Sunday 4th February 2018 Candlemas

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

“a light for revelation to the gentiles” Luke 2v32
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Paddy Trasler
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.45am St.Mary’s Christingle at Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship & AGM
Revd Andy Norris
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Chris Richardson
6.30pm St.Mary’s Candlemas Choral Evensong
Revd Andy Norris
10.00am Thurs 8th February St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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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!

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

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…

NEXT SATURDAY…
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.

WITH LENT APPROACHING can we help you…
by relieving you of any unwanted items 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 delivered to the Parish Office 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 & BOOK at Candlemas
With thanks to the florists of the Flower Guild who have
decorated St.Mary’s and filled it with light this weekend using many candles sponsored in memory of loved ones whose names can be seen in the special Memorial Book.

ORDER YOUR Traidcraft EASTER EGGS
See a selection of fair trade chocolate eggs available to
order at our Traidcraft stall on Sunday 18th February after the 9.15 or 10.45 services at St. Mary’s.
View the full range at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk
email traidcraftstmarys@gmail.com by 21st February to
order with no postage to pay! Peter & Julie Fieldsend

ST.MARY’S SPRING CLEAN 17th Feb
Our Annual Spring Clean at St. Mary’s will take place on Sat 17th February from 9-00am to 11-00am. Any help would be much appreciated on the day. Please bring along your own hoovers, dusters, brushes and extension leads. Our local Guide groups will also be there to help. Many thanks.

INTERVIEWS FOR FAMILIES MINISTER
We’d value your prayers for the candidates to be interviewed on Tues 20th February and for the interview team, thanks.

THE PARISH MAGAZINE
Get your copy this weekend. If you haven’t had a copy our monthly news magazine before then please take a complementary copy to read and enjoy. If you sign up it can be
delivered to your door each month! Details within.

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

NEW PARISH EMAIL ADDRESSES
Please note that any former church email addresses which ended @alverstokeparish.org no longer work. If these are in your system please update them. Parish addresses are now moving to a new @alverstoke.church addresses.

NIGHTRIDER LONDON 2018 June
Do you fancy cycling 50km around London’s famous landmarks at night to raise funds for our church’s Africa Partnership? Then join Libby Norris who is planning to do the Nightrider Challenge on 9th-10th June. Details at www.nightrider.org.uk and contact Libby Norris if interested