Please join us this Sunday for our annual BBQ lunch, which follows on from our normal ‘discover’ Sunday service.
‘discover’ starts from 11:30am with coffee and other drinks being served in the main hall, before the service itself begins at 11:45am. It is suitable for all the family and will include some singing, a quiz and a short talk from the Bible. It will finish at around 12:30pm and the BBQ will take place in the car park behind Parkside.
Once the food is out of the way, there will be the opportunity to play some games in the park, weather permitting, and you’re welcome to stay for as long as you like.
For more information about ‘discover’, please click here.
We hope you had a very Happy Christmas and will enjoy a peaceful New Year.
We’ve had a great time over the Christmas period, particularly thinking about the real reason that we celebrate Christmas – that of the birth of the Lord Jesus at Bethlehem.
Our December Family Service was followed by an excellent Christmas lunch which proved to be very enjoyable. We also had over 80 people along for our Carols by Candlelight service on Christmas Eve, which was brilliant.
We had good numbers for our two BBQs in the summer and Mother’s Day Tea in March.
Our young people had a great weekend away at Swindon, where they studied the Seven Churches mentioned in Revelation, as well as at the annual camp in Romsey.
2013 also saw the commencement of our ‘Men’s Night’ and ‘Ladies Night’ activities. The men enjoyed a meal and also had a walk and BBQ evenings.
It’s also been a sad time in some ways as we said goodbye to Karla Cordell, back in January who had been suffering ill health for some years. Later in the year, we also bid farewell to Mike Wells who passed away after a period of illness. We had an excellent Thanksgiving Service for his life, with over 150 attending.
We’re thankful that both Karla and Mike are free from their discomfort and are with their Lord and Saviour. We continue to remember their families in prayer.
In practical matters, 2013 has also seen changes to the outside of the building. We put up a new sign on the front and also resurfaced the car park and created additional parking.
In 2014 we’re making some changes, as we begin our new discover service on 5 January.
This will be a combination of our monthly Family Services, our weekly Sunday Club and The Link Coffee Bar and will contain activities for all ages. We’ll begin with talks for the adults from the popular Christianity Explored course, for the first six weeks in January.
As a consequence of the changes on Sunday mornings, our Evening Service at 5.30pm on Sundays will no longer take place. Instead, we’ll be moving our Bible Teaching from Tuesday evenings to Sundays, beginning at 6pm. Our Prayer Meeting will also be moving from Thursday night to Wednesday night at 8pm.
We’re excited with the plans that lie ahead for 2014 and go into them all with an air of expectation and faith.
We don’t know what the Lord has in store for us at Parkside during the next year, but we look forward to every opportunity that we’ll have to tell others about our Saviour and what He has done for us.
Below are a few tweets from 2013:
I do not know what lies ahead, the way I cannot see; yet One stands near to be my guide, He’ll show the way to me:
We had an excellent time, with around 40 people at our April Family Service which was chaired by Jon Cox, with Alan Michael speaking.
Jon was beset with various problems at the beginning of the service, including broken guitar strings and faulty batteries on his amplifier, but battled through heroically, with his customary good humour.
It was great to see old friends back again, as well as those who normally join us at our Family Service.
Jon took the opportunity to choose some choruses which we haven’t sung recently and accompanied Kerry’s piano playing with his guitar.
Beginning with Jesus is the name we honour, we also sang We want to see Jesus lifted high, Jesus put this song into our hearts and When I feel the touch, as well as a selection of children’s favourites.
Jon had arranged a Bible-based light-hearted quiz, which again proved entertaining and ended in a draw.
Alan came up to speak and followed on from the developing theme of ‘People Jesus met’ by talking through the conversion of Saul, found in Acts 9, particularly referring to Saul’s Challenge, Conversion and Change.
After the service, the majority of people were able to stay for refreshments, again arranged by Lesley.
Our next Family Service is on 19th May at 11.45am.
We enjoyed an excellent time at our Easter Sunday Family Service, with almost sixty people joining us for the morning and the hall decked out with daffodils.
Hosted by Phil, we began by singing Come and see followed by prayer.
After a short welcome including the dates for the resumption of Sunday Club as well as the next scheduled Family Service, we moved on to our first reading from Luke 23:44-47, which was read by Rebekah.
This was followed by the singing of Oh to see the dawn and our second reading, from Matthew 28:1-6, which was delivered by Brian.
Our third hymn was See what a morning, which was followed by an entertaining Easter themed quiz consisting of general knowledge questions about Easter.
Afterwards, we watched a short animated video of the Easter story, shown below:
Before Paul came up to speak to us, we sung Jesus Christ is alive today and I’m Special.
Paul Cogger came up and spoke briefly about life, highlighting various verses and explaining how important Easter is to Christians and how it is that we can obtain eternal life through the work Jesus did for us in his death on the cross.
Paul also talked about goodie bags which we would be handing out at the end of the Family Service.
These each contained a number of items including invites to forthcoming events, a booklet entitled What’s the point of Easter, an activity story (Josh and Jade at Easter) and colouring for children and a creme egg. Ladies were also given some of the many daffodils decorating the hall.
If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of either of these two publications, please either click on the images to order online, or alternatively contact us and we would be happy to send you one.
The Family Service ended with the singing of Led like a lamb and prayer.
It was followed by a selection of refreshments which included hot cross buns.
Our next Family Service is due to take place on April 21st at 11.45am. We hope you’ll be able to join us.