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GAP'S 'IN CELEBRATION OF AGE' SERVICE

This year it will be held on Sunday afternoon July 19 at 3pm at Alton Methodist Church. Do come along — all ages are welcome — as we celebrate the life and contribution of all the older men and women in our community.

This will be our fifth such annual service and it's a wonderful occasion when we recognise just how much we owe to the older generations. Especially this year, when we have been commemorating the sacrifices made through two World Wars, let's make it a bigger celebration than ever.

The novelist Morris West suggests in A View from the Ridge that once we reach a certain age we need only three phrases in our spiritual vocabulary: 'Thank you, Thank you! Thank you!'

He is quoted in a recent book by Ronald Rolheiser called Sacred Fire- A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity. Rolheiser maintains that, "gratitude is the ultimate virtue, undergirding everything else, even love. It is synonymous with holiness."

Every year the service of thankfulness is put together with favourite hymns and readings, suggested and delivered by some of the oldest members of our church families and we enjoy tea afterwards.

But this is also a service for everyone, irrespective of age or whether one comes to church regularly, or not. We welcome diners from the Methodist Lunch club and members of other groups, churches, charities and organisations serving older people in and around Alton.

So do put the date in your diary — Sunday afternoon, July 19 at 3pm — and join us in giving thanks for the blessings of maturity, and of living to a ripe, and hopefully fruitful, older age!

The Anna Chaplains — Debbie, Helen and Jonathan.

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