Sunday 5th November Proper 26

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

‘The greatest among you will be your servant.’
Matthew 23v11
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s All Saints Thanksgiving for the Faithful Departed
Revd Andy Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Eph.1v16: ‘We never cease to give thanks for you’

WE CANNOT BELIEVE… Families Minister
yet it is true that in the Lord’s grace over £14,000 per annum has been pledged or given as gifts and legacies towards our the post. Thank you so much for trusting this vision and making such a wonderful response.

BISHOP’S THANK YOU
When he visits on 26th November Bishop Christopher will lead us in an act of thanksgiving and dedication of all the voluntary ministry offered by over 200 people in the life of the church. Please join us for this special celebration at 10.00am that day followed by a Bring & Share Lunch.

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 canvas in the south aisle in St.Mary’s.
Kid’s too – let’s end up with over 200 pictures as we give thanks for the fellowship we share together in the Lord. With this we hope to make a postcard in thankfulness.

‘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
‘Thank You’ letter today from Andy, the Rector, who wants to express our shared thanks to you 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’

PLEDGES FOR A FAMILIES MINISTER
Pledges would still be welcomed from those who’d be happy to support the vision. If anymore was to be pledged then the church council on 14th Nov can be confident in appointing a Families Minister in the Spring. If you are not familiar with this vision then please take both the flyer along with the letter with further information about the post. Thank you so much for sharing in this vision.
Applications will be welcomed from any committed Christian with the successful candidate being part of our ministry team with a special responsibility overseeing the nurture of faith and discipleship among children, youth and their families.

CHRISTIAN BOOKSTALL This Sunday 5th November

STEWARDSHIP TEA TODAY
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’ SIGN-UP Today
If you’d like someone to be remembered with thanksgiving in our special service tonight then please add their name to the list at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.

LAST CALL FOR CONFIRMATION 26th November
For any to who may like to join six others in Confirmation – please touch base with Andy Norris asap, thanks.
Adult BONFIRE next Friday 10th Nov @ Rectory
From 7.00pm our informal groups for men and women join together for a bonfire, food and friendship and hope you’ll come along. Baked Potatoes & beverages provided.
Optional bring & share simple toppings, puds or drinks – but we’d mainly prefer that you come and meet new friends!

New YOUTH GROUP 18th Nov
Young people from school Year 6 to aged 16 are invited to our new group for teenagers. Time to chill, enjoy company, food and fun each month. We’ll kick off with good food and a film at 1830 on Saturday 18th November in the Parish Centre Lounge. Parents please register your offspring at the start of this first night – we need new documentation and consents for a new group!   Next youth social is Sat 9th Dec.

BARRIERS TO BELIEF – Thurs course
This week on 9th we consider “The Supernatural” – can the miracles and supernatural events of the Bible be taken seriously in our modern world? 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.

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.

SUNDAY BRING & SHARE LUNCH 26th Nov
Let’s eat together in the Parish Centre following the special 10am Confirmation Service with Bishop Christopher.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL STEWARDS
Many thanks to those of you who have already confirmed that you can act as a steward for this year’s festival.  If there is anyone else who would like to steward or would like to find out more about what being a steward entails please email Liz Finch at lizbrightsparks@hotmail.com asap.

DIOCESAN HEALING DAY conference/workshops
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

JOURNEY OF THE MAGI
A Christmas Spectacular from Springs Dance Company
Saturday 16 December, 7pm, at St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent. Adults £8, children £4

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!

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)

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

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.

DIOCESAN HEALING DAY Saturday 13th November, 9.30 to 3.30 at Portsmouth Cathedral
‘Encountering the God who Heals’
Keynote speaker – John Ryland, Director of the London Healing Mission
Choose 2 seminars to attend on Healing church wounds, Healing and medicine, Deeper healing, Prayer ministry etc
Healing Service 2.30pm. Bring a packed lunch, drinks available.  Cost £12.
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.

CAROL SINGING IN THE HIGH STREET
Churches Together in Gosport Nat Gonella Square (outside the entrance to the Town Hall), Sat 9th December 2017 from 11.00am to 12noon. Come and join your fellow Christians in a shared act of joyful worship.