Sunday 4th November 2018
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s
“Look, God’s dwelling place is now among the people… he will wipe every tear from their eyes, there will be no more death.” Rev.21v3-4
Worship across the Parish: All Saints Sunday
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Bereavement Service
Andy Norris/Chris Richardson
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
100 Years – hand crafted poppies and Tommys
We’re very grateful to Gosport Men’s Shed for making the silhouetted soldiers for us by which to mark the centenary of the armistice. Also to the Scrap Happy and the Alverstoke Quilters and WI sewing groups for the hand made poppies on the Lych Gate, Parish Centre and in the village. A creative tribute & commemoration – thank you.
PLEASE NOTE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING’S TIME CHANGES
SPECIAL BEREAVEMENT SERVICE
Today 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! We have also written to all who lost their loved ones over the past year with an invitation to join us – light a candle, pray and cherish their loved ones in their sadness.
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 up to the service – thank you.
You’re invited on Friday
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. If raining then we shall simply enjoy the party inside the Rectory!
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.
NEW 20’s and 30’s FACEBOOK GROUP
On Facebook search St.Marys Alverstoke 20’s and 30’s (or
There’s also a What’s App group – keep in touch and get together.
Gosport Strategic Development
ARCHDEACON TO VISIT – 14th Nov
Archdeacon Gavin is going to visit us to talk about with us the Gosport Strategy – he is coming for the Wednesday night consultation in St.Mary’s on 14th Nov. from 7.30pm. All welcome to listen, share, reflect, ask questions and pray.
GOSPORT STRATEGY PRAYER TIMES
Each Friday during November from 6.00pm-6.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel – hosted by Diana Dow.
PLEASE TAKE A LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
If you’ve missed it – catch up with the deanery strategy consultation by reading Andy’s October letter to the congregations. 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. See letter.
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!
6th November at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre. £26 per table.
CANCELLED AUTUMN BARN DANCE
It is with regret that we announce that the Barn Dance planned for Saturday 17th Nov has been postponed until further notice due to sad unforeseen circumstance. The regeneration team are sorry about this and hope to rearrange this joyful occasion for the Spring.
Please contact the Parish Office if you’ve already bought a ticket.
NEW FAMILIES MINISTER – Kate Smyth
We’re blessed to have been able to appoint a new Families Minister and are delighted to introduce Kate Smyth who will take up the post this Friday 9th November. 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 (technically still just waiting for the DBS to arrive!).
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2018
Join us and 5000 people for our moving celebration in
St.Mary’s this year on:
Friday 7th Dec: 3.00pm-7.00pm
Saturday 8th Dec: 11.00am-6.00pm
Sunday 9th Dec: 12noon-6.00pm
Also, Carol Singing Opening & Switching on of lights with Mayor on Thurs 6th at 6.15pm.
Can you join the team of Festival Makers?
Many thanks to those of you who have already confirmed that you can act as a steward for this year’s festival. If there is anyone else who would like to help steward or find out more about what it entails please email Liz Finch at firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
Last Sunday today for donations:
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 a footfall of some 10,000 visiting 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 so much. Let’s see how many we can give away praying that every gift book would bring the hope of the gospel to many.
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 encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge. 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, request a background picture, and pop it in the small box at the back then Hilary Wilson will make a proper badge for you!