Sunday 29th April 2018 Easter 5

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

” This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing
yourselves to be my disciples..” John 15v8
Worship across the Parish:
8.00am St.Mary’s BCP Communion
Revd Andrew Norris/ Paddy Trasler
9.15am St.Mary’s Communion
Revd Andrew Norris / Paddy Trasler
10.45am St.Mary’s Church Alive
Revd Chris Richardson
11.15am St.Francis’ Morning Worship
We welcome Brian Cossins, Street Pastors
6.30pm St.Mary’s BCP Evensong Paddy Trasler
Thurs 10.00am St.Faith’s Communion
Revd Andy Norris

FOR CHILDREN at St.Mary’s Services
SOFT ACTIVITY BAGS: Found at the back for children to use in the pews at all services, especially those without a group activity.
SHEET: A sheet is at the back or may be offered by welcomers as chlldren arrive. This has colouring one side and activities relevant for the Sunday on the other, plus a ‘family time’ section to share.

Please pray for the new faith community emerging from Leesland for Leesland. A very encouraging start for the 30 or so folk who are exploring what it means to journey in faith together. Please pray for Tim & Clare Watson in their pioneering ministry and their team, including the new Toddlers Group at St.Faith’s.

You’re invited to midweek communion at St.Faith’s each Thursday at 10.00am followed by refreshments. Our Mothers’ Union branch also attend on the first Thursday of each month as they enjoy communion together.
Acts 2v46: ’They devoted themselves… to teaching, fellowship… prayer…and ate together with glad and sincere hearts’

SMILE – Women’s night out
The next women’s social event is ceramic painting at 7pm on 9th May in Lee on Solent. Please contact Emma Anderton for further details on 07917780276 All women are welcome! SMILE stands for St.Mary’s Informal Ladies Evening.

You’re invited on 12th May for the relaxed and friendly coffee morning to enjoy coffee, cakes, company and stalls in support of St.Francis’ church: 9.45am-11.30am. Now is the time to transplant if you have any spare plants please for the plant stall! Thanks.

For the week of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – the national call to prayer by the Archbishops, you’re invited to join Revd Andy to ‘beat the bounds’ in prayer on Weds 16th May starting at GAFIRS at 6.30pm.
The weekly daytime Lent prayer walks were very encouraging – others may be free of an evening for all or just part of the walk.
Working Towards a New Parish Centre…

Curry & Quiz Night Saturday 19th May
A regeneration quiz with a ‘Right Royal’ round – a choice of chicken and ‘free from’ curries and pudding.  The tickets for the Curry and Quiz night are now on sale at the parish office costing £10 which includes curry and pudding (with quiz, of course). Please bring your own drinks and glasses. We’d love to see you there.
NEW: Entertaining Concert 9th June
‘Mamas & Papas’ to Mozart and Back! Sixty minutes of musicals, opera and pop charts with the very popular and gifted ‘Paul Pilott, Louise Helyer & Friends’ on 9th June at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s. With a retiring offering in support of the Parish Centre regeneration.

Alverstoke Garden Walkabout Sun 17th June
Fourteen local residents have agreed to open their lovely gardens to visitors to raise funds for the Parish Centre Regeneration.
Tickets will cost £3.50, will be available from May 1st, and will
include a garden guide and map. On the day, the Parish Centre will be open for ticket and plant sales and refreshments etc.
Can you help us make this a day to remember?
We will need:
– plants to sell in the Parish Centre on the day
– cakes, tray bakes, savouries for refreshments on the day
– helpers on the day to work in the Parish Centre.
Let’s make this a day to remember – thank you.

Annual Strawberry Lunch 28th June

Keep in touch with the project on the church website, and also through the ‘Alverstoke New Parish Centre’ Facebook page.
Acts 4v32: ‘they did not claim their possessions as their own, but they shared everything they had… in God’s grace’

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is 13th-19th May 2018
Although as a church, we are focussing our support for Christian Aid on the Ghana Appeal, we would also like to give the whole parish the opportunity to support Christian Aid if they wish.
Therefore, for this year we plan to deliver Christian Aid Week
envelopes to every home in the parish with an invitation to return any donations to the Parish Centre.
There is no need to knock on doors to collect donations.
Whilst this will help the work of Christian Aid, it will also d
emonstrate the commitment of the congregations of St Mary’s,
St Francis’, St Faith’s & St Luke’s to help those in need.
Please contact Philippa Harrap or Peter Ford if you would be able to deliver a few envelopes. Philippa and Peter will be at the back of St Mary’s after the morning services. Contact details: &

Following the success of the session introducing General Data Protection Regulations as they impact all our church activities, we will again run our course for those group leaders/coordinators who missed the training. It is for any who hold any information about other people on Tues 1st May at St. Francis 1.30pm for one hour.

DID YOU KNOW? Chris Richardson’s future
In the hope that it is helpful to explain that a training ‘Title’ is all nurturing and equipping a curate to be able to move on to their first vicar’s post with confidence. The ‘Title’ is set for up to four years. Four years would mean that Chris is with us until June 2019. But the context is this: that after three years – if they’ve fulfilled all their training requirements then a curate is ‘released’ by the diocese to seek a job anytime before they reach the end of their four year term. Hence, through normal process Chris will be ‘released’ by the diocese at the end of May 2018. That means that should a suitable job emerge which matches Chris’s gifts and calling then, from June, he is able to apply for such a job and see where the Lord’s grace leads him. Please pray that God will guide Chris.

Parish Centre on Sat 12th May from 1.50pm. Hope you can come!

We also pray for Elaine Roberts whose husband Steve’s funeral is at 12noon on Monday 30th April in St.Mary’s.

We’re privileged to be stewards of the fabulous buildings we can let for community use. Check the webiste for booking details of The Parish Centre, The Brodrick Hall, St.Faith’s Hall and St.Francis’ Church, or contact the Parish Office. We also encourage the use of the Scout District HQ Hall on our Brodrick site – booking details on our website.

This sheet is sent by email as pdf each Friday; sign up on website.
We keep in touch every Friday through our very secure weekly
emailing – a photo and introduction to the weekend with the pew sheet and any orders of service attached. It is very helpful – used by some 160 folks – and keeps you in touch whether or not you can get to worship. We use Mailchimp to keep you secure and anonymous and you can unsubscribe at any time at the touch of a button! SIGN UP BY THE WEBSITE or request by emailing the Rector.