"The people of Parkstone United Reformed Church are here to share God's love for all through welcome, service and care."
Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray to you for the NHS and all of its staff and volunteers, for those working in Social Care, for the Government, the Emergency services, and those in Key work roles all selflessly supporting the country, and some paying the ultimate sacrifice to get us through this pandemic. We pray that the light of Jesus will shine brightly bringing hope into all of the dark places in this country caused by the Corona Virus. We pray for peace for those affected in anyway by it. Amen
Verity & Paul Brayshaw (April 2020)
Parkstone and Poole
Christ of the Emmaus Road. Walk with us in these days. Be our companion and guide, teacher and friend, host and servant. That we may recognise you in the unfamiliar, discover more of you in the all too familiar and be blessed by you in the moment of recognition. With renewed faith, may we share from you the Good News, for the whole world.
(Luke ch. 24 verses 13 - 33)
James Whately Minister
Parkstone, St Martins West Moors and Verwood United Reformed Churches
I am away now from today and then back Tuesday 5th December. Then away again Thursday 7th December returning 11th December 2023. I will answer emails as soon as I can.
Please find attached the notice sheet for Sunday 3rd December 2023. Everyone is welcome to service led by Pauline Whately at 10.30am. There will be refreshments served at the end of the service.
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen
Parkstone United Reformed Church sends you their greetings and good wishes. You are encouraged to use the following words for your personal reflection. It is our hope that they will be a source of encouragement for you.
“Even The Smallest Candle Burns Brighter In The Dark.” Chris Mentillo
Quiet Contemplation . The Service of Contemplative Prayer with Rev James has changed its start time to 11.15am from this Wednesday 2nd August as it gives more time to pray before pantry and lunch. Everyone is welcome to join us
Activities for Children - Please let others know
Link on the
Regenerate is an inter-generational group with a meal and activities such as crafts and board games. It has started and is on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 4-6pm for families and older members of our community suggested donations £2 per family. This will run as usual through July and August 2023
Busy Bees’–Toddler group—Thursdays term time from10-11.30am.
For all pre-schoolers and their adults. Healthy snack provided, plus tea and coffee for adults. A variety of activities plus stories and rhymes
Explorers – is our Sunday children's church aimed at primary school age children. We explore different bible stories and celebrations though craft, song, prayer, reading and activities.
We begin in the church and then move to the cafe space and begin exploring together.
Parents / carers must attend the church service.
contact our children's and families’ worker Catherine on 07486375104 or
on the church website
Messy church will be on Monday 11th December 2023 from 4pm-6pm..
Big day Out 24 at Hollycombe Steam in the Country
Saturday 4th May 2024 10am-5pm
Midhurst Road Liphook GU30 7LP
Adults £8, Children £5 Bigger and Better
Synod Big Day Out - URC Wessex Synod Click on link Tickets are available to book now
We have been donated some amazing raffle prizes. Please see Mark or Lynne (Pantry time) up in the Pantry to buy raffle tickets £1 a ticket.
Food donation appeal from the Poole Pantry
Please spread the info among your friends/ contacts and help us if you can.
We are looking for contacts to people with home- grown food (people having allotments, gardens, who would be interested in providing us with some surplus food)
If you know some food suppliers who would be interested in working with us, please let us know.
Thank you to all those who have donated they are very much appreciated we would be grateful for your spare ambient food; stuff we are particularly short of is:
Please feel free to donate in box in foyer of church, which is open Pantry times/when classes on as well as Sunday.
The Living room—(Church Sanctuary)
The Café area is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-2pm. Hot drinks and cakes (often home-baked) are available at no charge, though donations are welcome. Have a chat, join in with our activities or bring your own.
See separate monthly sheet for activities, crafts and talks.
The Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-2pm
The community meal Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A hot, 2 course home-cooked community meal is available from 12.15pm-1.30pm children are free, suggested donation £4-£7+ from 1st October
Christmas table – If you would like to donate something for others for the Christmas table, all donations to be brought in by 15th December 2023
Community Christmas Meal – December 11th, 13th and 15th, Booking is essential in advance by 6th December 2023 plus any dietary requirements
Poole Bank satellite location (“We are now a satellite point for Poole Food Bank. We can issue e-vouchers and we give emergency food parcels. Please contact us if you are struggling. There are criteria for emergency support from the Food Bank, but we can provide emergency food from our own stocks and you may also want to join Poole Pantry.”)
The Citizen Advice Bureau will usually have their bus outside PURC for people to drop in every Wednesday 1pm-4pm and Friday 10am-4pm. The advisors will be in their van parked outside the front of the church.
We also have a list of other locations up until the end of December 2023 if you are unable to come here The CAB also have information about
Prayers before Pantry time
Just to let you know that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, prior to opening the Pantry to members, there is a chance to meet up for a prayer/ quiet reflection in the church. We gather around 11.40am, please feel free to grab a cup of drink, and join us.
TIA CHI for pantry members
Next one is 24th November (every two weeks)
Every two weeks in the Livingstone Hall
Robert Joyce our resident Tia chi instructor has started Tia Chi. It will be every 2 weeks for 1 hour session at 10.45am-11.45am for pantry members and those struggling financially.
A suggested donation of £2.50 - £5 or more (Usual Wednesday class is £10)
New Art Group is on Mondays from 10am-12 noon in the main church. All are welcome
Please make sure that you drive DEAD SLOW in the car park, especially down to the gravel at all times. We have onsite children and vulnerable adults, and we don’t want any accidents with speeding vehicles otherwise people will be asked to park off site.
