11th June 2017 Trinity Sunday

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
… encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 Corinthians 13 v 11b

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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris & Paddy Trasler
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Mrs Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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BOOKSTALL THIS SUNDAY
Val & Dave Mckinley are hosting our monthly Christian bookstall in St.Mary’s around our Sunday morning services.

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 this Sunday 11th June, £12 thereafter from the Parish Office. We look forward to seeing you there.
Marilyn Lovett & the strawberry team!

Save our Centre COFFEE MORNING 27th June
10:30 am until 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for drink and cake. Come and join us for tea, coffee, cake, chat, and more. Bring friends, make new ones and help us build on the £15,300 raised by the end of May towards the new Parish Centre. Thank you for your support.

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).

A.MEN (Alverstoke.Men!)
Next up for men – BBQ in July!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
We look forward to welcoming Bishop Christopher on Sunday 26th November for a special morning service including adult Baptism/Confirmation. Confirmation ‘expresses the laying on of hands’ after Baptism for the renewal of the Holy Spirit. The prayer said is ‘Confirm O Lord your servant with the Holy Spirit’. Like Pentecost, it is a wonderful celebration of faith, trust and the abiding life of God within us. Please have a word with the clergy if you’d be interested in getting Confirmed or Baptised on that occasion. For teenagers and adults this does require preparation. This entails the autumn Alpha Course for adults whilst Tim & Clare Watson will host a group for secondary school aged youth. Think about it now and have a word with the clergy for more information.

‘Save our Centre’ DATES FOR THE DIARY:
6th October – Concert in the Church with the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band, and the Military Wives’ Choir (Portsmouth) also the Thorngate Panto and Variety Players with Felicity Bryant.  Tickets July from Parish Office.
21st October – Quiz & Supper Night
25th November – Barn Dance at Bay House
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? READER MINISTRY
‘Readers’ are fully licensed Ministers in the parish. They undertake similar training to the ordained ministers and are licensed to both a preaching and teaching ministry, and a pastoral and leadership ministry in the parish. Very much like the ‘vicars’ Readers can undertake most ministries in the parish expect presiding at communion and being registrars at weddings. Please pray for our team of Readers:
Darren Clarke (also Gosport’s Sub-Dean of Readers);
Susan Smith (starting to help Pioneering a bit more);
Paddy Trasler completing her third year of training and to be licensed on 23rd September;
Diana Dow who is a retired Reader with special Permission To Officiate (PTO) – focussing especially upon her regional Acorn Christian Healing Trust work too!
Clare Watson – please also pray for Clare whom we are sponsoring for the Reader Selection Conference this summer in the hope that she will be able to start Reader training in September.