Sunday 29th October      Proper 25

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

‘We were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God
but our lives as well.’
1 Thessalonians 2v8
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson/ Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson/ Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Harbour Cancer Trust guest Hazel Perrett
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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THE 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. With this we hope to make a postcard in thankfulness.

PLEDGES FOR A FAMILIES MINISTER
Today’s the day we hope to receive any pledges in the
offertory from those who are happy to sponsor a Families Minister in 2018-2019 – thank you. We’re grateful that
already pledges and gifts have amounted to £4,000 per year towards this new post. If you are not familiar with this vision then please take both a flyer along with a letter from Andy Norris with further information about the post. Pledges are of course welcome in the days ahead too ready for the church council to discuss this on 14th Nov. Thank you.

MESSY CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON! 29th Oct.
Wear sparkly clothes or superhero costumes when Messy Church goes LIGHT at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for crafts, Bible story, praise and tea.

‘GIVING’ THANK YOU LETTER
Over 150 folk regularly give money in a planned (signed-up) way to the church whilst others give cash in the offertory plate. We are so very grateful for every gift – thank you. Those who give regularly are invited to take a special cream
‘Thank You’ letter today from Andy, the Rector, who wants to express our shared thanks to you in the Lord.

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
This Thurs we consider “Exclusive faith” – is the Christian claim to exclusive truth both judgemental and unreasonable? All Welcome – Parish Centre at 7.15pm with refreshments.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 12th November
Please note that our services change for Remembrance. 8.00am Communion remains but 9.15am and Church Alive are replaced by a special Service of Remembrance at 10.30am when the new stone floor in St.Mary’s will also be dedicated. St.Francis’ Act of Remembrance commences at 10.45am followed by their service at 11.15am.

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

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

CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL next Sunday 5th November

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!

PARISH LUNCH Tuesday 14th November
Last lunch of the season, pre-Christmas menu, 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. RSVP to the office, £6 on the day.

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, cakes, 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.

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 – ticketed through schools only
Friday from 1500 to 1900 Open to the public
Sat 9th Dec: 1100 to 1800 Open to the public
Sun 10th Dec: 1200 to 1800 Open to the public
All entries: £3 (children under 16 free)

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 are 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.