Sunday 22nd July 2018 Proper 11

St.Mary’s ✢ St.Faith’s ✢ St.Francis’✢ St.Luke’s

”His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.” Ephesians 2v15

Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Said Communion
Reg Forse
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Reg Forse
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Chris Richardson & Jo Northey
11.00am St.Luke’s Communion
Andrew Norris
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
Darren Clarke
6.30pm St.Mary’s iNViTe contemporary praise Chris Richardson/Ed Northey/Andy Norris
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Tim Watson

Bring a picnic and enjoy the friendship & games plus bouncy castle. If no picnic then still come as there will be plenty of hot dogs and drink for you to enjoy!
A special summer celebration at Church Alive will be followed by our picnic at the Parish Centre from 12noon to 2.00pm.

TONIGHT IS iNViTe with Revd Ed Northey
Join us at 6.30pm in St.Mary’s for our monthly and reflective
contemporary worship and prayer when Revd Ed Northey will be sharing in the tonights service. All welcome.

CUPPA & COMPANY Tuesday 27th July
In the Parish Centre between 2pm and 3pm. Fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

Fridays in August 12.30-1.15pm in St.Mary’s.
3rd Geoffrey Morgan Christchurch Priory
10th Roger Bluff Buckhurst Hill
17th Ben Bloor London Oratory
24th David Goode Eton College
31st Mark Swinton St.Mary’s Warwick

Over the holidays we will be running some informal picnics / get
togethers for families.  Keep an eye out on our Alverstoke Baby & Toddler or Messy Church Alverstoke Facebook pages for details or message Jo Northey.

10p FUN FETE at the Michaelmas Fayre – can you help us in the churchyard on 29th Sept! Save the date, details in September.

Save the 20th October for our social in support of our partnerships in Ghana and Kenya through Christian Aid and CHASE Africa.
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’
We’re very grateful for the sponsorship that has been given to the cyclists and walkers in support of our Africa Partnerships. The final figure will be in excess of £1000 for which we are very grateful.
Any last donations to be collected would of course still be welcome – perhaps in envelopes marked ‘Cycle Africa’ -thank you very much.

We look forward to welcoming Henry Pomeroy to preach at St.Mary’s on 23rd September. Henry is a director of CHASE Africa. Michael Wheeler will address St.Francis on 30th September as a Trustee of CHASE Africa. We shall welcome a Christian Aid speaker in Spring 2019. All our gifts are for both partners.

Musical adults and children are invited to our OPEN CHOIR REHEARSALS on Thursdays in August 7.00-8.00pm in St.Mary’s (entry by vestry door). Join us to find out about singing in the choir.
We hope that Kay’s many friends may like to help us remember her through a significant refurbishment project in St.Francis’ for which we are seeking donations in her memory throughout August. We shall see what Kay’s memorial fund totals in September with a view to purchasing six arm chairs and towards replacing as many other chairs as possible – ideally 30. Kay did in fact start the research in to providing new chairs for St.Francis’ and such a resourcing memorial seems to be a very fitting investment for the future mission and worship of the church in her memory. The whole project may cost about £3000 and so any gifts for St.Francis’ via the Parish Office or to Beverly Harris (St.Francis’ Treasurer) from those who cherished Kay would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your support.
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…
Coffee, Cake & Co. Tuesday 24th July
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.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids in the summer hols?  Stokes Bay WI are hosting an afternoon of “Fun and Games” in the Parish Centre on Tuesday 31st July from 2- 4pm.  It’s free entry, and then 20p a go on everything from quoits to shove-halfpenny to magnetic fishing, to name but a few.  Refreshments.  Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  All proceeds to the Parish Centre Regeneration Fund.

AUTUMN CONCERT – tickets now!
Tickets for the concert on 5th October are now available from the Parish Centre. Price is £ 7.50. We’ll be in for another treat with the Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood, The (Portsmouth) Military Wives’ Choir, and Katie Rogers, a marvellous local jazz singer. The theme this year is “Pack up Your Troubles”. Tickets will sell fast, so go along and make sure you buy yours soon.
Memorial Service for Dr.Spink
We’re very sorry to share the news of the death of Dr.Gordon Spink for whom a memorial service will be held in St.Mary’s on Tuesday 24th July at 3.00pm. Please hold Pat and their family in your prayers at this time of loss.
We’re so pleased that sixty members enjoy meeting
regularly in our midweek Bible Fellowship Groups (BFGs)/Home Groups. In fact another forty people have joined our midweek termly courses in the past year too!

Both in the Bible and in church life it is such small groups of a dozen people meeting in homes which offer the key place of belonging within a church; much like Jesus and his 12 disciples! They afford the place of caring relationships,
friendship and growing of our faith through scripture and prayer in a much deeper way than Sunday services alone can offer. In this respect they are the bedrock of christian life and foundational to personal and church growth – especially in larger churches where it is hard to know everyone or be known! If you want that ‘sense’ of belonging then the key place to ‘belong’ is through one of our midweek groups.

Through August we will be seeking to strengthen our small groups for the start of the Autumn. Andy Norris, Chris Richardson or Diana Dow would be delighted to hear from you if you’d like to join a group in September. Please contact them, ideally by email, and they’ll get back to you later in August to put you in touch with a group.