Candlemas 29th January 2017
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
9.30am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Candlemas Choral Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS – CANDLEMAS
At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth as God with us, God incarnate. At Candlemas we follow Jesus being presented to God in the Temple at the age of 40 days – his naming and dedication – where we celebrate Jesus as the Light of God’s salvation for all peoples and nations; the one who, in turn, will present us to God our Father.
WORSHIP, EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED COURSE
Starts this Thursday. Join us in exploring the ultimate questions of faith at our next Christianity Explored Course starting on 2nd Feb 2017. Please see and use the special invitation postcards for your friends.
THE MARRIAGE COURSE
See the marriage leaflet. Reserve your table with the Church Office for the first evening as a taste and see without obligation! Invest in your relationship at our 7 week course on Wednesday evenings from 1st Feb. After the first evening then £10 couple.
Our weekly fellowship and Bible study continues at 7.15pm on Thursday 2nd February in the Parish Centre looking at James.
CHORAL EVENSONG for Candlemas
Today at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s – choral led celebration singing Stainer, Brewer and Harris.
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.
ST.FAITH’S CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
We shall have a special meeting after morning worship on Sunday 12th February to end with a soup lunch. A time to discuss the future vision and continuation of St.Faith’s.
This meeting is for those for whom St.Faith’s is the church to which they belong and where they primarily worship.
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)
Today NEW VISITING PROJECT for 2017
We would like to set up a new lay visiting team by drawing together 50 or more people who will commit to visiting three church members two times a year. A low key approach but a
vital link in which we hope you will share. Please join us on Sun 29th January at 4pm in the Parish Centre Lounge for tea 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.
ST.MARY’S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN
Our Annual Spring Clean at St. Mary’s will take place on Saturday 4th February from 9-00am to 11-00am. Any help would be much appreciated on the day. Please bring along your own hoovers, dusters, brushes and extension leads. Our local Guide groups will also be there to help. Many thanks.
DAFFODIL POTS FOR ETHIOPIA 12th Feb
Last October the young people from the 9.15am & Church Alive services planted 100 pots of daffodil bulbs and decorated them to be sold in the spring. The bulbs are growing well and will be on sale in St.Mary’s on Sunday 12th February for a minimum donation of £1. All proceeds to the Ethiopia fund.
MARRIAGE COURSE HOSPITALITY Puddings!
During the Marriage Course we shall offer desserts. If you are happy to make a dessert for one or more evenings then please sign the list at the back of our churches and we’ll be in touch to co-ordinate the puds that we seek – thank you very much.
DONATE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS Calories
Can we help you by relieving you of any unwanted Christmas gifts such as chocolates and that bottle of Champagne? Just think of the health benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre. Any gifts, candles, novelty items would be greatly appreciated at the Parish Centre – with thanks for your support.
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.
As part of our pioneering ministry we’re really excited to be partnering with Leesland Infant and Junior Schools to purchase a big model of a sheep! Church schools within the diocese are being encouraged to purchase and decorate big model sheep (a bit like the Marwell Zoo Zebras in Southampton). The idea is that the infant school will be represented by a sheep, the junior school will be represented by a sheep and the church will be represented by a sheep. Each sheep will also represent one of the Christian values held by the schools, LOVE, GRACE, RESPECT. The sheep will be on display at the schools and will visit the cathedral for the Year Six leavers service in the summer.
There are forms at the back of church which will give you more information about the project. We need to raise £185 and are seeking sponsors. Ewe know it makes sense! Revd Tim Watson.
CHURCHES TOGETHER FOR THE HOMELESS
Thank you to those who donated items for homeless people in Gosport just before Christmas. More are needed, so please leave in the Parish Office any sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves, socks, trainers, thermals, underwear, toiletries etc.that you can spare.
Also if you have one Sunday lunch time per month free would you help, either cooking or welcoming, at Christ Church, Stoke Road with providing a hot meal? Diana Dow 92 528122.
FIRST AID TRAINING & CHURCH WORK
Breakthrough Youth Club and St.Mary’s Junior Sailing Club are seeking to arrange First Aid Training (6hrs) to renew certificates on a Saturday or Sunday. Please let Andy Norris know if, for the activity you run/help at church, you also may need to undertake the training and have a First Aid Certificate – thanks. Certificates are to be renewed every 3 years.
PCC & THE NEW PARISH CENTRE
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 varied programme of fundraising events during 2017.