Sunday 8th October  Proper 22

A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
‘But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ’
Philippians 3v7
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Paddy Trasler / Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Chris Richardson/ Clare Watson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris / Paddy Trasler
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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THE OCTOBER 200 & CHURCH COLLAGE!
We couldn’t believe it in compiling a list of volunteers which has revealing how over 200 of you are serving the mission of the church in so many different ways throughout our parish. This is amazing and something for which we give thanks this October – all your time and talents offered to the Lord’s work. THANK YOU. We also appreciate that this is in addition to any other ways in which you serve the Lord in your workplace, at home or with charities. To reflect upon this we want to make a Collage of every worshipper and servant by asking you all to bring a passport sized photo of yourself and glueing to the collage in the south aisle in St.Mary’s. Kid’s too – let’s end up with 300 pictures by the end of the month as we give thanks for the fellowship we share together!

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE Continues Wednesday
A fabulous group of 14 got the course going. If you couldn’t get along last Wednesday then why not catch up with the first Alpha film this week to be played at 6.45pm on Wednesday, ahead of session two starting from 7.15pm
asking ‘Who is Jesus?’ All Welcome.

BARRIERS TO BELIEF – a new course on Thurs
A new 7-week course starting in the Parish Centre this Thurs at 7.15pm. An opportunity to explore issues that sometimes trouble people about accepting the Christian faith. This we we consider “Science & God – has science, technology & the modern world shown us that a belief in God is now obsolete?” The evening starts with refreshments and includes a 30-minute DVD followed by group discussion. All welcome!

NEW PARISH CENTRE FUNDRAISING EVENTS
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.

OCTOBER GUEST PREACHERS 9.15am & 10.45am
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.

IT’S TIME! To employ a FAMILIES MINISTER
Please take a leaflet today – more information to follow!

TRAIDCRAFT STALL This Sunday 8th
Get ready for Christmas and view Traidcraft sample products and Christmas catalogues. Use the order forms available to get your Christmas cards, advent calendars and gift orders with Pete & Julie – or email traidcraftstmarys@gmail.com .
MICHAELMAS FAYRE – THANK YOU!
Wow! We had a wonderful fayre in St.Mary’s and The Parish Centre – with so many guests in the church, at the 10 Penny Fete and the evening concert. Thank you all for your help, and for the hard work of the Fayre planning group plus Sue in the Office.

NEXT PARISH LUNCH Tues 10th October
12.30pm. RSVP the Parish Office. £6 on the day.

OCTOBER CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL 15th October
Will be on 15th October. Please do speak to Val and Dave or contact them at valmackinlay@talktalk.net for books, gifts.

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.

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.

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 – £7.

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

ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
We look forward to welcoming Bishop Christopher on 26th Nov for a special combined service at 10.00am.
Please have a word with the clergy if you’d be interested in getting Confirmed or Baptised. Please note that for this our 9.15am, 10.45am and St.Francis’ services will all combine.

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

MEMORY WALK – A HUGE THANK YOU
to our generous sponsors in aid of Alzheimer’s Research. We’ve raised a fantastic £1018 once the monies & gift aids are received.Thank you! Hazel, Carol, Jean & Jo.

Gosport NHS Changes & Local Churches
Talk: 16th October, 7.30pm in St.Faith’s Lee on Solent Hall.

MISSION in INDIA – Prayer
Please pray for Jan & Blair Norman with Sally & Ray Smith who have gone to work at a Christian Hospital, Lalitpur Uttar Pradesh, in India until 21st Oct with Mission Direct.

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

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.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING 18th November

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

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.