Worship across the Parish:    TRINITY 8

8.00am St.Mary’s Said 1662 Communion

Chris Richardson

No 9.15am

10.00am St.Mary’s Farewell Communion 

for Revd Chris Richardson

No 10.45am

11.15am St.Francis’ Communion

Reg Forse

12.15pm Farewell Lunch in the Parish Centre

6.30pm St.Mary’s 1662 Choral Merbecke Communion

Humphrey Prideaux

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Thursday Communion 

Tim Watson


Our prayers for peace and grace to be with the Richardson family upon their move to Camberley and in their new parish of St.Martin’s.  Chris & Abbie, James & Kate – may you know every happiness and blessing in your new home.



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


This is the last day in the parish for Chris who leaves us today ahead of being inducted as Vicar of St.Martin’s, Camberley, on the evening of Thurs 5th September.

FAREWELL SUNDAY…  This morning we shall enjoy a united service at St.Mary’s at 10.00am (combining Morning Prayer and Church Alive Communion) to have a big send off.  

FAREWELL LUNCH… Please join us after the service for coffee followed by Lunch in the Parish Centre.  We’ll start eating after 

giving Thanks at about 12.30pm.  All welcome. 

GIFT…If you’d like to contribute towards a leaving gift from us to the family to present during the service then gifts in envelopes marked ‘Chris Richardson’ – or to the Office – would be very kind, thank you.

INDUCTION 5th September…We’re pleased that there should be room in St.Martin’s for all those who’ve signed up in recent weeks to be able to go to Camberley.  We’ll seek to co-ordinate transport and share lifts in cars.

CONNECTIONS   This Thursday 15th

Coffee and activities morning for Seniors from 10.00am-11.30am in the Scout Hut, Clayhall Road, this Thurs 18th.  Every 1st/3rd Thurs.


Each Friday in August from 12.30pm-1.15pm.  Tickets £5 (£4).  

16th Aug – Andrew Cleary (Bishop’s Waltham)

23rd Aug – Adrian Bawtree (Rochester Cathedral)

30th Aug – Stephen Farr (St.Paul’s, Knightsbridge)


10.30am each session with a charge of £1 per child.  Limited space so please contact Kate Smyth, Families Minister to book a place:

19th August   Family Beach Art Competition

20th August Alver Valley Play Park (feed ducks!), bring a picnic

21st August Family Book Club in a Box & meal

22nd August It’s a Knockout!

28th August Family Cooking Club & meal

29th August Family Book Club in a Box & meal (£2.50 for meal)


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 chaps from 7.00pm on 6th September.  You’re welcome to bring your own drink or snacks, and we’ll order from different ‘take aways’ at 7.15pm.  Just turn up or details from Deane Street or Kim Beazley.   At Kim’s home, 9 Peel Road.   


7.00pm in St.Mary’s on 28th September to enjoy a feast of local musical talent with soloists, school choirs, and adult ensembles and choirs – ending with the popular pieces styled upon the Last Night of the Proms.  In support of St.Mary’s Music.


All adults welcome for a bonfire and ‘Bring & Share’ supper at the Rectory on 1st November from 7.00pm.  Hosted by our men’s A.Men and women’s SMILE groups.


A new group will start in October for the autumn as follow on for those who’ve already participated in an Alpha Course.  Watch this space for details.

ADULT BAPTISM  20th October 

We’re planning to host a Baptism service for adults during Church Alive on 20th October.  If you would like to consider being baptised as an adult then please soon have a word with Andy Norris, thanks.


Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Coffee, Cake & Co.   Tues 27th August

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.

Regeneration Events this autumn:

Coffee Morning – 24th September

Michaelmas Fayre Village Teas – 28th September

Afternoon Tea & Prosecco – 8th October

Paul Pilott & Friends Concert – 19th October

Coffee Morning – 22nd October

Sparkle & Style Fashion Show – 12th November

Coffee Morning – 26th November



Acts 4v32:  ‘“they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace.


St.Mary’s needs you!   Please save the date.  

Can you help host a simple game at the 10p Family Fun Fete?

20 more needed – please sign list at back – so we can add fun for all ages to the Fayre.  Over 1000 games were played in the church yard last year for 10p or free.  It’s not about making money but about creating joy and celebrating God’s love in community.  

Kate Symth will co-ordinate the dozen or so activities ranging from face paints to quoits and bowls etc.

Also sign lists at the back for:

3 more Stewards Needed for general or traffic duties – to report to Colin Davey, the Fayre Chairman.

3 more to help with Fayre’s Main Draw – report to Michael Wheeler

DRAW PRIZES…  Michael is seeking additional prizes for the draw.  If you are in a position to be able to donate a prize for the village draw then he’d be pleased to hear from you on michael.wheeler3@sky.com or phone 02392 358539   Thank you.

There are also other jobs inside the church, parish centre, 

regeneration team etc., for which requests may come.

Because we share with the Rotarians in the overall hosting of the fayre we do need to offer more people to help run the event. 

It is great that many of us participate through other charities and groups – but it does traditionally leave us falling short in offering helpers.  So even if you participate with another group could you still offer just an hour to the main church fayre team please? – that would be invaluable.