25th June 2017 Proper 7
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Matthew 10.32
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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 Andy Norris
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe & Prayer
Revd Andy Norris and Diana Dow
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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Have you been to Sunday tea on the Rectory lawn yet?
If not Andy & Libby Norris would like to invite you
on 2nd July to our next
WELCOME TEA @ The Rectory
Arrive 4.30pm for a stroll to Stokes Bay or alternatively arrive for 5.30pm for high tea on the lawn at Alverstoke Rectory by the creek on Little Anglesey Road. It’s been 9 months since our last tea so don’t hesitate to join us if you’ve not yet been to one; we’d love to see you. Please RSVP Andy on
rector@alverstokeparish.org Autumn Tea on 29th October.

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.

CUPPA & COMPANY solidarity in bereavement
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 Supper in The Rectory garden 7.00pm, please bring drink of your choice. Optional water sports fun on the creek from 5.30pm hoping to use rowing boats and ‘Andy Biggs’ regular water sports activity (charge applies). All ladies welcome. More info and RSVP Charlotte Adams at smile@alverstoke.church

A.MEN (Alverstoke.Men!) BBQ
Wednesday 5th July from 7pm. Would anyone gent like to offer up their garden for our Bring & Share BBQ? The Parish Centre is booked as a reserve. Details and RSVP at amen@alverstoke.church or let Chris Richardson or Neil Adams know in person. All men welcome to join in.

SUMMER CHORAL EVENING
The choir invite you to join them as they sing a full choral evensong on Sunday 2nd July at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s with an introit of ‘Jesus stand among us’.

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 ‘J John’s 10 course’ this Thursday – starting with refreshments at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. An inspiring look at the 10 Commandments.
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.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE ‘10p Family Fun Fete’
The fayre is from noon – 4.00pm on 30th September and
we help to host it with Gosport Rotary Club. This year the congregation are invited to create some Family Fun with our own 10p Fete along the church path to the gate. It would be wonderful if we could run a dozen games and activity stalls which are accessible for children and their families – injecting some 10 penny fun to the fayre! Any ideas of stalls? We need to be planning now and we’d probably need 30 helpers – please sign the list at the back of St.Mary’s if you’re up for this? We’ll host a short meeting to start planning on
Tuesday 27th June at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s Church.

ST.MARY’S JSC SPONSORED SAIL
The young people of our church Junior Sailing Club will be sailing on the creek from 8.00am to 8.00pm Today If you’d like to encourage them with your sponsorship then please sign the form at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you very much.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Thank you
We’re pleased to report that the total amount collected for Christian Aid Week was £2,736.84. Gift Aid amounts to £351.79 so the total amount raised will be £3,088.63. Thank you for all your generosity in achieving this excellent result and to the collection team for their faithful work.

COMPILING A CHRISTIAN POETRY BOOKLET
Some of you are gifted in writing spiritual poetry and prose which can offer such inspired encouragement from the Lord. Sarah Savery (usually at both 9.15am & 10.45am) would be pleased to hear from you as she seeks to compile a simple book of poems from among the congregations and in
support of the new parish centre.

PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayer requests can be written on the tree by the Chapel in St.Mary’s, on the Cross on the wall in St.Francis’ and the prayer board in St.Faith’s. Intercessions are offered using your requests for one month. Please be mindful of confidences when writing requests.
THE PRAYER CHAIN
exists to support those needing prayer through a confidential network of caring parishioners. Please contact Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.

PEWS & FLOOR/MEMORIAL REFURBISHMENT
Works to make good St.Mary’s north and south aisle floor and walls and lay a stone step beneath the memorial will commence in August. Once the first set of pews have been offered to those who’d made their bids then any remaining pews will be made available. With the pews we will have raised some £14000 towards the bill of about £19000. Thank you very much to all who have supported this most recent ‘Shaping the Future’ project. Previous projects were the platform, kitchen etc, and the PA/AV system too.

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.

‘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) Tickets from July at the Parish Office.
21st October – Quiz & Supper Night
25th November – Barn Dance at Bay House

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