7 5QB. Worship, guest New Wine speaker.
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.
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.
PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION COFFEE MORNING
Next on 22nd Nov at 10.30am Coffee, cake & books etc. Please join in the buzz and friendship of the mornings.
SMILE (St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening)
Join us 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.
http://www.madebymestudio.co.uk/how-it-works/4558998011 Free tea, coffee or PBAB. Book a place by 10th to Charlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.