Sunday 11th November 2018
“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
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s
Worship across the Parish: Remembrance 100
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion
10.30am St.Mary’s Remembrance Service
Chris Richardson/Andy Norris
10.45am St.Francis’ Remembrance Commemoration
1.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
100 Years – hand crafted poppies and Tommys
An unbelievable 36,230 people viewed the photos on our Facebook page last week! What a tribute for which 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. The Men’s Shed have also decorated the Anglesey Rd/Clayhall Rd phone box with a Tommy and poppies – do visit!
100 YEARS’ PEAL OF BELLS
Having sombrely rang three times during the war to inform the parish of one more fatality, and then ringing out the armistice – our bells will once again ring today in commemoration. In the Tower are two Bells placed in memory of those who died in WWI. We’re grateful to the ringers of our Tower who will ring an hour’s Quarter Peal followed by other rings in concert with our neighbouring parish of the Cathedral and parish churches throughout the country at 11.30am today. Prior to 10.30am the bells will be muffled and pealed as a tribute to those who died.
KATE SMYTH – NEW FAMILIES MINISTER
We’re delighted that on Friday Kate has now started working for the parish. We welcome Kate and her family: Ian, Edward and Ruby. Please say ‘hi’ to Kate as we welcome her in her new role within the ministry and outreach of the parish.
NEW 20’s and 30’s FACEBOOK GROUP
Some have met on Saturday in Costa to get going – so join the soc.media groups to catch up with any plans and join in:
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.
ANOTHER NEW HOME GROUP!
We shall be launching a third new group on 29th Nov at 7.45pm – hosted by Blair & Jan Norman but with members needing to co-share in leading Bible discussions, prayers, activity etc. Please have a word with Andy Norris if you are interested, thank you.
NEXT MESSY CHURCH 29th Nov
Messy Church has been moved a week later than usual and will now be on 29th November at 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 2nd Dec
Start the season off by joining us in hosting a special Advent Carol Service for Gosport deanery in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd December. Can you offer a cake/mince pies to enjoy with all our guests from other churches? Thank you. It will be an important time for our different congregations to gather in a time of challenge and change in Gosport.
Gosport Strategic Development
ARCHDEACON TO VISIT – 14th Nov
Archdeacon Gavin is going to visit our consultation this Wednesday to listen and talk with us about the Gosport Strategy. Please come this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. All welcome to listen, share, ask questions and pray with Gavin & his colleagues.
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. How should we 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…
ON TUESDAY THE PCC
will be asked to approve the plans for the new Parish Centre and commend them to planning permission. We hope to display the plans in St.Mary’s today – please have a good look, and offer your comments to PCC members ahead of their meeting on 13th.
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!
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.
Christmas is coming!
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2018
Join us and 5000 people for our moving celebration in St.Mary’s 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 Thursday 6th December 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.
10,000 PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS
Bundles will be ready in the next two weeks for posting along your street ahead of the Christmas Tree Festival.
500 CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS
Many thanks for the donations towards the booklet, it is so good that we’ll have 500 to give to our many guests over Christmas.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sun 16th Dec 6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols
Sun 23rd Dec 10.45am Carol Praise & Nativity
11.15am St.Francis’ Christmas Communion
Christmas Eve 3.00pm & 4.30pm Crib Services
11.00pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day 8.00am Traditional Said Holy Communion
10.00am Christmas Communion (all age)
Leesland Neighbourhood Church has a programme of Christmas activity at St.Faith’s which can be seen at: www.Leesland.co.uk
or their Facebook page which is ‘LeeslandNeighbourhoodChurch’.
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.
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!