Sunday 28th January 2018      Epiphany 4

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’ ✢ St.Luke’s

“there is but one God, the Father, from whom all
things came and for whom we live.”
1 Corinthians 8v6
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.00am St Luke’s Communion
Rev Phil Hiscock
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship & Lunch
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNVITe Midwinter Praise
Revd Andy Norris with Revd Chris Richardson’s
first reflections on a recent visit to Israel
10.00am Thurs 1st February St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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WORSHIPPING
Acts 2v47:praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

MIDWINTER PRAISE & HOLY LAND @iNViTe
Join us 6.30pm tonight 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 and Revd Carrie Thompson from St.John’s, Forton is our guest.

NATIONAL WORSHIP ATTENDANCE SURVEY
TODAY 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 Church Alive or iNViTe today – thank you for your co-operation in filling out the simple form.

Please use the postcards from the back of church to invite guests next Sunday 4th February to:
10.45am Christingle
6.30pm Candlemas Choral Evensong
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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

ST.FRANCIS’ BRING & SHARE LUNCH TODAY
St.Francis’ congregation invites you to join them for lunch
following their 11.15am service today, 28th January.

LADIES’ NIGHT OUT – 31st January 7.30pm
SMILE (our St. Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening) invite all women for either a meal or just a drink at the Cocked Hat pub. 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 – thanks.

EARLY PANCAKE SPECIAL 3rd February
at the All New YOUTH GROUP
There will be a youth social on Sat 3rd Feb 6.30pm – 8pm in the Parish Centre. We will be having an early pancake special!! If you have any favourite toppings do feel free to bring some along – please do spread the word!
Contact Jo at youth@alverstoke.church for more info.

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

PARISH LUNCH 13th February
RSVP the Parish Office for lunch on Tuesday 13th February from 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Book in, £7 on the day.

COMPLIMENTARY ‘FISH n CHIP’ SUPPER 15th February
Our Alpha supper has kindly been sponsored and so we invite you to enjoy a free 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 RSVP Parish Office for catering purposes including dietary requirements in lieu of Fish n Chips.

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 15th February 7.15pm on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre.

NEW-WINE.org August 2018
Several families have already expressed an interest in
attending New Wine together this year for Week 2: 5th-11th August. If you might be interested let Jo Northey know so we can organise for all to camp together and help each other out! if you have never been before then come and ask what it’s all about! Camping, worship, fabulous kids’ groups, a chance to grow friendships with each other and build our faith all with a lovely coating of mud…. what’s not to love? Contact Jo at youth@alverstoke.church for more info.
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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…

*STOP PRESS* – *ART DEMONSTRATION*
This Tuesday 30th January. 7-9pm. Parish Centre. A Parish Centre fundraiser by Gosport Art Club featuring ‘Sport in Oil Pastels’ demo by Stephen Cheeseman. £2 at the door.

Join our BEETLE DRIVE with FISH n CHIPS
An evening of friendly, noisy, hilarious fun.
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 renewal of our parish centre so if you’re shopping there please vote for us. Hurry, they change their chosen recipients monthly.

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. 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.

THE PARISH MAGAZINE is about to go to print.
Have you advertised your event? Do you know anyone who might like to advertise their business? We have a few spaces for the New Year. If you pay for your mag by subscription please remember that subs are now due. If you haven’t read it yet, why not give it a try? Available at end of next week.

ASH WEDNESDAY 14th February
7.30am Parish Centre Communion
7.00pm St.Mary’s Communion & Imposition of Ashes When ash from Palm Crosses is signed upon the forehead as a cross and sign of penitence! You’re welcome to bring your old Palm Crosses on 11th Feb to be made into ash!

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

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 – thank you.