Worship across the Parish:    Mothering Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion

Chris Richardson

9.15am St.Mary’s Communion

Chris Richardson

10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive

Chris Richardson/Clare Watson

11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship

Paddy Trasler

6.30pm St.Mary’s Evening Service for 

Mothering Sunday with prayer 

for reconciliation and healing

Andy Norris

Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion 

Tim Watson


MOTHERING SUNDAY Evening    31st March

Tonight we shall reflect more upon prayer for healing and wholeness in parenthood, relationships and families.  With optional opportunities to be anointed with oil or for prayer.


Thank you so much for the gift of the flowers for Mothering Sunday and to the ladies who made them up as posies.


St.Mary’s choir invite you to join them next Sunday at 6.30pm on 7th April as they sing ‘O Saviour of the World’ by Sir John Goss.


Both days at 10am-12noon:

Mon 8th April – Family Beach Art Competition followed by games

Tue 9th April – Family Scavenger Hunt followed by quiz and craft

All free, and all children with their adults welcome.  Pre-book with Kate, Families Minister, on 07986 009942

PARISH COUNTRY WALK  Saturday 27th April

Map, details and sign-up list at the back of St.Mary’s on Sundays.



May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father… encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.   (2 Thess 2v16)

Deadline Day!



plus data and photo consent forms.  Forms which explain more are available at the back of church.  By tomorrow at the latest!

AFRICA PARTNERSHIPS    visit on 7th April Thank you so much to all who’ve raised money and given to our Africa Partnerships.  You’re ongoing support for Christian Aid in Ghana and of CHASE Africa in Kenya is wonderful.   We’ve now raised the balance of £2500 for Christian Aid (total £5000) and so we look forward to welcoming Christian Aid’s Stephen Dominy to St.Mary’s on 7th April to tell us about the Ghana project and receive a cheque.  Our partnerships continue until the end of 2019 – when  the final balance of our fundraising will be given to CHASE Africa.


12th to 18th May

Can you help us deliver Christian Aid Week envelopes to every home in the parish?  There is no longer any knocking on doors to collect donations, simply popping envelopes through the door.  This worked well last year and so we’d love to reach even more homes!

If you’d be able to deliver a few envelopes then please contact our Christian Aid Co-ordinators – Philippa Harrap or Peter Ford; thank you. 


Not yet fully booked – so get in quickly!

Those who volunteer and work with children or adults where a DBS certificate is required need to undertake the diocesan C1 training module every three years.  This is for 2 hours – either online – or face to to face.  We are actually hosting a ‘face to face’ diocesan C1 training course in the Parish Centre on Sat 13th July run by the diocesan safeguarding team.  This is an excellent opportunity for those who need initial training or renewal to obtain their:

C1 Children:  09:30-11:30 

C1 Adults: 12:30-14:30

Some may wish to attend both sessions.  Each session needs to be booked online on the Safeguarding pages at www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/training.  Scrolling down to 13th July sessions.  This course is open to all across the diocese – so it is first come first served for up to 30 places on each.  If there are any queries or difficulties, or to check if you require renewal, please contact our Safeguarding Lead Recruiter: Jan Windsor.  Thanks.


Messy Church are collecting Jam Jars with their Lids to be ready for Good Friday Messy Church.  Jars to Parish Centre or back of church (Sundays only) please – thank you.


Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

APRIL CONCERT      Sat 13th April


invite you to join them in another of their popular concerts in 

St.Mary’s on 13th April with a retiring collection for the project.

BARN DANCE     11th May

Welcome in the summer with a traditional Barn Dance in the main hall of Bay House School.  No experience needed as we have an expert caller.  Tickets from the Parish Centre include supper but not drinks!  A great night out – so just bring lots of energy and have fun!

GARDEN WALKABOUT,  6th & 7th July



What a year we’ve had!  Join in at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th April in St.Mary’s Church for information, thanksgiving, electing, vision.

Elections for Churchwardens, four members of the Parochial Church Council and, this year, two members to Deanery Synod will be held in the context of reports, accounts and reflection from 2017. 


Our thanks to those who are at the end of their term and have 

served us on PCC and Synod in the past three years: Vicki Metcalf George Payne, Kim Beazley, Liz Husain and Derek Thompson. Also to Kathryn Clarke who has served us for five years as Churchwarden – we thank her for all her commitment and work.

Could you serve on the PCC or Deanery Synod?    We need to appoint 4 new members to PCC for 3 years, 2 members to Deanery Synod which includes PCC for 2 years.  Nomination forms for these rolls can be found at the back of St.Mary’s.  The PCC meets on 2nd Tuesdays, bi-monthly from January.   In addition we shall be appointing two churchwardens.  Kay is willing to stand and we seek a successor to be nominated for Kathryn.  Please commit all of these appointments to the Lord in prayer – thank you.


Did you lead or share in a church group/ministry during 2018?  

Then informal reports up to 350 words of church life are welcome by email to parishoffice@alverstoke.church by next Sunday.

MICHAELMAS FAYRE   28th September

Can you help us?

The parish share with Gosport Rotarians in organising the Michaelmas Fayre for our community.  With 5000 visitors and charitable fundraising approaching £20,000 it is a significant event.  The committee have asked the church to provide two people to be:

The Brochure Editor

The Official Draw Co-ordinator 

These roles can be supported by Sue in the office.  By Easter Andy would be very pleased to hear from anyone, pair or team of folk who would be willing to undertake these roles.  We also seek any who’d be willing to be traffic stewards on the day.  Thanks so much.

TONY COMPTON’s Service of Thanksgiving

We are sad to announce that Tony died last week. A special Service of Thanksgiving for Tony will be held in St. Mary’s at 2.30pm this

Thursday 4th April followed by light refreshments afterwards in the

parish centre.  Please pray for Jean, David & Helen at this time.



Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 

Communion for Maundy Thursday 10.00am in St.Faith’s

‘Upper Room’ Last Supper communion service                                             at 7.00pm in St.Francis Church.

‘Watch & Pray’ Quiet Vigil 8.00 – 9.30pm in St.Mary’s.

‘Vigil Compline’ 9.30pm in St.Mary’s Chapel.

Friday 19th April Good Friday

Easter ‘Messy Church’ at 10.30am in St.Mary’s.

Churches Together Good Friday Service outside ‘Centrepeace’ on Gosport High Street at 11.15am.

Traditional Good Friday Devotions 2.00pm in St.Mary’s

Sunday 21st April Easter Sunday

8.00am St.Mary’s Traditional Holy Communion 

10.00am St.Mary’s Easter Communion (for all ages)

(Please note 9.15am & 10.45am combining at 10.00am)

11.15am St.Francis’ Easter Communion

6.30pm     St.Mary’s Easter Readings & Hymns of Praise