Alton Webteam: May 2018
On 16th May, Terry Brown and Jean Burt were confirmed by Bishop David (Basingstoke) at a joyful service attended by family, friends and residents.
It has been a great privilege to prepare Jean and Terry for confirmation. They were baptised as infants: Terry at All Saints in 1929 by Father Bond and Jean at Hazelmere in 1930. Is this a record length between baptism and confirmation? Both have been faithful servants of the Lord all their lives and preparation has been most interesting. At times I wondered which of us was learning the most.
Terry and Jean have been provided with large print Bibles and are using Bible notes for older people. It is wonderful to see how their faith has grown. Terry often reads the lesson in the Tuesday service. Jean's a quiet and thoughtful insights add a new perspective.
In a world that puts so much emphasis on youth, the spiritual growth of older people is often not even considered. Never underestimate them as a resource for prayer, wisdom and time. They have plenty!
Rachel Sturt (Anna Chaplain)
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