Sunday 2nd February: Candlemas
8.00am St.Mary’s 1662 Said Morning Prayer
Andy Norris
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Andy Norris/Steve Dent
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive CHRISTINGLE
Andy Norris/Libby Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Communion
Steve Dent
12.30pm St.Mary’s Baptism Andy Norris
6.30pm St.Mary’s Candlemas Choral Evensong
Andy Norris
Thurs 6th St.Faith’s Communion Steve Dent


CHRISTINGLE at ST.MARY’S
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’.

CANDLEMAS MEMORIAL BOOK
The book in the north aisle has been updated in memory of many loved ones for Candlemas, please have a look at the beautiful calligraphy as you remember them.

FLOWER GUILD
St.Mary’s looks wonderful and we’re grateful to the Flower Guild who’ve been so busy preparing it with all the flowers and candles for the weekend, thank you. Do you fancy joining the Guild?


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


ALPHA STARTS THIS THURSDAY
There’s still time to join the dozen folk who’ve
already signed up for Alpha this Spring. It truly
is a worthwhile course whether we’re exploring
faith or have been a christian for many years.
Each course is alive and fascinating…
This Thursday Alpha starts with a complimentary ‘fish n chip’ supper and an introductory film – a taster session.
7.15pm on 6th Feb 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?


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 for info or email steve.dent@alverstoke.church

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.

BABY & TODDLERS GROUPS
Do you care for children on a Monday or Tuesday? Then join our parish Baby & Toddler groups. Please take a leaflet from the back.

JUST ONE with J.JOHN
The inspired speaker Canon J.John is visiting Portsmouth for an event organised by the churches called ‘Just One’. Tickets at £5 are available for 4th & 5th April. The organisers hope that church members would invite a guest to go along with them! Tara Creasey is happy to get some tickets. Please sign the list at the back of St.Mary’s if interested – or have a word with Tara.


PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION events
Please note that the Quiz & Curry night is more than sold out!

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

Space to donate £500 to the Regeneration?
To those who may have a larger garden/driveway – if you’re willing to allow a campervan to be parked on your land then the owner would donate £500 to the regeneration project. Please have a word with Andy Norris if you could explore that idea, thank you.

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 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.”


THANK YOU FOR THE TV
I’m very grateful for the response from a few people to last week’s appeal for a TV for our courses and use at the Parish Centre. Thank you for the offers which were very kind, one of which we have very gratefully received.

WOULD YOU LIKE OUR MONTHLY MAG?
We publish 300 magazines a month – available in church or the Post Office. Or for £6 a year it can be delivered to your home. Please contact the office if you’re interested.

PARISH MAGAZINE – GENTLE REMINDER
Annual £6 subscriptions for the monthly mag are now due. If you have the magazine delivered and not yet paid you can either do so by cheque, payable to St Mary’s Alverstoke PCC, or by cash. Please put either in an envelope marked ‘Parish Magazine’ and include your name and address inside the envelope. Payments can be left at the office or popped into the alms box in the wall at the back of church. Many thanks.