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Sunday 2nd February:    3 before Lent

8.00am                 St.Mary’s 1662 Said Communion

                              Andy Norris/Paddy Trasler

9.15am                 St.Mary’s Morning Prayer

                              Andy Norris

10.45am               St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion

                              Steve Dent/Hazel O’Sullivan

11.15am               St.Francis’ Morning Worship

                              Diana Dow

6.30pm                  St.Mary’s 1662 Merbeke Choral Communion

                              Andy Norris/Paddy Trasler

Thurs 13th            St.Faith’s Communion  

                              Tim Watson/Erica Wilkie

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ASH WEDNESDAY 26th February

Communions at 7.30am (Parish Centre) and 6.30pm (St.Mary’s)

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GROWING, FELLOWSHIP & EATING

Acts 2v46: They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship…

prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts

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

GAMES & COMPANIONSHIP Thurs 13th Feb
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 13th Feb in St.Francis’ Church. All warmly welcome.

CONNECTIONS  Thurs 20th Feb
Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am -11.30am in the Scout HQ, Clayhall Road. Every 1st/3rd Thurs.

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.

FORCES FAMILY TEA     Sun 23rd Feb
Our first tea last month was a great success with 25+ adults and some children – the atmosphere was wonderful.  So, those serving in the armed forces and service families are invited to our monthly tea from 4.15pm on Sunday 23rd February in the Parish Centre. Whether single or with a family – all who are serving would be very welcome. The tea is for spouses and children too – especially important when someone is away from home. Contact Andy Norris or Jon & Carole Backhouse (RN Chaplain).

iNViTe ‘Bring & Share’ Tea    Sun 23rd Feb

All welcome to enjoy cakes, sandwiches and company from 5.40pm in St.Mary’s ahead of our evening service – whether you stay on or not!

CUPPA & COMPANY  Tues 25th Feb

Home made cake and friendship especially for those who are bereaved.  Every fourth Tuesday from 2.00pm in the Parish Centre.

MESSY CHURCH Thurs 27th Feb
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.

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   4th & 5th April

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, 7.30pm in the Guildhall.  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. Tickets also from the Guildhall Box Office.

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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
  • May 26th – Coffee Morning
  • Jun 2nd –  Beetle Drive, Tea & Cake
  • Jun 23rd – Coffee Morning
  • Jul 4th/5th – Alverstoke Garden Walkabout

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.

Parking Space for a £500 donation?

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.

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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.

Revd ANDY & CHRIS DAVIS

Many of you have valued Andy’s ministry in Gosport – first as curate in this parish, and in recent years as vicar of Holy Trinity & Christchurch.  Please pray for Andy & Chris, and the folks of Christchurch and Trintity following Andy’s announcement of his appointment to Holy Trinity Church, Bramley in Guildford Diocese.

FAIRTRADE FORNIGHT   23rd Feb-8th March

Order your fair-trade Easter Eggs through Peter and Julie Fieldsend, our parish Traidcraft reps who’d be pleased to help you with any Fairtrade information and provisions.

PRAY FOR ALPHA

The new Alpha course got off to a great start, once again with over 20 folk coming from all over Gosport.  Would you be willing to pray for the new group as we start our journey of discovery together? – that would be helpful and kind, thank you.  Many thanks the sponsors of our ‘Fish n Chip’ supper!

DO YOU RECEIVE OUR WEEKLY MAILING?

Each week, usually Friday, we send out an email bulletin – a photo and few notes which accompany attaching this pew sheet as a pdf for you to keep in touch.  Why not join 160 others and sign up via the website – so that whether you can get along or not you can discover all our news and share in the life of our community?  Simply go to our website and follow the ‘About Us’ followed by ‘Subscribe to receive our Pew Sheet’ tabs! 

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.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Rehearsing each Wednesday, The Junior Choir sing at 9.15am on the 1st & 3rd and at Church Alive on 2nd & 4th Sundays each month.