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.
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.
With the news about Coronavirus changing at an almost hourly rate, we have set up a specific update page just for any church-specific updates, along with links to resources we find that may be useful. Simply visit parklandscommunitychurch/covid-19 for all the relevant info.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It may have been chilly and grey outside, but today (October 12th) in The Radio Wing there were the burnt oranges and reds of autumn as kids of all ages tried their hands at leaf-related crafts at the October Parklands Pop-Up Cafe.
Those who weren’t feeling crafty enjoyed some fantastic home made cake and Fairtrade teas and coffees. If you couldn’t make it to this month’s cafe, the next Parklands Pop-Up Cafe is on Saturday 16th November, 10am-noon in The Radio Wing.
It was lovely to see so many at the Parklands Pop-Up Cafe yesterday. The children were so creative with their clay and pasta crafts (pictured). Thanks for coming, and save the date of the next cafe – Saturday 13th October.
With the church about to begin looking at the story of Moses in its Sunday Gatherings, we are putting on the first Parklands Family Film Night to get together and watch the 1998 Dreamworks classic, The Prince of Egypt.
Come on down to The Radio Wing on Friday 6th September for a free night of entertainment, with hot drinks and popcorn provided. The doors open at 6.15pm, with the feature presentation starting at 6.30pm.