Thanksgiving Service for David Sampson – 13 June 2017

We had around 140 people join with us to celebrate and give thanks for the life of David.

Order of Service

David was borne aloft into the hall on the shoulders of members of his family to the strains of Be still and know that I am God, played on the piano by John Davies.

The service was led by Victor Michael and he began by welcoming those attending, many of whom had travelled some distance to be there.  Victor gave a brief ‘potted history’ of David’s life, highlighting the fact that David and his wife Pamela have been with us at Parkside in Maidenhead for around 50 years and married for 68 years!

David was born in 1925 and grew up in Bristol, becoming a Christian at a children’s meeting at Cumberland Hall. David grew up and went into the RAF, through National Service, spending some time in South Africa.  He was married to Pamela in 1948 and the family moved to South Wales and settled in a village called Tondu, where he worked with others to build the local hall in the village, before later moving to Maidenhead in the 1960s.

Victor then introduced the first hymn, ‘Thine is the glory‘, before David Willis came up to open in prayer.

John Peters brought the first tribute, mentioning that he first met David in 1959 and highlighted four things about David’s camp work.

  1. He was a devoted and caring husband.
  2. He was a loving and generous father
  3. He was a wise and resourceful leader
  4. He was a consistent Christian
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Floral display made by Dorothy Hill

Richard Harris spoke of David’s time with the Gideons, which he joined in the early 1980s.  David was heavily involved in the work of the local Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch.

As well as helping out in renewing Bibles in local hotels during the Olympics in 2012, David was engaged in work with the Gideons in churches, hospitals and schools, which were probably his favourite.

Richard also brought a number of Gideon Bibles along, which he offered to the congregation.

Victor gave out the second hymn ‘And is it so – I shall be like Thy Son?‘, before Ken Hill read from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

The third tribute was brought by two of David’s grandchildren, Tim and Jonathan Luker. Jonathan began by reading some memories supplied by Stanley John, who recounted his first meeting with David after his arrival from India.

David Sampson

Tim brought some memories of his Grandpa, primarily from the Rice side of the family, particularly bringing out stories from holidays and Christmas.

Jonathan added some more memories about the caring nature and generosity of his ‘Gramps’, closing with the words of Philippians 1:21 – For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Alan Michael brought the final tribute, reading words given to him by David’s three children, Jane, Sara and Jeremy.

Their memories centred on the ‘larger than life’ character of their father and reminiscences included Christmases and family weddings as well as childhood spent in Bridgend and missions organised in Tondu.  They remember him as being full of the Lord and a desire for others to know the one he loved.

Victor then brought a short message, highlighting a few verses which he felt summed David up – Psalm 27:4 and Hebrews 6:9-12 and thinking about David’s past, present and future.

In terms of the past, he spoke of salvation, mentioned in Hebrews 6:9 and highlighted, at David’s request, what salvation is and what happened to David when he became a Christian.

As for the present, Victor thought of David’s service for the Lord, relating back to Psalm 27:4, while here with us at Maidenhead, working in the church, in camp work, in his work for the Gideons, and in his individual witness.

For the future, he reminded us that David will get a reward for his work for the Lord some day.  When the Lord returns, David’s body will be raised from the dead and reunited with his soul and will be forever with the Lord.  He will receive his reward for his faithfulness in serving the Lord.

The final hymn of the Thanksgiving Service was ‘The sands of time are sinking‘.

Following some closing remarks concerning the committal, Paul Trotman, the son of Trevor Trotman, who worked with David in Tondu, closed the service with prayer.

David was once again carried from the service on the shoulders of family members, this time accompanied by the music of ‘Sing we the King who is coming to reign‘, again played by John Davies.

Refreshments following the service

Some sixty people made the short journey up to Braywick cemetery for the committal service, which took place in warm sunshine and was led by David Angell.  It began with the singing of the hymn ‘When peace, like a river, attendeth my way‘.

After the committal at Braywick, refreshments were served back at Parkside.

We will miss David very much here with us in Maidenhead, but we can be thankful for his many years of faithful service for his Lord, while here at Parkside, and we continue to pray for Pamela and the wider family over the coming weeks and months.

