27th November 2016 Advent 2
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” Romans 15v13a.
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Tim Watson
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Darren Clarke
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CAROLS & LIGHTING OF THE TREES
This Thursday evening at 6.15pm in St.Mary’s followed by mulled wine to browse the trees – ending 7.30pm.

PILGRIMS Bring & Share Supper
Following the 6.15pm Christmas Tree Festival Carol
Singing, you’re invited to the seasonal Pilgrims’ Bring & Share supper on 8th December. From 7.30pm in the Parish Centre for seasonal food and friendship.

MESSY CHURCH ADVENT NATIVITY TRAIL
Remember the Advent Sheep Trail around the village shops? This year we have hidden knitted characters from the Nativity for you to find in the village shops starting from 6th December. Take a leaflet from the back of St.Mary’s or check the website. Many thanks to the WI knitters!

THE MARRIAGE COURSE
Marriage enrichment courses for couples prove to be invaluable whether married for 2 or 20 years and more. Invest in your relationship at our 7 week course on Wednesday evenings from 1st February. Especially calling the ‘men’ to suggest this – don’t leave it to the woman in your life to worry about how to ask you to go £10 per couple. .“It seems to work” The Guardian.
“It feels like the start of a journey not the end of a course” The Times

Next CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED
We’re about to celebrate his birthday – but who is Jesus? Can you say who he is, why he came and what then is his purpose for you today? If not then join us in exploring these ultimate questions of faith at our next Christianity Explored Course starting on 2nd Feb 2017.
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SERVING & GIVING
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)
PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS DELIVERY
LAST FEW DAYS WITH A NUMBER OF ROADS LEFT.
If you can please take street bundles of cards to deliver that would be wonderfully helpful. The cards are in ‘street’ bundles at the back of church – thank you very much.

BUSKING FOR ETHIOPIA TODAY
Lottie & Kate will be busking outside St.Mary’s after the 9.15am and 10.45am services today – please bring your coins to throw in their hat! If wet (or cold) they’ll perform in the south aisle. Their remaining Christmas Cards will also be for sale. All in support of our Ethiopia appeal.

CAP CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
Christians Against Poverty are collecting items to bless local families who otherwise cannot afford any luxury goodies foods, toiletries or new toys this Christmas. Any donations received in St.Mary’s by next Sunday 11th would be very much appreciated, thank you very much.
Christmas Tree Festival 9-11 Dec
NEXT WEEKEND
INSTALLING THE TREES
The trees for the CTF are to be delivered at 1000 on Tuesday 6th Dec. Help is needed please to trim and install the trees in their stands between 1000 – 1200.

DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREES
Please note that trees are to be dressed on WEDNES DAY 7th DECEMBER – a day earlier than previously.

ENJOY THE FESTIVAL CAFE
Please come and enjoy coffee and cake, or a luncheon, or afternoon tea in the Parish Centre during the festival. Our excellent cafe is open each day and run by the fabulous team to whom we are grateful.

CAKES FOR THE FESTIVAL CAFE
Cakes are sought by the catering team for the festival cafe. If you are able to bake a cake and deliver it to the Parish Centre during the festival that would be very much appreciated, thank you very much.

AFTER CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR CARDS
Please freely give out the post-Christmas cards which issue a welcome to guests for the new year, Candlemas and our spring courses. Please use them to invite people and let them know they’re always welcome, not just at Christmas!

STEWARDS SOUGHT FOR CRIB SERVICES
Are you able to help us for our 3.00pm and 4.30pm services on Christmas Eve – to welcome the 600+ guests? Please let the churchwardens know if you can help, thank you.

ST.FAITH’S DIGITAL HYMN PLAYER
Many Thanks to those who gave generously to sponsor the new hymn player which is now being enjoyed during worship at St.Faith’s. Gifts and grants left a balance of just £24 – thank you so much for making this possible

THE ALVERSTOKE TRUST
The Trust exists for the relief of those in need in the parish – can we help someone you may know? The trust can make small grants (typically £100-£200) to parish residents facing time of need, hardship or distress. Please check the Alverstoke Trust page on the parish website for more detail
or contact the Parish Office.

DID YOU KNOW?
We look forward to welcoming nearly 10,000 people who will share in our Christmas events Please pray that they may know the peace and love of God as they celebrate with us.

ON CHRISTMAS SUNDAY
Please note that at St.Mary’s the mid-morning services will combine to be one all age Christmas Communion service at 10.00am whilst the St.Francis’ Christmas Communion takes place on Christmas Eve at 11.00am, meaning there is no St.Francis service actually on Christmas Sunday.

NO SUNDAY EVENING SERVICES
Please note that with them being on Sundays this year, there will be no evening services on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.