Sunday 26th January: Epiphany 3
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Hazel O’Sullivan/Andy Norris
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe reflective praise & prayer
with Bring & Share Tea from 5.40pm
Andy Norris/Steve Dent/Phil Rutt
Thurs 30th St.Faith’s Communion Tim Watson
iNViTe Tonight – ‘Faith in Action’ & 5.40pm Tea!
This evening we look forward to welcoming Phil Rutt to our iNViTe service at 6.30pm. Phil is Project Leader of the Open Doors for the homeless in Gosport this winter, along with being the chair of the Food & Basics Bank. With Phil’s experience, Steve Dent will be exploring ‘Faith in Action’ at our informal contemporary service.
We’ll enjoy a ‘Bring & Share’ Tea ahead of the service from 5.40pm.
CHRISTINGLE at ST.MARY’S Next Sun
Join us at 10.45am Church Alive on 2nd February for
our beautiful intergenerational Christingle service.
This year we’ll especially be thinking about ‘the world’!
Candlelight CHORAL EVENSONG
For Candlemas at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s on 2nd Feb
for a choral festival of Jesus ‘The Light of the World’.
MEMORIAL CANDLES for Candlemas by Mon!
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.
We’re grateful to the Flower Guild who’ll be busy decorating this week with 100’s candles and white flowers; it will be very moving.
GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…
prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
New: FORCES FAMILY TEA Tonight 26th
Those serving in the armed forces and service families are invited to our first tea from 4.15pm today in the Parish Centre. Whether single or with a family – all who are serving are welcome. The tea is for spouses and children too. Contact Andy Norris or Jon & Carole Backhouse (RN Chaplain) for more info.
SMILE goes Dotty! This Fri 31st Jan
Our St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening gathers for another creative evening of ‘Dotty Art’ at 7.00pm in the Parish Centre. All women welcome to create beautiful craft items/cards. £7.50 includes all materials and tutor. 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 at email@example.com
MEN’S ‘Take Away’ Night This Fri 31st Jan
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 gents from 6.30pm on 31st Jan. You’re welcome to bring your own drink or snacks, and we’ll order from different ‘take aways’ at 6.30pm. Just turn up or details from Kim Beazley. At Kim’s home, 9 Peel Road, Gosport.
LENT COURSE ‘On The Third Day’
Why not join us for this year’s Lent Course, ‘On The Third Day’? Starting on Weds 11th March, it comprises of five sessions exploring the relevance of the resurrection for today. We will be running two groups in the comfortable St.Francis’ Church in Clayhall Road; one at 10.30am to noon, the other from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. All are welcome, with tea and coffee to start. Please contact Steve Dent on 07722 902 344 for info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Why not invite and bring a friend? They do like an invitation!
HALF-TERM FAMILY FUN
Based at St Francis Church, Clayhall Road.
Monday 17th February 10.30-12.30
Wednesday 19th February 10.30-12.30
Thursday 20th February 10.30am. Starting at Crescent Gardens
£2 per family. Limited spaces so please pre-book through Kate Smyth Families Minister 07986009942.
PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION events
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tues 28th Jan
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.
Quiz & Curry Night Sat 15th Feb Reserve List!
Amazingly Tickets are sold out, but the Parish Office is running reserve list incase of cancellations.
Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor
Mar 24th – Coffee Morning
Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!
May 16th – Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends Concert
Alverstoke Garden Walkabout 4th-5th July
If you have a garden in Alverstoke, you could open it up for us! It doesn’t need to look like the Chelsea Show, just a space you enjoy and would like to share however large or small, paved or lawned, shuns or tubs. It’s a lovely sociable occasion welcoming so many people. Tempted? Please call Sally Rees on 07929 709780 or a member of the Regeneration team. Thank you.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.”
GOSPORT ‘OPEN DOORS’ APPEAL
Can you help the Mayor’s vision supporting the homeless with
accommodation and food running to 29th Feb? More information on a letter from the Mayor at the back of St.Mary’s or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
We desperately need a few more volunteers to help deliver the parish magazine to small ’rounds’ in the parish. If you can spare a couple of hours once a month please contact the office. Some of our agents have been delivering for over ten years and need a break! Please have a word with Hazel – thank you.
48”+ TV for PARISH CENTRE
Have you had a new telly recently making an old large flat screen TV redundant in your home? If so, would you like to donate it to the Parish Centre where we seek a replacement monitor ahead of our next Alpha (6th Feb) and Marriage Preparation (8th Feb) courses? Please have a word with Andy who’d be very grateful, thanks.
WE’RE SORRY TO SAY…
The following church members funerals are arranged for:
Jo Luffingham at 2.00pm on Mon 27th, memorial in St.Mary’s.
Joan Thompson at 12.30pm on Thurs 13th Feb to be held in Solent Evangelical Church. Joan worshipped at St.Faith’s and was a long serving member of our team visiting nursing homes.