Epiphany
8th January 2017

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence”.
Ephesians 3 v 12
____________________________________
Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Chris Richardson/ Susan Smith
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Tim Watson
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
Paddy Trasler
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Tim Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Christingle & Lunch
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke BCP Communion
Revd Chris Richardson/ Susan Smith
____________________________________________

AN INVITATIONAL CHURCH?

Whether to regular worship, Candlemas or our courses – an invitation makes all the difference!
Please take and use the Marriage Course, Christianity Explored and New Year leaflets and cards to invite friends for whom these activities will be a blessing.
NB – the marriage leaflets were FREE following the order of our Christmas cards which themselves cost less than in the past!

ST.FRANCIS’ CHRISTINGLE & LUNCH
11.15am this Sunday plus a Bring & Share lunch!

MEN’S CURRY NIGHT
Alverstoke Men (A.men) are invited to a curry night at The New Bengal Curry House on Weds 18th Jan at 7pm. We hope that you can come for a great night out! RSVP Revd Chris Richardson so he can book a table.

PILGRIMS
Our weekly fellowship and Bible study starts back at 7.15pm on Thursday 26th January in the Parish Centre.

THE MARRIAGE COURSE
Take the new leaflet. Reserve your table with the Church Office for the first evening as a taste and see without obligation! 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! After the first evening then £10 per couple.

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED COURSE
Can you say who Jesus 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. Please use the special invitation cards for your friends.

GOSPORT UNITY SERVICE 22nd Jan
St.Mary’s is hosting a special Churches Together service at 6.30pm on 22nd January at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Theme: Crossing Barriers.
CAKES… it would be lovely to express our hospitality to guests from across Gosport so any cakes would be very much appreciated on 22nd January – thank you. Plus, if a few folk could volunteer to help with refreshments that would be wonderful, thank you.

CHORAL EVENSONG for Candlemas
For Candlemas at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 29th January with the choir singing Stainer, Brewer and Harris cathedral music. A beautiful choral led celebration.

CHRISTINGLE at Candlemas
St.Mary’s will celebrate Christingle at 10.45am on Sunday 29th Jan when the theme of the weekend is Jesus being proclaimed as ‘Light to the Nations’.

PARISH LUNCHEON
Our popular lunch is next on Valentine’s Day at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre – Tuesday 14th February. All Welcome. £6. RSVP the Parish Office to reserve a place.

___________________________________
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)
NEW YEAR WEEK OF PRAYER – this week.
We’d love to start the year with a week of prayer from 9th-13th January. Please take a leaflet so you can pray at home. Or join with others at 2.00pm each day, on Monday in St.Faith’s Church, then Tues-Fri in St.Mary’s Chapel.
Monday – Leesland Pioneering (2pm in St.Faith’s Church)
with Tim Watson
Tuesday – New Parish Centre (decision at PCC that night!)
with Andy Norris
Weds – Growing Pastoral Ministry with Chris Richardson
Thurs – Toddlers, Families and Youth Ministry with Andy Norris
Friday – Nurturing Gifts, Servanthood & Prayer Ministry with Andy.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
Our fortnightly Thursday Bible Study recommences for the spring term on Thursday 12th January, 10 to 11.30 in the small lounge of the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.

MEMORIAL CANDLES for Candlemas
If you would like to donate the cost of a Candlemas candle in memory of a loved one, please complete the form at the back of St.Mary’s and return it to the Parish Office with your £2. Your loved one’s name will be entered to the special memorial book by the organ.

NEW PASTORAL CARE PROJECT for 2017
REACHING OUT WITH GOD’S LOVE
We seek to strengthen and complement our Home Communion and Bereavement teams by growing the pastoral care that we offer in our parish.
In addition we would like to set up a new lay visiting team by drawing together a team of people who will commit to visiting three people two or three times a year.
If you would like more information about these teams, and how you could be involved, please come to our introductory meeting on Sunday 29th January at 4pm in the Parish Centre Lounge for tea, coffee and cake, where we can explore together the role of our pastoral team, how the team would be supported to undertake this vital ministry, and how we will support each other as we grow our team. If you would like more information in the meantime, please feel free to contact Revd Chris through the church office on 9258 0551 or by email: curate.alverstoke@gmail.com

COULD YOU BE A PCC MINUTE SECRETARY?
We seek a volunteer simply to take minutes at our meetings under the direction of the formal Hon.PCC Secretary, Phil Dray. This would be a very helpful and rewarding ministry. The next meetings are this Tuesday 10th January, 14th March and 11th April. Please have a word with the wardens, clergy or parish office if interested – thank you.

FAMILIES, CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY
Whether as leaders or as parents, Andy invites those with an interest in how best we serve families with their children and youth to a meeting on Tuesday 17th January in the Parish Centre Lounge at 7.30pm. A forum to develop the vision for all we do and consider how we should best focus our time and energy in providing for the fellowship, nurture and growth in prayer and faith of our children and young people with their families. Any for whom this is important would be welcome.