Andy & Libby Norris will be picnicking at 12.30pm-2pm at Stokes Bay on 13th August & would be delighted of any company should you be able to join them! Near end of ‘long path’ (if wet – The Rectory).

Please read on for this week’s notices:

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE We’re going to acquire the new Alpha Course DVDs for our next course which shall start on Wednesday 4th October. Please make plans now to join us for what shall be a very inspiring exploration of faith in Jesus. Who could you invite to come along with you?

ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION We look forward to welcoming Bishop Christopher on 26th November for a special adult Baptism/Confirmation service. Confirmation ‘expresses the laying on of hands’ after Baptism for the renewal of the Holy Spirit – celebrating of faith, trust and the abiding life of God within us. Please speak with the clergy if you’d be interested in getting Confirmed or Baptised. For teenagers & adults this requires preparation, entailing the Alpha Course for adults; Tim & Clare Watson will host a teens group.

THE PRAYER CHAIN exists to support those needing prayer through a confidential network of caring parishioners. Please contact Sue Stacey on 023 92 583167.

PRAYER REQUESTS can be written on the tree by the Chapel in St.Mary’s, on the Cross on the wall in St.Francis’ & the prayer board in St.Faith’s. Intercessions are offered using your requests for 1 month.

SUMMER ORGAN RECITALS Fridays in August (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th at 12.30-1.15pm) Lunch Time Organ Recitals. Tickets £5.00 (£4.00) per recital from parish office or on the door (Full-time students free).

MICHAELMAS FAYRE, 30th September, ‘10p Messy Fun Fete’As co-hosts with Gosport Rotary, St.Mary’s will be involved – please help us express God’s love through offering hospitality at St.Mary’s on that day. In addition to the church being open with music & possible concert at night, we’ll also host a 10p Messy Kids Fun Fete along the church pathway. We’ve exciting games, crafts and activities all at 10p or free. Being co-ordinated by Kay Howard, Chris Richardson and Libby Norris; please sign up to help when the list of stalls appears soon – thank you.

Some of you are gifted in writing spiritual poetry and prose. Sarah Savery would be pleased to hear from you as she seeks to compile a simple book of poems from among the congregations and in support of the new parish centre.

BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUPS regularly meet either in homes/the Parish Centre for friendship, Bible study, discussion & prayer. Contact: 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 babies, pre-school children are welcome.

‘Save our Centre’ DATES FOR THE DIARY:
6th Oct – Concert in the Church with the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band, and the Military Wives’ Choir (Portsmouth) Tickets from July at the Parish Office. 21st Oct- Quiz & Supper Night 25th Nov – Barn Dance at Bay House

CUPPA & COMPANY in the Parish Centre, 4th Tuesday of every month. Next date 25th July between 2pm and 3pm. Cuppa & Company is a fabulous support serving any who are bereaved – simply pop in or take a friend.

1st ALVERSTOKE GUIDES is 100 this year! We’re having a party at Brodrick Hall on Saturday 16 September and would love anyone with a connection to the Unit to just drop in between 2.00-4.00 pm. If you would like to help, please email Pam Marsden: so there’s enough centenary refreshments for everyone!

Congratulations to Junior Choir Members Matilda & Grace who’ve passed their latest singing exams, Matilda with Distinction at Grade 3 & Grace with Merit at Grade 1. Congratulations also to Gabriel, one of our organ scholars, who has passed Grade 4 singing with Merit.