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I've discovered that Church Anniversary is a movable feast — a bit like the Queen's official birthday. It appears Wesleyan Methodism was born in Alton in 1842 with early meetings taking place in a hop kiln or a barn. The first chapel building was completed in 1846 and first service held on 5th March. So that makes it our 171st church anniversary (a lot of candles!)

It's a time when the church family come together to give thanks to God for friendship and fellowship and to remember all that God has done, and continues to do, through the life and witness of Alton Methodist Church. We will also be praying for His guidance and vision for the future.

No Anniversary celebration would be complete without cake!
So firstly please come to the Bake Off & gift day coffee morning on Saturday 8th July from 10am.
But for more cake, on Sunday 9th July please will 9.15ers stay and 10.45ers come early so that we can share refreshments together between the services 10.10 — 10.40am.

Unfortunately Rev Julie Minns is unable to be with us on the day. Julie & I apologise for this — purely a mix up over the dates. Julie & Richard send their greetings and hope to join us for a service soon.
Liz George & Jennie Marlow will be leading both morning services together and we look forward to seeing you there.

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