Alton Webteam: April 2019
The Son is Risen
5.45am on Easter Sunday. Why were sixty people from the five GAP churches gathering at Old Park Farm in Beech? To watch the sunrise, of course, and take part in a short act of worship to celebrate the risen Christ.
A fire was burning, its smoke rising into the still dusky sky. As the full moon set in the west, the sun slowly climbed above the horizon, a ball of red brilliance shining through the bare branches of the trees. Revd Andrew Micklefield led a short act of worship, and the sound of singing "Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son" floated across the fields where the sheep were quietly grazing. As the light increased, the beauty of the hundreds of cowslips could also be appreciated.
Sarah and Ed Neish, whose were hosting the group, then invited everyone inside their large warm, welcoming farmhouse kitchen for bacon rolls and hot cross buns — very welcome as the outside temperature was still only 7 degrees!
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