21st May 2017    Easter 6

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. 1 Peter 3.18
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Susan Smith
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm St Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andrew Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Revd Andrew Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
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TRAIDCRAFT STALL TODAY
Julie and Peter Fieldsend will be offering a wide selection of fair trade goods and are happy to take orders at the stall today, in St Mary’s after the 9.15 and Church Alive services.

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

‘THY KINGDOM COME’ CALL TO PRAYER
25th May to 4th June Please take the prayer leaflet.
You’re invited, indeed called by the Archbishops’ to join in a ‘great wave of prayer across our land’ in the week leading up to Pentecost. Pray at home, at work, in our schools and in church. St.Mary’s will host a few Prayer Stations which you are invited to visit and use to inspire your prayers. Join us at Morning Prayers at 9.00am week days except Wednesday, 7.30am communion. Also Tim Watson and a small team are hosting Prayer Spaces in Leesland Junior School for pupils. This is very timely in praying for our nation with the election on 8th June whilst for the church at Pentecost praying for the renewal of the Holy Spirit with confidence to share our faith.

MESSY CHURCH This Thursday
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! Collecting PLASTIC DRINK/SQUASH BOTTLES please, Parish Centre by Thursday.

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 as below…

Please join us next Saturday
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. We’ll fill the holes and prepare the walls.

Then a week later
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 for breakfast and working together in painting the Parish Centre Hall!
PILGRIMS continues to follow the ‘J John’s 10 course’ this Thursday – starting with refreshments at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. An inspiring look at the 10 Commandments.

CUPPA & COMPANY This Tuesday
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.

ELECTION LETTER from Archbishops
Some copies of both Archbishops joint letter to the nation are available at the back of church.

ELECTION PRAYER STATION
Between now and the Election please use the prayer table in the Chapel to inspire our intercession for the UK elections.

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.

iNViTe next Sunday
Hosted by Chris Richardson with members of the Prayer Ministry Team for worship and prayer. 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.

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 someone.

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.

CHURCHWARDEN’S AT ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION
The legal ‘swearing in’ of Kay Howard and Kathryn Clarke as our wardens takes place this Wednesday, when they shall be accompanied by Bill Lock in passing on the mantle. At St.Paul’s, Sarisbury Green with wardens from Gosport & Fareham. Please uphold Kay & Kathryn in your prayers in this vital ministry in the parish – thank you.