Sunday 15th July 2018 Proper 10

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

”to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ..” Ephesians 1v10
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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
George Oliver
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Sue Smith
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson
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Next Sunday
PICNIC & FUN Sunday 22nd July
Bring a picnic next Sunday and enjoy the friendship & fun!
On 22nd July we are having a special celebration at Church Alive which will be followed by a picnic at the Parish Centre. So please bring a picnic to enjoy over lunchtime and join in the fun.  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.

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!

iNViTe next Sunday
Join us at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s for our monthly and reflective contemporary worship and prayer next Sunday when Revd Ed Northey will be sharing in the service. All welcome.

CUPPA & COMPANY Tuesday 27th July
In the Parish Centre between 2pm and 3pm. Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

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 last weekend – 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.
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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.

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.
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DID YOU KNOW? WEDDINGS
Finding ourselves to be the third most popular wedding parish in the diocese we’re hosting 23 weddings in St.Mary’s this summer. We enjoy the journey to the wedding day with the couples – especially our valuable and moving marriage preparation mornings in February and March. Couples can choose to enjoy the ringing of the bells, flowers by the Flower Guild, and music by the organist and Junior Choir. Peter Camp is our ‘verger’ and oversees the registers and administrative arrangements. Couples book weddings at our Wednesday ‘Vestry Hour’ from 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. We read couples’ Banns of Marriage for three consecutive Sundays in the month prior to their being married. Banns are read a fourth time in the marriage service.
Please pray for the couples to be married this summer – both in their preparations and upon the day that they may know the grace of the Holy Spirit undergirding their marriage and growing their
relationships for the future. Thank you.
We also value the celebrations of marriage which some folk are having at special Wedding Anniversaries – a renewal of vows and of commitment after years of marriage.