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Worship across the Parish:    EASTER 7

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Morning Prayer

Andy Norris

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Reg Forse

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

Reg Forse

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Andy Norris

6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong

Darren Clarke

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Thursday Communion 

Tim Watson

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CONNECTIONS by the SEA      This Thurs

A reminder that ‘Connections’, our fortnightly activity and coffee morning for seniors, will meet in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road on Thursday 6th June from 10-11.30am. Why not ask a neighbour to join you?  The Connections team of Hazel O’Sullivan, Kay Howard and Debbie Thomas look forward to welcoming you.

SMILE – WOMEN’S BEACH STROLL & A DRINK

This Thursday 6th June – all ladies are invited to join ‘St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening’  (SMILE) 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 arrive for after the walk in the bar at 8pm (approx) on Thursday 6th June. Contact Libby for more info. 02392 503308, libby.norris@btinternet.com

YOUTH CLUB   8th June  (every 2 weeks!)

7.00pm for 11 to 14 yrs olds.  Next time 8th June: Walk & Games on Lee beach!  Contact Kate Smyth for details.

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.

D-DAY 75 Civic Remembrance Service

The Borough, British Legion and veterans organisations are hosting a civic remembrance service at Stokes Bay by the Canadian memorial at 11am on Sunday.  Short parade at 10.45am.

In St.Mary’s is a simple display at the war memorial.  

Even though our research did not discover any direct connections for those named on our parish memorial the parish community was significantly impacted.

ORDINATIONS FOR ERICA & STEVE

We look forward to welcoming Steve Dent (Honorary Chaplain GWMH & Associate Minister) and Erica Wilkie (Pioneering Curate) after their ordinations in the Cathedral on Saturday 29th June.  

Erica at 11.00am and Steve at 4.00pm.  Please pray for each of them in these final weeks in anticipation of their new ministries.

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 25th June

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. Tickets now available from the Parish Centre; 

Queen’s Parade News in Privett Road; and at any of the participating gardens.  On the day, the Parish Centre will be open for tickets, 

tea and cake.  

We will be selling plants. If you would like to donate any plants for us to sell, please bring them to 4 Beechcroft Road on the morning of Sat 6th July (NOT PARISH CENTRE, all space needed for teas!)

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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.

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.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE 28th September

St.Mary’s needs you!   Please save the date.  

Because we share with the Rotarians in the overall hosting of the fayre we do need to offer more people to help run the event. 

It is great that many of us participate through other charities and groups – but it does traditionally leave us falling short in offering helpers.  So even if you participate with another group could you still offer just an hour to the main church fayre team please? – that would be invaluable.  We need to provide different roles – like stewards, roads, tickets, moving tables/chairs, brochure, 10p Family Fun Fete (hosting family games and activities), refreshments etc.  In advance those preparing the brochure (Mike Critchley) and main draw (Michael Wheeler) may also value some extra help.  We’ll put a list out from July for signing up to roles and times.  Thank you.