On the 17th of August, 1898 the reconstructed Church of St. John the Baptist was reconsecrated by the Bishop of Winchester and reopened for divine worship. Extensive rebuilding under the direction of Sir Arthur Blomfield, the eminent Victorian church architect and Diocesan architect to Winchester Cathedral, was now complete. This beautiful building stands today as a tribute to his skills and expertise, providing New Alresford with a church worthy of its heritage.
Our new CMS partner, Lynn Treanery, who will work in South Sudan. She came to the main service today and was also around at other functions during the day. It was fascinating to hear about the politics of the region and the work she will be doing.
Last night St John's hosted a concert with the Alresford Community Choir and I can only describe what was sung as sublime. It was beautiful.
We are a broad, diverse and inclusive church so this morning we have our new CMS link, Lynn Treneary, coming to speak to us about her work in South Sudan followed by a MU tea at 3.30pm where she will be available to meet and ask questions.
This afternoon at 4pm we have our annual pet service.
Something for everyone!
Old Alresford Place (OAP) was the home of Mary Sumner who founded the Mother's Union.
The Personal Prayer of Mary Sumner
All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee and every life I touch, do thou by this spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen.