Sunday 26th November      Christ the King

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and
revelation, so that you may know him better”
Ephesians 1v17
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
No 9.15 & 10.45 St Mary’s or 11.15 St Francis’ services

10.00am St.Mary’s UNITED SERVICE of
Baptism & Confirmation with Renewal of Commitment to Serve
Bishop Christopher
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson

11.00am St Luke’s Communion
No 6.30pm evening service
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion Revd Andy Norris
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A VERY SPECIAL SUNDAY to Celebrate!
A warm welcome to all from Bishop Christopher today as he visits the parish for our special service of Baptism &
Confirmation plus a thanksgiving and dedication of
volunteered ministry with communion. A chance for
everyone to come together as one church in the parish.

Please pray for our Candidates:
Neil ADAMS, Tara CREASEY, Lisa FREEMAN,
Natasha HURST, Christine PLATT, Clare WATSON
David SHEEHAN, Lindsey SHEEHAN, and Karen BEVAN.

CHURCH BRING & SHARE LUNCH TODAY
Coffee will be served in church at the end of the service.
Then let us continue to celebrate as we eat together and enjoy a Bring & Share Lunch in the Parish Centre.
If you have come unprepared you are still very welcome!
Any food can be delivered to the centre before the service.

CHURCH COLLAGE PHOTOSHOOT today
If you haven’t yet had a chance to put your photo on the special collage we are creating, giving thanks for everyone, then Ben Clarke will have a camera over coffee for any who are willing to have their photo taken for the collage.
Take a look at the collage on the south wall as it grows!
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WORSHIP, EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
Save our Centre COFFEE MORNING 28th Nov
10:30 am until 12:00 noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for drink and cake. Come and join us for tea, coffee, cake, chat.

CUPPA & COMPANY for the bereaved 28th Nov
in the Parish Centre on Tuesday from 2pm. Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply drop in.

Cathedral ARMED FORCES COVENANT SERVICE
Bishop Christopher invites you to join him for the signing of our diocese’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.
In the presence of senior members of the forces at
Cathedral Evensong this Tuesday 28 November at 1800.

BARRIERS TO BELIEF – this Thurs 30th Nov
This final week of the course considers: “The church – does the decline of the Christian faith in Western countries signal the end for the church?” Thursday at 7.15pm, Parish Centre.

Annual CHRISTMAS SUPPER & ENTERTAINMENT
Let the choir host you at 7.00pm next Sat 2nd Dec in the Parish Centre. Tickets £12 – Students £7 from the Parish Office or choir members. Seating in tables of 10 and please bring your own bottle and glasses! Supporting Choir Funds.

Next New YOUTH GROUP 9th December
Next youth social is Saturday 9th December, meeting at the Parish Centre at 6.30pm -with a Christmas theme!
For more info contact Jo at: youth@alverstoke.church

MISSION DIRECT TO INDIA PRESENTATION
Sally, Ray, Jan & Blair spent two weeks serving the Harriet Benson Memorial Hospital in Lalitpur, India. They will be sharing their experiences in the Parish Centre on Thur 14 Dec at 1930. All welcome for light refreshments, with slides.
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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel – which means “God with us.” (Matt 1v23)

It means so much to be invited to the celebration…

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. Can you offer a cake/mince pies to enjoy with all our guests from other churches? Thank you.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
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
followed by mulled wine and mince pies!
Fri 8th Dec: 1100 to 1500 Local Schools Vocal Force
Performances – ticketed through schools only… except:
Tickets for Bay House School Festival Concert in church on Friday 8th from 1150 to1330 are available free to anyone from the Parish Centre Office – for donation at the festival.
Friday 8th Dec: 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)

DELIVER 10,000 PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS
Thanks to those who’ve already delivered cards. We want everyone who lives in the parish to be invited to our Christmas celebrations through the postcard. Can you please take one or more streets, enjoy the walk and pray for the community as you deliver the cards through the doors?
Let’s get them all out before the Christmas Tree Festival.