You can listen to the service (97 minutes), by playing the file below.


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Thanksgiving Service for David Sampson – 10 June 2017

_MG_8194-webThe Thanksgiving Service for the life of David Sampson will take place at Parkside on Tuesday 13 June at 11:30am.

This will be followed by the interment at Braywick Cemetery at 1:00pm and refreshments back at Parkside from 1:45pm.

We’re expecting a large turnout on the day, so if you’re planning to come along, please contact us to let us know.


Thanksgiving Service for Myrtle Gomm – 5 June 2014

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The Order of Service (click to open)

Over 80 people gathered at Parkside for a Thanksgiving Service for the life of Myrtle Gomm.

The service was chaired by Victor Michael who began by welcoming all those who had gathered, including some from St Mark’s Nursing Centre.

Victor began by quoting from Proverbs 31, using The Message translation and picked out certain verses, linking them to Myrtle’s life.

The opening hymn was Glory, glory everlasting and after the hymn, Ken Hill opened in prayer, particularly giving thanks for Myrtle’s life and remembering those who mourn her.

Myrtle’s niece, Heather Evans then read from Psalm 23. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Service for Myrtle Gomm – 5 June 2014”

Thanksgiving Service for Mike Wells – 5 August 2013

There was standing room only at the back, as some 150 people filled Parkside at the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mike Wells.  These included business colleagues as well as family and many friends who had come to pay tribute to a much-missed man.

The service followed on from a committal in the sunshine at Braywick Cemetery which was taken by Mike’s good friend, Ken Rudge.

The Thanksgiving Service was led by Alan Michael and began with him welcoming the large number of people who had come along.

Pilgrim's Progress

The opening hymn was It is well with my soul and afterwards Alan opened in prayer.

He then gave a brief synopsis of Mike’s life and explained that it would be covered in much greater detail later in the service.

Phil Bray then came up to read some lines from Pilgrim’s Progress.  These were found written in most of Mike’s Bibles, and were clearly words close to him.

The second chorus was Here is love, vast as the ocean, before Andrew Rice came up to read out a series of tributes, firstly from Mike’s business associates and then from friends and family.

Mike Wells (1951 to 2013)

This was followed by a photo montage, arranged by Mike’s son, Phil and set to Matt Redman’s song ‘Never Once‘.

The third song at the service was I stand amazed in the presence and afterwards Paul Cogger came up to speak.

He opened with a few memories of Mike and also brought out Mike’s personal faith in the Lord Jesus which led to his work in organising both Christian camps and holidays for young people – something he genuinely loved.

Paul mentioned about how Mike’s life was changed forever after he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and that, if we do likewise, as Christians, we can look forward to seeing him again one day.

He closed with the words of Jim Hill’s ‘What a day that will be‘.

Our final hymn was one of Mike’s favourites – The day Thou gavest and afterwards Victor Michael closed the service with prayer.

It was an uplifting service, full of memories both of Mike and especially of the importance of his personal faith.

A number then adjourned to the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead for refreshments, including some of Mike’s favourite cheese and biscuits.

You can listen to the Thanksgiving Service by clicking on the link below.  Please note that due to a technical issue, the recording begins with the singing of Here is love.

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Thanksgiving Service for Meg Stanton – 17th December 2012

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The front of the Order of Service for Meg’s Thanksgiving Service

We had a good turnout for the funeral service of Meg Stanton, who had passed away a few weeks ago.

The service was taken by Ken Hill who welcomed various friends and acquaintances of Meg along.

The first hymn was O Lord my God, which was followed by the opening prayer, led by Paul Cogger.

Phil Bray read a tribute to Meg, which included reference to her many years spent working with horses.

Brian Sparks read the following from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

‘Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.’

Ken gave a short address, using the words read by Brian to bring out Meg’s faith in her Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The service ended with the final hymn The King of love my Shepherd is, and prayer.

A short committal service at Braywick Cemetery followed the Thanksgiving Service.

We will miss Meg’s cheerful smile and presence with us, but are all so thankful that she is now free from her discomfort and at peace with her Saviour.