Upcoming Mother’s Day Tea -27 February 2016

On Sunday, 6 March, we’ll once again be celebrating Mother’s Day with a tea, to which all are warmly invited, at 5pm.

This popular fixture in our annual calendar is always well attended, with a good supply of food and ‘bottomless’ cups of tea on offer. Our suggestion is to arrive early to get a good seat.

Following the tea, we’ll enjoy a brief time of singing and a short talk from the Bible and our time together is usually over by 6:30pm.

Mother's Day Tea invite

Looking back and forward – 31 December 2013

We hope you had a very Happy Christmas and will enjoy a peaceful New Year.

Carols by Candlelight

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.

Final view before the big pack up began
Parkside stall at Maidenhead Festival

Aside from Christmas, we’ve had a busy 2013 with Family Services being held each month as well as enjoying a busy day with our stall at the inaugral Maidenhead Festival, back in the summer.

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.

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Mike Wells

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.

discover

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:

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Mother’s Day Tea – 10th March 2013

We had around 60 people at this year’s Mother’s Day Tea.

Mother's Day Tea
Expectant crowds at the Mother’s Day Tea

With a number of our Young People away at their weekend in Swindon, it fell to Victor to ‘host’ the tea.

Further excitement occurred in the kitchen when it was realised that the trusty ‘Burco’ water heater had failed and we had to rely on numerous kettles to provide tea.

Fortunately the expectant crowd were not kept waiting for long and were soon treated to the usual spread of sandwiches, scones, cakes and the traditional finale of jelly and ice cream.

We were delighted to have Nathan Moore along to speak to us over the tea-table.  Nathan gave a short, amusing talk on Jesus being similar to a mother hen gathering her chicks to herself.

We now look forward to our forthcoming Family Service, which takes place next Sunday.

Mother’s Day Tea 2011

Invitation for Mother's Day Tea 2011

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.

Our next Family Service is on 1st May at 11.30am.