Sunday 8th July 2018       Proper 9

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

”My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
in weakness.” 2 Cor.12v9
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Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Andrew Norris & Paddy Trasler
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Paddy Trasler
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbeke Communion Humphrey Prideax
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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CANCELLED CONCERT on 14th July
It is with regret we announce that the Diving Museum have needed to cancel the evening Russian Organ Recital although their exhibition running from 2.00pm-6.00pm in St.Mary’s remains next Saturday 14th July. All welcome – especially focussed for children.

St.Francis’ GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP Thurs
All welcome for ‘Table Top Games & Companionship’ with a cuppa on Thurs 12th July from 2.00pm until 4.00pm in St Francis Church.

9.15am SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE – 29th
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!

PARENTING FOR FAITH
Our course continues at the Friday morning home group – 9.30am each Friday.  Do let Jo Northey know if you want to join us!

PICNIC & FUN Sunday 22nd July
On 22nd July we are having a special celebration at Church Alive followed by a picnic at the Parish Centre.  If you would be happy to help make drinks, man the bouncy castle, apply glitter tattoos etc please will you sign up at the back of church so we can make this a fun afternoon for all who come along!

SUMMER HOLIDAY FAMILIES ACTIVITIES
If you would be able to help Jo to set up or serve drinks at some activity days in the summer holidays please do chat to her after church today.

DATES TO SAVE FOR THE DIARY…
10p FUN FETE at the Michaelmas Fayre – can you help us in the churchyard on 29th Sept! Save the date, details in September.

AFRICA QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT
Save the 20th October for our social in support of our partnerships in Ghana and Kenya through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa.
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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
14 completed their 30 mile New Forest ride in the heat yesterday – and would now value your sponsorship for our Africa Partnerships – thank you for your support. If you’ve not had a chance to sign the list at the back of St.Mary’s then any envelopes in the offering marked ‘AFRICA CYCLE’ would be most welcome – thank you. Please see the Africa Partnership display in St.Mary’s with details of CHASE Africa in Kenya and Christian Aid in Ghana.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY annual BOX OPENING!
The Children’s Society Box opening raised £290.00 – thank you.  If anyone still has a box they would like opened please hand in to the Parish Centre.  Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 24th July
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.

AUTUMN CONCERT – tickets now!
Tickets for the concert on 5th October are now available from the Parish Centre. Price is £ 7.50. We’ll be in for another treat with the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood, The (Portsmouth) Military Wives’ Choir, and Katie Rogers, a marvellous local jazz singer. The theme this year is “Pack up Your Troubles”. Tickets will sell fast, so go along and make sure you buy yours soon.

STRAWBERRY LUNCH THANK YOU
We’re grateful to Marilyn Lovett and the team who hosted the Strawberry Lunch and raised £585 towards the regeneration fund.

Fund Update: Through all the hard work and generosity of giving over the past couple of years the fund now has a current balance of £35,503. This is a remarkable effort and we are so very grateful to the Regeneration Fundraising Team chaired by Ann Smith and all the supporters who’ve made this possible. Thank you all.

Building Update: The regeneration team are working hard with the architect and local authority planners to deliver a new parish centre that will effectively serve the parish long in to the future. It is hoped that we will soon have plans for all to see which we can go on submit for a successful planning permission. Whilst we must raise as much as we can locally the project will be expensive and it will rely upon successful grant applications.
Keep in touch with the project on the church website, and also through the ‘Alverstoke New Parish Centre’ Facebook page.
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Memorial Service for Dr.Spink
We’re very sorry to share the news of the death of Dr.Gordon Spink for whom a memorial service will be held in St.Mary’s on Tuesday 24th July at 3.00pm. Please hold Pat and their family in your prayers at this time of loss.