Farnham ASSIST Songs of Praise
1st October 2014
On 1st October, Farnham ASSIST celebrated The International Day of Older Persons with the annual “Farnham Songs of Praise” service. The service was well supported and proved an enjoyable time for those attending and helpers alike. The Mayor of Farnham attended together with the Mayoress.
A number of older people from the local community were asked beforehand to choose their favourite hymn. They were interviewed during the service by Penny Conoley, Farnham ASSIST Events Coordinator.
Maureen Grew, who oversees Knit ‘n’ Natter, shared how, as a young girl in the Methodist Church, she had sung “Far Round The World Thy Children Sing”. This inspired her to want to work with children less fortunate, but it wasn’t until she retired, that she has had the opportunity to do this.
The hymn, “In Christ Alone”, was chosen by Brian Kurton, recently retired Manager of Farnham ASSIST. Brian shared how he had three favourite hymns, but that this newer hymn was the most inspirational of all to him.
Glenys Wilkinson, a Praise and Worship volunteer, chose “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”. As a child in a little chapel, she had looked at a simple wooden cross each week and was aware how something so simple is so powerful.
The ASSIST Pie & Pint Club coordinator, Peter Haines, chose the final hymn, “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”.
Reverend Liz Lane, Associate Minister of St.Thomas on The Bourne, gave the address, based on Matthew Chapter 4 v. 12-22. This was read by the Town Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Jeremy Ricketts.
The service was hosted by Farnham’s United Reformed Church. The organist was John Mansfield.
The afternoon was rounded off with a delightful afternoon tea prepared by a number of Farnham ASSIST volunteers.
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