about us

Who are we?

We are a monthly meeting of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal formed in 1975 and blessed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit ever since. We are now one of the longest continually running Charismatic Days of Renewal in Britain. Watch introductory video HERE


Background

Part of our covenant with the Lord about 30 years ago was that, should we ever have three consecutive monthly meetings without the Lord sending us someone who was new to the day, we would take it as a sign that we would have to fundamentally rethink our mission. Thanks be to God, we have never gone three months without someone new joining us.


Our Mission

We are dedicated to the encouragement of a personal relationship with God, via his Son, Jesus Christ, and the charisms (gifts of grace) of his Holy Spirit. We provide spiritual refreshment to God’s people in and around the Southern Counties through a monthly programme of: Prayer, Eucharist, Praise, Inspired Teaching, Healing Ministry


All are welcome

Whilst firmly rooted in the Catholic faith we welcome and enjoy the fellowship of all Christian denominations. There is a strong ecumenical spirit about the day and we have a number of Christian speakers whose insights we value.


Find out more

Browse around this website to find out more about what we do, and about Catholic Charismatic Renewal in general. Please do join us at one of our days, where you can be sure of a warm welcome and an opportunity to draw closer to the Lord.

Alton Day Of Renewal

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THE TEAM


Alton Day of Renewal is planned and run by a small "Core" Group. Find out who they are by following the link below. At the meetings, they will be glad to help you and answer any questions you may have.

Finances

There is no charge to attend the Day of Renewal (unlike some conferences which charge £10 to £20 a day). But we do ask those attending to make a donation, according to their means, to cover our costs and support our ministry of providing spiritual refreshment to God's people.


We make no profit: all donations are used to give offerings to visiting speakers and Priests who minister to us; and to pay for publicity, licences, this website, and other incidental costs. The organising team give all their time and effort voluntarily.

Governance


We are a small faith-based organisation providing spiritual support to Catholics and other Christians, primarily in the Southern Counties. Since the Covid19 lockdown we have been holding Zoom meetings online and are now ministering to people across the country and further afield. Over eight hundred people have agreed to join our communications database.


We are a non-profit making organization. We do not employ anyone. Our core leadership team, prayer intercessors and helpers are all volunteers. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds offering their expertise and time free of charge.


However, we do have ongoing expenses, such as website licence, copyright licences, Zoom and OneDrive subscriptions, programme printing and publicity, donations, and travel expenses for our guest speakers. Our income traditionally comes from donations received via cash collections at our monthly ADORE meetings, but more recently through direct transfers to our bank account or via PayPal. We are currently too small to justify being registered as a Charity, but we do keep our financial records of income and expenditure, together with our Communications database and Safeguarding Information etc. secured by passwords, in secure cloud storage.


ADORE has a Leadership Team (click on ‘The Team’ for their profiles). New members are invited to join after a period of prayer and discernment, when someone has stepped down or we have identified the need to strengthen the core expertise of the Team.


Alastair Emblem is the Leader of ADORE, supported by the rest of the Leadership Team. Father, Aidan Murray, SDB, is our ADORE Chaplain, to whom we turn for spiritual guidance. We also have a list of Charismatic Priests who say Mass of us at our ADORE meetings. Midge Robinson is our ADORE Safeguarding Officer, liaising with applicable organizations, keeping our policies & practices under review, and ensuring the DBS registrations of relevant volunteers are up to date. Jenny Osterfield is the co-ordinator of the ADORE Spiritual Healing Team, which operates as a telephone-based healing ministry. Maria Garmendia is our Finance Officer, dealing with banking and accounting.


Alton Day of Renewal is an independent organisation within the ‘Stream of Grace’ known in the Catholic Church as Catholic Charismatic Renewal. ADoRE is affiliated with CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service) which was officially constituted by the Vatican in 2017 under Canon Law. ADoRE operates with the permission of the Bishop of Portsmouth and comes under the umbrella of the Diocese of Portsmouth for the provision of £5 million Third Party Public Liability Insurance.