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Alton Day of Renewal – 2020 Programme – The God who speaks

Sep 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adore Alton Days of Renewal

Programme for 2020 Theme: The God who speaks – are we listening?

Renewal and Mission

The Church exists to evangelise. “The presentation of the Gospel message is not an optional contribution for the Church.” –

Alton Day of Renewal, founded in 1975, is a monthly mini-retreat Saturday open to anyone free of charge and without booking. As well as an inspiring  guest speaker each month, the day includes Rosary, Mass, Adoration, shared lunch, praise and worship, and healing ministry.
September 19th 2020: “Here is your mother” (John 19:28) From the Cross, Jesus asks John to care for Mary. How is Jesus asking us to be loving and compassionate, and how will we respond? Speaker: Fr John Seddon, Benedictine priest based at Chilworth Abbey, where he leads monthly days of praise, healing and reflection.

Praying to make a difference in the world

Key Scripture:

Luke 1:37 “No word from God will ever fail.”


The Bishops’ Conference has designated 2020 as a Year in celebration of The God who Speaks, inviting the Church to listen afresh to the Word of God as did Our Blessed Lady at the Annunciation, to encounter anew the presence of that Word and to proclaim it afresh in the Church and the World

In the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles we read of Jesus and his followers transforming lives with signs and wonders, healings and miracles. The Charismatic Renewal movement is reminding the Church that God still wants to empower His people to transform lives and change society. This year’s programme will show us how to renew our prayer lives through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can be more effective ambassadors of God’s Kingdom, making a real difference in people’s lives and the world around us.


2020 is both the Year of the Bible and the year when England is rededicated as “Mary’s Dowry”. Our programme this year will encourage us to listen to God speaking to us through His word, just as Mary did. God tells us that He loves us as His children. We not only need to hear and receive His word, we also need to put it into practice, so that we can proclaim God as our loving Father and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, alive and active in our country today, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Please put the dates in your diary and please keep our 2020 programme in your prayers.

We are grateful to the Polish artist Agata Padol for allowing us to use her beautiful painting “Annunciation” to illustrate this year’s theme. She can be contacted on agatapadol@tien.pl


As usual we will have a range of inspiring speakers – see the schedule for further details.

Luke 4:18-19 Set Prisoners Free


 Download The Poster for the 2020 Programme Here:  adore-2020-poster

Schedule for Programme 2020 Theme: The God who speaks – are we listening?

Date Theme Speakers Covering
January 25th 2020 “The Almighty has done great things for me” (Luke 1:49) Alice Hall Introducing the year’s theme. How can we know, like Mary, that God wants to do great things for us through the Holy Spirit?. Speaker: Alice Hall (full time missionary with Sion Evangelisation Community and resposible for their formation and training events).
February 22nd 2020 “A light for revelation” (Luke 2:32) Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. At the Presentation, Mary heard how Jesus was the fulfilment of prophecy. How does prophecy inspire us today? How can we be prophetic in our own parishes? Speaker: Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. Director of Redemptorist Publications and an international lecturer and author.
March 28th 2020 “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38) Maria Heath Mary’s Yes enabled Jesus to be conceived. How can we hear and respond to the Holy Spirit? Speaker: Maria Heath, Chair of the National Service Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal and a passionate speaker on how Parishes can become more missionary.
April 25th 2020 “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28) Fr Anthony Meredith, Gabriel’s greeting to Mary reassures her of God’s favour. How can we be assured of God’s love through His word? Speaker: Fr Anthony Meredith, Vicar General of the Institute of Charity (the Rosminians) and former Chaplain and Spiritual Director to Alton Day of Renewal.
May 16th 2020 “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) Andrew Lawrence Mary and the disciples prayed for the Holy Spirit before Pentecost. How can we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Speaker: Andrew Lawrence. Lead Elder of Harvest Church, Alton and part of the leadership team of Commission, an international family of churches.
June 27th 2020 “The Word became flesh” (John 1:14) Peter Hobbs God became man through Mary. Jesus enters the world today through us. How can we witness effectively? Speaker: Peter Hobbs, leader of Parish formation and confirmation courses and helper on the bereavement team.
July 25th 2020 “She treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2: 52) David Beresford Mary pondered over what Jesus said to her. How can we find the hidden treasure in God’s word through Lectio Divina and in all forms of Silent Prayer? Speaker: David Beresford, Director of the Catholic Bble School since 2014 and active in Christian ministry for 30 years.
August 22nd 2020 “Filled with the Holy Spirit” Charles Whitehead Mary, Elizabeth and John the Baptist at the Visitation: the first charismatic prayer meeting? How can we be filled with the Spirit and with joy? Speaker: Charles Whitehead, respected speaker and author; former chair of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service. Meeting venue: Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth. This will be the official celebration of 45 years of Alton Day of Renewal.
September 19th 2020 “Here is your mother” (John 19:28) Fr John Seddon, From the Cross, Jesus asks John to care for Mary. How is Jesus asking us to be loving and compassionate, and how will we respond? Speaker: Fr John Seddon, Benedictine priest based at Chilworth Abbey, where he leads monthly days of praise, healing and reflection.
October 24th 2020 “My spirit rejoices in God my saviour” (Luke 1:47) Mgr. John Armitage How can we, like Mary, use the words of Scripture to praise God? Speaker: Mgr. John Armitage, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and closely involved with the rededication of England as “Mary’s Dowry” this year.
November 28th 2020 “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5) David Matthews At Cana, Mary encourages obedience to Jesus. Will we see more miracles if we obey the word of God with expectant faith? Speaker: David Matthews, popular speaker at Catholic charismatic conferences and former Protestant pastor received into the Catholic church in 2011.

Please put the dates in your diary and please keep our 2020 programme in your prayers.

Format for the Day ADORE (Alton Day of Renewal) 

Time Format
11.00am we pray the Rosary;
11.30am Holy Mass;
12.15pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; ,Sacrament of Reconciliation and time of Prophecy
1.00pm Shared lunch;
1:45pm Praise & Worship;
2.15pm Talk see above for 2020 Programme
3.15pm Prayer for healing. (We end about 4.00pm.)
4:00pm Finish

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.

Location and Costs

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.

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 Download The Poster for the 2020 Programme Here:  adore-2020-poster


Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG
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