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:
A number of our Young People joined with others from different locations for the annual Bible Study weekend at Swindon.
The speaker for the weekend was Andy Street from Echoes. Andy took the subject of ‘The Seven Churches in Revelation’ and some of his talks were expertly captured on Twitter, by one of the young people, Josh Davies. His tweets from the weekend are below: