Maidenhead Festival Colouring Competition winners – 2 September 2013

We had nearly 100 entries at our colouring competition at the recent Maidenhead Festival and had four separate age categories for the competition.

Congratulations to all our winners who each received a £5 gift voucher for Quench.

Roman – Winner, age 3 to 6
Eve – Winner, age 7 to 9
Poppy – Winner, age 10 to 12
Emily – Winner, age 12 and above

Maidenhead Festival – 27 July 2013

We had an excellent day at Maidenhead Festival and had a stall in Kidwells Park with a colouring competition for the children and various literature displayed.

The day began for us at 8am with the setup of two marquees along with various tables, chairs, pencils, colouring sheets, literature and stands.  We made time for a short time of prayer before getting out into the park in time for the official start at 9.30am.

Our location in the park was good, with sufficient space for us to be able to spread the tables out around the edge of the marquees.

The Parkside stall in Kidwells Park
The Parkside stall in Kidwells Park

We were also opposite the sand pit, set out with its rows of deckchairs to guard the edge.  This extra attraction helped to ‘draw’ people to that part of the park.

The sandpit and deckchairs
The sandpit and deckchairs

As in previous years, there were a number of other ‘charity’ stalls set out in the park, along with fun fair rides for the children and a good selection of food stalls – all supporting the main stage and acoustic tent.

We had four different pictures to colour, which Judith had kindly arranged, all of which represented a scene from a Bible story which included water.  People arriving with children were given a choice of picture to colour.  Once complete, they then entered details of the child’s name, age, address and added a parent’s signature to the back.

All entries went into our competition with the first prize a £5 book token from Quench.

We had a relatively quiet morning, ironically while most of our volunteers were there.  Things became busier after lunch and for most of the afternoon we were so busy we had to buy more sweets and obtain more copies of the colouring sheets.

Blue skies and sunshine
Blue skies and sunshine
Getting busy
Getting busy

Eventually, after warm sunshine for most of the day, the long-promised rain began to arrive.  This had the effect of forcing more people into the tent as they sort shelter from the rain.

The inclement weather drew more into the marquees
The inclement weather drew more into the marquees
Final view before the big pack up began
Final view before the big pack up began

Around 5pm, we decided to call it a day, along with most of the other stall-holders.

It had been another successful outing in the park and we’re grateful for God’s leading and guiding with our position in the park, the good weather and the excellent response to both the colouring competition and literature being offered.

Monthly Conferences on Important Spiritual Issues for today – 10th November 2012

During the winter season, we’ll be having our usual series of Monthly Conferences on the second Saturday of each month, from 7pm.

This year, we’re looking at the overall subject of Important Spiritual Issues for believers today.

The full details and dates are listed below and we hope you’ll be able to join us for some of the sessions.


Friday Club: Autumn 2012 – 8th September 2012

Our Friday Club, for young people over the age of 10, meet (unsurprisingly) on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm, normally at Parkside.

We usually get a good attendance with around 15 to 20 children most weeks.

Activities planned for the autumn term:

  • 7 September – Games Night
  • 21 September – Quiz Night
  • 5 October – Evening Walk
  • 12 October – Games Night
  • 26 October – Travelling Meal
  • 9 November – Craft Night
  • 23 November – Games Night
  • 7 December – Visit from Bracknell
  • 14 December – Christmas Party

A typical evening will consist of the activity for the night mentioned above which is followed by light refreshments and a short talk or video.

If you’ve never been before, you’re sure of a warm welcome.

Maidenhead Carnival – 2nd June 2012

What a fantastic time we enjoyed at Maidenhead Carnival 2012!

Yesterday evening, as we had finalised and made ready the marquees, tables and literature, we had been somewhat uncertain what the day would bring.  The stalls in Kidwells Park, of which we were one, had been moved across to a different area, with less space available.  We were even unsure as to whether we would be able to use both of the marquees.

We were on site by 8.30am this morning and found ourselves allocated a space at the corner of where the main access path meets another path – an ideal location!

Despite missing those away at camp, we had a good team who were able to assemble both marquees in good time before we ventured inside to enjoy a coffee and short time of prayer for the day ahead.

Once in the park, as we’ve found in previous years, the numbers take a while to get going.  The weather didn’t help, with a grey skies combining with a chilly breeze – only the most die-hard were able to have their Parkside polo shirts displayed!

A chilly morning in the park

We concentrated on giving invitations to the next Family Service and BBQ on 17th June, as well as various Jubilee tracts.

Poster advertising craft and literature table
Paul making a point

The marquees were decked out with bunting and paperchains in honour if the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – a theme picked up by surprisingly few of the other stalls.

This year we had a trio of craft activities for the children with crown-making and decorating probably being the most popular – ahead of colouring in Union Flags and the construction of cardboard ‘Olympic torches’.

Craft activities in the marquee

As well as handing out various literature, we were able to have some excellent conversations with passers-by – many of whom seemed very receptive – particularly to the invitation for a ‘free BBQ’.

Mike oblivious that he’s about to be eaten by a giant bird!

As in previous years, Paul had come prepared with a selection of Jubilee cupcakes, which proved popular with the helpers.

During the afternoon the sun finally broke through the clouds and brought with it the first warmth of summer.

Blue sky and polo shirts in the afternoon

As we struck camp in the sunshine at the end of the day, we all reflected on what a tremendous day we had enjoyed.  Many felt it to be our most successful Carnival yet in terms of goodie bags and literature distributed and we have already asked to return to the same spot next year!  With hindsight, more of the Jubilee themed literature would have been helpful as people seemed to be particularly keen to receive mementos of such a memorable weekend.

Ken having some issues with his nose!

We have much to praise the Lord for!