Parkstone United Reformed Church

"The people of Parkstone United Reformed Church are here to share God's love for all through welcome, service and care."

Let us pray.. 

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


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our Notices for the Current Week

Dear friends, 
There will be a short video this Sunday from Rev James Whately and will be found here on our website (just below) and or Facebook page .

 The lectionary Bible readings set for this Sunday are:

Exodus 20:1-17 (the Ten Commandments);
Psalm 19 (God’s glory in creation; God’s law as refuge);
1 Corinthians 1:18-22 (Christ, God’s power and wisdom); and
John 2:13-22 (Jesus clears and defines the Temple)
 Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 
15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 
16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority 
to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise
 it in three days?” 
21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 
22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

 ReflectionDo you obey rules?If you do – why?  If you don’t – why?What is your motivation? – fear of the consequences, self-interest, concern for others welfare before yourself… probably a whole stack of reasons and motivations that are hard to fully comprehend or explain.Currently, we are surrounded by laws and rules that profoundly curb our lives and actions. The Coronavirus pandemic has initiated the most restrictive laws imposed on our personal freedoms in the history of the nations of these islands.In the circumstances this may be the correct thing to do. Nevertheless, there are those who voice and enact their objection to them, and conversely those who rigorously advocate for and abide by them…And curiously the motivation for either of these responses may be the same……It’s my life and my choices, no-one’s going to tell me how to live and stop me enjoying myself… …It’s my life and my choices, I’m going to look after myself – I’m putting number one first, what other folk do is no concern of mine……It’s my life and my choices, but I don’t want to be the cause of hurt or harm to other people…  …It’s my life and my choices, if I need to speak out or speak up for those who can’t speak or act for themselves then I’ll do it…The gospel reading for this Sunday is John’s account of Jesus clearing the Jerusalem Temple of the money-changers and their goods. This event is recorded in all four Gospels, but in the other three it takes place at the last week of Jesus’ ministry rather than in the first weeks. Perhaps John wants us to see the rest of the account of Jesus’ ministry through the perspective of this event – Jesus has come to make clear the way for everyone to access God and that God is not located in the bricks and mortar or rituals of the Jerusalem Temple, but in the living Temple of his body. God is not confined to the ‘clean’ and ‘righteous’ environment of the Temple courts, but is right with you in the dust, dirt and mess of ‘real’ life.In terms of our Lent journey; this action makes clear that God has chosen to be in the wilderness with us. And if God is right in front of us or with us, then perhaps Jesus’ actions of ‘clearing out’ the Temple should cause us to pay attention to the practices and attitudes in ourselves that impede our heartfelt worship of and devotion to God. Which comes back to the question at the beginning about our attitude and approach to ‘law’ – what motivation is at the heart of our faith and what does faithful obedience mean for us?

 Prayer A prayer for reflection by Michael JagessarGod, wiser than we can comprehend,more loving than our hearts can hold.May your warm compassion and abundant grace,drench us in lovethat will open us up to your way of humilityyour walk of vulnerabilityyour talk of reversalsand your gift of a larger dream –full life for all through Christ.In the Saviour’s name. Amen. 

Collect Prayer for this week Eternal God,give us insightto discern your will for us,to give up what harms us,and to seek the perfection we are promisedin Jesus Christ our Lord. 

  The Ashley Cross Link, March publications are now in circulation, the online version can be viewed here:
Rev James Whately wrote the article for Parkstone URC this month and can be found on page 22. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend enjoy the sun shine and stay safe
 God bless 
Verity Brayshaw Admin PURC

There is no online service with our Verwood URC you tube channel colleagues this week.
for reference to previous weeks...   
The  YouTube Channel Link:
but the National URC audio service is available to listen to from the URC website


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.

‘Light a candle of hope’

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

Parkstone URC Our Mission Statement

.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.

Church Life

About Parkstone United Reformed Church

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

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Welcome to Parkstone United Reformed Church

• 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.  

