Weekly Pew Sheet for Sunday 14th May 2017

14th May 2017 Easter 5
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

…declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light 1 Peter 2.9b
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andrew Norris/ Clare Watson & Team
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s Merbecke BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL
Today in St.Mary’s around the morning services.

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 Ethiopia 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!

MOTHERS’ UNION
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan will be speaking at our next MU branch meeting on 18th May at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre. You are welcome to join in for a friendly afternoon.

Save our Centre COFFEE MORNING
Next on Tuesday 23rd May at 10.30am in Parish Centre.

MESSY CHURCH
Thursday 25th May at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre & St.Mary’s for our exciting congregation for children and their adults – hot tea provided!

ANNUAL PARISH STRAWBERRY LUNCH
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the popular annual Lunch on the 15th June.  Start time 12.30pm in The Parish Centre. Funds raised for the Parish Centre Regeneration. Tickets: £9 until 11th June, £12 thereafter from the Parish Office. We look forward to seeing you there. Marilyn Lovett & the strawberry team!

Friendship through PAINTING THE HALL!
Please join us
FOR CLEANING THE PARISH CENTRE HALL
9.30am Sat 27th May in preparation for painting the following week. Please bring long dusters and cleaning tools etc.
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! Any rollers on long poles – safe short steps etc. Thank you.
SMILE & A.MEN The SMILE ladies and A.Men men’s groups have a special ‘call up’ for 3rd June working together!

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

PEW AUCTION – extended to Pentecost!
We’ll safeguard the bids already received by the deadline, but with half the pews still available the auction will be extended until Pentecost (4th June). So please don’t miss out on enjoying one of our pews in your home for posterity – all donations through bids will help us complete the refurbishment of St.Mary’s; thank you.

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

This is CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 14-20 May 2017
Please give generously. Many Thanks to those who are delivering Christian Aid envelopes this week – such good work that you’ve been breaking previous records over the past couple of years. If others can step up to help this week that would wonderful – please contact our coordinators so that we can raise money to relieve poverty and famine.
Contact Philippa Harrap on nrpjhmum@aol.com or Peter Ford on fordvectis@btconnect.com or see us in St.Mary’s.

ELECTION PRAYER STATION
Between now and the Election please use 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 25th May to 4th June for ‘THY KINGDOM COME’.

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.

ST.FRANCIS’ THANK YOU
for those who helped and supported our coffee morning.  £200 approximately was raised for the care of the building.  Our church garden has been weeded and tidied.  DCM 17th May 7.30pm at St Francis.  Thanks

DONATIONS to the War Memorial & Flooring
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.