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Happy NEW YEAR 2018

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

”… and since you are his child,
God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4v7
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SUNDAY 31st DECEMBER 2017

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andrew Norris/Darren Clarke
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andrew Norris/Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Prayer & Praise for New Year’s Eve
NO 6.30pm Service Today

10.00am Thurs 4th January St.Faith’s Communion
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Prayer
Morning Prayers in St.Mary’s weekdays at 9.00am except Weds Communion in the Parish Centre at 7.30am. Thurs Communion in St.Faith’s, Tribe Road, at 10.00am.

Prayer Chain requests via Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.
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Peace & Joy
for the
NEW YEAR!
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CANDLEMAS CARDS…
please use them to invite friends to Christingle and Candlemas on 4th February – when St.Mary’s will be spectacularly lit with hundreds of candles!

ADVENT CALENDAR FOOD BANK HAMPERS
Those who have collected 24 daily items in box for the Food & Basics Bank during Advent are invited to deposit your box under St.Mary’s Christmas Tree this week. They’ll then be taken to the food bank – thank you.

THANK YOU for Christmas…
to the members of St.Mary’s Flower Guild, the church looked amazing for Christmas; to those who supplied and decorated the main Christmas tree which has been spectacular; to the Bell Ringers for heralding in Christmas at all hours! To all the Sidesmen and welcomers at so many services who made all the difference to our visitors; to the Choir who sang, the musicians who played, and all who worked so hard
enabling us to host such a wonderful Christmas for the parish. Thank you all.

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NEW YEAR BANK HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE
The office opens again on Tuesday this week.

MIDWEEK PRAYERS & SERVICES
Midweek daily prayers and Weds/Thurs communion services resume again this week from Tuesday.
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LOOKING TO 2018…

JOIN US IN THE NEW YEAR FOR
Christingle 4th February
Candlemas Choral Evensong 4th February
New Alpha Course in Lent – 15th February

 

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.

New Year GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP
At St.Francis’ Church on Thurs 11th January at 2.00pm.

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

Join our BEETLE DRIVE
The next social fund raiser for the new Parish Centre is our Beetle Drive with Fish ’n Chips on Sat.10th February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. Tickets £10 from the office to include Fish ’n Chips and pudding. Hope you can come.

New Parish Centre COFFEE MORNINGS 2018
Keep the dates for our hugely successful coffee mornings: Tuesdays 23rd Jan, 27th Feb and 27th March at 10.30am.

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

FAMILIES MINISTER ADVERT is Live
Please pray for our advertising to reach the person of the Lord’s appointing for our new and exciting post for the parish. A full role description and person profile are on our website with advertising on the Diocesan and New Wine websites vacancies pages.
Applications are sought by the end of January 2018. It might be you who knows and can encourage the right person!

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 on 25th February for those near St.Faith’s and who don’t currently participate in church fellowship. Tim also plans to start a midweek meal and a new toddlers group plus acts of community service.

ST.FRANCIS’ GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP
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. All welcome.

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.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Churches Together in Gosport are hosting this year’s special unity service in Christchurch on 21st January 2018 at 6.30pm. Worshippers from all Gosport churches are invited.
The Week of Prayer runs from 18th-25th January 2018.

DID YOU KNOW? Holy Land Visit
Revd Chris Richardson is visiting the Holy Land with Bishop Christopher and the diocesan curates from 10th – 17th January 2018. We trust that this will be very inspiring for Chris in his training and we look forward to hearing from him about his experiences upon his return.