Mark Phillips

Centre Manager

Verity Brayshaw


Catherine Phillips

Children's and Family Worker

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Hall & Room Hire

Parkstone URC is fortunate to have many areas available to book for private functions, meeting halls and rooms for individuals and groups
Our Worship Services
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Hall and Room Hire @ Parkstone United Reformed Church.

The Parkstone Christian Center is fortunate to have many areas available to book for private functions, meeting halls and rooms - within the Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset area. 

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

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For Enquiries, rates and availability

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.

Busy Bee's

Every Thursday 10 - 11.30 during term time
Healthy snack provided plus tea and coffee for the adults
Stories, rhymes and variety of activities
sugested donation £1.50
for more information our Children's and Familie Worker Catherine Phillips 07486 375104

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Parkstone URC Art Group *Currently Postponed*

No need to book just come along.. I’ll put the Kettle on Every Tuesday 10 am - 12.15pm (ish) £5 per session Pay As You Go.
Absolute beginners ~ absolutely WELCOMED.


Messy Church

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.

Our Services

Our Services 

Busy Bees

Every Thursday 10 - 11.30 during term time 
Stories, rhymes and variety of activities 
sugested donation £1.50 

Worship Times


  • Service Times every Sunday 10.30am
  • 1st Sunday - Family Service
  • 2nd Sunday - Morning Worship with Communion
  • 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship
  • 4th Sunday - Morning Worship
  • 5th Sunday - Morning Worship

  • Please Gift Aid your offerings to Church if you are a Tax Payer. It adds about 25% to your gift. See the Gift Aid Secretary (Barbara Carter) if you can help in this way. The flowers in church have been bought using money in our flower fund. If you would like to donate to that fund, or offer flowers to celebrate or remember someone or a memorable event then see Gina Bullock or Mark Phillips, thank you Gina, Mark and Edward’s the florists for decorating our church for us.
Welcome to our Church

Messy Church

4th Wednesday of the month At 3.45pm-6pm

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for our Thoughts and Prayers

Please pray for :
• Gina's friend Ruth who is undergoing cancer treatment.
• Bruce who is very unwell. Please pray for Suki
• comfort and peace for Liz and her family
• Peter who is undergoing treatment
• Mattine is recovering well, but still needs prayer
• Please keep praying for RM
• Katie who has a serious illness
• Karen and Anthony and family at this time
• Aneta’s parents and family
• Sam, 37 years old who has had a massive stroke, he is home and recovering
• For Maria and her family as her brain surgery was cancelled
• For the LifeWorks as they stay isolated
• Our homeless who may not be able to isolate
• Pray Mary Exton who has had her eye operation
• For Bex and her family after their loss
• For everyone impacted by corona virus, especially our hospitals, and vulnerable
• For the Poole Passion team who have had to cancelled this year.
• For our groups that have had to close down at present
• We thank God that Flippers is continuing and looking after Children with Frontline
parents. Pray that they stay safe and well
• Mark and Catherine who are working hard supporting families and
the vulnerable in our community everyday. He has delivered food to
over 200 people and hostels reaching up to 800 people.

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Parkstone URC ArtistS Group

Watercolour, Acrylic and Oil - Traditional -Abstract & Contemporary…  with David Harvey
“No need to book just come along.. I’ll put the Kettle on Every Tuesday 10 am - 12.15pm (ish) £5 per session Pay As You Go.
Absolute beginners ~ absolutely WELCOMED.


Chrurch Life

Messy Church

Messy Church

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.

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Contact Parkstone United Reformed Church

The Parkstone URC Church Church Office

Phone: 01202 733580
Mark Phillips ~ Centre Manager 07980 002676
Barbara Carter Church Secretary
David Harvey Internet and Art Workshops Phone: 07860109945
Gina Bullock Treasurer
Catherine Phillips Children and Family Worker - Messy church
Phone: 01202 733580

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