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Aldershot Food Bank
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.
Community News and Opportunties
Mid Wessex Christian Camps
For a report on the MWCC 2018 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’.
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.
Monthly Prayer Guide
The Monthly Prayer Guide is now to be found in the Park Life magazine.
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.
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.