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Sunday 16th February:    2 before Lent

8.00am                 St.Mary’s 1662 Morning Prayer

                              Sue Smith

9.15am                 St.Mary’s Communion

                              Hazel O’Sullivan

10.45am               St.Mary’s Church Alive

                              Andy Norris

11.15am               St.Francis’ Morning Worship

                              Welcome to guest, Revd Colin Chambers

12.30pm               St.Mary’s Baptism   Andy Norris

6.30pm                  St.Mary’s 1662 Evensong

                              Tim Sharman

Thurs 20th            St.Faith’s Communion  

                              Andy Norris

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WORSHIPPING

Acts 2v47: “praising God and enjoying the favour of people.”

ASH WEDNESDAY 26th February

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

SHORT STORIES OF FAITH for  iNViTe

Andy would value chatting to two or three folk who may be willing to ‘share’ a 3-4 minute ‘story’ about God in their lives during the iNViTe service next Sunday evening, 23rd.  If you feel prompted

towards this then please have a word with Andy, thanks.

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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

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         Next 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 next Sunday in the Parish Centre. All who are serving would be very welcome – the tea is for spouses and children too. Contact Andy Norris or Jon & Carole Backhouse (RN Chaplain).

iNViTe ‘Bring & Share’ Tea   Next 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 Parish Centre.

MESSY CHURCH Thurs 27th Feb
From 3.30pm in the Parish Centre.  A ‘Messy’ appeal for any large boxes, cereal size and above, or sheets of cardboard (creating Shields of Faith). Please leave for Kate in Parish Centre – thanks.

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.

PARISH CENTRE REGENERATION events

  • Feb 25th – Coffee Morning with the Mayor
  • Mar 24th – Coffee Morning
  • Apr 25th – Sea Shanties, Fish n Chips & Pud!

Parking Space sought for a £500 project donation

NEW OFFICE EMAIL ADDRESS

Please note that with the upgrade of the office computer the office and Sue Simpson now have a new email address, so please update your contacts to:

parishadmin@alverstoke.church       Thanks. 

JOIN OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP TEAMS…

Without all the background offering of ministry to Sunday worship then we’d not be able to gather in community before God as we’re so privileged to do.  Thank you therefore to all who serve our Sunday worship in so many ways.  We currently seek to strengthen teams (often rotas) to enable us, not only to sustain us but also that we may grow as a faith community in worship and service.  We want people to be blessed in ‘serving’ where they’ll be happy and where it will be an offering of their gifts to God!

HOSPITALITY TEAM

Meeting and greeting, looking out for people and offering our hospitatlity is central to our being able to express God’s love and welcome to all.  Could this be you?  Please see Kathryn Clarke.

SINGERS/MUSICIANS

We’re needing to vocally and instrumentally boost both our worship band and orchestra, seeking more vocalists to give a lead to singing at Church Alive.  The offering of musical instruments and voices releases our praise and response to the Lord, and so, if you could join these then please have a word with Anne Beazley (Band Wed night rehearse) and Paul Pilott/ Sylvia Lock (Orchestra Sat morning) – thanks.

AV PRESENTATION TEAM

Please see Bill Lock if you enjoy ‘technology’ and could operate our AV Laptop or help build the Sunday presentation during the week.  We use ‘Mediashout’ software and seek the tech savvy!  It’s fun keeping up with the musicians but without this ministry…

ST. MARY’S ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN

Our Annual Spring Clean at St. Mary’s will take place on Saturday 29th February from 9-30am to 11-30am. Any help even for an hour or so would be much appreciated on the day. Please bring along your own hoovers, dusters, brushes and extension leads. Our local Guide groups will also be there to help. Many thanks.

BRODRICK HALL BUILDING ‘MANAGER’

We’re indebted to Ken Greenwood for ‘caring’ for the Brodrick for over 30 years, but who has now ‘retired’.  If anyone could join our small committee in order to ‘keep an eye’ on the building (which is generally good now) then please have a word with Andy Norris.

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.

OPEN DOORS & FOOD RUN

By all accounts the local Open Doors project for the homeless is successful and it is hoped to continue with a regular ‘drop in’ and by extending the original evening ‘Food Run’.  If you’d like to help at the food run then please contact Emma Anderton as she seeks to build a team, thank you.  (emma@closewood.com)

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We’re sorry to say…

Pamela Roderick has sadly died and her service of Thanksgiving is to be held in St.Mary’s at 11.30am on 21st February.