We’re looking forward to our next Family Tea, which will take place on Sunday, 8 October from 5pm.
We hope that you’ll be able to join us.
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.
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.
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:
We’ll be having a number of talks, on Sundays at 5.30pm, on the subject of The Lord Jesus Christ.
The titles and dates so far confirmed are:
Sep 19 – Is the Bible the Word of God?
Sep 26 – Is Jesus Christ the Son of God and does it matter?
Oct 3 – The virgin birth – did it happen and does it matter?
Oct 10 – Family Tea (5pm)
Oct 17 – Was Jesus just a good man?
Oct 24 – The trial of Jesus Christ – was it fair?
Oct 31 – The death of Jesus Christ – was it unique?
Nov 7 – Did Jesus Christ really rise from the dead?
All are welcome along, both for the talks and for a chance to discuss what you’ve heard over some light refreshment afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there.
This has been the first year that we’ve tried taking the marquee into the park to add extra ‘theatre’ to the Coffee Mornings and in general, the experiment seems to have worked well. We normally have the banner on top of the marquee as we did at Maidenhead Carnival, but today it was too windy. It’s also the first year that we’ve looked to ‘rebrand’ our Coffee Mornings as being ‘Coffee in the Park’ with new posters being printed.
We had a few good conversations in the park, despite the inclement weather, and have a couple of people who went away with details of our new Bible Hour topics for this autumn and who seemed enthusiastic about coming along. Overall, a good day.