Sunday 16th 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:   Advent 3

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Darren Clarke

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive including Baptism of Harley Standing-Duffy

Chris Richardson & Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship Paddy Trasler

6.30pm St.Mary’s Nine Lessons & Carols

Andy Norris & Chris Richardson

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion

Tim Watson

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Christmas is coming!

CAROL PRAISE & NATIVITY – dress up!

Next Sunday at 10.45am includes the nativity in which all

pre-school and primary aged children are invited to participate by coming dressed up in costumes whilst the secondary aged Youth will present a drama.  Those at Church Alive this Sunday will be able to rehearse their play and drama in the Parish Centre.

ADVENT NATIVITY TRAIL 2018

For children and their adults to go and find the knitted nativity characters lost on their journey in the shops of Alverstoke village.  Please go and find them so that they can get to our Crib Services in time for Christmas.   Collect a Nativity Trail form from St.Mary’s Church or the Parish Centre and enjoy!

# FollowtheStar BOOKLETS

Most of the 550 Christmas booklets were distributed last weekend – please pray that they will prove to be a blessing, that who have them will read and journey in faith through them!  There’s just a few left if you know of someone who’d value reading one.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES – note time changes

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 morning worship but 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’.

TREE FESTIVAL THANKS FROM ROB, THE CHAIRMAN

However you choose to look at it, CTF2018 was a resounding success. Whilst we may have missed breaking new records, over 4500 visitors and performers came and enjoyed the Festival, many describing it as a wonderful sight with some beautiful singing and delightful performances. For many it marks the start of the Christmas season in an entirely appropriate and charming way.

I am in no doubt that the success of the Festival is down to the fact that it provides members of the Parish with many opportunities to give freely in a variety of ways, each according to their skills and circumstances.  It is no surprise to me that such widespread generosity of spirit creates a result of such excellence and quality.   Whatever your role, please accept my whole-hearted thanks for your contribution.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.                 Rob Hamilton

A fabulous festival again, thank you Rob for your leadership of a brilliant team of 50 – Thank you all!

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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING

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

prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

MOTHERS’ UNION

Due to unforeseen circumstances the MU have had to change their New Year ‘Thank You’ Tea Party date. Their lovely tea to which they invite parish volunteers will now be hosting it in July.

Instead, their meeting in January will be an ordinary meeting, when our speaker will be Robin Clark, his subject ‘Pantomime’. You are most welcome to join us at 2 p.m.on Tues 15th Jan, Parish Centre.

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’

TODAY = 200 QUESTIONNAIRES!   SGPF!

With 300 churches across the country we’ve been invited to pilot a national vision of the General Synod called ‘Setting God’s People Free’ (SGPF).  Described as “a programme to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday.”   Nationally huge number of lay people serve in the ministry and leadership of the Church but many more hold positions of influence beyond the gathered church in the home, community, workplace, forces, and across society.   SGPF seeks to enable every member of our congregations – lay and clergy alike – to follow Jesus confidently wherever they are.   Clare Watson is part of the SGPF team in our diocese and has 200 simple questionnaires for completion at our morning services today.  Your help would be very much appreciated and the answers will help the future national programme as it develops – thank you.

FROM KATE, FAMILIES MINISTER…

Safeguarding DBS

If you are involved with children/families vulnerable adults and need a DBS certificate please meet Jan Windsor to complete your form. 7pm-8pm Jan 9th Parish Centre. Please bring driving licence, passport, national insurance number and proof of address with you. RSVP to Kate Smyth Families Minister.   Thanks.

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. 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

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!