Sunday 17th June 2018 Proper 6

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

”if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.” 2 Cor.5v17
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
Darren Clarke
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Susan Smith
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Paddy Trasler
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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Join us for 7.30pm on Tuesday evening at the
ARCHDEACON’S VISITATION SERVICE
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.

MESSY CHURCH Thurs 28th
Next on Thursday 28th June starting at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre – crafts, games, stories, worship and a hot cooked tea for all children and their adults – parents, grandparents, carers are all welcome. Be blessed with no cooking or washing up the children’s (and adults) meal that day!

Summer CHORAL EVENSONG Sunday 1st July
Join St.Mary’s choir at 6.30pm on 1st for a service of sacred music.

SMILE  Fire, Food and Water Fun
St Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening group invite any ladies to join them on Friday 29th June for a relaxing evening sat around a Fire Pit, enjoying ‘fish & chips’ and a drink in the Rectory garden from 6pm (Little Anglesey Road). There is the option of trying out a paddle board, or a rowing boat if you fancy that from 4.30 pm. Bring something to drink, we will order food on arrival. Contact Emma (emma@closewood.com) or Libby (libby.norris@alverstoke.church) for more information. PS we’ll be inside if weather is inclement.

9.15am SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE
On Sunday 29th July Hazel and Chris will be leading worship in a special Morning Service and you are invited to submit a favourite hymn/song to be included. If you can say why you chose it, that would be good but not essential. Email your request to chaplain@alverstoke.church or see one of us in church – but please write your request down!
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From Jo our Families Minister…
ALVERSTOKE YOUTH 30th June
In your school year six to nine? Then come along from 6.30pm-8.00pm on Saturday 30th June to the Parish Centre for food and outdoor games: volleyball, cricket etc. After that we’ll next enjoy a BBQ & Waterfight at the Rectory on 14th July!

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 contact Jo Northey (07807 188912) if interested!

PICNIC & FUN Sunday 22nd July
22nd July we will be having a special celebration in Church Alive followed by a Picnic together at the Parish Centre and garden for all the folk with whom we gather – bring a picnic and join the fun.

CAN YOU HELP ST.FRANCIS’ TODDLERS GROUP BY MAKING TEA?
It’s a lovely friendly group meeting on a Tuesday from 10-11.30. Would anyone be able to come along and help with the tea & coffee for us this term?  We are especially short of help on 26th June and 3rd July!   Thanks very much, Jo (07807188912)
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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sun 17th June
The Alverstoke Garden Walkabout is TODAY!  From 1pm you will be able to have a nosey around 13 Alverstoke gardens. You can buy tickets (only £3.50) from the Parish Centre or from any of the participating gardens, tickets include a garden guide and map!  Refreshments, plant sales, garden-themed raffle, books and cards are also on offer.  All proceeds go towards the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund.
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 26th June
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.

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’
PLEASE SPONSOR THE AFRICA CYCLISTS
They’re in training and would value your sponsorship for our Africa Partnerships on the form at the back of church – thank you. The team is now complete and are cycling 30 miles in the New Forest on 7th July. Please see the Africa Partnership display in St.Mary’s with details of CHASE Africa in Kenya and Christian Aid in Ghana.

TRAIDCRAFT STALL TODAY
Visit the stall in St.Mary’s which has new coffee blends for you to try plus other products to enjoy. Run for us by Peter & Julie
Fieldsend who’d be happy to help with any special requests.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018 Total
A big thank you to all the volunteers and the many people who made donations to Christian Aid Week which raised £2,208 this year. Editor adds: This is excellent considering that we did not make follow up visits for the the envelope drop this year – many thanks to our organisers – Philippa Harrap & Peter Ford.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY annual BOX OPENING!
Please bring your box along to the Parish Centre Regeneration Coffee Morning on Tuesday 26th June 10.30am – midday.  Enjoy tea and cake (£2.50) while your box is counted.  If you are not able to attend please bring to church on Sundays or drop to the Parish Centre (am) before the end of June.  Any problems please contact Kay Howard 07941 426862. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

AN INVITATION FROM FROM THE BISHOP:
I write to extend a warm invitation to join Sally and me for a Bishopsgrove Marquee Quiz Night, which we will be hosting on Friday 22nd June at 7pm, with all proceeds going to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2018 Appeal for refugees. Teams will be in tables of 6-8, and you can come along as a team or join in with one on the night. There is no specific charge but the cost of the evening, including a buffet supper with wine and an excellent range of questions on a variety of topics is £15. Please contact Rachel at: rachel.houlberg@portsmouth.anglican.org to book a place.
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FUNERAL FOR DAVID JANES
We’re sorry to share the sad news of the death of David Janes who’s funeral will be this Tues 19th in Portchester Crematorium at 10.00am. Please pray for Pam and their daughters Sue and Helen.