Alton Webteam: June 2015
Pentecost Sunday (24th May) saw the Greater Alton Project churches coming together for a united morning service at St. Lawrence's Church.
Not only were we celebrating the festival of Pentecost, when we remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early church, but it was also a joint Confirmation and Reception into Membership service.
The Bishop of Basingstoke, Revd David Williams preached the sermon, whilst he and Keith jointly laid hands on the three candidates being confirmed and received into Church Membership; Daniel and Alexander from the Parish of the Resurrection and Glenda from Alton Methodist Church.
Keith took the opportunity of welcoming Revd David on behalf of Alton Methodist Church and to re-affirm and re-commit us to our continued journeying alongside our Anglican sisters and brothers.
The day was also Aldersgate Sunday, when we recall how the heart of John Wesley, (himself an Anglican) was strangely warmed at a quarter to nine on the evening of 24th May 1738 and, as a consequence, how he found his own deep, personal and powerful faith in Jesus Christ.
During the service itself, we mentioned that over 50 years ago to the very day, Pam Bradford was confirmed. That was an important moment in her life and continues to influence her to this day. Bringing this to mind gave us the opportunity for all who wished to remember their own confirmation and reception into Church Membership to recommit themselves to Christ and to follow in his way.
The children of the GAP churches shared in a joint Lighthouse session where they too recalled and celebrated all that Pentecost means.
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