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Worship across the Parish:    TRINITY 11

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Morning Prayer Diana Dow

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Steve Dent/Darren Clarke

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

Hazel O’Sullivan

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism

Steve Dent

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Diana Dow

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Thursday Communion 

Tim Watson

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Revd CHRIS RICHARDSON’S INDUCTION 5th

Please talk to Wardens if you need or can offer a lift.  We’re pleased that there should be room in St.Martin’s for all those who’ve signed up to be able to go to Camberley on 5th September.  If you’ve signed the list please have a word with the Churchwardens – Kathryn or Kay – to help co-ordinate lifts in cars, thanks.

MEN’S TAKE AWAY This Fri 6th Sept

Calling all chaps!  Our informal men’s group, A.MEN (Alverstoke Men) invites you enjoy a take away night (or just a drink) in the company of other chaps from 7.00pm on 6th September.  You’re welcome to bring your own drink or snacks, and we’ll order from different ‘take aways’ at 7.15pm.  Just turn up or details from Deane Street or Kim Beazley.   At Kim’s home, 9 Peel Road.   

FAMILY FUN DAY Next Sat 7th Sept

10.30am-4.30pm on the Castle Field, Southsea.   Families Minister Kate Smyth is going along and would love to hear from any families who’d like to join her at this great free day out themed on ‘Feeding the 5000!’ – Free Fried Cod Bap – fun & games, inflatables, main stage, music. Hosted by the Dioces & Bible Society.  Contact Kate.

MICHAELMAS COMMUNITY CONCERT  

7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 28th September to enjoy a feast of local musical talent with soloists, school choirs, and adult ensembles and choirs – ending with the popular pieces styled upon the Last Night of the Proms.  In support of St.Mary’s Music.

RECTORY BONFIRE & SUPPER

All adults welcome for a bonfire and ‘Bring & Share’ supper at the Rectory on 1st November from 7.00pm.  Hosted by our men’s A.Men and women’s SMILE groups.

‘DISCIPLE’

A new group will start on Wednesday 2nd October for eleven weeks in the autumn as follow on for those who’ve already participated in an Alpha Course and who may not yet have joined a Home Group.  If you’ve been to Alpha and would be interested in this for the Autumn then please have a word with Andy Norris, thanks.

ADULT BAPTISM  20th October 

We’re pleased to be planning a Baptism service for adults during Church Alive on 20th October.  If you would like to consider being baptised as an adult then please soon have a word with Andy Norris, thanks. We may need a few sessions for preparation for any who may not have recently attended an Alpha course.

AUTUMN FOCUS ON OUR HOME GROUPS

Both in the Bible and in church life it is small groups of a dozen people meeting in homes which offer the key place of belonging within a church; much like Jesus and his 12 disciples!   They afford the place of caring relationships, friendship and growing of our faith through scripture and prayer in a much deeper way than Sunday services alone can offer.  In this respect they are the bedrock of christian life and foundational to personal and church growth – especially in larger churches where it is hard to know everyone or be known!   If you want that ‘sense’ of belonging then the key place to ‘belong’ is through one of our midweek groups.   

With 8 groups on Tues, Weds & Thurs there should be a time to suit most folk, and September is a great time to start.  You could just visit and see if it is for you or not.   Andy Norris or Diana Dow would be delighted to hear from you if you’d like to join a Home Group. Please contact them, ideally by email – thank you. 

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Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Regeneration Events this autumn:

Coffee Mornings –  24th September

Michaelmas Fayre Village Teas – 28th September

Afternoon Tea & Prosecco – 8th October

Paul Pilott & Friends Concert – 19th October

Coffee Morning – 22nd October

Sparkle & Style Fashion Show – 12th November

Coffee Morning – 26th November

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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.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE 28th September

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

Can you help host a simple game at the 10p Family Fun Fete?

20 more needed – 5 already signed up so please sign list at back helping us add fun for all ages to the Fayre.  Over 1000 games were played in the church yard last year for 10p or free.  It’s not about making money but about creating joy and celebrating God’s love in community.  Kate Symth will co-ordinate the dozen or so activities ranging from face paints to quoits and bowls etc.

Also sign lists at the back for:

3 more Stewards Needed for general or traffic duties – to reporting to Colin Davey, the Fayre Chairman.

3 more to help with Fayre’s Main Draw – reporting to Michael Wheeler

INVITATIONAL POSTCARDS

Don’t forget to use the ‘Welcome’ collage photo postcards at the back of church – they’re available during services if you want to give your details to someone for an invitation to coffee etc, or to use to invite someone to come along with you, or…

CHURCH LIFE IS INVITATIONAL

We always look forward to welcoming visitors and newcomers -something which especially seems to happen in September and October.  The ‘welcome’ guests receive will determine whether we can enjoy seeing them again or not!  We’d like to ask regular worshippers to regard September and October as months in which to determine to invite someone to come along to church with you – you’ll be extending Jesus’ invitation and welcome to them!  We all love to be invited to things, and the same is true for many people who’d come to church if only someone invited them!  Please pray and consider who can you invite to join you this September? 

Keep in Touch!

COMMUNICATIONS & MONTHLY MAG

Website at www.stmarysalverstoke.org.uk    We’ll soon have a wholly new and updated site – but it remains the ‘encyclopedia’ of our church life and information.

Facebook – follow our official page which is under the name of Alverstoke Parish Church (not as St.Mary’s!).   There are also Facebook pages for our Alverstoke Baby & Toddlers Group, Alverstoke Messy Church and Alverstoke New Parish Centre.

Leesland Pioneering has it’s own website at www.leesland.co.uk, plus Facebook page.

Weekly Mailing – sign up through the website under ‘about us’ and keep in touch through our secure weekly mailing – a photo and few notes to attach the pew sheet and orders of service for each week.

Parish News – our published monthly magazine with church and community articles – pick it up in church or better still, subscribe to have a copy each month.  We publish about 400 copies.  If you’ve never had one then help yourself to a complimentary first copy from the back of church.