Sunday 17th December Advent 3

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way for the Lord ” John 1v23b
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am Church Alive Carol Praise Nativity
Revd Andy Norris & all the young people!
11.15am St.Francis’ Carol Service
Susan Smith
12.30am St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
10.00am Thurs St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
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With Warmest Greetings for a Christmas where
Jesus brings… the Light of Hope,
Peace beyond understanding,
and the assurance of his Love
for You and your loved ones.
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“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel – which means “God with us.” (Matt 1v23)

From Rob Hamilton The CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Chairman
From the many favourable comments I have received to date, this year’s CTF was a resounding success. We
welcomed 5000 visitors, a new record, who admired 91 beautifully decorated trees whilst being entertained by 780 performers. As ever, credit for the success of this year’s
Festival must go to the huge number of people from across the Parish who contributed in a myriad of ways.  Whatever your contribution and however large or small, I am most grateful to each and everyone of you.  Collectively, you kick started Christmas for the Parish with an amazing display of bright lights, imaginative and carefully crafted decorations and some wonderful music.  Thank you all so much for your generous and whole hearted support of this community event. Rob Hamilton, Chairman St Mary’s CTF
Very special thanks from us all to Rob & Fee for their leadership.

CHRISTMAS TREES Available
simply take one from Parish Centre Car Park and put a small donation in the offering or to office – thank you. You can have it free if you wish or use it free to bless a neighbour!

2500 NEW YEAR’s Come Again CARDS…
Please make use of the Welcome back cards for our 10,000 guests as they leave all of St.Mary’s Advent and Christmas events and services! Thank you.

POP-UP NATIVITY TODAY at Church Alive
We have children’s costumes or they can come in their own!

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS
Sunday evening at 6.30pm for the classic celebration.

TRAIDCRAFT STAND TODAY
Come along to our Traidcraft stand in St.Mary’s this Sunday morning for the last chance before Christmas to top up with Tea, Coffee, some Christmas treats and last minute cards!

CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN THE PARISH
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.

ST.MARY’S DECEMBER BOOKINGS SCHEDULE:
(may be subject to change so please check before coming along!)
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
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CHRISTMAS WEEK OFFICE CLOSURE
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed from
Sat 23rd December opening again on Tuesday 2nd January.
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LOOKING TO 2018…

JOIN US IN THE NEW YEAR FOR
Christingle, Candlemas & a new Alpha Course.

Try ALPHA – Ideal for LENT 2018
Members of the autumn course will be helping and invite you to join them as we look forward to hosting a new Alpha Course starting on Thursday 15th February. The first weeks to Easter of the newly published course will afford a very good Lent Course for any, however long we’ve been coming to church, who want to explore faith, Jesus, the cross and
resurrection, prayer and the Bible in anticipation of Easter.
Includes an optional Saturday away day! From 7.15pm on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre from 15th Feb.

Next New YOUTH GROUP 6th January
Next youth social is Saturday 6th January, meeting at the Parish Centre at 6.30pm.
Parents please register your offspring at their first night – we need new documentation and consents for a new group! For more info contact Jo at: youth@alverstoke.church

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES
St.Francis’ Christingle 14th January at 11.15am
St.Mary’s Christingle 4th February at 10.45am

FAMILIES MINISTER ADVERT
Please pray for our advertising to reach the person of the Lord’s appointing for our new and exciting post for the parish. Details will be on our website this week with advertised through the Diocesan and New Wine networks asap.
Applications are sought by the end of January 2018. It might be you who knows and can encourage the right person!

DID YOU KNOW?
Pioneering ministry
Through all the listening to Leesland and at the school and Trash Cafe etc, Revd Tim Watson will be introducing new expressions of faith community in the Spring. Please pray for this as Leesland Neighbourhood Church is established in March for those near St.Faith’s and who don’t currently participate in church fellowship, along with a midweek meal and a new toddlers group plus acts of community service. Amen!
…plus did you know
St.Francis’ new ministry
St.Francis’ congregation are seeking to serve their community through a new friendship group. Games & Companionship to be piloted on Thursday 11th January in St.Francis’ from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Amen to that too!

FUNERAL FOR ALICE PECOVER
We’re sorry to share the news of Alice’s death. Her funeral is to be on Mon.18th, 2.30pm at Portchester Crematorium.

THE PHOTO COLLAGE IS GROWING!
Are you on there yet? We’d love a passport sized photo of everyone who’s happy to be on our collage celebrating, with thankfulness for all in the church, the life of our community. The collage is on the wall in the south aisle of St.Mary’s.