30th July 2017         Proper 12

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose, Romans 8.28
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris/ Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Fifth Sunday Charity Sunday
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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Starting next Friday
ANNUAL LUNCH TIME ORGAN RECITALS
Fridays in August 2017 from 12.30-1.15pm in St.Mary’s.
An excellent UK and international line up welcoming:
4th James Lloyd Thomas (Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson, New Zealand)
11th Peter Gould (Portsmouth)
18th Maureen McAllister & Robin Jackson (Corsham)
25th David Price (Thailand)
Tickets £5.00 (£4.00) per recital from parish office or on the door (Full-time students free).

STOKES BAY SUMMER PICNIC
Andy & Libby Norris will be picnicking at 12.30pm-2pm at Stokes Bay on 13th August & would be delighted of any company should you be able to join us! Near end of ‘long path’ (if wet – The Rectory).

AT ST.FRANCIS’ REMINDER…
New illustrated talk about Gosport by Bob Harrop at St Francis 7.00pm, 24th August.  Puddings in the interval tea/coffee included in price of £4 per ticket.  Eric and Joy Skinner 92588520

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 service including adult Baptism/Confirmation.
Confirmation ‘expresses the laying on of hands’ after Baptism for the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Like Pentecost, it’s 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.
For teenagers and adults this does require preparation,
entailing the Alpha Course for adults whilst Tim & Clare
Watson will host a group for teens.

1st ALVERSTOKE GUIDES
is 100 this year – it started in 1917 and is as strong as always!  We are having a party at Brodrick Hall on Saturday 16 September and would love anyone with a connection to the Unit to just drop in anytime between 2.00-4.00 pm that afternoon.  If you would like to help please email Pam Marsden: gg.gosport@gmail.com so there’s enough centenary refreshments for everyone!

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS regularly meet either in homes/the Parish Centre for friendship, Bible study, discussion & prayer. The groups offer significant encouragement in faith & support. You’d be very welcome to join a group that suits you. Contact: 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 Oct – Concert in the Church with the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band, and the Military Wives’ Choir (Portsmouth) Tickets from July at the Parish Office.
21st Oct- Quiz & Supper Night
25th Nov – Barn Dance at Bay House

CUPPA & COMPANY
in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next date 22nd August between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

NEW WINE
We pray for God’s blessing on our 16 worshippers who are braving the elements camping at New Wine this week – the annual Christian holiday festival near Shepton Mallet. A first for three clergy from our deanery in attendance.

THE PRAYER CHAIN exists to support those needing prayer through a confidential network of caring parishioners. Please contact Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.

PRAYER REQUESTS
can be written on the tree by the Chapel in St.Mary’s, on the Cross on the wall in St.Francis’ & the prayer board in St.Faith’s. Intercessions are offered using your requests for 1 month. Please be mindful of confidences when writing
requests about others.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE ‘10p Messy Fun Fete’
As co-hosts with Gosport Rotary, St.Mary’s will be involved with the Michaelmas Fayre on 30th September. Please join us to help express God’s love through the hospitality offered at St.Mary’s on that day. In addition to the church being open with music & possible concert at night, this year we shall also host a 10p Messy Kids Fun Fete along the church pathway. We’ve a dozen exciting games, crafts and activities all at 10p or free. Being co-ordinated by Kay Howard, Chris Richardson and Libby Norris; please sign up to help when the list of stalls appears soon – thank you.

FUNERAL
St.Mary’s is privileged to host the thanksgiving service for Toby Streatfield James on Monday 7th August at 2.00pm with Revd Ted Goodyer. A worshipper with Gill and more latterly an anchorman for us in the regeneration and care of
St.Mark’s Churchyard.

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.