13th August 2017       Proper 14

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’, Romans 10.15
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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 Andy Norris/George Oliver
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
George Oliver
6.30pm St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris/Tim Sharman
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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SUNDAY – CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL
Val and Dave Mackinley welcome you to the monthly church bookstall. It’s a great opportunity to pick up useful resources and help support the church. The stall will also be available on 10th Sept, 15th Oct, 5th Nov, 26th Nov, 10th Dec.

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

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.
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)

Save our Centre COFFEE MORNING 22nd August
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 £18,500 raised by the end of July towards the new Parish Centre. Thank you for your support.

TALK AT ST.FRANCIS’…
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?

New Parish Centre Fundraising Social Events
DATES FOR THE DIARY:
9th Sept – Quilt Show by Alverstoke Quilters from 10.00am-4.00pm in Parish Centre. Free admission.
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

PADDY TRASLER LICENSING AS READER
After three years in training we are very close to the Licensing of Paddy as our new Reader by the Bishop in the Cathedral on Saturday 23rd September at 11.00am. All welcome. We look forward to welcoming Paddy to the Reader Team.

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 ‘amalgamated’ activity at Church Alive – creche area continues.

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

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.

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.

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

MEMORIAL SERVICE
St.Mary’s is hosting a thanksgiving service for Wendy MacLennan on Friday 18th Aug at 3.00pm; a neighbour to the church in Stokehurst (Old Rectory) for over 30 years.

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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.

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.

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.