Sunday 30th September 2018

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

All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above,

so thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all His love”

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Worship across the Parish: HARVEST/Trinity 18

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris/Darren Clarke

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris/Darren Clarke

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson/Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Michael Wheeler – CHASE Africa

followed by Bring & Share Harvest Lunch

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Paddy Trasler

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Chris Richardson

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“THANK YOU LORD  for the person who first showed me your love and for the one who first invited me to church.”

“THANK YOU LORD for HARVEST”     

HARVEST, GIFTS of GROCERIES & TOILETRIES    Today we give thanks for Harvest and our environment at our morning services.  Gifts of imperishable groceries and of toiletries will be collected at all services in support of the Gosport & Fareham Food & Basics Bank; including at St.Francis’ and Thursday St.Faith’s.

A 20’s-30’s NETWORK?   Supper Invite

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.

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. Details, map and sign up list at back.  Jane & Huw Jones.

QUIZ, CHILLI & UKELE NIGHT for Africa

Join us on 20th October for another great quiz, chilli supper (vegetarian option) plus pudding with Taverners Ukele Band.  In support of our Africa Partnerships in Ghana and Kenya (through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa).  Tickets £10 from the Parish Centre.

ADULT BONFIRE PARTY        Bring & Share

A repeat of last years fabulous bonfire and Bring & Share supper party at the Rectory.  This year to be held on Friday 9th November from 7.00pm.  All adults welcome (sorry not children) – hosted by our SMILE (women’s) and A.MEN (men’s) groups.  PBAB of your preferred drink!  Bring a friend and we hope to see you there.

ST.MARY’S JUNIOR SAILING CLUB REGATTA

Today is last of season for our club ending after the regatta with Rectory water fight and tea!  Thank you to all the sailing team!

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PHOTO COLLAGE & POST CARD deadline

We’re about to take a final picture of the photo collage hanging in St.Mary’s to turn in to a church postcard.  This means you can still add your passport sized photo to the collage by next Sunday or, some may also wish to remove their picture.  Thank you for sharing in the collage as a celebration & thanksgiving of so many friends in our church family.  It is only together that we are Jesus’ church in our parish! 

We’re trying to ‘square’ up the image so please place new photos accordingly whilst some other photos may be relocated to make a postcard shape – thank you.

PRAYER CARE  Every Sunday

Just a reminder that members of our prayer team are available to pray with anyone privately and confidentially about any matter from 10.15am-10.45am between the screens in St.Mary’s north aisle.

Keep it up!   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 just make one at the table at the back of St.Mary’s when you arrive – 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.

ST.FRANCIS’ BRING & SHARE LUNCH TODAY.   An appeal for garden ‘apples’ at St.Francis’ or to Joy Skinner – to be turned in to something nice this week – thank you!

Next ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING   Sat 11th November   9.45am-11.30am

MICHAELMAS FAYRE THANKS    So many of you worked at the Fayre yesterday in so many different ways – thank you to each one for your hard work in serving our community and making such a fabulous event.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…  The Fund Balance at the end of August was an amazing £35,862 – Thank you so much for such generosity of hard work and giving!

AUTUMN CONCERT – Next Friday!

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”.  Get your ticket!

ASDA GREEN TOKENS during October

Please place yours in our regeneration slot when you Asda shop!

OPERA COMIQUE presents Gilbert and Sullivan

7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 20th October.   If you would like to sing join the rehearsal on the day (ring 01329 665170). Free admission, with a retiring collection. With Paul Pilott, Louise Helyar & Friends.

AUTUMN BARN DANCE

On Saturday 17th November a return to Bay House School Hall for our popular and enjoyable autumn Barn Dance. Tickets from Parish Centre – £12.50 to include a ploughman’s supper and dessert.

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Funerals of Church Members

We’re sorry to share the sad news of the passing and funerals of:

Joan Russell – St.Mary’s at 1.30pm on 2nd October.

Alex Bratton – St.Mary’s at 11.00am on 3rd October.

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WALK FOR FREEDOM (Modern Slavery)

On 20th October STOP THE TRAFFIK Portsmouth and partners host a WALK FOR FREEDOM to raise awareness about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in our City.  11.30am in Guildhall Square – to walk in silence, single file through the city centre alongside Police, Counsellors, church and other partners.

FAMILIES MINISTER: As announced last Sunday

Although pleased for Jo Northey and her family, as a parish we are sad to announce that Jo, our Families Minister, has been appointed as the new full time Families Minister & Pioneer in the parish of Emsworth & Warblington. 

Jo will continue in post here until Thurs 18th Oct and will be moving to a new home in Emsworth the following week.  We extend our congratulations to Jo upon her new appointment and our prayers for her and her family at this time; especially with her husband Ed having just been deployed to sea for 8 months as a Navy Chaplain.  We are grateful for all that Jo has brought to us in the parish over 7 months as our Families Minister and she will be greatly missed. 

The post will continue here and we are grateful to all who have been giving in sponsorship of this exciting missional role in our parish.  It is our intention to advertise the vacancy within the next two weeks and seek to appoint a new Families Minister from half term.  We’d therefore value your prayers both for the process and for the right person to be appointed, as well as for all who will naturally be upset by this news.