Sunday 27th May 2018 Trinity

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

” those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Roms 8v14
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Chris Richardson
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Chris Richardson
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe contemporary worship and refreshments Chris Richardson
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Hazel O’Sullivan
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Join us at iNViTe
this Sunday at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s for services which are proving to be very moving, reflective and beautiful contemporary acts of worship, praise and prayer. All welcome.

NEXT PARISH LUNCH
Our last parish lunch for this Spring/Summer is on Tuesday 12th June at 12.30pm. Please RSVP the Parish Office to reserve your place for our popular lunch. Cost is £7 on the day. All Welcome.

Summer Choral Evensong Sunday 1st July
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From Jo our Families Minister…

This 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!
As well as the toddlers with their siblings other families are
welcome to come along 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 Sunday 22nd July
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…

A Concert not to be missed. Sat 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.
Get your ‘early bird’ tickets for the …
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’

CYCLE FOR AFRICA IN THE NEW FOREST 7/7
The team of a dozen cycling for our Africa Partnerships in the New Forest on 7th July is now complete. Sponsorship forms will soon be a the back of church to encourage the team to pedal harder and keep going for the communities in Kenya and Ghana – thank you.

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

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.

ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION 19th June cakes!
Every year the Archdeacon hosts a service for all the parishes of Gosport and Fareham at which the Churchwardens are ‘sworn in’ to their duties and the Archdeacon preaches his ‘charge’ for our mission. This year the service is to be hosted here in St.Mary’s at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th June – all are welcome. From 4.30pm the wardens from across the two deaneries will be having interviews with the Archdeacon and for them, as for other guests, we’d like to serve refreshments. Therefore any cakes that might be baked would be very welcome indeed – thank you very much.

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