Sunday 19th August 2018 Proper 15
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s
” Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5v19
Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Morning Prayer
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Hazel O’Sullivan & Andrew Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Humphrey Prideaux
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
A’MEN FIRE & TAKE AWAY NIGHT 31st August
An evening for men to enjoy a takeaway around a fire at The Rectory. 7.00pm onwards, we’ll phone the orders at 7.15pm. All chaps welcome to A’Men which stands for Alverstoke Men! PBAB
If you can’t get there on time just let us know what you’d like in terms of curry, fish n chips, etc. Deane or Andy Norris.
CHURCH ‘BRING & SHARE’ LUNCH
Sunday 23rd Sept in the Parish Centre from 12.15pm.
‘YOU KNOW ME BY NAME’ in September
In a congregation of over 200 most of us, except for a few very gifted people, struggle to remember names. Groups (like the WI) who automatically put on their name badges when they meet find it adds much to their fellowship. Hence, we’d like to ask everyone who regularly worships at St.Mary’s to make for themselves at home a NAME BADGE with which they are comfortable simply stating the name by which they like to be called. Then we invite everyone to wear their badges during worship and activities in September and October… in fact is there any reason to stop! We’ll also make name badge making resources available in church at services in September. THANK YOU for your co-operation in this which will enhance our congregational fellowship.
A LIVING CHURCH INVITES PEOPLE
We always look forward to welcoming visitors and newcomers -something which especially seems to happen in September and October. The ‘welcome’ guests receive will determine whether we can enjoy seeing them again or not! We’d like to ask regular worshippers to regard September and October as months in which to determine to invite someone to come along to church with you. We all love to be invited to things, and the same is true for many people who’d come to church if only someone invited them!
Who can you invite to join you this September?
To help you think about a suitable service for your friend then the following list shows special dates for September…
SUNDAYS IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
Why not invite a friend to come along and join you whether to regular worship or to the following special occasions:
16th Sept: GODPARENT SUNDAY – a special Church Alive for Godparents (of any generation). Invite your or your child’s Godparent to join you? (Why not have lunch with them afterwards!) Are you a Godparent? The come along.
23rd Sept: AFRICA PARTNERSHIP guest speaker Henry Pomeroy, Director of CHASE Africa at 9.15 & Church Alive
23rd Sept: CHURCH ‘BRING & SHARE’ LUNCH in the Parish Centre from 12.15pm.
30th Sept: HARVEST FESTIVAL SUNDAY
30th Sept: ST.FRANCIS’ congregation welcome Michael Wheeler (Trustee) to talk about CHASE Africa
21st Oct: AUTUMN CHORAL EVENSONG
CUPPA & COMPANY Tuesday 28th August
In the Parish Centre between 2pm and 3pm. Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend to enjoy a cuppa and home made cake! Every fourth Tuesday.
20th ANNUAL ORGAN RECITAL SERIES
Fridays in August 12.30-1.15pm in St.Mary’s.
24th David Goode Eton College
31st Mark Swinton St.Mary’s Warwick
PARISH YOUTH GROUP
Activity and fun for young people in school years 6 to 9 starting at 6.30pm until 8.00pm on Saturdays, usually in the Parish Centre on:
8th & 22nd September
13th & 27th October
10th & 24th November and 8th December
MICHAELMAS FAYRE including our
10p Messy Fun Fete in St.Mary’s Church grounds. 29th September between noon and 4.00pm.
Michaelmas COMMUNITY CONCERT
A feast of local musical talent from 7.00pm-9.00pm on
29th September in St.Mary’s. A retiring offering for St.Mary’s music ministry. Bring flags for our usual proms style patriotic finale.
CHURCH COUNTRY WALK & PUB LUNCH!
Join us on the morning of Saturday 13th October for a 3 hour walk incorporating Queen Elizabeth Country Park and ending with a pub lunch. Hosted for us by Jane & Huw Jones.
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.
Members next meet on Tuesday 18th September at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre. This will be the branch annual meeting.
AUTUMN FOCUS ON OUR HOME GROUPS
Both in the Bible and in church life it is small groups of a dozen people meeting in homes which offer the key place of belonging within a church; much like Jesus and his 12 disciples! They afford the place of caring relationships, friendship and growing of our faith through scripture and prayer in a much deeper way than Sunday services alone can offer. In this respect they are the bedrock of christian life and foundational to personal and church growth – especially in larger churches where it is hard to know everyone or be known! If you want that ‘sense’ of belonging then the key place to ‘belong’ is through one of our midweek groups.
Through August we will be seeking to strengthen our small groups for the start of the Autumn. Andy Norris, Chris Richardson or Diana Dow would be delighted to hear from you if you’d like to join a group in September. Please contact them, ideally by email, and they’ll get back to you later in August – thank you.
SEPTEMBER HOSPITALITY WEEK from 9/9
Following the success of the trial hospitality week in the Spring our pastoral visiting teams are again encouraging us all to invite someone in the congregations or wider church community (perhaps those who can’t get along any more!) for a cuppa or a supper – out and about or at home – during the week starting 9th September or thereafter! A very simple but significant idea to express our love and care for one another – it would be such a great encouragement to so many. Let’s be invitational and get together with that extra someone/people expressing the Lord’s care for one another.
COLLAGE – AUTUMN POSTCARD
As always planned, we hope to use the passport photo collage in St.Mary’s as the background for a new postcard this autumn. If you’d like your picture to be on the collage as a celebration of our community then please add one soon. If you’d prefer to remove your photo prior to the postcard (tiny as it will be) then you’re invited to do so during August. Thank you.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’
TRAIDCRAFT STALL this Sunday morning in St.Mary’s
10p MESSY FUN FETE at the Michaelmas Fayre
Last year our new innovation of the family fun in the church yard was very successful for the community. But we need many helpers to express God’s welcome through running the dozen fete games. Can you help us for some of the time between 12-4.00pm on 29th Sept? If so then Jo Northey would love to hear from you.
