Gents, please join us for another curry night at 7pm on
Friday 15th September. Please let Neil Adams (neil.adams@alverstoke.church) or Chris Richardson (curate.alverstoke@gmail.com) know if you are able to come so that we can book a table. We’ll confirm the venue as soon as we know how many are coming. We’d love to see you there.

Here are the notices for this week:

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE
Our new Alpha Course will start on Wednesday 4th October. Please make plans now to join us through to December for what shall be a very inspiring exploration of faith in
Jesus. Who could you invite to come along with you?
We’ll also enjoy puddings/desserts in the break!

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.

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

CHRISTIAN PRODUCTION AT THORNGATE
‘A Monk’s Tale’-a comedy celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther & 95 Theses.
8.00pm Saturday 9th Sept Thorngate Theatre, Bury Road
Tickets £8 – 023 9234 6145 / www.aechurch.org.uk/boxoffice

PADDY TRASLER LICENSING AS READER
After her three years in training we approach 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.

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 adults and teenagers Confirmation and/or Baptism does require preparation, this entails taking the Alpha Course for adults whilst Tim & Clare Watson will host a group for teens.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY starts again for the autumn on September 7th in the Parish Centre, 10.00 to 11.30.
We are studying Acts which must be one of the most exciting books in the Bible. All are welcome.

The next PARISH LUNCH is on Tues, 12th Sep. at 12.30pm. Please give your name to Sue in the Parish Office, 02392 580551, or contact Carol Workman on 92523984.

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 continue over the next three. 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 areas 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.

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 & the community 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 at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.

CUPPA & COMPANY for the bereaved
in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next on 26th September between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend

BARBARA JAMES passed away at her home on 26th Aug. The funeral will be held at Havant Crematorium on Tue 5th at 4:45pm. The wake will be at the Parish Centre Prior to the funeral, from 1:30-3:15pm. Some lifts will be available from the wake.

PAMELA ROBOTHAM, passed away at The Rowans Hospice on 26th Aug. A thanksgiving service will take place on Mon 11th Sep. at 2pm at St. Mary’s Church following a private committal ceremony at Portchester Crematorium. Pam’s family would like friends to join them in the parish centre after the service.