Sunday 9th December 2018

“he who began a good work in you will carry it on to

completion until the day of Christ Jesus”  Phil. 1v6

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

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Worship across the Parish:    Christmas Tree Festival

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Chris Richardson

9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer

Chris Richardson

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

Andy Norris & Carrie Thompson (St.John’s)

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Diana Dow

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbecke Communion

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Tim Watson

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Christmas is coming!

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.  Collect a Nativity Trail form from St.Mary’s Church or the Parish Centre and enjoy!

# FollowtheStar GIFT BOOKLETS!

Our Christmas booklets are 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.

THANK YOU SO MUCH ROB AND ALL THE FESTIVAL MAKERS!

SALE OF CHRISTMAS TREES

Some 20 or so trees are left with us after the festival which will be available for a donation on Monday morning when Ivor will be at the Parish Centre to serve you.  Thereafter remaining trees will be in the Car Park and if you’d like one please pay in the Parish Office.

ST.LUKE’S CAROL SERVICE

You’re invited on Thursday 13th December to St.Luke’s for our

annual Carol Service at 7.00pm.  All welcome – no tickets required.

REFRESHMENTS AFTER CAROL SERVICE

After the carol service in St.Mary’s next Sunday tea & coffee shall be served in church.  Kathryn Clarke would value hearing from any who could help in providing this hospitality please – thank you.

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’

A WARM WELCOME

to Revd Carrie Thompson to speak at Church Alive this morning.  You’ll know Mother Carrie as vicar of St.John’s, Forton.

NEW THURSDAY HOME GROUP  7.00pm

An eighth home group is just starting.  It will meet weekly from 7.00pm-8.30pm 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 13th 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.

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.

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SERVING & GIVING

Acts 4v32:  ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

CHRISTMAS POTTERY SALE for Africa

We hope those who bought them will enjoy the Christmas pottery which was sold last week.  We’re very grateful to Hazel and Debie who raised £85 last weekend leading to £177 in total with their Northcott House and Michaelmas Fayre sales for our Africa Partnerships from their crafts – thank you both.

FROM KATE, FAMILIES MINISTER…

Sunday morning groups team:

Any one already involved or who would be interested to serve our Sunday children’s and young people’s groups (both at 9.15am and at Church Alive)  please join me, Kate,  on Wednesday 9th Jan 7pm in The Parish Centre to plan for Jan-April. Please RSVP if you can/can’t make it to kate.smyth@alverstoke.church   Thank you.

February Half-Term Holiday Club:

I am also on the look out for willing volunteers to help at a Family Holiday Club at half-term in February on Wed 20th 10.30am -12.30pm & Thurs 21st 11.00am -1.00pm. If you feel this is something you may want to be involved in and would like to find out more then please come and speak to me or get in touch.   Thanks, Kate

GOSPORT STRATEGY UPDATE LETTER

The Bishop’s Council met to discuss the changes to the parish boundaries but found they had so many submissions that they wanted to delay the proceedings in order to read and digest all the information.  At the back of church an update ‘letter’ to all worshippers describes this with some very helpful words from the Bishop.

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.

HAVE YOU GOT A NAME BADGE ON?

We encourage all at St.Mary’s to wear a name badge. Home made or at the table at the back when you arrive – thanks for this.

WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT BADGE MAKING FOR YOU?

Fill in the slip, request a background picture, and pop it in the small box.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

A huge ‘Regeneration’ thank you for 2018

for the phenomenal fundraising effort, wonderful events and generous gifts meaning that some £25,000 was raised in the past year!  Giving a grand total of £55,000 from which we have spent £8,900 on the project so far.  Very many thanks to the team who’ve worked so hard for this and in getting us so close to applying for planning permission in the New Year.   An incredible feat.

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!