Sunday 26th August 2018 Proper 17

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

” Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”  Ephesians 5v19

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Worship across the Parish:

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andrew Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson

11.00 St.Luke’s Communion

Phil Hiscock

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

12.30am Baptism in the Sea for Lotti

6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe Contemporary Praise Chris Richardson/Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Tim Watson

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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.

SEPT/OCT ‘YOU KNOW ME BY NAME’…

WOULD YOU LIKE A BADGE MAKING FOR YOU?

If you fill in the slip at St.Mary’s and pop it in the small box at the back of the church then Hilary has kindly offered to make proper badges for worshippers.  Simply write the name on the slip which you’d like on a badge!    Thank you Hilary.

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.

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.

MOTHERS’ UNION

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.

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 or Peter Cunningham  02392 589731

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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’

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.

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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.

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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.

FRIENDS OF ST.MARY’S AUTUMN TRIPS

All welcome…

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.

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.