How are you doing? I hope you are feeling up to date with news and encouragement from The Parish of the Resurrection. We will continue to send these update emails but do check out Facebook and Twitter as we are sharing things throughout each day. It is important that as we cannot meet together in the conventional ways in our churches, halls and homes that we stay together in our faith, worship and prayer.

Thank you to those who have been keeping a neighbourly and loving eye on those who live around you. I have heard many heart warming stories of help, support and care. If you know anyone who needs a particular help then do let The Ministry Team know or use the Alton Churches help email – altonchurches@gmail.com This is monitored daily by the church ministers in the town. To show this compassion is essential and part of the mission of Christians.

Today I direct you to our YouTube Channel for a Thought for Today which I recorded earlier on Northanger Hill. I apologise for the wind noise which sometimes makes it hard to hear me clearly! Just follow the link. Do like it, subscribe to the channel and share it.

Thought for the day

We will do these every now and again – maybe Ottie will become an internet sensation!

Here is the April edition of Sunrise, our Parish Magazine. It is a slimmed down version from the normal for obvious reasons. With thanks to Peter Hicks for his marvellous work in getting this done. There will be no printed copies as this is just not possible. Do print it off and share with others if that is appropriate – leave that up to you!

Also is the 2nd PDF edition of The Altonian hot off the press from the Town Council.

The Ministry Team met today by Zoom – it is amazing. We can see each other and hear each other via our computer, laptop, iPad or phone, all sitting in our own homes. If you have never used Zoom it is really easy. Go to www.zoom.us and download it and then you can set up meetings with others or join arranged meetings with others. Next week we thought we might try a Zoom Coffee Morning. Make yourself a drink, go to your device, and follow the link which will be emailed to you and join with others. More details will follow. But let’s say Tuesday between 10am and 11.30am – join us for all of it or some of it.

One other thing we decided is that we will hold Morning Prayer on Facebook Live every day at 9am. I believe that is easy too, do join us starting Monday 30th March. Different members of the Ministry Team will lead this every morning.

Hasn’t the weather been glorious. Having the sunshine makes us all feel so much better. It is a great reminder of God’s provision and the warmth of his love and kindness. In the midst of this difficult time for the whole of the world that does not change. I am reminded of that great line in the hymn Great is thy faithfulness. ‘Thou changes not, thy compassions they fail not, as thou hast been thou for ever wilt be.’ We continue to praise God through Jesus Christ our Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit. Great is thy faithfulness!

With much love and prayers
Andrew