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A special morning in the life of our Church

It was so good to see our new minister, Philip Simpkins, introduced to a round of enthusiastic applause on Sunday morning at our Family Communion Service. We are all looking forward to being part of the future with Philip and Angela and hope that together we can all share in the service and missions of our church in Alton.
We also were pleased to have with us members of the congregations of Hale and Rowledge Methodist Churches.

There were lots of songs to sing, with just enough space on the board to display the numbers. The children left for Lighthouse near the beginning of the service, returning for Communion before resuming their own activities. Gordon and Janet read the Old and New Testament Readings which recounted the story of Moses' calling at the burning bush in Exodus and a theme of love and caring in Romans. The song 'We're a travelling wandering race, We're the People of God' accorded perfectly with the church's current situation- moving into a new era with hope and anticipation; not standing still.

The sermon took up this theme of a God who calls us to action, cares for his people and is always with us. There were also a number of opportunities for quiet reflection in our prayers.

Owing to the large number of recipients we needed two ministers to serve communion and were grateful for the help of Revd. David Ashby.

It was with a favourite hymn " Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah ", sung with the gusto you would normally associate with a Methodist congregation, that the service closed.

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