NEW THIS WEEK! 
– COME AND TRY ‘CONNECTIONS’, our fortnightly Coffee and Activities Morning for Seniors starts on THURSDAY, 2nd May 10-11.30 am in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road. (More details in the parish mag). Would you be able to help with serving coffee or washing up? Please sign the list at the back of church if you can offer cakes or speak to one of the Connections team if you can help – Hazel O’Sullivan, Kay Howard or Debbie Thomas. 
Email: chaplain@alverstoke.church

Please read on for this week’s notices:

ALPHA COURSE NEWS…
• Current course members please note our Alpha course will 
enjoy an extension and continue for the first four Thursdays of May from 2nd – 23rd May. On 2nd May will be an Easter meal.
• A new Summer Alpha Course will run on Wednesday evenings starting on 29th May to 17th July. If you’ve missed the Spring Alpha or would value attending this excellent course then please save the Wednesdays through June and July and join us. Why not invite and bring a friend – they do like invitations!

MICHAELMAS FAYRE 28th September
Can you help us?  
The parish shares with Gosport Rotarians in organising the Michaelmas Fayre for our community. With 5000 visitors and charitable fundraising approaching £20,000 it is a significant event. The committee have asked the church to provide two people to be: 
• The Brochure Editor
• The Official Draw Co-ordinator 
These roles can be supported by Sue in the office.  
Urgently by end April Andy would be very pleased to hear from anyone, pair or team of folk who would be willing to undertake these roles. You’re help would be very much appreciated and is so important in our community relations for the future of the fayre. Thanks so much.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  
12th to 18th May – Can you help us deliver Christian Aid Week 
envelopes to every home in the parish? There is no longer any knocking on doors to collect donations, simply popping envelopes through the door. This worked well last year and so we’d love to reach even more homes!
If you’d be able to deliver a few envelopes then please contact our Christian Aid Co-ordinators – Philippa Harrap or Peter Ford; thank you. Contact details: philippa.harrap@alverstoke.church & peter.ford@alverstoke.church

Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

BARN DANCE 11th May Get your tickets!
Join us for our traditional Barn Dance in the main hall of Bay House School. No experience needed as we have an expert caller. Tickets from the Parish Centre, £12.50 to include supper and dancing but not drinks! A great night out – so just bring lots of energy and have fun! 

SCAVENGER HUNT & PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH
hosted for us by Stokes Bay WI on Tuesday 30th April. The Hunt sheets can be collected from Parish Centre at 11.00am and followed by lunch at 12.30pm. Cost for both £8.00. Tickets available from Parish Centre or Stokes Bay WI. The Hunt itself is a process of observation around the village centre (small area) and no prior knowledge is required!

ALVERSTOKE GARDEN WALKABOUT 6th-7th July 
We have 15 gardens open this year. The tickets will be £5 per adult (children <15 free) and will allow entry for both days. On the day, the Parish Centre will be open for tickets, tea and cake. To make this event a resounding suc-cess we will need good weather and a lot of help on both days. Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered time and cake – all offers of help are still very welcome.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING NEWS
We held our parish AGM recently. It was reported that 2018 saw our general income/expenditure in balance by £6724 and that the new Electoral Roll is 286 members. Very many people have faithfully served over the past year – and to each one of them we, as a community, are so very grateful. Kathryn Clarke and Kay Howard were re-appointed to be our Churchwardens, whilst Peter Field-send and Libby Norris were elected to serve on the Paro-chial Church Council. Two PCC vacancies remain which the PCC could fill by co-option – please contact Michael Thomas, PCC Secretary.