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 a good time for our annual Mother’s Day Tea, at Parkside with around 60 people coming along to enjoy a variety of food on offer.
The tea was ‘chaired’ by David Hedges and he welcomed people, gave thanks for the food and invited those there to ‘tuck in’!
Sandwiches, scones, crisps and cake a-plenty were devoured by the hungry masses with the coloured jelly proving popular as usual.
After the tea we enjoyed singing a few of the Sunday Club favourites before Victor came up to speak for a few minutes expanding on John 3:16 – For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only son, Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
All of the Mums at the tea were given a small present to take home with them.
It was especially good to welcome various people for the first time, including Andrew Burdett and his family, as well welcoming back other more familiar faces.