Sunday 14th January 2018     Epiphany 2

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’

“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit”
1 Corinthians 6.17
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Christingle Service
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
10.00am Thurs 18th January St.Faith’s Communion

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WORSHIPPING
Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

Christingle 4th February
Candlemas Choral Evensong 4th February

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.
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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

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.

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT
SMILE (our St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening) invite all women for either a meal or just a drink at the Cocked Hat pub on 31st January from 7.30pm. If you can join us for a great and relaxing ladies night out then please RSVP emma@closewood.com or tell the Parish Office so Emma can reserve some tables – hope you can come!

Next MESSY CHURCH 25th January
new YOUTH GROUP 3rd February

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre
Architect’s plans continue to be developed by the Regeneration team following support for the principal after a pre-planning submission to GCC. it is hoped to have a public consultation and launch of the plans this Spring when we should more clearly be able to grasp the vision. In the meantime the fundraising team continue to be busy and ask us to support them…

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.

WAITROSE TOKENS for PARISH CENTRE
Waitrose has a green token box this month for the regeneration of our parish centre so if you’re shopping there please vote for the parish centre – thanks.

COFFEE, CAKE & CO. 23rd Jan
Make our monthly coffee mornings even better by joining us to raise funds for the new Parish Centre on 23rd January. Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Cakes & books for sale. Also on 27th Feb and 27th March. Bring friends and spread the word… Last year the coffee mornings alone raised over £3000 towards the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund – thank you to all concerned.

DONATE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS Calories Can we help your New Year’s resolutions by relieving you of any unwanted Christmas gifts such as chocolates and that bottle of …? Just think of the health benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre. Any gifts, candles, novelty items would be greatly appreciated at the Parish Centre – with thanks for your support.
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SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

MEMORIAL CANDLES for Candlemas
St.Mary’s will be ablaze with candles on 4th Feb. If you would like to donate the cost of a Candlemas candle in memory of a loved one whose name will then be entered in the Candlemas Memorial Book (that stands by the piano), please complete the form at the back of St.Mary’s and return it to the Parish Office with your £3 per name – thank you.

FAMILIES MINISTER ADVERT is Live
Please pray for our advertising to reach the person of the Lord’s appointing and for those who are applying 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!

LISTENING TO CHILDREN READ
Opportunity to build community links and serve two of our local schools! Leesland Infant and Junior Schools would love to hear from any adults who might be interested in listening to readers. Listening to readers at school is a fun and informal way to serve our community and build on the great relationship between the schools and the church. Volunteers would hopefully be able to offer an hour or two a week during term-time to sit with children and help them read! The school staff will be able to guide volunteers as to how to help the children get the most from their reading. If interested please contact Rev Tim Watson stating who you’d like to support, (Infants, Juniors or both!) and give a contact number or email address that can be passed on to the school Contact Tim on 023 9243 9737 or at revtimwatson@hotmail.com

EMAILS using @alverstokeparish.org
Please note that any former church email addresses which used the above address no longer work. Any emails such as rector@alverstokeparish.org or youth@alverstokeparish.org no longer exist in cyberspace! If these are in your system from a couple of years ago and earlier please update them. In fact, for the sake of new 2018 data protection compliance parish addresses are now moving to a new @alverstoke.church address. Hence for the Rector please now start to use rector@alverstoke.church and for the Parish Office please use parishoffice@alverstoke.church We’re sorry if this causes any confusion or missed messages. We shall soon issue a full list of new email addresses.

CURATE’S MOVE & TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND
The Richardson family moved to Southsea last Monday but Chris’s role as curate and their home phone number and emails will all stay the same. Meanwhile Chris flew off with 15 other curates and the Bishop to the Holy Land on Wednesday! We wish Abbie, Chris with James & Kate every blessing in their new home and look forward to hearing about Chris’s experiences upon his return this Wednesday.

NATIONAL WORSHIP ATTENDANCE SURVEY
We sought to avoid this survey and so we regret we’re required to present a questionnaire to you on Sunday 28th January so that the CofE can gain a good missional understanding about who comes to church these days! We hope you won’t mind participating for 5 mins when you attend church that day – thank you for your co-operation.