26th March 2017     Mothering Sunday

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him..” Colossians 3v17

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Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
Susan Smith
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Darren Clarke
11.00am St Luke’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
Susan Smith
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Prayer Night
Revd Andrew Norris
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God’s peace & grace for
Mothering Sunday
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WORSHIP, EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

Save our Centre COFFEE MORNING 28th March
10:30 am until 12:00 noon. £2.50 for drink and cake. Come and join us for tea, coffee, cake, chat, and more. Bring friends, make new ones and help crash through the £10,000 barrier this month! Help us get through £10,000 this week!

CHORAL EVENSONG – LENTEN CANTATA
For Passion Sunday next Sunday 2nd April at 6.30pm the choir shall be singing music by Henry Purcell, Herbert Howells and Sir David Willcocks with special guest conductor Jonathan Willcocks. All Welcome.
MOTHERING SUNDAY FLOWERS
We’re so very grateful for the anonymous gift of the flowers by which to bless and express our thanks to mums and our faithful and caring women today – and to posy making team!

ALVERSTOKE PARISH APCM
The official AGM of the parish is to be held on Tuesday 11th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s Church. Optional ‘Compline’ prayers will follow after the end of the APCM in the Chapel. Elections for Churchwardens, four members of the Parochial Church Council and, this year, six members to Deanery Synod will be held in the context of reports, accounts and reflection from 2016. To vote worshippers need to join the Electoral Roll.

LAST CALL: We’d love you to join by tomorrow!
THE CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
You can express ‘belonging’ to a local CofE congregation through our ‘Church Electoral Roll’. It even gives you a vote at the annual meetings – so why not sign up? Application Forms are at the back of church to be returned to Sue in The Parish Office. In fact you can belong to more than one Electoral Roll and don’t even have to be an ‘anglican’ as it is about this parish rather than the CofE! Application closure date is 27th March, two weeks before our Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

PCC, SYNOD & CHURCHWARDENS
Could you serve on the PCC or Deanery Synod? We need to appoint 4 members to PCC for 3 years, 6 members to Deanery Synod including PCC for 3 years. Nomination forms for these rolls can be found at the back of St.Mary’s. The PCC meets on Tuesdays, bi-monthly from January. Our thanks to those who are at the end of their term and have served us on PCC and Synod for the past three years: Sue Strong, Tim Finch, Libby Norris, Michael Thomas, Carol Workman, Jean Compton, Sue Smith, Michael Lane and Graham Hewitt. In addition we shall be appointing our two churchwardens but this year Bill Lock has indicated that he will not be standing – we’re so very grateful to Bill for his commitment and faithful service as a churchwarden.

CAN YOU WRITE AN INFORMAL REPORT?
Lead/involved in church group? Then reports up to A5 size of 2016 church life welcome to the Parish Office by 4th April.

ST.FAITH’S CHURCH LEAFLET
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – please take a leaflet explaining the changes taking place for St.Faith’s congregation. It tells how St.Faith’s Sunday worship will transfer to Thursday morning. We’re delighted that Revd Phil Hiscock (& Maggie) will return to celebrate communion at St.Faith’s on Easter Day.

Save our Centre BRIDGE AFTERNOON TEA
Come and play Bridge on Tuesday 20th April in the Parish Centre. Tickets £20 a table from the Parish Office.

Save our Centre Ukelele Band Cheese & Wine
Raise the roof – bring your singing voices at 7.30pm on Friday 12th May in the Parish Centre. Tickets £7.50 at Parish Office.

SMILE – St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening
Ladies curry night at New Bengal, on Sat1st April at 6.00pm. Book in with Charlie at (smile@alverstoke.church ) by today!

Next A.Men MEN’S Event
Alverstoke.Men, all chaps welcome. Join A.Men for a Stokes Bay Walk and Drink at The Lodge on Weds 3rd May.

DECORATE THE PARISH CENTRE HALL!
We’re planning work parties to freshen up the Parish Centre Hall. Sat 27th May to clean/prepare the Hall. Sat 3rd June to paint. The SMILE and A.Men ladies and men’s groups may have a special ‘call up’ for 3rd June – with breakfast to start! But as always for these groups, everyone will be very welcome.

HOLY WEEK
Tuesday 11th April:
‘Compline’ night prayers in St.Mary’s Chapel following on five minutes after the natural ending of the APCM in the church.

Maundy Thursday 13th April:
Communion at 10.00am in St.Faith’s.
‘Upper Room’ Last Supper service at 7.00pm in St.Francis.
‘Watch & Pray’ Quiet Vigil from 8.00pm-9.45pm in St.Mary’s.
‘Vigil Compline’ 9.45pm in St.Mary’s.

Good Friday 14th April:
Easter ‘Messy Church’ at 10.30am in St.Mary’s.
Churches Together Good Friday Service outside ‘Centrepeace’ on Gosport High Street at 11.15am. (Methodist Church if wet!)
Traditional Good Friday Devotions at 1.45pm in St.Mary’s
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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)

Make the most of the Easter
BOOKSTALL in ST.MARY’S THIS MORNING

EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL
Our partnership is for women and girls in southern Ethiopia – this is an area now facing famine through drought. Christian Aid, Worldvision and TEAR Fund are part of the Disasters Emergency Committee which has launched a famine appeal due to the extended drought leading to famine for 16 million people in South Sudan, Northern Kenya, Somalia and Southern Ethiopia. Visit their websites if you’d like to give through those agencies – www.tearfund.org www.christianaid.org.uk worldvision.org.uk

LENT APPEAL – Stop the Traffik
During Lent, we’re invited to support ‘Stop the Traffik’.
This is through the Bishop’s Lent Appeal which he has called ‘From Slavery to Freedom’. The Bishop explains in the leaflets and gift envelopes in church why he has chosen to raise vital funds for Stop the Traffik and also to start a fund for domestic abuse locally.

CHAPLAIN / AIDE FOR THE RECTOR
Although it seems strange for a vicar to warrant such support this parish is such that we’re delighted to say that Revd Hazel O’Sullivan has agreed to offer administrative and chaplaincy support to Andy. Please note therefore that Hazel now has sight of Andy’s emails and correspondence and may reply on his behalf. Hazel, who has Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the parish, will continue to lead our 9.15am communion – typically on the third Sunday of each month. Thank you Hazel and we’re grateful for the support you have given to Thursday communion at St.Faith’s too.

PRAYER SPACES IN LEESLAND SCHOOL
Can you help for two days a year?
‘Prayer Spaces in Schools’ is an exciting and incredibly rewarding prayer experience run twice a year at Leesland Infant and Junior schools. This initiative is organized by our pioneer minister, Rev Tim Watson. It’s an incredible ministry to be involved with and our current volunteers always report back that the experience has been rewarding. Twice a year, for three full school days our prayer spaces run and each day over 150 children have the opportunity to take part in experiential and creative prayer. To make the most of this opportunity we need more volunteers. Volunteers will receive full training and induction. A DBS check will be required to be involved with this exciting ministry: this will be organized within the parish and won’t cost volunteers anything. Ideally each volunteer would be able to offer two full-days during a school calendar year and two hours for induction/training, done at a time to suit. If you’d like more information please speak to Revd Tim watson 023 9243 9737 revtimwatson@hotmail.com