9th October 2016 Trinity 20
A warm welcome to worship in
THE PARISH OF ALVERSTOKE
St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’
“if we are faithless, he remains faithful
for he cannot disown himself”
2 Timothy 2 v 13
Sunday’s Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Humphrey Prideaux
9.15am St.Mary’s Morning Prayer
Revd Andy Norris
9.30am St.Faith’s Morning Prayer
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive Communion
Revds Chris Richardson & Andy Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Worship
6.30pm St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris
GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART
Eph.1v16: ‘We never cease to give thanks for you’
We seek for October to be a month of Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing in the life of our church.
We’re grateful for cakes over coffee at St.Mary’s today to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving!
EATING & FELLOWSHIP
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to fellowship…
and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’
RUSSIAN MALE VOICE CHOIR CONCERT
Members of the church were so impressed on a recent cultural trip to Russia that the result is a concert here in St.Mary’s on Tuesday 11th October at 7.00pm. Come and hear The Voronezh Male Voice Choir, chief conductor Tatyana Izhogina, who are visiting England to celebrate the life of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh. The programme will range from sacred music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian and Ukrainian composers. Tickets £10 on door.
PARISH LUNCH THIS TUESDAY 11th
All welcome for a fine cooked lunch at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre. £6. RSVP Parish Office if possible.
PARISH BARN DANCE
Come and share the joy of the evening for all in our Brodrick Hall on Sat 29th October at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (to include supper) available at the church office or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising funds towards our new parish centre.
ST.FRANCIS’ COFFEE MORNING
You’re invited to join us on 19th November at St.Francis’ from 9.45am to 11.30am. Friends, Fair Trade and a variety of Stalls etc.
Next Sunday CHORAL EVENSONG
Sunday 16th October at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s
Next MESSY CHURCH
A week earlier due to half-term! On Thursday 20th October from 3.30pm in the Parish Centre. All families welcome, for children with their adults to enjoy Bible themed craft & games, story & songs, all ending with a hot cooked tea! Please join us.
CHOIR @ PORTSMOUTH CATHEDRAL
The choir invite you to join them as they sing Choral Evensong at the Cathedral on Thursday 27th October at 6.00pm. As the Visiting Choir they’d be delighted for friends from the parish to join them.
LEARNING & GROWING
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves to the apostles
teaching, to the fellowship… and to prayer .’
‘PILGRIMS’ this Autumn with Christianity Explored
Our midweek church offers explorations in either John’s Gospel or the ‘Going Deeper’ series on ‘Forgiveness’. Each Thursday starting at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre, all welcome. Fellowship, Worship and Learning. Now also offering ‘Christianity Explored’.
BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS (BFG)
regularly meet in homes or the Parish Centre for friendship and chatting, Bible study and discussion, prayer and reflection. The groups offer significant encouragement in faith and support in life. You’d be very welcome to join a group that suites you.
Overall Co-ordinator: Diana Dow (02392 528122).
Wednesday Ladies BFG Fortnightly at 2.30pm
Thursday ‘Bible Study’ BFG Fortnightly, 10.00-11.30am
Wednesday ‘Open Hands’ BFG Weekly, 8.00-9.30pm
Thursday ‘Beta’ BFG Fortnightly, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Friday ‘Bible & Biscuit’ BFG
Weekly at 9.30am and pre-school children are welcome.
SERVING & GIVING
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’
In St.Mary’s on Sun 16th Oct after the 0930 and Church Alive services. Hosted by Pete & Julie Fieldsend who have taken up representing Traidcraft for us. We have coffee, tea, biscuits and one or two other products which we’re trying, along with catalogues for people to browse and order in time for Christmas – our next stall will be Sun 20 Nov.
It would be appreciated if you’re able to pop any small flowerpots to the back of St.Mary’s or the office this week. Then the children will plant them up with bulbs next Sunday to sell in the Spring for our Ethiopia
FOOD BASKET in St.Mary’s
All year long a basket at the back of St.Mary’s welcomes any provisions to support local homeless young people in the care of the Accommodation Resource Centre.
For that extra tin of beans etc in your groceries we are very grateful – thank you.
ST.MARY’S JUNIOR SAILING CLUB
Many thanks to the team of volunteers who worked hard to provide a successful season of sailing for young people on the creek. Our church club hosts about 40 young people each weekend from the club house where we have some 12 sailing dinghies. Many thanks to all as we anticipate our club ‘Laying Up Supper’ and awards next Saturday 15th, with our President Dee Caffari and record breaking sailor Alex Alley sharing his exploits.
Come to a NEW WINE HOLIDAY 2017
Bring your tent, caravan or motor home and join our church group camping together from 30th July-5th
August next summer. A great opportunity at the Christian holiday/teaching week at Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.
The first (and cheapest) booking deadline is 30th November until which time adults cost £144 with children on a scale of prices. Contact Chris Richardson or Clare Watson for details of a church group going together, and check www.new-wine.org/united17 for details. To camp together our group has been called ‘St.Mary’s Gosport’.
We’re sorry to say that Jean, a regular worshipper, died on Wednesday. We pray for Kim & Ann in the congregation, and Kim’s sister Jenny as they make arrangements for Jean’s service of thanksgiving at 12 noon on Friday 21st October in St.Mary’s following a cremation during the morning.