Sunday 18th February 2018 Lent 1
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’ ✢ St.Luke’s

“‘The kingdom of God has come near.
Repent and believe the good news!’” Mark 9v15
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
George Oliver
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Revd Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Evensong
Tim Sharman
10.00am Thurs 22nd February St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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MESSY CHURCH This Thurs 22nd Feb
Children and their adults join us at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for games, crafts, stories, praise and a hot tea!

‘Into the Wilderness’ @ iNViTe
Next Sunday 25th February in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm – prayer & worship reflecting on the faith’s journey through Lent.
‘When I survey…’ – praise & thanksgiving for the cross at iNViTe on Palm Sunday 25th March at 6.30pm.
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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

JOURNEY THROUGH LENT…

… with our LIVE LENT BOOK
The last few copies of our book for Lent
remain – free for you to take from the back
of church and reflect on the daily readings.
One per household to share please!

…at ALPHA – Ideal for LENT
29 folk enjoyed the Alpha Supper last Thursday – now the course proper starts this Thursday at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. This week the film led theme is ‘Who is Jesus?’ . To reflect on this you’re welcome to come along and join in.
Deserts/Puddings at the interval!

…or on Friday Mornings Alpha
The Friday morning Bible Fellowship Group is following the Alpha Course for Lent. You’d be welcome to join them, toddlers welcome too – contact Kay Howard or Marie Anthony.

…or PARISH BOUNDARY PRAYER WALK
Andy Norris will be leaving the Lifeboat Station heading east at 1.30pm on Wednesday 21st Feb to ‘beat the bounds’ of the parish as a ‘praying as we walk along’ walk! Any who can walk and pray at 3mph are welcome to join him for the 6 miles to be back about 4.00pm (15 minute cafe break!).

new LEESLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD CHURCH
Arising out of our pioneering ministry please pray for Revd Tim & Clare Watson and those who’ll gather to start the new church in St.Faith’s next Sunday. Blue cards at the back describe the vision of a new faith community for the
Leesland area. Please use the blue cards to inform your prayers and as an invitation for those you know, especially those who don’t belong to another church, for whom this could become their faith community. Contact Tim Watson.

CUPPA & COMPANY 27th February
Our parish bereavement team host a very warm and friendly afternoon with tea & home made cake of the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre.
Any journeying through grief would be warmly welcomed.

NEW-WINE.org August 2018
Like to join us camping at New Wine together this year for Week 2: 5th-11th August? If you’ve never been before then come and ask what it’s all about – contact Jo Northey at youth@alverstoke.church. Camping fun, worship, a chance to grow friendships, deepen faith and great for kids.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre

COFFEE, CAKE & Co. Tuesday 27th
We’d value your company a week on Tuesday. Every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Cakes & books for sale. 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.

IT’S LENT: Let’s help you…
by releasing you from any unwanted items such as chocolates and that bottle of …? Just think of the Lenten 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’

Choose your Easter Egg this Sunday…
ORDER YOUR Traidcraft EASTER EGGS
See a selection of fair trade chocolate eggs available to
order at our Traidcraft stall this Sunday 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

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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.

LAUNCH OF NEW AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS
We’ll be introducing our new Africa Partnerships on Sunday 4th March. Two charities this time! The new mission partnerships will continue until the end of 2019 after which time the EU will still quadruple the £5000 we’ll seek to raise and the surplus will support our second sponsored charity.

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 if interested at libby.norris@btinternet.com

ST.FRANCIS’ SPRING CLEAN Saturday 4th March

ST.MARY’S SPRING CLEAN yesterday
Thank you so much to those who came to Spring Clean St.Mary’s yesterday morning – after all the winter hospitality your dusting, scrubbing, repairing is much appreciated.

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.