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Worship across the Parish:    EASTER 5

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Paddy Trasler

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson/Darren Clarke

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Andy Norris

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Chris Richardson

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Thursday Communion 

Tim Watson

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NEW SUMMER ALPHA COURSE   29th May

If you’ve not experienced the new Alpha film series yet then you’re in for a treat  if you come along to our next course.  The films are both challenging and inspiring – they help us address questions of life and of faith – and help renew our Christian life.  Our summer Alpha starts on Wed 29th May at 7.15pm in The Parish Centre.  Eleven folk have already signed up to Alpha so please contact Revd Andy Norris if you’d be interested to join the new Alpha.  Why not invite and bring a friend – it’s proven that friends do like an invitation!

YOUTH CLUB   25th May  (every 2 weeks!)

7.00pm in the Parish Centre for 11 to 14 yrs olds.  Craft activities on 25th.  Next time 8th June: Walk & Games on Lee beach.

CUPPA & COMPANY    28th May

In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm.  Friendship, conversation & cake for any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

AFRICA QUIZ NIGHT & Fish n’ Chip Supper

Sign up now for the Africa Quiz Night on Saturday 1st June 7.30 – 10.30pm in the Parish Centre to help us raise the balance of our 2019 Africa Partnerships giving for CHASE Africa. Everyone welcome to join us for a noisy evening either in a team or as an individual.  Enjoy a great evening; the quiz; a fish ’n chip supper & puddings; plus Stokes Bay Buskers Ukulele Band with Sing-a-long. Please bring own drinks.  Tickets £10 from the Parish Centre.

From Kate, Families Minister

HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES

Families are invited to join us at half term for some community Fun!  

29th May  Scavenger Hunt in Gosport Park

30th May 10.30 am Book Club in a box with Community Meal  

To register and for more info and times call Kate Families Minister on 07986009942. 

THY KINGDOM COME ‘Beacon’ Event 9th June

The Bishop is calling all churches together to fellowship, pray and play at Pentecost 9th June in the grounds of Portchester Castle.    

A special open air and ecumenical ‘beacon’ of prayer, worship, celebration:

1pm-2.30pm The big prayer picnic with fun for families and a variety of prayer tents to visit.

2.30pm-4pm The prayer & worship event drawing us all together as one.

So, bring a picnic, enjoy the castle, and come to some or all of this significant big day out for the whole church across Portsmouth.

From Kate …meeting up at Thy Kingdom Come… If you would like to join a few families picnicking at Thy Kingdom Come Event then please contact Kate Smyth  Families Minister on 07986 009942.   The group will meet at the castle but if you need a lift please contact Kate who’ll see if she can arrange transport among those going. Bring a picnic and chair/blanket. Looks like it’ll be fun!

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP  13th June

Come and enjoy a cuppa, chat and opportunity to play traditional

table top games at our monthly drop-in from 2.00pm-4.00pm on

Thursday 13th in St.Francis’ Church. All warmly welcome.

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WORSHIPPING

Acts 2v47: praising God and enjoying the favour of people.

MESSY CHURCH  This Thursday 23rd

For children and their adults from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre for games, craft, story, songs and worship ending with a cooked tea.

iNViTe next Sunday evening

iNViTe is our monthly evening service which values quieter 

contemporary songs and reflective prayer and sharing.  It affords ‘time’ to be open to God’s spirit with us today.  

All welcome – next Sunday at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.

Save the Date…

SUMMER CHORAL EVENSONG  7th July at 6.30pm

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 28th May

We’d value your company every 4th Tuesday of the month 

from 10.30am-noon in the Parish Centre.  £2.50 for coffee and cake.  Cakes & books for sale.  A great buzz and meeting place.

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 success 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.  

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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.

                    CHRISTIAN AID WEEK GIFTS

Many thanks to all you helped deliver envelopes and who’ve made offerings for Christian Aid over this past week.  Red Gift envelopes can still be put in the church collection today or delivered to Parish Centre in the week ahead – thank you very much indeed.

NEW SAFEGUARDING POLICY

The PCC approved our renewed parish safeguarding policy last Tuesday.  It is on display in each of our buildings and details, including those in an emergency are also on our website.  Jan Windsor is our Safeguarding Lead

KFC (our KIDS for CHRIST club)

Kate Smyth and Chris Richardson are looking for new volunteers to support KFC that meets on Wednesdays from 5.30pm-7pm. This club is discipleship training for school year 7plus. There are 7 young people who are very chatty and full of beans! If you’d value serving young people in this way then please get in touch.  

THE ALVERSTOKE TRUST… 

for the relief of need in Alverstoke parish.

We host an independent charity which can make small grants to those in need, hardship or distress.  See the pages on the church website for details and please encourage applications – thank you.

THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE…  

Are presenting an evening to help reflect on current issues in church and national life such as family, freedom to preach the 

gospel, gender identity etc.  Further details from organiser Warren Green or just show up on the evening of 21 May at Cowplain Evangelical Church  PO8 8XA  from 1930 – 2045; all are very welcome.  Locally at St.Mary’s ask Mike Critchley.

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WE’RE VERY SAD… but full of Easter hope.

The funeral for Betty Carter is at 11.00am in St.Mary’s on Monday 20th May – remembering her children Chris and Jenny.

The funeral for David Bailey is at noon on Tuesday 21st May remembering Jean, and their sons Adrian, Kevin and Michael. 

The Thanksgiving Service for Dr Brian Wright is at 2.30pm on Friday 31st May in St.Mary’s.  Please remember his children David, Richard, Elizabeth and Gillian.