Epiphany 2 15th January 2017

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“I always thank my God for you
because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus”.
1 Corinthians 1 v 4
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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
Revd Chris Richardson/Diana Dow
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Clare Watson & Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Chris Richardson/Diana Dow
12.20pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
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AN INVITATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Please take the Marriage Course, Christianity Explored and New Year leaflets and cards to invite friends for whom these activities will be a blessing. Thank you.

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.

COFFEE, CAKE & CO. 24th Jan
Make our monthly coffee mornings even better by joining us to raise funds for the new Parish Centre on 24th January. Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Cakes & books for sale. Bring friends and spread the word… Last year the coffee mornings and other fundraising events raised over £7500 to ‘Save our Centre’ – thank you to all concerned.

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.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY
Our next fortnightly Thursday Bible Study will be on Thursday 26th January, 10 to 11.30 in the small lounge of the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.

MESSY CHURCH
Crafts, stories, games, songs, worship and a hot supper for all primary aged children and their adults. 3.30pm Thursday 26th January in the Parish Centre.

CHORAL EVENSONG for Candlemas
6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 29th Jan for this choral led celebration singing Stainer, Brewer and Harris.

CHRISTINGLE at Candlemas
St.Mary’s Christingle at 10.45am on Sun 29th Jan when Candlemas is about Jesus being 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.
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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 Thess 2v16)
TRADECRAFT STALL TODAY
Over coffee in St.Mary’s – new year stock bargains plus much more.

PCC & THE NEW PARISH CENTRE
Last Tuesday the PCC valued the presentation by the new Parish Centre team and all 24 members present agreed to pursue the New Build option. This means that plans will be finalised and submitted for planning permission this Spring/Summer. It also means we are committed to raising some £1.3/£1.5 million through fundraising and grants in order to deliver a new centre for 2020. We seek for the bulk of money to be raised by the end of 2018. This is a huge challenge but the project will deliver a brilliant centre allowing for three or more user groups to meet at the same time. It will be both eco-friendly and user-friendly so that it can remain as a vital hub of the community for the next 75 years or more. More information will soon follow. In the meantime we crave your prayers and support in working together towards this vision – thank you. Look out for the programme of fundraising events during 2017 – Concerts, Barn Dance, Pamper Nights, Quiz, Bridge…
Can you join our team and help us with this exciting project?

DONATE YOUR CHRISTMAS Gifts CALORIES!
Can we help you by relieving you of any unwanted Christmas gifts such as chocolates, wine and that bottle of Champaign? Just think of the health benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre. Any gifts, toiletries, candles, novelty items for prizes at fundraising events would be greatly appreciated at the Parish Centre – thank you; please then come along and win them back!

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

PASTORAL CARE PROJECT for 2017
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. Please join us on Sunday 29th January at 4pm in the Parish Centre Lounge for tea, coffee and cake, to hear more. We also seek to strengthen and complement our Home Communion and Bereavement teams. Please contact Revd Chris Richardson for more information.

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 for any – you would be welcome.

BABY & TODDLER’S GROUP SESSION LEADER
The PCC seeks to appoint a temporary paid Session Leader (part-time 5 hours per week to 5/7/17) for our valuable Monday & Tuesday Baby & Toddler’s Groups. (2.5 hours for each 1.5 hour session). The preference would be for a single appointment but a job share may be considered. For information, job description and application details please contact The Revd Andy Norris.

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. A very helpful and rewarding ministry. Please have a word with the wardens, clergy or parish office if interested – thank you. Meetings on Tuesday 14th March and 11th April.