Sunday 7th May 2017   Easter 4
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.  John 10v10
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Diana Dow
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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PARISH LUNCH
Our next lunch is on Tuesday 9th May at 12.30pm. Join us at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. It gets full so please RSVP the office to reserve a seat. Cost is £6 on day.

Save our Centre CONCERT:
“BAROQUE TO BROADWAY AND BACK!”
In St. Mary’s Church on Saturday 13th May 7.30pm with the very popular Paul Pilott Louise Helyer & Friends
Admission is Free anticipating a hearty Retiring Collection for ‘St. Mary’s Parish Centre Regeneration Fund’.

PLEASE NOTE: Ukelele evening on 13th May is cancelled.

Chase AFRICA CURRY & QUIZ NIGHT 20th May
Teams wanted for our quiz and curry night in support of a charity which complements our Ethiopia partnership through its work in N.Kenya. Having raised the £5000 for Ethiopia then spending an evening in support of this special charity in which one of our members, Michael Wheeler, is closely involved would complement our partnership very well. 20th May in the Parish Centre at 7.30pm – Tickets £10 from Parish Office or email: quiznight20@gmail.com Bring own drinks!

CUPPA & COMPANY
In the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month (except August) between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

PILGRIMS continues studies in James this Thursday – starting with refreshments at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14-20 May 2017
Your help is vital – can you make a short delivery walk to help us on behalf of Christian Aid? Some of you have helped us in the past and we would appreciate your assistance once again. However we need as much help as we can get to raise money to relieve poverty and famine.
We have envelopes for delivery all over the village and all help is welcome. This can be done at any time before 20th May, suitable to yourself. During the week 14-20 May we will be collecting from some streets and where permitted in the village. Please help if you are available.
Contact Philippa Harrap on nrpjhmum@aol.com or Peter Ford on fordvectis@btconnect.com or see us in St.Mary’s.

One for the morning…
ST.FRANCIS’ GARDENING MORNING Sat.13th May
and one for the afternoon…
THE FRIENDS OF ST MARKS
Join our work party at the Churchyard in St Marks Road on Saturday 13th May from 2 – 4 pm. Please come and help.

FLOWERS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Contact Meg Hutton-Denton on 07780 654 709 to sponsor church flowers and mark a special event, maybe a birthday, the birth of a child, an anniversary or in memory of a loved one. More info in the Parish magazine.
REVD CHRIS RICHARDSON
is on a placement at the cathedral until 22nd May.

THE PRAYER CHAIN
exists to support those needing prayer through a confidential network of caring parishioners. Please contact Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.

ELECTION PRAYER STATION
Between now and the Election please us the prayer table in the Chapel to inspire our intercession for the UK elections. Further stations will be added in response to the Archbishops call to prayer between 15th May to 4th June for ‘THY KINGDOM COME’.

PAINTING THE HALL!
Volunteers sought…
FOR CLEANING THE PARISH CENTRE HALL
9.30am Sat 27th May in preparation for painting the following week.
TO DECORATE THE HALL starting with BREAKFAST
8.45am for Full English (£3) – painting from 9.30am. Please sign list at back or RSVP office if you would like breakfast?
Bring emulsion paintbrushes, rollers and old clothes!
SMILE & A.MEN The SMILE ladies and A.Men men’s groups have a special ‘call up’ for 3rd June working together!

Supporting ‘Shaping The Future’ of St.Mary’s…
ST.MARY’S PEW AUCTION
29 pews are available and bids for our fundraising auction are welcomed on the forms in St.Mary’s or in an envelope with your bid and full contact details to be received by 8th May (starting at £100 per pew please).

DONATIONS TO ‘SHAPING THE FUTURE’
Any gifts towards the current project for the War Memorial and making good the open spaces would be very much appreciated. thank you. Either in the offertory in an envelope you mark ‘Shaping the Future’ (cheques to ‘St.Mary’s Alverstoke PCC’ – using yellow envelopes if to be gift aided) or, we’d encourage the completing of the Pledge Form at the back of church (Gift Aid permission) and your making a Bank Transfer using these bank details to our Shaping the Future account called: St.Mary’s Alverstoke PCC Acc: 02242708 Code: 30-93-56

Thank you very much indeed for all your support and understanding for this appeal. We look forward to enjoying a tidy and spacious church to serve us in moving forward as a community in Christ.

EMMA WILLIAMS VOLUNTEERING
Emma, daughter of Nigel (choir) and Karen (Messy Church), who grew up through St.Mary’s and the choir until she left for college, is volunteering in Laos this summer. She goes with VESA – Volunteer Eco Student Abroad – to work in school teaching English and sanitation, renovating and building – and to work with Elephants and their ecosystem (plus some sight seeing!). With us for Easter, Emma would be very grateful of sponsorship to enable her to travel from any who’d be able to support her in this; thank you so much.

THE PCC MEET ON TUESDAY
Your new Parochial Church Council meet on Tuesday – please pray for them in all their discussions.