Sunday 28th October 2018

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

“Since we have a great High Priest… let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.”  Hebrews 4v14,16

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Worship across the Parish:    Last Sunday of Trinity

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris/Tim Finch/Bill Lock

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris/Tim Finch/Bill Lock

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris/Tim Finch/Bill Lock

11.00am St.Luke’s Communion

Phil Hiscock

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Diana Dow

6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe  – contemporary and

reflective praise & prayer; plus ‘Bring & Share’ buffet tea from 5.45pm. Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Andy Norris

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GIDEONS BIBLES for BIBLE SUNDAY

Please see the Bible Stall in St.Mary’s this morning hosted by George Payne as a member of Gideons International UK.

FREE quarterly BIBLE NOTES are also available at the back of St.Mary’s for your daily reading – we’re grateful to Sam for providing these excellent booklets each quarter for us; thank you very much.

NEW 20’s and 30’s  FACEBOOK GROUP

On Facebook search St.Marys Alverstoke 20’s and 30’s (or 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166470804301579/ )

There’s also a What’s App group – keep in touch and get together.   

INVITe with Bring & Share Tea!   5.45pm Today

Our monthly iNViTe service at 6.30pm is a reflective and prayerful act of worship with contemporary songs with time to listen and share.   This month we shall also have a Bring & Share buffet tea in  St.Mary’s from 5.45pm for those who’d like to gather ahead of the service in the fellowship of eating together.  All welcome.

THANKSGIVING SUNDAY    Today

Today is our annual Thanksgiving Sunday when we’ll think about our stewardship and giving of money for 2019.  We’re praising the Lord that we’re not asking for money now for this year – but looking ahead with information and inviting responses of giving for 2019. Leaflets for our preferred Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) which will be available.  Thank you to all who’ve given so generously meaning that our books seem to be balancing in 2018 – whilst our vision is to grow further in sharing Jesus’ Good News in 2019!

PLEASE TAKE A LETTER FROM THE RECTOR

With more detail in the letter to all worshippers, today we shall reflect upon our church in the light of the Deanery Special Meeting last Thursday.  A sense of imagining the church in the future and what this means for us as a community, in worship, mission and giving; and how we may respond to deanery plans to redraw parish boundaries, change staff deployment, and create hubs of mission.

RECTOR’S WEDNESDAY CONSULTATIONS

Until the end of November Andy will be in St.Mary’s Chapel from 3.00-4.00pm and 7.45-8.45pm each Wednesday to hear your ideas, chat, answer questions and pray with you about the plans for changing the deanery parishes and how it impacts us.  Please read Andy’s letter/booklet available today. 

ARCHDEACON TO VISIT – 14th Nov

Archdeacon Gavin is going to visit us to talk about with us the Gosport Strategy – he is pencilled in for the Wednesday night consultation in St.Mary’s on 14th Nov. from 7.30pm.  All welcome.

GOSPORT STRATEGY PRAYER TIMES

Each Friday during November from 6.00pm-6.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel – hosted by Diana Dow.

ST.FAITH’S   10.00am Thursday 1st November

You are all invited to St. Faith’s, Tribe Road, to come to our Communion followed by ‘coffee & cake’ when Revd Tim Watson will update us about the work at Leesland; plus please ‘Bring & Buy a Cake’ sale in support of the church!

SPECIAL BEREAVEMENT SERVICE  Next Sunday

Next Sunday 4th November is All Saints Sunday when at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s we host our service for those who are bereaved.  All are invited to join us as we give thanks for those whom we love but see no longer – our saints whom we remember! 

If you’d like a name to be read out in the service then please add their name to the list in St.Mary’s – thank you.   

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.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING   Sat 10th Nov

You’re invited to join us on 10th November for the relaxed and friendly morning to enjoy coffee, cakes, company and stalls in support of St.Francis’ church:  9.45am-11.30am.   

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP at St.Francis’

Thursday 8th November between 2.00pm and 3.00pm.  Traditional table top games, a cuppa and company.  All welcome. 

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

At last… THE PLANS! 

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

Come, see, offer your thoughts and ask questions

In the Parish Centre on

Thursday 15th November from 12noon-8.00pm and

Thursday 22nd November from 6.30pm -8.30pm.

ASDA GREEN TOKENS this Autumn!

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

BRIDGE DRIVE

6th November at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre.  £26 per table.

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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NEW FAMILIES MINISTER

We’re blessed to have been able to appoint a new Families Minister so quickly and we’re delighted to say that we have offered the post to Kate Smyth.   Kate has a long and faithful track record of serving the Lord in Gosport where she is well loved by many people; not least through the servant leadership she has given to the Aggie Weston’s naval charity in the town.   Kate’s passion is outreach and we are privileged to be able to welcome Kate to our ministry team. Subject to the DBS safeguarding certificate, we expect Kate to take up her role on 9th November after which we’ll be able to formally welcome her.

CHRISTMAS BOOKLET #Follow The Star

There is a lovely booklet to give out to guests over Christmas. It introduces Jesus through a journey over the 12 days of Christmas.  We have some 10,000 people visit us through December and Andy would love to be able to give the booklet to our guests.   You can see the booklet at the back of St.Mary’s.  Copies cost £1 each and if during October we can ‘crowd fund’ this through the gifts of those who’d like to contribute then we’ll give out as many as we can afford.  if you’d like to donate then envelopes marked ‘Christmas Booklet’ in the offering or Office would be wonderful – thank you.

JO NORTHEY’S WELCOME TO EMSWORTH

All are invited to Emsworth’s Welcome Party for Jo and her family on Sunday 18th November at 3.00pm in their church hall, near St.James’ Church.   All Welcome in support of Jo in her new role.

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.

HAVE YOU GOT A BADGE ON?

We’re encouraging 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.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY TIME CHANGES

Sunday 11th November – the 100th anniversary of the armistice

10.30am St.Mary’s Remembrance Service

10.45am St.Francis’ Act of Remembrance

Please note: No 9.15am or Church Alive that day.