Alton Webteam: August 2016
On Sunday morning following an encouraging and thought provoking communion service, the congregation bade a very fond farewell, to Keith, Liz, Amy and Becca. Keith spoke of us all being on the same journey and only taking different roads to the same destination, reminding us that God will be with us along the way whichever route we're taking.
As well as gifts and good wishes from the church, there was a cake to be shared by all after the service. The hall was full with people wishing to say their own farewells.
At 6.30 the church was again packed with people from all over the circuit for service led by Revd John Heller, Chair of the District. Thanks for their work was expressed to Andy Knight (Fleet Community worker), Ken Evans (Lay Pastor for North Camp), Karen Booker (Pastoral Assistant for Alton) and Sue Smith (Senior Circuit Steward) all of whom are standing down from their roles now or in the near future. They gave brief insights into the journeys they've been on during their time in office. Keith was thanked for his outstanding contribution to the work of the circuit. He in turn thanked all those who'd helped him in his work and expressed gratitude for a circuit that really works. He cited some of the things for which we can give thanks over the last few years including several people candidating for the ministry, developments at the chapel and the purchase of the house in Wellesley. Again the hall was full and 'buzzing' after the service over tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.
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