Sunday 3rd December     Advent 1

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship
with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1v9
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Revd Andy Norris
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
4.00pm Northcott House Service
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s Deanery Advent Carol Service
Revd Andy Norris
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 3rd Dec
Start the season off by joining us this evening in hosting a special Advent Carol Service for Gosport deanery in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm. Can you offer a cake/mince pies to enjoy with all our guests from other churches? Thank you.

Next Sat 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)
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. *
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)

*STOP PRESS – FREE TICKETS! from Parish Office
to the BAY HOUSE SCHOOL TREE FESTIVAL CONCERT
Friday 8th Dec 1150 to 1330 with Bay House Brass Band, Choir and Jazz ensembles.

FINAL FEW ROADS TO DELIVER CARDS
Just a few roads remaining at the back of St.Mary’s for distribution of our Parish Christmas Cards before Wednesday. Thanks so much for all the deliveries of the past two weeks.

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 all of St.Mary’s Advent and Christmas events and services!

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!

ADVENT Food CALENDAR BOXES
for the Food and Basic Bank. How about finding a box and dividing it in to 24 tin/bottle size sections so that each day you can place a food or toiletry item in to the slot? All boxes received after Christmas will be delivered to the Food Bank which tends to have low stock in the New Year – thanks.

Great Daily Advent Challenges with the Bible Society:
#AdventChallenge www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/adventchallenge

ST.MARY’S CHRISTMAS BOOKINGS SCHEDULE:
(may be subject to change so please check before coming along!)
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
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.

Can you help? 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

CAN WE HELP YOU LEARN TO PLAY THE DRUMS?
For 2018 we seek to grow the worship music group provision in St.Mary’s for Church Alive and monthly evening iNViTe. We’d be pleased to hear from those who would value joining in the bands – and from any who’d like to take up percussion!
Perhaps we can help you with drum lessons?