MICHAELMAS FAYRE PRIZES & HELP
As a member of the Fayre planning group Sue Simpson, in the Parish Office, requests any prizes (bottles, chocs etc) that may be offered as prizes for the official draw please. She also seeks folk who may be happy to assist on the day with the selling the official tickets. Please contact Sue at the Parish Office – thank you.
AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS: NEWSLETTER
The latest Christian Aid GHANA News & Prayer Letter is at the display in St.Mary’s or attached to our weekly pew sheet email.
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 28th August
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.
AUTUMN BARN DANCE
On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance.
Fancy a Holy Land tour next Spring? A meeting on 9th Sept
GOSPORT TO GALILEE …
A message from Mike Critchley:
A once in a life time visit to the Holy Land for you in 2019?
I was a guide in the Garden Tomb Jerusalem a few years ago and am returning to that amazing area with a group from Gosport churches in the Spring. The full 11/12 day holiday is organised by Oak Hall Christian holidays who have been doing these tours for 40+ years. You are invited to come to The Parish Centre at 3pm on Sunday 9th September 2018 to pick up a brochure, discuss the programme and of course confirm the price which will include flights, hotels, transfer & tours, guides, tips plus Breakfast and Dinner daily. (It will be about £1600 per person sharing a twin/ double room… with shared coach/minibus travel to Heathrow from Gosport and the local area as a small “extra”. We are hoping to travel just after the very busy Easter period.
Please write if you would prefer the final details by e mail.
Any queries to Mike Critchley 07977 534949, firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter Cunningham 02392 589731
FRIENDS OF ST.MARY’S AUTUMN TRIPS
St.Mary’s friends have arranged a trip to Winchester Cathedral for their flower festival on Thursday 6th September. The coach will be leaving the Parish Centre at 10.00am to return about 5.00pm. Tickets are now available at the Parish Centre or from Peter Camp for £20 (includes coach and festival entry).
The Friends have also arranged a coach to support our Choir when they sing Choral Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 25th October. This coach will be leaving the Parish Centre at 10.00am and returning after the cathedral sung Evensong by our Choir. Tickets are now available from the Parish Centre or from Peter Camp costing £10 per person.
Formal Membership of the Friends (a charity which supports the upkeep of St.Mary’s) is open to all who value the and work of the church. There is no fixed amount set for an annual subscription, members just give what they can. More information from Peter Camp or the Friends leaflets at the back of St.Mary’s.
FLOWER GUILD LEADERSHIP – Thank you
St.Mary’s Church Flower Guild provide all the wonderful floral displays which are much appreciated. In recent years the Guild has been faithfully chaired by Meg Hutton-Dutton who’s leadership and creativity has led to some wonderful occasions. We’re so very grateful to Meg for her hard work and vision as she now hands over the leadership of the Guild to Sue Craven – and thank you Sue and all the members of the Guild.
PARISH CENTRE LUNCHEONS – Thank you
Many folk have valued the monthly lunches which have been provided by our church catering team for the last few years. The lunches have been popular, hearty in friendship and in food, themed in decoration, and have provided a great service to our community. Sadly the team are needing to stop the lunches and are very sorry about having to make such a decision.
The members of the catering team have been very loyal and committed and we are very grateful to each one of them for the ministry of hospitality they have offered in Christ. Our heartfelt thanks go to Carol Workman who has led the team, and to Margaret, Rosemary, Norma and Pam who have all worked so hard.
ST.MARK’S BOOK LAUNCH 12th September
Roy Harris has published a second edition of the story of our St.Mark’s churchyard and its people. You’re invited to the book launch and signing on 12th Sept from 7.00-9.00pm in the Parish Centre.
‘COME AND SING’ INVITATION
Musical adults and children are invited to our OPEN CHOIR REHEARSALS on Thursdays in August 7.00-8.00pm in St.Mary’s (entry by vestry door). Join us to find out about singing in the choir.
Memorial Service for Jan Luffingham
We’re very sorry to share the news of the death of Mrs Jan
Luffingham for whom a memorial service will be held in St.Mary’s on Thursday 23rd August at 2.00pm. Please hold Dr Jo Luffingham and their family in your prayers at this sad time.
IN MEMORY OF KAY LANCASTER – Chairs!
We hope that Kay’s many friends may like to help us remember her through a significant refurbishment project in St.Francis’ for which we are seeking donations in her memory throughout August. We shall see what Kay’s memorial fund totals in September with a view to purchasing six arm chairs and towards replacing as many other chairs as possible – ideally 30. Kay did in fact start the research in to providing new chairs for St.Francis’ and such a resourcing memorial seems to be a very fitting investment for the future mission and worship of the church in her memory. The whole project may cost about £3000 and so any gifts for St.Francis’ via the Parish Office or to Beverly Harris (St.Francis’ Treasurer) from those who cherished Kay would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your support.
THE MONTHLY PARISH MAGAZINE
We publish a monthly parish mag full of church and wider community group articles – plus our sponsoring advertisers! Hazel O’Sullivan is the editor and would welcome articles and notices from your church groups. The magazine is available in church or from the Parish Centre – but, did you know, you can have it delivered through your door each month. Why not sign up for a reduced annual subscription – under £5 – and enjoy keeping in touch! If you’ve never had one then please take a complimentary copy from the back of church.
WEEKLY MAILING – keep in touch weekly!
Make sure you keep in touch by receiving this pew sheet each Friday on our safe mailing list. Simply visit the church website to find the page which subscribes you to the mailing list.
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