Newsletter June 13th 2021

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Dear Friends,
Angela and I were privileged to go away on holiday last week and enjoy our first visit to the Norfolk Broads. We stayed in a holiday cottage alongside the river in Potter Heigham and enjoyed watching the world go by.
We also went for several walks around various parts of the Broads, stopping to enjoy sail boats glide effortlessly through the water.

We were surrounded with the joys of nature as we watched the many different species of birds that nested in the reeds, fed on the seed heads, swam across the waters, or hovered overhead waiting to swoop down and feast on the local delicacies.
A family of Geese seemed unperturbed as we sauntered by... until we got too close and were warned off with a threatening hiss!

All this beauty leads me to the sentiments expressed in the Psalms where the Hebrew poet shares his delight in the joys of nature. He imagines all creation singing for joy and through its sheer beauty offering praise to God.

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, sun and moon;
Praise him all you shining stars.

Praise him from the earth
You great sea creatures and all ocean depths...

Wild animals and all cattle,
Small creatures and flying birds,
Kings of the earth and all nations,
You princes and all rulers on earth,
Young men and women,
Old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For his name alone is exalted;
His splendour is above the earth and heavens...
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 148)

This world,
Your creation,
Rolled into a sphere,
Packaged in sunshine,
Gift-wrapped in love,
Given to us,
Thank you.

News Updates

It was a great pleasure to attend Alton Town Councils AGM held in the Public Gardens where one of our own church members and friends Pam Jones was elected to be the Town Mayor, ably supported by her husband John. We offer our congratulations.
The Town Council also expressed its appreciation to Graham and Diane, another of our valued church members for completing Graham's term of office.

At the same event one of our young leaders from Girls Brigade was presented with the 'Young Hero's Award' for her commitment to the life of the community. Well done, Libby Bentley!

Girls Brigade
A big thank you to the Girls Brigade who weeded the church patio and tidied up around the church building — it is much appreciated.

Alton Foodbank Shopping List
June 2021

Sponge puddings (long life)
Jam
Biscuits
Fruit Juice (long life) — large & small
Tinned vegetables
Cereal bars
Hair conditioner
Deodorant
Disposable razors
PLEASE NO: Baked Beans, Soup, Pasta, Pads, or Tampons (as we have very good stocks currently)

Dates for your Diary

Circuit Meeting — Tuesday 15th June at 7.30pm on Zoom.

Stewards Meeting at Alton — Wed. 30th June at 11:30am in Church.

Alton Church Council — Tuesday 6th July at 7.30pm in Church

Also

Farewell Service for Rev Chris Blake our retiring superintendent minister and Local Preacher Accreditation Service
Sunday July 18 from 3pm arrivals — see local church newsletters for further details about this outdoor event.
(If wet to be held at North Camp Methodist Church and all Covid Regs. allowing)

Services

It has been great to meet again once more for worship in Church and see everyone!
The On-Line Service this week is led by Rev Philip Simpkins via www.altonmethodist.org.uk.

Services in Church are as follows:
Alton — 10am led by Rev Philip Simpkins with Holy Communion.
Book via altonmethodist@hotmail.com or ring Liz George

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