History of Park Church - An Appeal
As part ofthe 80th Anniversary Celebrations we are planning to create a history of the church starting from the building at Lower Farnham Road, the move to Church Lane East and up to the present time. If you have any relevant documentation or photos can you let us have them by July 21st so we can make the selection and prepare the display. Please include dates, occasion and your name so we can return them in due course.
Rita and Janet
Aldershot Food Bank
A message from the Trussell Trust.
Have you seen the news
today that last summer was the busiest ever for food banks in our
network? Almost 87,500 food bank parcels were provided to children by
food banks in the Trussell Trust's network during summer 2018, a 20% increase on the same period the previous year. Find out more here.
This year is set to be even busier.
banks will do all they can to help families over the summer, with some
running holiday clubs or working with other local groups to support
parents who find their income simply won’t stretch to cover the cost of
extra meals or additional childcare during the holidays.
This high demand often causes many food banks to distribute more food than is donated, leaving them short of food supplies.
Make a difference in your community today by donating the items your local food bank are most in need of.
Community News and Opportunties
Little Free Library
Soon to be revealed, We are starting a small book give-away
which will be housed in bespoke watertight shelving outside the church. The
idea is that you donate and take books at will and is a great way of
encouraging children to read. Watch this space for more details but if you are
about to take a donation of books to the charity shop, please hold back until we
As a way of reaching out to families in our Community we are
going to start a Messy Play group in Church on Friday Mornings after May half
term. It will provide a sensory experience for pre- schoolers and be a way of
getting to know new families. There will be craft and food activities based on
a theme each week. Julie and Jo really need people to come and cuddle babies
and chat to and encourage the Mums and help wash up. Please talk to Jo if you
are able to help once or so a month.
Sometimes people cannot afford appropriate clothing to
attend interviews or to wear to work so this becomes a barrier to them getting
ahead. The Community Wardrobe will give them appropriate clothing, accessed via
a Facebook page from which they can “order” clothes and collect them at the
Foodbank. I’m currently working on the logistics and aim to launch it in
September. So please, hang on to good quality clothing people might need for work.
We need help to make the donated clothing presentable/ready so it can be
photographed and put on the page - this might mean laundering, pressing or
mending it. If you can help with this, please talk to Jo.
Breakfast Club and Coffee Morning
When we start, The Breakfast Club will run from 7.30 to 8.30am
and then coffee through to 9-ish on a Friday morning prior to Messy Play. I’m
hoping to start this before the summer break. I will need another 2 people each
week to help. I’m aiming to have a solid rota so that the work load is spread.
If you are an early bird and would like to help please let Jo know!
Parenting the Teenage Years - Alderwood Senior
We have a fabulous opportunity to deliver the Care for the Family Parenting Course in Alderwood School in September. We have a
recruitment evening for new parents on Wednesday, 19th June. If you would like
to help run the group in September- its 6 weeks long - please talk to Jo!
Drop and Swap - Saturday, 6th July (TBC)
Bring a bag, fill a bag!
That’s the idea of this clothing bring and buy style
giveaway that doesn’t require any money. Men’s, Women’s, Teen’s and Children’s
clothes can all be donated and re-homed. It’s the time of year families need
summer clothes as well as thinking about new coats and shoes for the new school
year so We are hoping this will be a good service to our community. So again - hang
on to good quality clothing that you can drop and swap!
Mid Wessex Christian Camps
For news of the MWCC 2019 camps see HERE.
There have been quite a few occasions recently when there
hasn’t been anyone to manage the PA desk. It would be good to have more people
trained to use it. You may look at the bank of knobs and sliders, and think it’s
too technical, but on the whole, there are only a few things you have to do -
its not difficult. l can run training sessions if you are interested, please let me know, and I will organize them.
NEWS: There is now installed a brand new mixer desk, which is simpler than the old one and twice as smart. Come and have a look at it and have a 'play'.
Town Centre Pastoral Team
We need more Team Members in the town centre.
Some of the people who have worked on the TCPT for several years have moved on or 'retired' and we do need to guarantee at least two people to make up a Team: this sometimes proves difficult.
There is only one qualification: that you believe in and wish to serve Jesus Christ. You may be a good conversationalist, or, like me, reserved and quiet, but God accepts our willingness and enables us to do far more than we might expect-it can be quite exciting!
Do speak to me, David Cottingham, if you are interested in ‘having a look’.
Walks have been hibernating for the winter and because of the incapacity of the organizer; but watch this space for the next 'impromptu' walk. For details of changes to the organization of the walks calendar, CLICK HERE.
Monthly Prayer Guide
The Monthly Prayer Guide is now to be found in the Park Life magazine.
Your help will be appreciated in compiling the guide – please pass items for prayer to Geoff Evans, either by email or on a note to him.
Through The Gates TTg
Through the Gates (TTg) is a Christian based community project run by Viv Dawes in Aldershot, providing support for anyone (aged 18 and over) who has a drug and alcohol addiction.,. Each TTg participant has weekly individual sessions and in these sessions they work through what is known as The Genesis Process, which helps participants look at the root causes of ad-diction and how it has affected the body, mind, emotions, relationships and spirit.
Viv currently runs TTg on their own with one volunteer who helps facilitate a group. The project supports 6 - 8 people at any one time who together work through The Genesis Process throughout the course of a year.
The materials, drug/alcohol tests and stationery all add up, and TTg costs about £6,500 to run each year. If you would like to help support this work financially, please contact Viv on 07905 403838 or email email@example.com
Intercare - A Reminder
If you have patent medicines unused with at least 15 months before the expiry date, you may wish to send them to Intercare, 46, The Halfcroft, Syston, Leicester. LE7 1LD. They will forward them to needy folk in the Africa. You can view the work of Intercare on www.intercare.org.uk Forwarding costs money, of course, so any little gift with the medicines would be appreciated, though do not let this stop us from sending.