6th August 2017     Proper 13

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
Jesus had compassion on them and healed
those who were ill. Matt 14v14
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Diana Dow
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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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:
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 Next Sunday
Andy & Libby Norris will be picnicking at 12.30pm-2pm at Stokes Bay next Sunday 13th August & would be delighted of any company should you be able to join us! Near end of ‘long path’ (if wet – at 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
The new and updated Alpha Course will 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.

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.

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!   _________________________________________________________________________

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE IN AUGUST
It is with regret that the groups for children and teenagers will be more limited at St.Mary’s on Sunday mornings during the school holidays. No group at 9.15am and more ‘amalgamated’ activity at Church Alive – creche area continues.

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.

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.

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.

THE PARISH CENTRE COMPOST HEAP!
The centre management committee would like to clear away the unsightly compost heap. If there is anyone who would be kind to volunteer for this during August (bags provided – to be filled and taken to tip or elsewhere?) then your help would be much appreciated. Please see Sue in the Office. Thank you very much indeed.

Hoping those on vacation get good rest and feel refreshed!

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.