Sunday 22nd October       Proper 24

Welcome to Worship

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

‘We always thank God for all of you and
continually mention you in our prayers.’
1 Thessalonians 1v2
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion Revd Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris/ Revd Richard England
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson/ Revd Richard England
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Revd Phil Hiscock
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Prayer Night
Revd Andy Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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WELCOME TO REVD RICHARD ENGLAND
We’re delighted to welcome Richard to worship at St.Mary’s this morning; Richard is both our Diocesan New Wine Co-ordinator and the vicar of Holy Rood, Stubbington.
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GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Eph.1v16: ‘We never cease to give thanks for you’
THE OCTOBER 200
We couldn’t believe it in compiling a list of volunteers which has revealed 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.

CHURCH COLLAGE
We’re creating a Collage of every worshipper by asking you all to bring a passport sized photo of yourself to glue to the collage in the south aisle in St.Mary’s.
Kid’s too – let’s end up with 300 pictures as we give thanks for the fellowship we share together in the Lord.
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WORSHIP, EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship… prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

MESSY CHURCH ON SUNDAY! 29th Oct.
Wear sparkly clothes or superhero costumes when Messy Church goes LIGHT at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre on Sun 29th for crafts, Bible story, praise and tea. Not on Thursday!
Any empty Tin Cans are sought for the craft activities!

HOW DO I GIVE TO THE CHURCH?
Regular giving out of love for the Lord is foundational to our life and mission as a church – and for it we are very grateful. To find out how to give we’re hosting a special TEA & CAKE on Sunday 5th November at 4.00pm in the Parish Centre providing an opportunity to hear from Tim Finch, Treasurer, with encouragement and practical information. All welcome.

‘ALL SAINTS SUNDAY’ SIGN-UP
We give thanks for those whom we love but see no longer – our saints whom we can remember on All Saints Sunday in a service of Thanksgiving at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 5th Nov. If you’d like a name to be read out in the service then please add their name to the list in St.Mary’s – thank you.

BARRIERS TO BELIEF – our new Thurs course
Parish Centre this Thurs at 7.15pm. This week we consider All Welcome – starts with refreshments.

AT ALPHA THIS WEDNESDAY
We’re asking: ‘Why did Jesus die?’ 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. You’d be welcome to come and consider ‘How can I have faith?’ We’re enjoying some lovely ‘desserts’ – thank you so much to the generous chefs – you’d win Bake Off!

GRAPHIC DESIGNER SKILLS? Christmas Postcard
Would anyone like to create our Christmas invite? Last year when we printed 15000 cards! Ready for 5th November.

CAN WE APPOINT A FAMILIES MINISTER?
Please take a flyer today along with a letter from Andy Norris with further information about our vision for this new post.
URGENT: MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY & WELCOME
The warmth of hospitality – expresses the Lord’s welcome to us all – is a growing hallmark at St.Mary’s. It relies upon every member looking out for their neighbour at worship. We seek four teams of six people to host morning coffee and be welcomers ahead of Church Alive. The teams are significantly depleted and so is this a ministry you could offer once a month? If so please contact Kathryn Clarke in church or at
kathryn.clarke1967@gmail.com

CHOIR VISIT TO CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL
Join the choir sing Evensong this Thursday 26th October.

CUPPA & COMPANY for the bereaved
in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next on 24th October at 2.00pm. Offering fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

New Parish Centre COFFEE MORNING 24th Oct
10.30am until 12.00 noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for drink and cake. Come and join us for tea, coffee, cake, chat.

YOUTH WORK DISCUSSION/ FORUM/ PRAYER
Tuesday 31st October at 7.30pm in The Rectory.

Adult BONFIRE 10th Nov (A.Men & SMILE)
Our informal groups for men and women join together for a bonfire and hope you’ll come along – at The Rectory. Any help making the bonfire welcome at 2.00pm on 1st Nov!

ST.FAITH’S LEESLAND SPECIAL 16th Nov
Calling St.Mary’s & St.Francis’ congregations…
Come and hear what God is doing!
Thursday 16th November 10am – 11:30am
You are all invited to St. Faith’s, Tribe Road, to come to our 10.00am Thursday Communion followed by ‘coffee & cake’ when Revd Tim Watson will share an update on the work at Leesland and St.Faith’s; plus please ‘Bring & Buy a Cake’ sale in support of the church.

ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING 18th Nov
For coffee, cake, friends and stalls from 9.45am-11.30am.

BARN DANCE Saturday 25th Nov
Let’s fill Bay House School Hall with 180 revellers enjoying the Ploughman’s supper followed by Apple Pie & Cream (donated by Morrison’s). Tickets £12 from the Parish Office in support of the new Parish Centre.

ANIMALS FOR BABY & TODDLERS GROUPS
Plastic world animals (early learning centre style) and toddler books are sought by our groups, to Parish Office please!

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2017 Dates & Times:
Weds 6th Dec: Dressing of the 80 Trees
Thurs 7th Dec: “Invitation Only” for care homes & schools.
Thurs 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

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 3rd Dec
Start the season off by joining us in hosting a special Advent Carol Service for Gosport deanery in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd December. Cakes/Mince Pies will be sought!

NEW BOOK: Three Canons & an Architect
ALVERSTOKE PARISH IN VICTORIAN TIMES
Copies of Felicity Anderson’s new history of the church,
especially detailing the building of the new St.Mary’s Church, available from the Parish Office – £7.

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

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

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.