4th June 2017 Pentecost
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will
flow from within them. John 7v38
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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 Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andy Norris
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Diana Dow
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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WORSHIP, EATING & FELLOWSHIP Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship… prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
NEXT PARISH LUNCH
Our next lunch is on Tuesday 13th June at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. It gets full so please RSVP the office to reserve your place and enjoy the friendship. Cost is £6 on day.

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 Skinner on 92588520

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 garden 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?
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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)

THANK YOU TO THE PAINTERS!
With most paint making it to the walls we are vey grateful to the painters who decorated the Parish Centre Hall yesterday morning – thank you for an excellent job done.

GENERAL ELECTION
Let us pray – A final week with our prayer station in the Chapel in St.Mary’s, or to read the Archbishops’ Pastoral Letter found at the back of church.

ST.FAITH’S & PIONEERING
Let us pray – for St.Faith’s and Tim Watson’s pioneer ministry for the area around Leesland. With plans for a Toddler Group about to start and with the encouragement to the congregation with 20 worshippers last Thursday having doubled since Easter! The new service is settling down nicely. At the invitation of GBC Youth Council, Tim hosted a vigil in the Falklands Gardens last week for Manchester.

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.

DID YOU KNOW? THE COLLECT & LECTIONARY
The prayer we call the Collect of the Day and print each week on this sheet is simply that – a prayer which collects together the theme of the lectionary Bible readings. Many Collects can be very old having been prayed for centuries. Our Bible readings are generally drawn from the Common Lectionary which is a plan chosen by most church denominations to lead us through the Bible in three years known as Years A, B or C! We sometimes use different readings when we have a special preaching series or themed services. There are readings for every day of the year for morning and evening prayer and communion, plus a psalm. A Lectionary booklet can be found in the Chapel in St.Mary’s on the prayer table with the Bibles and Daily Prayer books.