Family Service – 18th November 2012

We enjoyed a great Family Service this morning, hosted by Phil and ably assisted by Brian.

The service opened with In Christ Alone followed by prayer, after which Phil ran through some of the upcoming activities at Parkside including Toddlers, The Link Coffee Bar and the various Christmas services which are planned.

With the help of Kerry and Judith we were able to learn a new song – There is a Hope, by Stuart Townend:

After singing some of the kids choruses from Sunday Club, led by Brian, we had a slightly chaotic ‘pairs quiz’ which was followed by two readings (the parables of the Wedding Feast and the Great Supper) and singing Majesty, before Dave came up to speak using the two readings as a basis for his talk.

Dave used the idea of receiving an invitation from various people and how we would react, finishing with receiving the offer of salvation from God and whether would choose to accept or reject his invitation.

The service was followed by soup, bread and other refreshments, organised by Lesley.

We now look forward to our first Christmas Carol Service in two weeks time.

Family Tea – 14th October 2012

With many of our regular number away, we were delighted to have a large number of visitors for our Family Tea this afternoon.

We had around 70 people present to enjoy a mixture of sandwiches and cakes, culminating in the traditional jelly and ice cream.

Alan chaired the evening and, after tea, some of the children from Sunday Club came to the front to help him run through the Ten Commandments, a subject that they’ve been learning about recently on Sunday mornings.

They also enjoyed singing some of the choruses from Sunday Club, before Daniel Rudge came to speak over the tea table.

In a short, powerful message he told the story (from Numbers 20) of Moses striking the rock in the wilderness to bring forth water finishing with linking to 1 Corinthians 4:10 – ‘that rock was Christ’.

With the new ‘The Link Coffee Bar’, the upcoming baptism, the planned Light Night and the forthcoming Christmas activities we’re really looking forward to the weeks ahead.

Our next regular Family Service is on 18th November at 11.30am.

Family Service and BBQ – 2nd September 2012

We had a great turnout for our latest Family Service, taken by Alan Michael from our series of Celebrations.

Around forty-five people joined us outside afterwards for our final BBQ of the year.

Fortunately the weather stayed largely dry and we were able to cook and serve the food outside, as well as being able to get out into the park to play some games afterwards.  It was a far cry from the same event last year!

Robert and Phil manning the September 2011 BBQ in monsoon conditions

It was great to welcome back some old friends as well as meeting some new ones.

Our next Family Service takes the form of a Family Tea and will be on 14th October.  We hope you’ll be able to join us then.

Family Service – 20th May 2012

We had around 45 people at today’s Family Service, which was chaired by Phil Bray.

The theme for this month was Celebrating: The Year of Jubilee and began with the singing of I will sing the wondrous story and prayer.

We also enjoyed a Royal Family themed matching pairs Jubilee Quiz and more singing before John Davies came up to speak, picking out the theme of Jubilees from the Bible.

Our next Family Service is on 17th June and will be followed by a BBQ.

Family Service – 19th February 2012

We had around forty people join us for our second Family Service of the year.

The service was chaired by Victor Michael, who opened with the hymn Be still for the presence of the Lord and prayer.

Victor ran through some dates of upcoming Family Services to set the scene before we sang some of the children’s favourites from Sunday Club.

Afterwards, Phil Bray hosted a short quiz which involved finding the ‘lost sheep’ by asking questions to which he could only supply the answers ‘yes’ and ‘no’.  The sheep was found in a plant beside the piano.

The second hymn was Come let us sing of a wonderful love. Afterwards, Alan Michael came up to tell the story of the Lost Sheep using the excellent tale of Cecil the sheep.

Cecil the sheep

After the story, Victor finished with the singing of I’m special before reminding people about the soup and Scotch pancakes that were being served at the end of the Family Service.

Our next Family Service is on March 18th at 5pm and takes the form of a Mother’s Day Tea.