Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

  • Church Lane East,
  • Aldershot,
  • Hants,
  • GU11 3ST

01252 327235
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And Here Is This Month's Latest News 

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 Aldershot Food Bank

A message from the Trussell Trust.

Food Banks have reportd their busiest ever time
during the first two weeks of the pandemic

Dear friendS,

The outpouring of support food banks have seen during the current crisis has been incredible - thank you! Together, we're making a real impact. 

Your support has never been more vital as food banks report their busiest ever fortnight.

The Trussell Trust

See the latest news from Trussell on their webpage HERE



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 Prayer Session on Wednesdays 9 - 10 a.m

Pray IconStarting 26th February, I (Jo) will be at the main Church from 9 til 10 a.m. every Wednesday moming to pray for our community and the work of our church in reaching it, and whatever else God lays on our hearts. I would love to be joined by YOU! I’d love to pray together, seek and hear Gods heart and grow together as we pray. I will also be inviting the minsters and congregations from all the churches belonging to Aldershot Churches together. You don’t need to commit to every week but I’d really like company!!

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CRISIS


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 New Youth Group Starting In April

I’m really pleased to let you know that there will be a new youth group starting at Park after Easter. Hope Church (the newly renamed and relaunched Jubilee Church plant from Farnham) wants to run its youth group from Aldershot, as many of the young people attending their Farnham group are from here.

So, we are going to run it together, pooling resources. If you are interested in helping, or know a young person who would like to attend please give me a shout! 

Jo - 07939 212401, info@parkchurchaldershot.org.uk

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CRISIS


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 New Chairs for Old

 We are all very thankful for the chairs we have used for many years. They are comfortable and of excellent quality, but they are heavy and non-stackable and our needs have changed. Times move on and we are now using the church more flexibly for a variety of activities. You will have noticed that the new stackable chairs have been delivered and will replace the current chairs during the next couple of weeks. We will retain a few of the current chairs for the time being, in particular the chairs with arms may be beneficial to a few people.

Many of the chairs have been passed to new homes or recycled. There are still a few available, so ask Geoff if you would like one or two.

On a couple of practical points, the new chairs do not have communion cup holders and therefore communion cups will be collected back in by the stewards following the communion. Also, although the chairs do have rear pockets, we do not intend to ‘load’ the chairs with Bibles. Bible portions used during services will be displayed on the screen and people are welcome to take a Bible as they arrive. This will facilitate stacking of the chairs when required.


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 Annual Church Meeting

 If you missed our Church Meeting on 24th November you can get details and listen to a recording of it HERE.


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 Save Your Stamps

Please remember to save your stamps as these can be used by charities to raise much needed money. Every kilo of stamps collected can give a charity £7.50. 

Carefully cut away any excess paper, leaving approximately 1cm around the stamp, avoiding any damage to the stamp itself. Currently I am collecting the stamps for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you Julie Rickard


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 Little Free Library

The little house on the Church forecourt!

This is the Little Free Library, which is a small book give-away 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. If you are about to take a donation of books to the charity shop, please hold back and think about the Little Free Library.


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 Iona Pilgrimage

Haydon Wilcox is now taking bookings for the Holiday/Pilgrimage to Iona
between 14th - 22nd August 2020.
The guest stay at Bishop’s House on Iona, enjoying their wonderful hospitality,
great accommodation and lovely food.
Cost is approximately £1,180 per person, based on sharing a twin room,
including transport and full board accommodation. There is an additional cost
for optional tours to Staffa and Mull.
If you are interested, please ask Peter Sullivan to forward you the details.


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 Aldershot Food Bank

A message from the Trussell Trust.

Dear friendS,

Happy New Year! As 2020 starts, we wanted to share with you our latest food bank stories and campaigning updates, and info on how you can get involved. Together we achieved a great deal in 2019, and we know that this year we can continue to create change thanks to amazing supporters like you.
Best wishes,
The Trussell Trust

See the latest news from Trussell on their webpage HERE


The Trussell Trust have released a new report that lays bare the consequences of the five week wait for Universal Credit.

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 Messy Play

 Messy Play group in Church on Friday Mornings provides a sensory experience for pre- schoolers and is a way of getting to know new families. There are craft and food activities based on a theme each week. We really need people to come and cuddle babies and chat to and encourage the Mums and help wash up. Please talk to Jo Emett if you are able to help once or so a month. Thank you


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 Community News and Opportunties


Community Wardrobe 

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! 

Drop and Swap

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!

Jo Emett


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 Mid Wessex Christian Camps


 For news of the MWCC 2019 camps see HERE.

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 PA/AV Desks

We are still looking for dedicated PA operators.

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.

 Peter Sullivan.


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 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’.


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 Church Walks

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.


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 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.


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 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 ttg.dawes@hotmail.co.uk


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 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.