Sunday 1st April 2018 Easter

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

‘Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news:
‘I have seen the Lord!’’ John 20v18
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Easter Day Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Traditional Holy Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion (all ages)
Revds Andy Norris & Chris Richardson
(Please note 9.15am & 10.45am combining at 10.00am)
11.15am St.Francis’ Easter Communion
Revd Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s Easter Hymns of Praise
Darren Clarke
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
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EASTER HOLIDAY FAMILIES GET TOGETHERS
Are you around with the kids/grandkids in the holidays?
Why not bring a picnic lunch to the parish centre on
Tues 3rd April starting at 12.30? We’ll have some toys out for the little ones & play some games with the big ones too!

Tues 10th April  we will plan to meet again for a picnic, meeting at the Stanley Park carving at 11am for fun together in the woods, games out on the grass & an ice cream down by the beach if it’s warm enough for us grown ups to want to!
Phone/email Jo Northey for more details & let her know
if you can help! Thanks.

 

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP at St.Francis
Tuesday 12th April from 2.00pm in St.Francis’ Church. Cuppa & cake, friends and table games.

NEW-WINE.org Booking Reference number!
Save money before 3rd April! Like to join us camping at New Wine together this year for Week 2: 5th-11th August? Our online booking reference is: 280323. New Wine have also released half-week tickets! If you’ve never been before then find out what it’s all about from Jo.Northey@alverstoke.church. Camping fun, worship, grow friendships, deepen faith and great for kids!
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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Quiz Night & Supper Saturday 19th May
The tickets for the Curry and Quiz night are now on sale at the Parish Centre office (closed Easter week). Price is £10, which includes curry, and pudding. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sun 17th June

CALLING ALL GARDENERS
Could you grow some plants for the Alverstoke Garden Walkabout? The Parish Centre Regeneration Team would be grateful for any donations of plants to sell at this new fund-raising event to be held on Sunday 17th June.  Plants to be delivered to the Parish Centre on the day.  Flowers, fruits and veg all acceptable!  For more details please contact the Parish Office. Thank you
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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’

EASTER FLOWERS
We’re so grateful to members of the St.Mary’s Flower Guild for generously decorating the church for Easter – thank you. If any folk would like to contribute towards the cost of all the traditional lilies etc, then any donations in the glass bowl at the back would be very gratefully received; thank you.

ST.FRANCIS’ GARDENING on Saturday 14th April

DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Why not join our church orchestra?
We’d love to welcome you to play in the orchestra each month. Music can be arranged for you by Paul Pilott who’d be very pleased to hear from you – any instruments are welcome and all abilities/ages. Please have word with Paul and join in if you can.

ALVERSTOKE PARISH APCM
The official AGM of the parish is to be held on Tuesday 17th April at 7.00pm in St.Mary’s Church. Optional ‘Compline’ prayers will follow after the end of the APCM in the Chapel. Elections for Churchwardens, four members of the Parochial Church Council and, this year, one member to Deanery Synod will be held in the context of reports, accounts and reflection from 2017.

THE CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL by 2nd Apr
You can express ‘belonging’ to a local CofE congregation through our ‘Church Electoral Roll’. It even gives you a vote at the annual meetings – so why not sign up? Application Forms are at the back of church to be returned to Sue in The Parish Office. In fact you can belong to more than one Electoral Roll and don’t even have to be an ‘anglican’ as it is about this parish rather than the CofE! Application closure date is 2nd April, two weeks before APCM.

CAN YOU WRITE AN INFORMAL REPORT?
Do you lead or share in church group? Then reports up to A5 size of 2017 church life welcome to the Parish Office by 8th April.

PCC, SYNOD & CHURCHWARDENS
Our thanks to those who are at the end of their term and have served us on PCC and Synod for the past three years: David McKinlay, Philip Dray, Betty Baird, Sarah Savery. Could you serve on the PCC or Deanery Synod? We need to appoint 4 members to PCC for 3 years, 1 member to Deanery Synod including PCC for 2 years. Nomination forms for these rolls can be found at the back of St.Mary’s. In addition we shall be appointing our two churchwardens who are willing to stand again.

VISIT TO WHITEHILL CHASE 10th April
Join us for a visit to Whitehill Chase in Borden, a lovely house set in 5 acres of peaceful grounds and home to the Acorn Christian Healing Trust.   We shall meet at 10am at the Parish centre, share cars to drive to Borden and be home by around 4pm. Please ring Diana Dow (02392 528122) if you would like to come.