STEWARDS FOR CAROL SERVICES
Can you help Welcome some of the 5000 people who will visit our services in December (not to mention the 5000 visitors the Christmas Tree Festival!). It would be helpful once again this year to have Stewards to assist with the School and Uniformed organisations Carol Services. If you are able to help could you please contact Peter Camp – Thank you.

2500 NEW YEAR’s Come Again CARDS…
All members please make use of the Welcome back cards to give out to our 10,000 guests as they leave St.Mary’s Advent and Christmas events!

CAROL SINGING IN THE HIGH STREET
Churches Together in Gosport gather outside the entrance to the Town Hall, Sat 9th December 2017 from 11.00am. Come and join in a shared act of joyful worship.

JOURNEY OF THE MAGI 16th December
Tickets directly available from Liz Finch at St.Mary’s.
A Christmas Spectacular from Springs Dance Company. Members of our church have enjoyed this production before and we sought to host it here – but our platform is too small – so St.Faith’s in Lee are hosting this remarkable, joyful and moving telling of the Christmas story for all to enjoy. Saturday 16 December, 7pm, at St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent. Adults £8, children £4 from St.Faith’s Office on 023 9255 6445 or from Liz Finch at St.Mary’s.

Churches Area CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
contact St.Faith’s Lee-on-the-Solent (above) to volunteer!

ST.MARY’S CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS SCHEDULE:
(may be subject to change so please check before coming along!)
27th Nov 1900: Gosport Scout Carol Service
28th Nov 1800: Gosport Beaver Scout Christingle
1st Dec 1430: WI Carol Concert
4th Dec 1800: Gosport Guides Carol Service
5th-7th Dec all day: Christmas Tree Festival set up
8th-10th Dec all day: Christmas Tree Festival
11th Dec all day: Christmas Tree Festival clear up
13th Dec afternoon: Alverstoke Juniors’ Rehearse
14th Dec afternoon: Alverstoke Juniors’ Rehearse
15th Dec morning: Alverstoke Juniors’ Rehearse
15th Dec 1400: Gomer Juniors’ Christingle Service
18th Dec all day: Alverstoke Junior’s Rehearse
19th Dec morning: Alverstoke Junior’s Rehearse
19th Dec 1345: Leesland School Carol Service
20th Dec 1345: Leesland School Carol Service
20th Dec 1800: Alverstoke Juniors’ Carol Service

Special CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN THE PARISH
3rd Dec 1830 St.Mary’s Deanery Advent Carol Service
10th Dec 1045 St.Mary’s Christmas Tree Church Alive
14th Dec 1900 St.Luke’s Carol Service
17th Dec 1045 St.Mary’s Carol Praise & Nativity
17th Dec 1115 St.Francis’ Carol Service
17th Dec 1830 St.Mary’s Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
21st Dec 1000 St.Faith’s Christmas Communion
24th Dec 1115 St.Francis’ Christmas Communion
24th Dec 1500 & 1630: St.Mary’s Crib Services
24th Dec 1100: St.Mary’s Midnight Communion
25th Dec 0800: St.Mary’s Traditional Said Communion
25th Dec 1000: St.Mary’s Christmas Communion

All other services continue as usual except:
No 0730 Communion in Parish Centre on Wed 27th Dec.
No 1000 Communion at St.Faith’s on Thurs 28th Dec.
No 1830 St.Mary’s Evening Service on New Year’s Eve, Sunday 31st December.

Churches Area CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
Last Christmas, people from across the churches of Gosport came together to provide and host a Christmas Day Lunch at St Faith’s, for those who would otherwise be on their own.
This year again St Faith’s is willing to host a lunch but seeks volunteers from other churches to do so.
The Lunch itself will be 11.30am-2pm on Christmas Day, and people will be needed to cook, host and serve the lunch on the day.  Drivers will also be needed to collect guests, and take them home again afterwards. If you would like to help with the Christmas Day Lunch, please call Rev Dr Paul Chamberlain, vicar of St Faith’s, on 023 9200 6184, or email him at vicar@stfaithslee.org.uk .