Learn more about your favourite hymns at Gosport church

SONGS OF PRAISE Pam Rhodes will tell people the stories behind some of the hymns sung at church
SONGS OF PRAISE Pam Rhodes will tell people the stories behind some of the hymns sung at church
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Rev Andy Davis, Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Gosport hopes people can find out more about their favourite hymn at special event

WHAT is your favourite or most memorable hymn?

If you are anything like me you will have a particular hymn or perhaps a collection of hymns which particularly strike a chord with you.

It might be because of the story they tell, the catchy tune or perhaps they might bring to mind a particular moment in your ‘story’.

Well, at the Holy Trinity Church in Gosport, in Trinity Green, we are delighted to be welcoming Pam Rhodes, best known for presenting BBC’s Songs of Praise.

She will be sharing the stories of some of the most famous hymn writers past and present.

I’m looking forward to discovering more about their stories and wonder if some of my favourites will be amongst those she chooses to share.

You may have read or heard about her latest book ‘Love So Amazing’ which brings together her reflections on 40 of her favourite hymns.

In her book she writes: ‘Hymns are prayers in our pockets, a spiritual first aid kit that has its home amongst our memories.

‘Hymns speak to us and for us, heart to heart, soul to soul, connecting us in fellow feeling to the writer, whoever they were and whenever they wrote.’

The words of hymns aren’t always cosy and comfortable, they often nudge our conscience and warn us against complacency.

They constantly remind us that following Jesus is costly and demanding.

But above all they remind us of the awesomeness of God who created the heavens and earth in all their vastness and complexity and each one of us too to be unique and previous through his amazing love.

Pam is visiting on Thursday 10 September from 2pm to 3pm, and we hope to welcome as many people along as possible.

Pam will also be signing copies of her book afterwards.

Pam is originally from Gosport and so I’m sure she’ll have lots of stories to share about our town too and how it has changed over the years.

Admission to the event is free but by ticket only.

Tickets are available now from the Gosport Tourist Information Centre.

This event is part of Heritage Open Days, a once-a-year event organised by English Heritage to celebrate England’s architecture and culture, and encourage people to visit historic landmarks around the country for free.

For more on the event feel free to contact me andy@holytrinitygosport.co.uk.