Thanksgiving Service for Meg Stanton – 17th December 2012

Meg Stanton Thanksgiving Service
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.

Thanksgiving Service for Sylvia McNeill – 11th April 2011

Order of Service

Around 50 people gathered at Parkside today to say farewell to our good friend Sylvia McNeill who passed away on April 2nd following a long illness.

David Sampson welcomed those attending and invited David Angell to open the service with prayer.

David prayed and warmly gave thanks for Sylvia’s life, emphasising her personal faith in the Lord.  He also touched on the fact that today’s service was a joyful occasion as she was now free from all her suffering and with Christ, which is far better.

The opening hymn was ‘When peace like a river’.

Following the hymn, David Sims read through various tributes to Sylvia, the first being from Sylvia’s sister and brother-in-law which included happy memories of Sylvia both growing up and latterly of regular visits to South Africa.

The second appreciation was from David’s sister-in-law which brought out Sylvia’s friendliness, fondness for shopping and prowess as a dressmaker.

Back of the Order of Service

The third appreciation was from Angela Cox who mentioned Sylvia’s various skills including her needlework and knitting at the Ladies Missionary Fellowship, her enjoyment of shopping and her companionship and help both to Angela and all at Parkside.

The fourth appreciation that David read was from Elizabeth Pearce who talked about various happy holidays that she had spent with Sylvia including Scotland, Florida and South Africa.

David’s final appreciation was a personal one and brought out something of his fondness of her voice, the exceptional skills in her working life and the joy of her personal salvation in 1979.

David then passed over to Philip Stanfield who gave a moving tribute about their fondness for Sylvia as a surrogate grandmother to the family.  He also talked about her willingness to work quietly, behind the scenes, for the Lord as well as various personal reminiscences.

Finally, Philip read a personal tribute from Rachel Simms which brought out a little of the sad decline in health experienced by Sylvia in recent years and the fact that she is now with her Lord.

Sylvia in 2006

The second hymn was ‘When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound‘.

David Sampson gave a short address which talked about Sylvia’s life and faith in the Lord Jesus mentioning Job 23, including verse 10 featured on the Order of Service.

David introduced the final hymn ‘God sent His Son – they call Him Jesus‘ before Philip Stanfield gave a short and moving closing prayer.

A short committal then took place at Braywick Cemetery, led by Victor Michael.

Sylvia was much-loved by all those who knew her, both at Parkside and beyond.  We are all thankful that her time of suffering is now at an end and she is with her Lord and Saviour.

You can listen to or download the service by clicking on the link below:

Recent Thanksgiving Services

We’ve recently had two Thanksgiving Services at Parkside.

On 27th January, we said farewell to Iris Smith and on 21st February, it was was time to say goodbye to Hedley Bray. 

Both of them had lived lives full of service to the Lord.

You can listen to the services below. 

Thanksgiving Service for Mrs Iris Smith – 27/01/2011

Thanksgiving Service for Mr Hedley Bray – 21/02/2011