28th May 2017       Easter 7

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent
John 17v3
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Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris
11.00m St.Luke’s Communion & Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Prayer Night
Revd Chris Richardson
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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‘THY KINGDOM COME’ CALL TO PRAYER
25th May to 4th June Please take the prayer leaflet.
It’s so timely to join in the national prayer initiative, including now our prayers for Manchester. Pray at home, at work and in church. St.Mary’s has seven Prayer Stations in the side aisle reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer and two in the Chapel which you are invited to visit and use to inspire your prayers. 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.

iNViTe this Sunday evening
Hosted by Chris Richardson with members of the Prayer Ministry Team for worship and prayer. 6.30pm in St.Mary’s – with opportunity to reflect and pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come.’

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!

ST FRANCIS STRAWBERRY TEA 8th July
3.00pm for Strawberry Cream Tea. Tickets available until the end of June £4 from Eric and Joy 92588520

Bring your brushes and rollers next Saturday to
DECORATE THE HALL on Saturday 3rd June starting with BREAKFAST 8.45am for Full English (£3) – painting from 9.30am. Please sign list at back or RSVP Parish 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
In the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month (except August). Next date 27th June between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

SMILE (St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening)
Friday 30th June for Fish ’n Chips in The Rectory grade 7.00pm. (Optional water sports on the creek from 5.30pm).

CAN’T GET TO COMMUNION ON SUNDAY?
Join us at St.Faith’s Tribe Road, each Thursday at 10.00am for a full Common Worship communion service with hymns and refreshments. You’d be very welcome.
Join one of our
BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS (BFG)
Our home groups regularly meet either in homes or the Parish Centre for friendship and chatting, Bible study and discussion, prayer and reflection.   The groups offer significant encouragement in faith and support in life. You’d be very welcome to join a group that suites you.
Overall Co-ordinator: Diana Dow (02392 528122).
Wednesday Ladies BFG Fortnightly at 2.30pm
Thursday ‘Bible Study’ BFG Fortnightly, 10.00-11.30am
Wednesday ‘Open Hands’ BFG Weekly, 8.00-9.30pm
Thursday ‘Beta’ BFG Fortnightly, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friday ‘Bible & Biscuit’ BFG Weekly at 9.30am and babies, pre-school children are welcome.

Plan now to join us for Alpha this Autumn!
AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE
We’re going to acquire the new and updated Alpha Course DVDs for our next course which shall start on Wednesday 4th October. Please make plans now to join us for what shall be a very inspiring exploration of faith in Jesus. Who could you invite to come along with you?

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 – one more week!
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.

FLOWERS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Contact Meg Hutton-Dunton 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.