Newsssheet August 2nd 2020

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Dear Friends,

My son was driving home from Otford Manor in Kent this week and whilst driving on the M25 found a lorry driver honking his horn at him.

At first Luke wasn't too sure why? He wasn't aware that he had done anything wrong and so carried on. His friend then noticed the lorry driver pulling alongside holding up a note written in large letters — 'Your petrol cap is hanging off!'

As a service station approached, he pulled in and sure enough Luke had forgotten to screw the cap back on after filling up with petrol. The passing lorry driver waved — Luke thankful for the help!

Just a small act of kindness and yet one that was very much appreciated.

Some friends from one of our churches was on holiday this week in Cornwall and knowing a possible theme running through this week's on-line service sent me a photo of a sign they had seen whilst there.... some kind person had even left toys for all dogs and dog owners to enjoy! In our on-line service they also mentioned the kind folk who had planted spring bulbs by their local post box to brighten everyone's day (see Photo)

We are hoping to have a week's holiday in Seaton, Devon, soon and will no doubt call in at a great Garden Centre in Ottery St Mary which is nearby. I was reading that people from the local flower club in that village have chosen to pick flowers from their gardens, arrange them and leave them in various places around the local area — simply asking people to take them for themselves or to give to someone who would appreciate cheering up. They have received some lovely comments on social media. Another random act of kindness!

It is amazing how one small act of kindness can make a difference to someone's daily life, bringing encouragement and joy.

People of all faiths and none show kindness towards one another and we as Christians are to be no different — in fact we are encouraged to excel at it!

The bible teaches that kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit of God living and working within us.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

The country singer Glen Campbell had a hit song with the words:

If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he's sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say, you're going the wrong way

You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets.

Don't walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way.
You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see...

This week for our on-line service I have invited some of you to share a story whereby someone has blessed you or someone else with an act of kindness. Thanks for some lovely stories!

It is amazing how God can bring blessing through the small things in life — just as that lad did with the loaves and fish in the story of the feeding of the five thousand.

Thank You!

Thank you for the lovely flowers, cards and congratulations sent last week on our (Angela and Philip's) Silver Wedding anniversary. A beautiful day was spent by the Seaside at Lepe Country Park overlooking Cowes & Gurnard on the Isle of Wight. Two college friends who attended our wedding joined us for a meal in the garden in the evening. We were married at Winner Street Baptist Church in Paignton on an equally beautiful and sunny day!

Worship Services during August

During the summer holiday period, as ministers, we decided to try one on-line circuit service each week for us all to be able to participate in — and this weeks is the first!

Julie Clark, one of our Local Preachers in training has contributed the talk and you will be able to meet a number of people from around our Methodist Circuit taking part over the next five weeks. Alongside our usual source of music, we are also pleased to be able to add songs prepared by the music group at Fleet — who have been learning the technology to mix both music and voices from their own homes... and enjoyed doing so! (its amazing what we are learning to do!)

The on-line service can be found as usual by going to this web site www.altonmethodist.org.uk where it will be on the front page.

News Update
We have been asked to let the folk at Alton Methodist know that Arthur Harvey has sadly died. His daughter Beryl, writes:
Whilst sad for ourselves we are, of course, glad he is not in any discomfort and he has now gone to heaven to meet his Saviour and our dear Mum. I'm sure Mum put the heavenly kettle on and got out the plate of biscuits to welcome Dad home....

You have all contributed in lots of different ways to enhance Dad's life over many years for which I am extremely grateful.

Please pray for...

Those recently bereaved amongst us.

Those we know in hospital alongside those undergoing treatment of various kinds.

Those still feeling rather isolated.

A Blessing
Go then and walk with God
in the light of his love
and in the fulness of life.
Amen.

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