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Worship across the Parish:    Advent Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Morning Prayer

Diana Dow

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Andy Norris/Steve Dent

10.30am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Andy Norris

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion Steve Dent

12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptisms

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

Darren Clarke

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson

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NEXT SUNDAY SERVICE TIME CHANGES

Please note: No St.Mary’s 9.15am or Church Alive on 8th Dec when we shall have one united festival service at 10.00am.

ALPHA COURSE 2020 – save the dates!

Please note for your diary that our next Alpha Course will start with a ‘Fish n Chip’ supper on Thurs 6th February and run through to Easter in the Parish Centre, with a planned ‘day’ on 14th March.

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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.

ADVENT ‘Food’ CALENDAR BOXES

for the Food and Basic Bank.   How about finding a box and 

dividing it in to 24 tin/packet size sections so that each day you can place a food or toiletry item in to the slot? Maybe doing it when you give thanks at the time of a meal!   All boxes brought to church 

before 12th January will be delivered to the Food & Basics Bank which tends to have low stock in the New Year – thanks!

2020: NEXT CHURCH WALK

Make a date in your diary for Sat 18th April for a walk starting in Walderton (W.Sussex) taking in some of the Octagon Parish Churches before an optional pub lunch!  About 7 miles.  Details in January, led by Jane & Huw Jones.

HEARING HEADPHONES

If any folk struggle to hear in St.Mary’s then we do have four sets of  ‘headphones’ which can be borrowed.  They work effectively off the loop system and we’d rather you felt comfortable to use them than struggle to hear.  They may be helpful when ‘noises off’ disturb too.

CHURCH FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

Could you be a school governor?  Please have a word with Andy.

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Christmas is coming!

CAN YOU HELP SET UP 84 TREES ON TUESDAY FROM 10am-NOON?  If so ‘thank you’ and just come to St.Mary’s!

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL   Thurs

Join us and 5000 people for our moving celebration in St.Mary’s on:

Friday 6th:   3.00pm-7.00pm

Saturday 7th:  11.00am-6.00pm

Sunday 8th: 12noon-6.00pm

Also, Carol Singing Opening & Switching on of lights with Mayor on Thursday 5th Dec at 6.15pm followed by mulled wine & pies.

The festival includes a wonderful Bay House School 12noon-1.00pm on Friday; entry by Free Tickets Only from Parish Office or from Liz Sykes-Little.

Home made cakes and quiche are sought by Carol Workman and the team who will be hosting the ‘cafe’ in the Parish Centre over the festival weekend – thank you very much, plus any draw prizes!

Deliveries continue – thank you.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARDS: 4 days to deliver!

Please take a bundle of cards to post along the streets.

About 2/3rds of our cards have been delivered, thank you so much to those who’ve walked the streets.  We’re nearly there with about 50 roads left to invite before Thursday!   Bundles of our greetings cards are at the back of St.Mary’s.  

If you can enjoy a nice walk along the roads, even praying for peace and blessing upon the residents as you post a card through their door, then your help would be invaluable – thank you.

To read, enjoy and give away…

CHRISTMAS ‘HOPE’ MAGAZINES

We have 600 Christmas mags featuring both Tom Hanks and and the world’s top ranked goalkeeper, Liverpool’s Alisson, talking abut their faith and families.  An article on Christian life as an RAF Squadron Leader and the new CATS film – where TS Eliots story is one of forgiveness and healing!  A great read, so please take one both to enjoy and to give to a friend or neighbour along with our guests in church over Christmas.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sun 8th Dec 10.00am   Christmas Tree Festival Service

Thurs 12th Dec St.Luke’s evening Carol Service

Sun 15th Dec 6.30pm   Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sun 22nd Dec 10.45am   Carol Praise & Scratch Nativity

11.15am   St.Francis’ Christmas Communion

Christmas Eve 3.00pm & 4.30pm  Crib Services

11.00pm   Midnight Communion

Christmas Day 8.00am   Traditional Said Holy Communion

10.00am   Christmas Communion (all age)

Leesland Neighbourhood Church has a programme of Christmas activity at St.Faith’s which can be seen  at: www.Leesland.co.uk  

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PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION

breaks through £100,000!

We’re anticipating a favourable outcome from our planning application and we’re guided by planners that it may arrive on Christmas Eve!  So ‘thank you’ to all who’ve shared in the project so far – a great amount of work has brought us to this ‘threshold’ both in terms of the building, and in crashing through £100,000 of fundraising to make it possible.  Thank you.

If we have permission confirmed then the ‘hard work’ of funding the ‘building stage’ begins!   So we look forward to the range of events by which we enjoyed such friendship & entertainment during 2019.

Coming up in the 2020…

Jan 28th – Coffee Morning

Feb 15th – Curry & Quiz Night

Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor

Mar 24th – Coffee Morning

Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!

Apr 28th – Coffee Morning

May 16th – Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends Concert

May 26th – Coffee Morning

Jun 2nd – Beetle Drive, Tea & Cake

Jun 23rd – Coffee Morning

Jul 4th/5th – Alverstoke Garden Walkabout

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GIVING MONEY TO THE CHURCH

A final repeat this Sunday – and thank you very much to those who’ve responded to this recent message…

We’re so grateful for all that is given in support of our life & ministry, mission & worship – thank you.  

We have not had a general appeal for a good while due to our special fundraising in favour of the new Parish Centre along with the ‘crowd funding’ for the Families Minister post and our Africa Partnerships – thank you for all that is given.

At the Church Council there was thankfulness for the ‘grace’ of giving which is miraculously sustaining us in our day to day cost.  But those costs are increasing in 2020 – especially our ‘parish share’ towards the mission of the whole diocese going up to £134,037.  So members wondered if a ‘gentle’ reminder in this pew sheet might encourage some to review our ‘general’ giving and, if circumstances allow, increase it in keeping with inflation or whatever is possible!  Also an encouragement to use the ‘Parish Giving Scheme’ (PGS) for regular giving.  It is the tailor made scheme which works in favour of the giver and the church when compared to envelopes and Standing Orders.  New givers would especially be encouraged to sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme for which leaflets and forms are at the back of church.  But however you choose to give we’re very grateful, so thank you very much indeed for we are a self-funded charity where every penny does count and is an expression of our love for and worship of the Lord!  Thanks.

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WE’RE SAD TO SAY…

Please pray for families in anticipation of Funerals in St.Marys:

1.00pm Thurs 12th Dec – Funeral for Nigel Williams

3.30pm Fri 13th Dec – Thanksgiving for Michael Wright