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Worship across the Parish:    4 Before Lent

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer

Darren Clarke/Paddy Trasler

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

Andy Norris/Chris Richardson

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Paddy Trasler

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Merbeke Choral Communion

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson

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GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP on 14th Feb

Come and enjoy a cuppa, chat and opportunity to play traditional table top games at our monthly drop-in from 2.00pm-4.00pm this Thursday 14th Feb in St.Francis’ Church.  All warmly welcome.

CONTACT FOR THE ELDERLY TEA  from Hazel

Alverstoke WI is hosting a ‘Contact for the Elderly’ tea from 3.00-4.30pm in the Parish Centre on Sunday 17th Feb. Numbers are needed for catering so please let Hazel O’Sullivan know by Tuesday 12th if you would like to go, or message Sue in the office. 

HALF-TERM HOLIDAY CLUB     from Kate

Parish Centre – for families: games, crafts, Bible stories, snacks etc . Weds 20th Feb from 10.30am- 12.30pm. Thurs 21st Feb from 11.00am-1.00pm. Book a place with Kate Smyth our Families Minister.

COMPLIMENTARY ‘FISH n CHIP’ SUPPER Thursday 28th February

You’re invited to our Alpha Supper to enjoy a free ‘Fish n Chip’ meal followed by a 20 minute film on Thurs 28th February at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre.  Very relaxed, friendly and by which we’ll simply introduce the next Alpha Course with the film: Is there more to life than this?  Without any obligation to return the following week – simply to enjoy food, friends and film!  Please sign list at back of St.Mary’s or RSVP Parish Office for catering purposes including dietary requirements such as gluten free, in lieu of Fish n Chips.

Try ALPHA –  Ideal for LENT 2019

Alpha affords a very good and relevant Lent Course for any 

however long we’ve been coming to church, who want to explore faith, Jesus, the cross and resurrection, prayer and the Bible in anticipation of Easter.   Includes a Saturday morning on 30th March.  From 28th February, 7.00pm on Thursday evenings to 18th April in the Parish Centre.

We all love an invitation. USE THE WELCOME POSTCARDS

Please take away the postcards with the photo collage which are designed for you to write invitational notes on the back.  Perhaps to invite someone to the Games, Holiday Club or Fish n Chip supper or the curry or concerts below; or to come with you on a Sunday…

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

CURRY & QUIZ NIGHT    2nd March

7.00pm in the Parish Centre for a pub quiz with either meat or 

vegetable curry.  Early bird tickets £10 until 25th Feb, then £12, from the Parish Office.   PBYO drinks/glasses.

PLEASE TAKE A MILK BOTTLE from the back!

2019 – Save the dates for new Parish Centre events:

PAUL PILOT, LOUISE HELYER & FRIENDS CONCERT, 13th April

BARN DANCE, 11th May

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July

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SERVING & GIVING

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.   (2 Thess 2v16)

NEHEMIAH SERMON SERIES

In the light of the Gosport strategic development of parishes we shall be exploring the story of Nehemiah in our sermons over five Sundays from 20th January.      Asking the questions:

10th Feb: How do I work well with others?

17th Feb: How do I defeat discouragement?

24th Feb: What are the steps to spiritual renewal?

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25th Feb-10th March

Order your fair-trade Easter Eggs through Peter & Julie Fieldsend our parish Traidcraft reps who’d be pleased to help you.  This year Fairtrade Fortnight focuses on the chocolate we adore!  Gosport Fairtrade Action’s Chocolate event is on Saturday, 9 March, 10 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. at the Discovery Centre. Tasting and family activities.

GOSPORT PARISH STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Following the decision of the Bishop’s Council we have now heard that the proposals do not impact Alverstoke Parish or posts and so we will not be involved in the next round of formal consultations.

Thank you for your prayers through the challenges we addressed in the autumn – your care was much appreciated.  Thank you too for the many dreams and vision ideas which were shared.  These ideas will feed our own parish development.  Indeed the PCC has started to take them in to account and the Standing Committee met last week to see how to carry them forward.

For Gosport parishes the plans describe:

the parishes of Bridgemary, Elson and Rowner would come   together in a new team ministry, with a team rector and a    church-planting team vicar.

the parishes of Forton, Christ Church and Holy Trinity, would form another team ministry, with a team rector and a          church-planting team vicar.

St John’s, Forton, have asked if their church could be transformed into a ‘mission hub’.  It would cease to be a parish and regular Sunday worship would end enabling new opportunities.

We continue to look to the future with hope as we can look to the past with much thanksgiving for one another and the Lord’s grace among us.  We shall also look forward to collaborating with our new parish partners in Gosport as new missional communities and 

ministries emerge in a year or more.  But, at this stage please now offer your prayers for our neighbouring parishes, their people and ministers, who will be impacted by the proposals – thank you.  Andy.

Join a wholly NEW ELECTORAL ROLL in 2019

ADVANCED NOTICE!   NEW FORMS AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK!

Belonging to the Church of England is a strange thing!  

There’s no where to ‘sign up’ in membership except through our Baptism and Confirmation.  Perhaps that’s good because we first belong to the Lord and his worldwide church, then to the church as expressed in a local congregation in a community, usually as part of a denomination. 

How then do I sign up to a local anglican church?

For those who would like to formally sign-up the closest each anglican parish has is the parish ‘Church Electoral Roll’.  Although it is about ‘voting rights’ at the Annual Parochial General Meeting (our AGM on 16th April 2019) it nonetheless has a real sense of ‘belonging’.  Roll members are those who share in the vision, life, mission, care and responsibilities of the church through our prayer, serving, giving, worship and fellowship.  The Roll has to be updated annually before an annual meeting so you can vote for the PCC.  

Every 6 years the Roll is deleted and starts from scratch when everyone, whether new or previously on the roll, must sign up!   2019 is such a year.   So, all worshippers who would like their names added to the roll or to continue to be on the roll are asked to complete and return a form by Sunday 31st March at the latest.

Forms will be available from next Sunday.

If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to have a word Sue Simpson, our Electoral Roll Officer in the office, or with me – thank you.

I hope you’ll take confidence and the opportunity to formally sign up but, whether or not you do, thank you for sharing in the life of our church in this parish because it is through faith and by our baptism that we’re members of Jesus’ church.

Andy Norris