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’ll 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; if you’re free to help, then please sign up to help at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.

The Men’s Curry Night has grown into a … …
MEN’S TAKE-AWAY NIGHT
Gents, please join us at 7pm on Friday 15th September in Kim and Anne Beazley’s home – They live 100 yards from the New Bengal, Bobbies Italian and a Chinese Take away, so there are many and varied options for take-away if you don’t like curry. 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 confirm numbers. Love to see you there!

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

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
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

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.

THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY has started again. Next group meets on September 21st 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.

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

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL dates:
6 Dec Dress trees
7 Dec am/pm “Invitation Only” visits by local schools and wheel chair bound residents from local residential homes
1815 Opening Ceremony – Open to all
8 Dec 1100 to 1500 Local Schools Vocal Force Performance – Parents and supporters only
1500 to 1800 Open to the public
9 Dec 1100 to 1800 Open to the public
10 Dec 1200 to 1800 Open to the public

SHAPING THE FUTURE – Pews & War Memorial
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 3 weeks. Over £16,000 has been raised for this summer’s project. Thank you for your gifts which have made this possible. 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.

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

PAMELA ROBOTHAM, passed away at The Rowans Hospice on 26th August. A thanksgiving service will take place on Monday 11th September 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.

There’s no BOOKSTALL on Sunday, but it will be back soon!

MEMORY WALKING FOR ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH
The Alverstoke Forgetmenots (Rev Hazel O’Sullivan, Jean Compton, Carol Workman and Jo Hillier) are joining thousands of walkers in Portsmouth on 24 September to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society. Can you sponsor us please? Sponsorship forms in church or ask any of us – details for on line just-giving available next week. Thank you very much.