Newsletter Oct. 18th

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Dear Friends,

It was great to be able to share in live Sunday services at both Rowledge and Hale last week when we celebrated the harvest.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Well — OK we weren't allowed to shout or sing but we hummed along to the songs and enjoyed fellowship together!

This was the first time our friends at Hale had been able to meet in their building since fire swept through the hall rafters of the building in April 2019 — so it was a very special and moving occasion to be back.

It was the first time some had seen the renovation work from the inside and also the new glass partition screen that has brought a lighter and a more contemporary feel to the building.

Our next service at Hale is planned for Nov. 1st at 11am. (Contact: Carole Gaines)

Young Ventuerers (Alton Methodist)

For those who are too young to start Duke of Edinburgh's Award, but would like the excitement of going on an expedition, the Church runs a "Young Venturers" group.
Led by DofE trainers, it's for boys and girls in School Years 7 and 8 and aims to teach some of the skills necessary for navigating in the local countryside.
Map reading, First Aid and Safety are covered indoors in several evening sessions, and the groups then go for a short practice walk with an accompanying adult.
Following this, the Year 7s are expected to plan and undertake a one-day, seven-mile expedition -- supervised but unaccompanied. The Year 8s will be expected to cover ten miles in the day, and they have the added adventure of camping overnight.
Certificates are awarded on completion, and the young people are then well equipped to take up the wider challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award in School Year 9.

Venturing out in the Rain

The Good News: The Young Venturers, who had been prevented from tackling their first expedition due to the Covid-19 restrictions, were at last able to take up the challenge of a 12km walk through the local countryside.

And the Bad News: the start of October saw the wettest weekend of the year!
Undaunted, the five young people set off from Alton, their task being to visit three churches.
West Worldham was the first -- after a diversion to avoid a very wet Water Lane!
Next up was Selborne, once a small navigational error had been sorted out.
And finally, they successfully reached their destination at Newton Valence Church, in very good time, in very good spirits, but just a little on the damp side after enduring five hours of continuous rain.
Well done. It was a real achievement!
(contributed by David Allan)

Boys & Girls Brigades
We are also delighted that both the Brigades have now restarted with all the necessary Covid19 safeguards in place. I understand that the Company Section (older boys) are loving all the outdoor activities and we had a glimpse of the Anchor boys in our on-line harvest service a couple of weeks ago.

Christmas Cards — Please buy from us!
This year we will be selling Christmas cards in aid of Alton Methodist Church funds. The designs have simple, colourful nativity scenes on them. They feature Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem and the Wise Men on their way to the nativity scene (2 different designs). We hope to have them by early November.
To place your order or to show interest please contact Debby Bridger

Churches Open for Worship

At Alton:
Alton: Sunday Worship — October 18th at 10am led by Liam Sheridan

Pause for Thought — Wednesdays in church at 11am for 30 mins. This will include Holy Communion this week led by Philip.

Book by preferably emailing your name/s (not just how many people!) for Track & Trace on altonmethodist@hotmail.com or ring Liz George on 01420 — 561543 by MIDAY on SATURDAY for Sunday Worship.

At Rowledge: Sunday Worship at 10am led this week by Rev Michael Hopkins. Book through contacting Aileen Ashby.

At Hale: Our next service will be on Sunday Nov.1st at 11am. Led by Rev Philip Simpkins Book through Carole Gaines.

At Farnham: Worship in church at 10.30 led by Rev Philip Simpkins.

On-Line Worship
This will continue with this week's service led and created by Liam Sheridan. To access the service go to www.altonmethodist.org.uk

Blessing
In our coming and going,
Guide us,
In our living and our being,
Protect us,
In our seeing and our hearing,
Enrich us,
In our thinking and our speaking,
Inspire us,
In our arriving and our departing,
Preserve us.
(Prayer by Jenny Child, Celtic Prayers & Reflections)

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