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!

Please read on for this week’s notices:

CUPPA & COMPANY 28th May
In the Parish Centre between 2pm – 3pm. Friendship, conversa-tion & 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 wel-come to join us for a noisy evening either in a team or as an indi-vidual. 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 Cen-tre.

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. 

SMILE – BEACH STROLL AND DRINK EVENING -Thursday 6th June 
All ladies are invited to join St.Marys Informal ladies Evening group for a walk to Gilkicker and back , ending with a drink at the The Anglesey Hotel bar . Meet outside Anglesey Hotel , on Crescent Road , at 7 pm or in the bar at 8pm (approx) on Thursday 6th June . Contact Libby for more info. 02392 503308, libby.norris@btinternet.com

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 traditionaltable top games at our monthly drop-in from 2.00pm-4.00pm on Thursday 13th in St.Francis’ Church. All warmly welcome.

iNViTe Sunday 26th May 
All welcome, 6.30pm in St.Mary’s.
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. 

Save the Date…
SUMMER CHORAL EVENSONG 7th July at 6.30pm

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.

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 available on 92 588197 or 07743 771539 or jan.windsor39@gmail.com

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 (02392 262188) 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.