Sunday 2nd November 2018

“‘May the Lord make your love increase and overflow

for each other.”  1 Thess.3v12

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

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Worship across the Parish:    Advent Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Diana Dow

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Reg Forse

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Communion Andy Norris

6.30pm St.Mary’s Gosport Deanery Advent Carol

Service followed by refreshments

A WARM WELCOME TO FRIENDS FROM GOSPORT DEANERY CONGREGATIONS!

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Tim Watson

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ADVENT CAROL SERVICE  Tonight – Welcome

Start the season off by joining us in hosting a special Advent Carol Service for Gosport deanery in St.Mary’s at 6.30pm tonight.  Can you offer a cake/mince pies to enjoy with all our guests from other churches?   Thank you.  A special welcome to deanery guests.

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Christmas is coming!

Urgent delivery – last few days, thank you!

10,000 PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS: TODAY

Please take remaining bundles of cards to post along the streets.      Street Bundles of our greetings cards are at the back of

St.Mary’s for posting along yours and all the the roads of the parish ahead of the Christmas Tree Festival which starts on Thursday! 

If you can enjoy a nice walk along the roads, even praying for peace and blessing upon the residents as you post a card through their door, then your help would be invaluable – thank you.  The homes use about half the cards – the other cards go to the schools, care homes, etc, with some available in our churches.

NATIVITY TRAIL 2018 – start searching!

The Nativity Trail is back!  For children and their adults to go and find the knitted nativity characters lost on their journey in the shops of Alverstoke village.  Starts 4th December around Alverstoke Village centre.   Collect a Nativity Trail form from St.Mary’s Church, the Parish centre or download from our church website, and enjoy!

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2018

Opens at Carol Singing and the Mayor on Thurs 6th Dec, 6.15pm.

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

Includes a wonderful Bay House School performance  11.45am -1.15pm on Friday; entry by Free Tickets Only from Parish Office or Liz Sykes-Little over coffee at St.Mary’s this Sunday morning.

Home made cakes and quiche are sought by Carol Workman and the team who will be hosting the ‘cafe’ in the Parish Centre over the festival weekend – thank you very much.

# FollowtheStar GIFT BOOKLETS!

Our Christmas booklets will be at the back of the church through the festival and until they run out.  Please use them to give as a gift to any visitors over the season who you think would make the most of readings for each of the 12 days of Christmas – following the star to Jesus.  We have 550 to give away – thank you to the sponsors.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sun 16th Dec 6.30pm   Nine Lessons & Carols

Sun 23rd Dec 8.00am   Normal BCP said communion

9.15am     Normal Communion

10.45am   Carol Praise & Nativity

11.00am   Normal St.Luke’s Communion

11.15am   St.Francis’ Christmas Communion

6.30pm     NO iNViTe, no evening service

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)

30th December Normal Services except NO evening service.

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’.

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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING

Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…

prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

CHRISTMAS POTTERY SALE for Africa

In St.Mary’s this Sunday only can you enjoy the opportunity to see and buy Hazel and Debie’s lovely hand decorated Christmas and

non-festive pots plus some tree hanging decorations.  They’ll make great gifts or bowls for your Christmas snacks!  Sold in support of our Aftrica Partnerships in Ghana and Kenya.   In 2018 we were able to send £2500 to each of the two partners – thank you all.

LICENSING HAZEL as SENIORS MINISTER

We’re delighted to announce that on 27th January we look forward to the Archdeacon visiting the parish to License Revd Hazel

O’Sullivan to be our parish ‘Seniors Minister’. This role is one we’ve sought arising out of our Mission Action Plans (just like the Pioneer and the Families Ministers).  Although a ‘self-supporting’(SSM) role, the Bishop’s licence means that Hazel becomes a full Associate Vicar in the parish and in this role she will both:

oversee ministry and mission among Seniors in the parish (in this context a Senior is anyone of approximately Saga age +).

and, as previously explained, review and oversee the worship at 9.15am with a view to refreshing the services.

This is very exciting news and we are grateful to Hazel for stepping up to this role in the parish.   As we look to her formal appointment and beyond, Hazel will be delighted to chat with anyone interested in volunteering to work alongside her, or seeking support, in this ministry. You don’t need to be a church-goer. You can contact her on email chaplain@alverstoke.church or through the church office.

NEW THURSDAY HOME GROUP  7.00pm

An eighth home group is just starting.  It will meet weekly from 7.00pm-8.300pm in Penn Way at the home of Jan & Blair Norman.  Seeking three or four others to join the group which will have its second relaxed meeting on 16th December; then weekly from January during term time.  Please have a word with Andy Norris or directly with Blair and Jan if you would like to join in.  We thank the Lord that membership of Home Groups has now almost doubled this autumn to 104 people enjoying fellowship in the small groups.

NEW ‘COLLAGE’ WELCOME POSTCARDS

Our photo ‘collage’ postcards have arrived!  The cards are designed to be invitational cards with a space to write on the back.  Please use them – eg, you might meet someone in church for the first time and share details to meet up for  coffee or supper – or you might write an invitation to a friend to join you for the Christmas Tree Festival or to remind them of your ‘care and thoughts’, or…?

ALPHA COURSE 2019 – advance notice

Please note for your diary that our next Alpha Course will start with a ‘Fish n Chip’ supper on Thurs 28th February through to Easter.

DO YOU ENJOY MAKING FORMS?   Help!

We need to update a dozen church ‘booking’ forms for 2019 in terms of GDPR etc for our Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals + more.

If you enjoy word-processing /publisher and can help us get 6

wedding forms ready this side of Christmas then we’d be pleased to hear from you.  Thank you very much.  Kathryn & Andy

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

PLEASE SEE THE NEW CENTRE PLANS IN CHURCH

SEA SHANTIES with FISH n’ CHIPS

Join us on Saturday 9th February at 7pm in the Parish Centre.

This will be a great evening led by Mark Tovey – just the thing to cheer up a old, dark evening in February!  Early bird tickets on sale now in the Parish Centre £10 per person.   Fish & Chips & Pudding!

2019 – Save the dates:

CURRY & QUIZ NIGHT, 2nd March and BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT 2019  – in your garden?

Back by popular demand, next year’s Alverstoke Garden

Walkabout will be on the weekend of 6th and 7th July – and we need more gardens!  If would like to share your garden with the local community on either or both of those afternoons, please drop your details into the Parish Office who will pass them onto the

Walkabout team.  Last year’s ‘openers’ enjoyed it so much that they want to do it again, I do hope we can add you to our list, too!

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SUNDAY PRAYER MINISTRY  Would you value praying with someone?  The opportunity for confidential prayer is offered every Sunday in St.Mary’s between the morning services.  The prayer is offered at the very front, behind the ‘screen’ in the Sanctuary by the Lord’s Table.