Sunday 5th January: Epiphany
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Morning Prayer
Diana Dow
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Andy Norris/Darren Clarke
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Andrew Norris/Darren Clarke
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Reg Forse
6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong
Andy Norris/Paddy Trasler
Thurs 9th St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson/Erica Wilkie


CANDLEMAS 2nd Feb. Did you know…
At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth as God with us, God incarnate. At Candlemas we follow Jesus being presented to God in the Temple at the age of 40 days – his naming and dedication – where we celebrate Jesus as the Light of God’s salvation for all peoples and nations; the one who, in turn, will present us to God our Father. Celebrating Jesus as the Light of the World therefore continues when we gather for the following:

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES
St.Francis’ Christingle 12th January at 11.15am
St.Mary’s Christingle 2nd February at 10.45am

Candlelight CHORAL EVENSONG
For Candlemas at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 2nd February for a
beautiful choral celebration of Jesus ‘The Light of the World’.

MEMORIAL CANDLES for Candlemas
St.Mary’s will be ablaze with candles on 2nd Feb. If you would like to sponsor a Candlemas candle in memory of a loved one whose name will then be entered by calligraphy in the Candlemas Memorial Book, please complete the form at the back of St.Mary’s and return it to the Parish Office by 27th Jan with your £3 per name.


GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

Fish n’ Chips at ALPHA
Thurs 6th February
If you’ve not experienced the new Alpha film series yet then you’re in for a treat. Why not come along to the first ‘taster’ session – and even better – enjoy complimentary ‘fish n’ chips’ (or other alternative from the chippy) to start off our new 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 Spring Alpha starts on Thurs 6th February at 7.15pm in The Parish Centre. For catering purposes please sign up for the first evening by contacting Andy Norris at rector@alverstoke.church. Why not invite and bring a friend? They do like an invitation!

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP 9th Jan
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 9th January in St.Francis’ Church. All warmly welcome.

CONNECTIONS 16th Feb
Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am -11.30am in
the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road. Every 1st/3rd Thurs.

MESSY CHURCH Thurs 23rd Jan
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.

LENT COURSE Weds In March
with Revd Steve Dent.

SMILE goes Dotty! 31st Jan
St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening gathers for another creative evening of ‘Dotty Art’ on Friday 31st Jan at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All women welcome to get together with others to relax, feel good and have fun. You’ll be using simple dotting techniques to create beautiful wooden hanging hearts, cards and decorated envelopes. Choice of paint effects, colours, designs and stamped sentiments. Price is £7.50 to include all materials and tuition.
You’re of course welcome to join the fellowship and make friends even if you don’t wish to join in the ‘paid up’ craft activity. Please contact Emma Anderton for more info and to book your Dot!


PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION 2020
A legal agreement is being prepared which, upon completion, should allow for confirmation of planning consent for the new Parish Centre. So we should soon have that good news to share, but in the meantime please add the following dates in your diary, and let’s continue enjoying getting together for 2020…
Jan 28th – Coffee Morning
Feb 15th – Curry & Quiz Night – Tickets available now!
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

DONATE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS Calories
Can we help you by relieving you of any unwanted Christmas gifts such as chocolates and that odd bottle of Champagne? Just think of the health benefits of donating them towards the new Parish Centre! Any gifts, candles, novelty items would be greatly appreciated at the Parish Centre – with thanks for your support.


SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”
ADVENT CALENDAR HAMPERS!
Don’t forget – those who’ve been collecting imperishable food or toiletries each day are invited to bring your 25 items to St.Mary’s in the New Year to place them with our permanent basket/hamper which collects all year for our Gosport Food & Basics Bank; thanks.

GOSPORT ‘OPEN DOORS’ APPEAL
Can you the Mayor’s vision supporting the homeless with accommodation and food from 6th Jan to 29th Feb? More info on a letter from the Mayor at the back of St.Mary’s or email: gosportopendoors@gmail.com Thank you.

MONTHLY FORCES FAMILY TEAS?
Planning Meeting Today at 4.00pm in the Chapel, with tea & cake!
Since the CofE signed the Armed Forces Covenant we have hoped to host a monthly activity for Forces personnel and their families. We want to serve those in the forces through those who are retired from the services or any others willing to help in ‘hosting’ teas,
fellowship and activity under the guiding hand of Revd Jon and Carole Backhouse (Collingwood Chaplain). Our vision is to connect with military personnel and families – seeing them supported, encouraged and growing in faith. Any who share this vision for a 4th Sunday are invited to a meeting to start planning on Sun 5th January at 4.00pm in The Chapel. Retired services folk, those serving today or any who’d like to support them are welcome in anticipation of hosting a first tea on 26th Jan!


WE’RE SORRY TO SAY…
We’re sad to announce that both Dr Jo Luffingham (St.Mary’s) and
Eric Martin (St.Francis’) passed away during the new year.
Please pray for their families and for Eric’s wife Joyce at this time.