Christmas 2020

Sadly, due to the ongoing circumstances with Covid, we can’t host our usual Christmas celebrations in person this year, so we’ll be doing things a little differently. Here are the things we’re able to do this year, and keep your eyes peeled for a starry surprise in the next week or so.

1st-24th December
Advent Windows, Flowerdown and Parklands

Still acceptable in a socially-distanced world, for the third year running we have organised Advent Window trails in the communities of Flowerdown Park and Locking Parklands. Check our Facebook Event for the latest.

Sunday 13th December, 4pm
Online Christingle Service, Facebook Live

Join us online as we make our Christingles and reflect on Jesus as light of the world. We’ll have Christingle packs ready to be collected on Saturday 12th December for anyone who’d like to join in. Please send an email to to request a pack.

Sunday 20th December, 4pm
Family Christmas Quiz, Facebook Live

Join us for a family friendly Christmas quiz on Facebook Live. There’ll be a prize for the best team name and the winners!

Light in the dark from Advent Windows

For the third year running, Parklands Community Church have organised an Advent Window trail in the communities of Flowerdown Park and Locking Parklands. At a time in the world where people may feel it is very dark, it is our hope that these windows will provide a hint of the light that is coming in the form of Jesus.

Every evening from December 1st to the 24th, a new window will be revealed, just like a real-life advent calendar only without the chocolate (or cheese, gin, or makeup if you have one of those fancy advent calendars), and they (mostly) will stay up until New Year’s Day.

So come and wander the two areas looking for the latest creations (from a safe social distance, of course), and follow along on the special Facebook event set up.

You can collect paper copies of maps from December 1st from outside 20 Varsity Way in Flowerdown Park and 8 Farnborough Road in Parklands, or download an electronic version of the maps here:

Socially Distanced Hallowe’en

With Covid-19 still disrupting our plans, we won’t be able to be on the green again this Hallowe’en serving hot chocolate and sweets. It’s going to be very different for a lot of us this year, and some people may not be as comfortable opening their doors to Trick or Treaters as in previous years. To help with that, we’ve produced some posters which you can put in your windows or on your doors.

You can download the PDF of all four images here.

Taking a summer break

It’s certainly been a interesting few months, hasn’t it? Since late March, as well as offering practical and spiritual support to people living in our local community, we at Parklands Community Church have been running a series of online alternatives to meeting up including Sunday Bible stories for creative craft and the Monday night pub quiz.

As Covid restrictions roll into August and the school summer holidays, we are going to take a break to take stock, and work out how we can best serve you from September onwards. By then the restrictions may have changed somewhat, and we will be able to start opening things up a bit more.

For the most instant to-the-minute news from Parklands Community Church, please like our Facebook page and turn notifications ON. We look forward to seeing you all again in-person sometime soon.

Coronavirus update, 18 March

Following the latest government guidelines, we have sadly decided to cancel all gatherings at Parklands Community Church until further notice. This includes our Sunday morning gatherings, Pop Up Café’s and mid-week groups.

We’re busy exploring ways we can continue to be church together, without actually meeting together, including making the most of the technology available to us.

Follow us on Facebook for updates. We’ll also be sharing reflections, prayers and resources online over the next few weeks.

If there’s any way we can support you at this time – whether it’s practical help, a chat on the phone or prayer, please do get in touch.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

At Parklands Community Church we take the welfare of our church family and community seriously. We are monitoring the advice provided by Public Health England and the church-specific advice provided by the Baptist Union of Great Britain

At the moment there are no restrictions on public gatherings that would limit our church activities. As such we will continue to meet together on Sundays at 11am as usual. 

However, we are also taking extra precautions to help keep everyone healthy. 

  • We are asking that everyone wash their hands as they enter The Radio Wing and use the antibacterial hand gel provided too.
  • Whilst we always aim to be a friendly church, at the moment we’re encouraging people not to greet each other with handshakes or hugs – a smile and a wave will do. 
  • We will not use shared cups or loaves when taking communion
  • We will ensure extra cleaning takes place, especially on door handles etc. 

Most importantly, we’re asking everyone in our community to follow the advice provided by Public Health England. 

  • If you have a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature, please stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days. If your symptoms worsen or you are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online
  • Wash your hands more than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water. 
  • When you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw it away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hand. 

We believe that we can live and act as family, even when we’re not gathered together. If you do have to self-isolate, we still want to offer support and care. Whether you need help with your shopping, or a chat on the phone, or prayer, we’re here. You can get in touch with us at

We will continue to follow guidance set out by Public Health England and will adapt our meetings and events accordingly. 

Parklands Community Church, 14 March 2020

Christmas 2019

December is always an exciting time at Parklands Community Church, and this year is no different. There are a number of different ways to enjoy this festive season with us, suitable for all ages.

1st-24th December
Advent Windows

In Flowerdown Park and Locking Parklands, a new festive window will be revealed every evening until Christmas Eve. See if you can find all 48 windows! Download the maps from the news story, or pick up a paper copy at any of the following events.

News Story

Saturday 7th December, 10am
Parklands Pop-Up Cafe – Christmas Special

Join us at The Radio Wing from 10am to noon for the Christmas Special edition of the monthly Parklands Pop Up Cafe. As well as the usual hot and cold drinks, we’ll also have tasty Christmassy treats on offer. There’ll be Christmas craft for the kids plus a stall selling homemade gifts.

Facebook Event

Friday 13th December, 6.30pm
Family Film Night

A free family film night at The Radio Wing, open to all. Send us your suggestions for a family friendly Christmas film and we’ll open a vote for the favourite!  Free drinks and popcorn provided or feel free to bring your own snacks. Christmas jumpers and onesies welcome too! Doors open at 6.15pm, film starts at 6.30pm.

Facebook Event

Saturday 21st December, 4pm
Carols and Christingle

Join us at The Radio Wing on the last Saturday before Christmas for our more traditional carol and Christingle service. Enjoy a good sing-song, mutilate an orange, and then wash it down with festive refreshments. All welcome.

Facebook Event

Advent Windows are back

December 1st marks the start of Advent – the time in the church calendar where we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas! To celebrate this time, we have again organised Advent Windows for Flowerdown Park and Locking Parklands.

Every evening from December 1st to the 24th, a new window will be revealed, just like a real-life advent calendar only without the chocolate (or cheese, gin, or makeup if you have one of those fancy advent calendars), and they will stay up until after Christmas.

You can pick up a hard copy of the maps at our Parklands Pop-Up Cafe on 7th December, the Family Film Night on 13th December, or at the Carol and Christingle Service on 21st December.

Alternatively, you can download an electronic version of the maps here:


Join in The Big Quiz Night

Join us on Saturday 16th November as we join with churches across the UK in hosting Tearfund’s The Big Quiz Night.  In 2018, 500 churches and 23,000 people took part in the quiz, and this year we want to be a part of making it even bigger.

Entry is £4 per person or £20 for a team of six, and includes a free hot drink and doughnut. Other refreshments are available to buy on the night, or bring your own. Get your neighbours, friends and family together to form a team and let’s have some healthy competition! Who will be the winner?

Join our Facebook Event for the latest updates, and email to reserve your space.