The Church exists to evangelise. “The presentation of the Gospel message is not an optional contribution for the Church.” –
This is to let you know about the next Alton Day of Renewal coming up on March 24th. We are continuing this year’s theme of “Good News for Everyone – Renewal and Mission.” The aim is to inspire and equip us to be joyful and effective witnesses of the Gospel message to all we meet.
This month “Living Kingdom Values” will look at how our everyday lives can be transformed into opportunities for witness. Our guest speaker (in a change to the previously advertised programme) will be Gemma Wildsmith, who has many years of experience in youth ministry and young adult formation. She is on the organising team for Celebrate Conferences and has a passion for evangelisation. The Day of Renewal is growing in popularity – last month a Priest brought along a group from his Parish. Perhaps your Parish would like to do the same.
Here’s a recent comment we received recently: “The day of Renewal is just wonderful …. for me it’s a Celebration, a time when I can worship freely in the Spirit , with love, joy, thanksgiving, a surrendering in love enveloped in the indescribable marvel of the Holy Spirit’s presence. The music is perfect, so inspiring and…. just right!”
Key Scripture: Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
“Although every Christian is called to evangelism, none of us is equal to the task. We all need the Holy Spirit. That’s why the Charismatic Renewal has an essential contribution to make in the whole area of evangelization….we should understand that nothing is impossible when people are willing to submit their lives to the Holy Spirit’s transforming power… He will equip us to play our part…. We are to be joyful witnesses to what God has done for us, and to what we know He longs to do for every human being….We must go out in the power of the Holy Spirit and talk about the Jesus we know and love.”
Overview: Our 2018 programme will seek to inspire and equip us in the essential area of mission and evangelization, with speakers looking at both the theory and practice of bringing the good news to the world, especially the needy.
Please put the dates in your diary and please keep our 2018 programme in your prayers.
|27th January 2018||“The Good News of Jesus Christ” – The message of Mission.||Charles Whitehead|
|24th February 2018||“The Spirit has anointed me” – Empowered for mission.||Fr Anthony Meredith|
|24th March 2018||“Living Kingdom Values” – Mission and witness.||Gemma Wildsmith|
|21st April 2018||“Setting the downtrodden free” – Mission and justice.||Peter Hobbs|
|19h May 2018||“Proclaiming the Lord’s favour” – Mission and forgiveness.||Fr Simon Penhalagan|
|23rd June 2018||“Good news for the poor” – Mission and outreach||Rev Andrew Micklefield|
|28th July 2018||“Good News and Gospel” – Mission and Scripture||Canon Jeremy Garratt|
|19th August 2018||“The Church exists to evangelise” – The meaning of mission.||Fr Mark Hogan|
|23rd September 2018||“New sight for the blind.” – Mission and healing.||Pauline Edwards|
|28th October 2018||“The Spirit has sent me” – Mission and method.||Fr John Seddon|
|25th November 2018||“Liberty for Captives” – Mission and Deliverance||David Matthews|
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focusing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Please note new venue: at Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.