Sunday 13th May 2018 Easter 7

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

” As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world.” John 17v18
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion  Revd Humphrey Prideaux

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Tim Watson
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THY KINGDOM COME 10th-20th May
The Archbishops are again calling us to ten days of prayer from week of 10th-20th May. Prayer Journey leaflets are available in church both for adults and also for children with ten prayers for self on one side and a matching prayer for others on the other. Check www.thykingdomcome.global for ideas.

EVENING PARISH BOUNDARY PRAYER WALK!
For ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – the national call to prayer by the Archbishops, you’re invited to join Revd Andy to ‘beat the bounds’ in prayer on Weds 16th May starting at GAFIRS at 6.30pm.
The weekly daytime Lent prayer walks were very encouraging – others may be free of an evening for all or just part of the walk.

FROM JO, OUR FAMILIES MINISTER…

There is lots happening in the next few weeks:
YOUTH GROUP
19th May 6.30-8.00pm the youth group down at the beach meeting at Stokes Bay play equipment.
MESSY CHURCH
24th May 3.30 – 5.30pm Messy Church when our theme is the Great commission and we have fantastic crafts & games planned!
PARENTING FOR FAITH COURSE
Parenting for Faith is a fantastic 8 week opportunity to get together and think about the way we impact the lives of the children we are involved with.  Its not just for parents but godparents, grandparents too – anyone who plays a key role in the lives of young people.  I’m looking for a group who would like to come together to pilot this… please see Jo Northey if you are interested!
PICNIC & FUN
Advance notice – 22nd July at the end of the school year we will be having a special celebration in Church Alive followed by a Picnic together at the Parish centre for all the folk and families we encounter through our different groups.
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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Curry & Quiz Night Saturday 19th May
A regeneration quiz with a ‘Right Royal’ round – a choice of chicken and ‘free from’ curries and pudding.  The tickets for the Curry and Quiz night are now on sale at the parish office costing £10 which includes curry and pudding (with quiz, of course). Please bring your own drinks and glasses. We’d love to see you there.

Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 22nd May
We’d value your company every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre. £2.50 for coffee and cake. Cakes & books for sale. A great buzz and meeting place.

Concert Saturday 9th June
‘Mamas & Papas’ to Mozart and Back! Sixty minutes of musicals, opera and pop charts with the very popular and gifted ‘Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends’ on 9th June at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. With a retiring offering in support of the Parish Centre regeneration.

Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sun 17th June
Tickets are now on sale for the Alverstoke Garden Walkabout on Sunday 17th June. They cost £3.50 and include garden guide and map. They are available from the Parish Office, from Queens Parade News, Privett Road, and from members of the Parish Centre
Regeneration Fund Committee.
Fourteen local residents have agreed to open their lovely gardens to visitors to raise funds. On the day, the Parish Centre will be open for plant sales and refreshments etc.
Join us and help us make this a day to remember.
Strawberry Lunch Thurs 28th June
You’re invited to join the very popular annual lunch at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. Buffet lunch followed by Strawberries & Cream. Tickets from the Parish Centre: £9 for ‘early birds’ until 24th June thereafter £12. In support of the Parish Centre Regeneration.

Keep in touch with the project on the church website, and also through the ‘Alverstoke New Parish Centre’ Facebook page.
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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’

THIS IS CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 13th-19th May
Please contact Philippa Harrap or Peter Ford if you would be able to deliver a few envelopes. Philippa and Peter will be at the back of St Mary’s after the morning services. Contact details: philippa.harrap@alverstoke.church & peter.ford@alverstoke.church

CYCLE FOR AFRICA IN THE NEW FOREST 7/7
Libby’s cycle challenge has moved to the moved to 7th July for a 30 miles cycle around the New Forest. Libby Norris & Claire Coates invite you to join them with a shared group sponsorship for our new Africa Partnerships in Ghana and Kenya. If interested in joining them please have a word with Claire or Libby.

AFRICA PARTNERSHIP 2018-2019
Please see the new partnership display at the back of St.Mary’s.

THE FRIENDS OF ST.MARY’S
Many Thanks to the ‘Friends’ for their support of St.Mary’s church building over the past year. We’re blessed with a beautiful church that is cared for and kept in such good condition by the generosity of the Friends who hosted their AGM last night (Saturday).
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FUNERAL for Kay Lancaster
Please remember Kay’s children Helen, Frances and David as they prepare for her funeral Thanksgiving to be in St.Mary’s on 15th May at 2.00pm. Tea & Cake will follow in the Parish Centre – if you’re able to bake a cake to bring along then that would be very kind.

DID YOU KNOW? St.Mark’s Churchyard Party
We’re grateful to Roy & Penny Harris who co-ordinate the Friends of St.Mark’s Churchyard in the care of the lovely memorial garden for the parish. They invite all hands to a work party on Saturday 26th May from 2.00pm-4.00pm – all welcome. Please bring your hand tools and enjoy our ‘secret’ garden on St.Mark’s Road.

ADD TO OUR PASSPORT PHOTO COLLAGE
There are now 200 people on the collage in St.Mary’s celebrating the fellowship we share. Please add a passport sized photograph of yourself and let’s see if we can get up to 250 folk! We hope to make a church postcard from the collage in the autumn. Please note: you are always welcome to remove your photo if you no longer want it to be on the collage.

PARISH GIVING SCHEME
We’re so grateful for all that is so faithfully given in support of the ministry and mission of the church in the parish – thank you. In addition to your gifts to our ongoing work at St.Mary’s, St.Francis’, St.Faith’s and St.Luke’s, many also give faithfully towards our special projects like the Parish Centre Regeneration, Shaping The Future, our Africa Partnership and our Families Minister; thank you.
The PCC received the accounts for the first quarter of 2018 which do show that we’ll have a challenging year for the main income account which at this stage projects a deficit of about £5,000. Hence, if there are any newer folk who may be able to consider joining our Parish Giving Scheme then please take a scheme leaflet from the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.

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NEED COMMUNITY SPACE TO MEET?
We’re privileged to be stewards of the fabulous buildings we can let for community use. Check the webiste for booking details of The Parish Centre, The Brodrick Hall, St.Faith’s Hall and St.Francis’ Church, or contact the Parish Office. We also encourage the use of the Scout District HQ Hall on our Brodrick site – booking details on our website.