Story- Telling on Wednesday afternoons 1.45pm- 2.30pm in the sanctuary led by Julie and Karen
Trip to Hilfield Friary Thursday 14th December 2023
The Friary is between Dorchester and Yeovil and is not just a beautiful, peaceful oasis; the Community has a concern for promoting justice and reconciliation in a troubled world. There is an organic farm, beautiful walking paths, chapel, craft space and famous secret garden. We are invited to join a service with the Brothers at midday.
Have a great week.
A short video of the fantastic work happening at my Church, Parkstone URC during the Covid19 Virus.
Reflection: How well do you know yourself and how much do you really know about others, even those who you consider your ‘nearest and dearest’? There is a theme running through all the Bible readings set for this Sunday which is about recognising people, and things, as they really are. This is profoundly challenging, humbling and affirming, because this also implies that others will do the same for me; that I will be dealt with in the same manner. Jesus talked about the seemingly routine nuisance of weeds growing amongst crops, but doesn’t this also relate to the complexity of life and relationships? The Psalmist records the deeply profound understanding that God, our Creator, also knows us ‘weeds – or is it warts – and all’. Taken alongside each other, these point to the deep truth that no matter how we see ourselves, God recognises the beauty of each and invites, or is it challenges us to look for and see that beauty also.
In the new patterns of life around us,
The Lord says 'I am with you'.
In the uncertainties that tomorrow will bring,
The Lord says 'I am with you'.
In the repeating routines of this day,
The Lord says 'I am with you'.
In the maze of ever changing directions,
The Lord says 'I am with you'.
Lord God of all, in this new reality,
breathe your peace into the shadows of our anxiety.
In the clock-stopping moments of wakefulness,
may we take our timing from the heartbeat of your love.
Guide our dreams for a future,
to become your Kingdom living reality for all each day.
Guard us this night, in the power of your peace,
Give us rest, in the depths of your love,
Meet us in the dawning light of your Day.
In the Saviour’s name.
James Whately 24th March 2020
.Our Mission Statement is..."The people of Parkstone United Reformed Church are here to share God's love for all through welcome, service and care."Our Vision Statement is...Because of this understanding of who we are and what we are here
for we welcome many groups and organisations to use these buildings, our home.
•We will serve all within the community by sharing our faith through worship, people, resources, and buildings.•We will welcome and care for all those we meet.
•We will explore what our belief means in our lives today through different styles of worship, as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
•We will continue our long history of challenging the injustices we see in our society today.
•To grow by working together with our covenanted partners - St Peter's and St Osmund's with Branksea St Mary's as well as other Churches in Poole. We will treasure God's gift of creation, as we experience it.
Parkstone United Reformed Church is situated in Lower Parkstone along the main (commercial road) leading down to Poole Park, the Civic Center, Town Center and of course the Harbour.
From the outside, although a noticeable building built in the late 1800's. The external view hides its true splendour and the maze of wonderful rooms, halls, gardens and facilities. But of more consequence of course is the beautiful main Church with its wonderful Stained Glass windows facing you; either as a member of the congregation, or reverant service. Not forgetting the classic Organ to the right of the stage.More important is the amazing atmosphere and the relaxed feeling of calm, peace and comfort within the hall and the Church as a whole.Extremely active within the Lower Parkstone and Poole area the Church is well known as a friendly meeting house and support location to many local groups and organisations – both Faith Groups and Community Groups – from the Poole Passion Play, Bournemouth Orchestra’s and Dance Show Rehearsals.. to humble local Art workshops.Our Vision...We at Parkstone United Reformed Church, home of the Parkstone Christian Center have developed a vision and mission statement to express our feelings about why we are here
• We will serve all within the community by sharing our faith through worship, people, resources, and buildings.
• We will welcome and care for all those we meet.
• We will explore what our belief means in our lives today through different styles of worship, as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
• We will continue our long history of challenging the injustices we see in our society today.
• To grow by working together with our covenanted partners - as well as other Churches in Poole.
• We will treasure God's gift of creation, as we experience it.
Children's and Family Worker
Who uses our Rooms - just a few examples:- a while Buckholme Towers School burnt down, the school needed a home while it was rebuilt- Poole Passion Play - Security Training weeks for the Olympics.- Kitchen Cookery Groups
and Classes- Art Workshops- Dance and Fitness Groups.- Disability Groups- Poole College
Extremely flexible in approach and is well known throughout the area as a venue with a "can do" ethos - for not only Faith and Community groups but Commercial enterprizes too.
Once a month we hold our Messy Church at 3.45pm through the use of artwork we encourage children to celebrate something of the Christian Story. The event ends with an act of worship and then a meal.Latest Info.
Every Thursday 10 - 11.30 during term time
Stories, rhymes and variety of activities
sugested donation £1.50
4th Wednesday of the month At 3.45pm-6pmLearn More
Almighty God,whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,and entered not into glory before he was crucified:mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,may find it none other than the way of life and peace;through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.. Amen.
Messy Church is a place where carers, children and young people meet together to learn more about God and enjoy fellowship together in an informal setting. Messy Church meets every fourth wednesday of the month - 3.45 -
6.00pm. All children and young people are welcome with a carer(s) whilst adults are also welcome with their children
Once a month we hold our Messy Church at 3.45pm through the use of artwork we encourage children to celebrate something of the Christian Story. The event ends with an act of worship and then a meal.