Alton Webteam: June 2016
Anna Chaplains, Helen Jesty and Jonathan Rooke, led this service at Alton Methodist Church, linking it, with Debbie Thompson's help, to the Bible Society's publication of "The Servant Queen and the King she serves".
While never underestimating the issues raised for older people by declining health and increasing mental frailty the Service celebrated what can be achieved by those who are 70, 80, 90 and over.
The Queen's faith throughout her own ninety years was highlighted:
" Each day is a new beginning..... I try to do what is right, take the long view, give of my best in all that the day brings and put my trust in God."
Peta Sutherland (PofR) and Karen Booker (AMC) gave particular examples they had witnessed when those of older years had given generous service to others.
John Boast, Bob Weighton and Sylvia Pope offered up their personal prayers on behalf of the congregation, then Kate Wilson and Janet Paul, accompanied by Gerald Marlow, sang Arthur Harvey's composition:
"A Song to Comfort and Encourage Older Pilgrims".
Becky Shaylor created a beautiful book in which everyone present was able to write their name under the month of their birth.
Others attending the Service commented:
"it was such a meaningful service for so many people...organised, orderly but free...From the welcome at the start to the tea party at the end, the afternoon was a true celebration for all, whatever their age. Thanks to the thought that went on in the preparation and the participation of those present it really felt like 'our' service."
This annual service offers the chance to bring together those in the older age range within our community, to give God thanks for each one, and for every individual what ever their age to witness to the part God continues to play in their lives.
"God's love is for everyone. There is no one beyond its reach."
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