Sunday 21st January 2018      Epiphany 3

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them.”
1 Corinthians 7v31
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Diana Dow
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm also Week of Prayer for Christian Unity @ Christ Church
10.00am Thurs 25th St.Faith’s Communion  Revd Tim Watson
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WORSHIPPING
Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

Please use the postcards to invite guests to:
Christingle 10.45am 4th February
Candlemas Choral Evensong 6.30pm 4th February

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

MIDWINTER PRAISE & HOLY LAND @iNViTe
Join us 6.30pm next Sunday for an evening of praise and to hear about Chris Richardson’s first impressions of the Holy Land. Invite a friend – refreshments served from 6.00pm.
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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

JOIN US FOR SUPPER – food, friends, film!
Enjoy a great meal in company followed by a 20 minute film on Thurs 15th February at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. Very relaxed, friendly and by which we’ll simply introduce the next Alpha Course with the film: Is there more to life than this? Without any obligation to return the following week – simply to enjoy food, friends and film! Please sign list at back of St.Mary’s or email parishoffice@alverstoke.church for catering purposes including any dietary requirements.

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 with an informal supper 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 on 17th March. From 7.15pm on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre from 15th Feb.

ST.FRANCIS’ BRING & SHARE LUNCH
St.Francis’ congregation invite you to join them for lunch
following their 11.15am service next Sunday 28th January.

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT 31st January
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!

MESSY CHURCH This Thursday 25th January
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for children and their families. Games, Stories, Craft, Songs, Worship and ending by 5.30pm after a hot cooked tea! Hope you can come.

Next New YOUTH GROUP 3rd February
Youth social on Sat 3rd at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Contact Jo at youth@alverstoke.church for more info.

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP 8th February
At St.Francis’ Church from 2.00-4.00pm with refreshments.

NEW-WINE.org 2018
Some have already booked to go to New Wine this summer – Week One 28th July – 3rd August; Week Two 5th-11th August. Check out the summer camp at the website above. 16 folks enjoyed the New Wine last summer (albiet it a bit wet!) and those going would be pleased to tell you more.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre
THANK YOU for having now raised an amazing £30,000!
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 us.

COFFEE, CAKE & CO. This Tuesday
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 Thanks for the chocolate, biscuits, soaps and wine this last week!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’

TRAIDCRAFT STALL in St.Mary’s this Sunday morning.

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 in Leesland
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 offer an hour or two a week to help children read! If interested please contact Rev Tim Watson stating Infants, Juniors or both!
Contact Tim on 9243 9737 or at revtimwatson@hotmail.com

NATIONAL WORSHIP ATTENDANCE SURVEY
Next Sunday 28th January so that the CofE can gain a good missional understanding about who comes to new expressions of church! We hope you won’t mind participating for 5 mins when you attend either Messy Church, Church Alive or iNViTe that day – thank you for your co-operation.