Sunday 1st October HARVEST

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE


St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves’
Philippians 2v3
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Tim Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andy Norris
1230pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Community Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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HARVEST, GIFTS of GROCERIES & TOILETRIES
Today we celebrate Harvest at our morning services whilst our local Franciscan fellowship group will host Evensong. Gifts of imperishable groceries and of toiletries will be collected at all services in support of the Gosport & Fareham Food Bank; including at St.Francis’ and Thursday St.Faith’s.
The ‘Franciscans’ are a fellowship from our churches whilst following the principles of St.Francis; of making the Lord known and loved everywhere whilst living a life of simplicity through prayer, study and work. Join us in an Evensong of reflection and hymns inspired by the life and ministry of St.Francis, the patron of ecology this Harvest.

ST.FRANCIS’ HARVEST & PATRONAL LUNCH
As well as harvest, our St.Francis’ congregation will be
celebrating their patronal with a Bring & Share Lunch today after the morning service which starts at 11.15am.

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE Starts Wednesday
Take a leaflet – invite a friend. Our new Alpha Course is from Wednesday 4th October to 13th December.
7.15pm in the Parish Centre. We’ll also enjoy desserts in the break! See the leaflet, return the form or email Revd Andy who hopes you can come.

NEW PARISH CENTRE FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Last few 6th Oct Concert Tickets available – don’t miss out!
21st Oct: Curry & Quiz Night – one of our popular evenings in the Parish Centre – come and enjoy the friendship, the food and the fun. Tickets £10 from the Parish Office.
25th Nov: Barn Dance at Bay House School.
Let’s fill the school with 180 revellers enjoying the Ploughman’s supper followed by Apple Pie & Cream (donated by Morrison’s). Tickets £12 from the Parish Office.

9.15am & 10.45am OCTOBER GUEST PREACHERS
We’re delighted to welcome our Archdeacon, Gavin Collins, to preach on 15th Oct, followed by Revd Richard England (Diocesan New Wine Co-ordinator & Vicar Stubbington) on 22nd October. Please join us to welcome our guests.

THE OCTOBER 200!
Who are they? What do they do? Do you know any of them? Find our more from next Sunday! But first see if you can find and bring a passport sized photo of yourself!

TRAIDCRAFT STALL Next Sunday
8th October. Especially to get your Christmas Card, Advent and gift orders in with Pete & Julie – catalogues available or you can email traidcraftstmarys@gmail.com .

NEXT PARISH LUNCH Tues 10th October
12.30pm. RSVP the Parish Office. £6 on the day.
OCTOBER CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL
Will be on 15th October. Please do speak to Val and Dave or contact them at valmackinlay@talktalk.net for books, gifts.

BARRIERS TO BELIEF – a new course
An opportunity to explore issues that can trouble people about accepting the Christian faith. 7 weeks to consider topics like “Has science, technology & the modern world shown us that we no longer need a belief in God?”; “The Bible – can we trust it?” and “Are Christians arrogant to say that Jesus is the only way to God?” “Barriers to Belief”  will be held in the context of Pilgrims at Parish Centre on Thursday at 7.15pm – starting October 12th – hope to see you there.

ST MARK’S CHURCHYARD WORKPARTY
Saturday 14 October  2 – 4 pm we’d love you to join us with drinks and nibbles afterwards.  Please bring own hand tools. Info contact Roy Harris at penroygosport@aol.com .

AUTUMN CHORAL EVENSONG & CATHEDRAL
Join the choir for Stainer and Mendelsohnn at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 15th October – and also for their visit to sing Evensong at Chichester Cathedral on 26th October.

WELCOME & HOSPITALITY TEAMS
Kathryn Clarke, churchwarden, seeks to strengthen some of our Welcome and Hospitality Teams. The teams host St.Mary’s coffee and welcome from 10.15am each Sunday which is a very valuable ministry. If you could possibly join them once a month then please contact Kathryn at
kathryn.clarke1967@gmail.com

Adult BONFIRE 10th November (A.Men & SMILE)
Our informal groups for men and women join together for a bonfire and hope you’ll come along – at The Rectory.

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.

ENCOUNTERING THE GOD WHO HEALS
Sat 18th November at Portsmouth Cathedral. A day to
explore Christian Healing through workshops, talks and a service led by the Bishop of Portsmouth. Register at
www.portsmouth.anglican.org/healing

MISSION TO INDIA – Prayer & Medical Equipment
Four members – Jan & Blair Norman with Sally & Ray Smith will be working at a Christian run Hospital, Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh, India from 7th-21st Oct with Mission Direct. They will help with building works plus community palliative care; whilst seeking prayer and medical equipment. Costs are covered, but please have a word with the team if you may be able to sponsor them towards medical equipment for the Theatre etc – any gifts and prayers very much appreciated.

GOOD CHILDREN’S BOOKS for Toddlers
Natasha Hurst, our Baby & Toddler groups leader, is collecting books for under 5’s at the Parish Office – thanks.
PILGRIMS
Pilgrims is a weekly discussion group/fellowship group with refreshments that meets on Thursdays at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. We are following J John’s talks on the relevance of the 10 Commandments to today. Everybody welcome! Look out for our new Barriers to Belief course starting 12th October.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2017 Dates & Times:
Weds 6th Dec: Dressing of the 80 Trees
Thurs 7th Dec: “Invitation Only” closed for day visits by local schools and residents from local residential homes
At 1815: The Opening Ceremony – Open to All
Fri 8th Dec: 1100 to 1500 Local Schools Vocal Force
Performances – Parents and school supporters only
Friday from 1500 to 1800 Open to the public
Sat 9th Dec: 1100 to 1800 Open to the public
Sun 10th Dec: 1200 to 1800 Open to the public

CUPPA & COMPANY for the bereaved
in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next on 24th October between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

Getting Muddy for NAOMI HOUSE
Debie Cathcart in the congregation joined others for the very muddy 14K Nuts Challenge. Sponsorship was sought by a team along with other St Mary’s members actively support the work of Naomi House hospice for children and young adults. Please have a word with Debie if you can sponsor her muddy quest or offer time in joining a fundraising event. For more details see: https://www.naomihouse.org.uk

MOTHERS’ UNION MEETING
Tuesday 17th October in the Parish Centre with at talk on Brain Tumour Research by Elizabeth Hughes.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING 18th November

NEW BOOK: Three Canons & an Architect
ALVERSTOKE PARISH IN VICTORIAN TIMES
Coplies of Felicity Anderson’s new history of the parish, especially detailing the building of the new St.Mary’s Church, available from the Parish Office.

MUSIC, DRAMA, ART, MOVEMENT, LITURGY
For 2018 we seek to create a second worship band, along with having a drama group, the inspiration of some artists for worship, a dance/movement group, and those who may write prayers/liturgy. We have valued some of these in the past – let’s release such gifts again! The idea is the groups would meet in fellowship and prayer as they prepare – and then share their creativity once a month in worship. Please have a word with the clergy – especially if you can be a champion for one of these ministries.