Sunday 20th May 2018      Pentecost

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

”In the last days, God says,  I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” Acts 2v17
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Hazel O’Sullivan
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Darren Clarke and Jo Northey
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Darren Clarke
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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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.
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From Jo our Families Minister…

This Thursday is MESSY CHURCH
24th May 3.30 – 5.30pm in the Parish Centre for Messy Church when our theme is the Great commission with fantastic crafts & games planned followed by a hot tea!

Next Week Special: TODDLERS & FAMILIES PICNIC
Half-Term Tuesday 29th May from 11.00am-1.00pm in the Parish Centre. Bring a picnic plus clothes & towels for Water Play!
Open to toddlers with their siblings and church families too!

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…

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’

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Thank you
Many thanks to all who helped deliver envelopes around the parish- your help is very much appreciated; we’re also grateful to Philippa Harrap and Peter Ford for coordinating Christian Aid Week.

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.

ST.FRANCIS’
Thank you to all who helped and supported our coffee morning; we raised £230 towards the maintenance of St.Francis’ Church.

ST.MARK’S CHURCHYARD Work 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.

GIVING to the CHURCH: 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 ahead 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 so much.
We are expecting to reflect on Stewardship this Autumn – it will have been three years since we last had general gift appeal!

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.

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