Park Church, Aldershot

Gods Love and Power Flowing Out

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

01252 327235
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Aldershot Food Bank


A message from the Trussell Trust.Trussell Logo

Dear friendS,

You may have seen in the media today that our network of food banks provided a record 1.6 million food parcels to people in crisis over the past year. More than half a million of these went to children. 

The scale of hunger in the UK is unprecedented with the number of food parcels provided by our network soaring by 73% in the last five years.

This is not right.

But with your support we believe this can change.

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Sunday Evenings

Each Sunday evening there has been a service at St Michaels’ at 6pm, and in recent years it was led by Tom, the curate. It was normally a prayer book Evensong in old-fashioned language. Several people from Park Church attend regularly. When Tom retired at the end of February, Alwyn the vicar asked me to help in making arrangements for evening services to continue.

For the time being we’re continuing with Evensong on most weeks, but with occasion "different" events. The "Isaiah in words and music" evening in March was one of the different ones, and it was good that a number from Park joined those from St Michael's for that occasion.

The next “different“ evening will be a Taize-type worship time on 19th May, and everyone who enjoys that style of gentle music and silence is welcome to come along. As the year progresses, other special events will be offered, and we 'Il make sure they're advertised at Park. Or if you’d like to come to a regular Evensong on any other Sunday, please, feel welcome. Evensong usually lasts between 35 and 45 minutes, while other events may last up to one hour. A standard Evensong consists of regular prayers from the Prayer Book, along with part of a Psalm, two Bible readings and a short talk focusing on an idea from the readings. If you’d like to come to an Evensong please speak to me first so that I can reassure you about what goes on and save you feeling embarrassed about not knowing what is expected.

 Thank you.

 John Eyers


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 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 launch. 

Messy Play

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.

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! 

Parenting the Teenage Years - Alderwood Senior School

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!

Jo Emett


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 Mid Wessex Christian Camps


 For a report on the MWCC 2018 camps see HERE.

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 PA/AV Desks

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'.

 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

 The last walk was a very enjoyable trek around Compton, following part of the North Downs Way and ending up in the Watts Gallery Tea Rooms for a Welsh Rarebit! 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.