MESSY CHURCH is back on Thursday 27th September at
3.30pm in the Parish Centre. Come and join us for games, crafts, stories and cooked tea!

Please read on for this week’s notices:

TRAIDCRAFT STALL TODAY
Come and get your coffee, chocolate and other Fair-Trade products. We’ll also be taking orders for Advent Calendars and Christmas cards.

A LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Please be sure to take a copy of Andy’s letter for the autumn for all worshippers across the parish today.

PLEASE WEAR A NAME BADGE TODAY!
With a theme ‘You know me by name!’ at the start of a new autumn season we’d encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge for Sept/Oct. You may like to make one at home or, when you arrive, just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s – thank you.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT BADGE MAKING FOR YOU?
If you fill in the slip and pop it in the small box at the back then Hilary Wilson has kindly offered to make proper badges. Thank you Hilary.

A 20’s-30’s NETWORK?
Andy & Libby Norris invite those in their twenties and thirties to supper at The Rectory on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm in the hope of exploring the viability of relevant new network.
Please RSVP rector@alverstoke.church for catering and dietary requirements! Thanks.

Join a HOME GROUP this September
More details in the letter for all worshippers today. We’d en-courage all to belong to a small group in the church. We now have 7 groups meeting on Tues, Weds and Thurs – daytime and evening – so there should be one for you!

DCM 19th September at 7.00pm at St Francis. The last Sunday of September. Harvest Festival, followed by a bring and share lunch. All are welcome. Gifts of tinned and dried food, toiletries to be donated to the Gosport Food Bank.

CHURCH ‘BRING & SHARE’ LUNCH
Sunday 23rd Sept in the Parish Centre from 12.15pm.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE including our
10p Messy Fun Fete in St.Mary’s Church grounds. 29th September between noon and 4.00pm. Please see notice overleaf seeking volunteers – sign list at back!

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.

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.
It would also be helpful to have Stewards available in the Church during the afternoon of the Michaelmas Fayre on Sa-turday 29th September between 12 Noon and 4-00pm. If you can help for an hour or so during the afternoon please contact Peter Camp

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 partner-ships in Ghana and Kenya through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa.

GOSPORT TO GALILEE … visit the Holy Land.
A once in a life time visit to the Holy Land for you after next Easter?
The full 11/12 day holiday is organised by Oak Hall Christian holidays. Find our more, Parish Centre, 3pm Sunday 9th Sep-tember to pick up a brochure etc. or contact Mike Critchley 07977 534949

The CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE are holding is holding a meeting in Fareham with the aim to encourage Christians to be confident and effective in applying their faith to the challenges of today’s culture. Tuesday 9th October at 7.30pm, Peel Common Evangelical Church, 68 Newgate Lane, Fareham PO14 1BE.
See Mike Critchley for further details.

10p MESSY FAMILY FUN FETE – Michaelmas Volun-teers?
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 I’d love to hear from you or please sign the volunteer list at the back of St.Mary’s so I can be in touch – thanks, Jo.

Youth including new Youth Alpha & Youth Group
Please have a word with me, Jo, about our new Youth Alpha Course starting this September as a weekly group to eat and think about the basics of faith together. Also our Saturday night Youth Group will increase to twice a month on 2nd and 4th Sa-turdays starting 22nd September at a new time of 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

PARENTING FOR FAITH COURSE
Our course has resumed on Friday mornings at 9.30am
Please contact me, Jo, for the venue etc. Thank you, Jo 07807188912 or email me at: jo.northey@alverstoke.church

FUNERAL for Joan Russell
We’re sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Joan Rus-sell who has been at the heart of our church and wider commu-nity for many years. Please remember her family preparations are made for her special service in St.Mary’s on Tues 2nd Octo-ber at 1.30pm.

Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

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) Mili-tary Wives’ Choir, and Katie Rogers, a marvellous local jazz singer. The theme this year is “Pack up Your Troubles”. Tickets are selling fast.

AUTUMN BARN DANCE
On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance.