20th August 2017      Proper 15

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
‘For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all..’, Romans 11.32
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Chris Richardson/ Susan Smith
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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TUESDAY TRASH CAFÉ news
Please pray for Revd Tim Watson and St.Faith’s in hosting the Real Junk Food Project’s ‘Trash Cafê’ every Tuesday in Leesland. They use quality ‘sell by date’ foods donated by supermarkets to provide nutritious meals and offer groceries in the community. This is to let you know that an amazing 190 people came through the doors to Trash Café last week!

ANNUAL LUNCH TIME ORGAN RECITALS
We have been enjoying an excellent line up and this Friday 25th August at 12.30pm we will be welcoming David Price (from 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 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 EVENTS:
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 for the bereaved
in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next on 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.
YOUTH WORK DISCUSSION/ FORUM
Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm in The Rectory.
A gathering for parents, leaders and those interested in our ministry and discipleship among secondary aged youth both in church on Sundays and during the week.

Mid-Year CHURCH FINANCES update.
Thank you for your giving.
It is a blessing that our church income and expenditure is just balanced after 7 months of the year. From your generous giving, gift aid and investments etc our general income has been £115,700 and our expenditure £115,351 – leaving a balance of £349! Thank you very much indeed for all that you give in support of the ministry and mission of the church.

The rest of the year will present challenges and there will be impact from a reduced income at St.Faith’s (which is actually doing better than projected – thank you St.Faith’s!).
St.Faith’s changes are very missional for the future (an amazing 190 people passed through the doors at Trash Cafe last week!). So, if there are any folk who would be able to join our Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) or renew their giving in other ways in support of our seeking to grow the church and serve the community then any new gifts would be very much appreciated in the hope that we can avoid a deficit at the year’s end – thank you. Please see the ‘giving’ pages on our website, find a leaflet at the back or ask the clergy team or Treasurer, Tim Finch. Thank you so much for your gifts and for sharing in this expression of our worship to the Lord.

SHAPING THE FUTURE – Pews & War Memorial
With St.Mary’s back radiator now relocated, the works to refurbish the wooden floor, decorate the walls and lay a Purbeck stone floor and plinth to the War Memorial will begin this week for the next three/four weeks. All the pews have now been sold, and together with your kind giving to ‘Shaping The Future’ over £16,000 has been raised for this summer’s project. Thank you for your gifts which have made this
possible. Along with the carpeted area in 2016, the space afforded is proving to be so beneficial and we hope that the end result will be very good and enhancing of St.Mary’s as well as being dignified and moving at the War Memorial.

ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
We look forward to welcoming Bishop Christopher on 26th November for a special combined service at 10.00am.
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.

COMING UP AT PCC (Parochial Church Council)
Please remember the PCC in your prayers as they seek the Lord’s grace to guide their decisions. In September they will be discussing a new role of Families Minister, the Parish Centre Constitution and a Lone Workers Policy!

PRAYER REQUESTS can be written on the tree by the Chapel in St.Mary’s, on the wall Cross in St.Francis’ & the prayer board in St.Faith’s. Please be mindful of confidences in your requests which are offered in prayer for one month.

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.

GET THIS PEW SHEET ONLINE!
Simply sign up on our website to join 160 folk who receive this pew sheet and any orders of service each Friday with our weekly mailing. We use ‘Mailchimp’ which is very safe and easy to unsubscribe. Give it a go and keep in touch!

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.

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.
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SERVING & GIVING
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thess 2v16)