2018 has been another year to remember at Poole Christian Fellowship*! Take a moment to remember, celebrate and reflect on all God has done through us in our Church family and in the Community.
*We may have said that about 2017 too.
January – March
We started the year by seeking God’s guidance with a Week of Prayer. Streams sign-up for the winter term was also underway with Helen very keen to encourage the use of ChurchSuite! The first Church Partners meeting also happened with plenty of cake and coffee of course. Gez took the role of the quizmaster in our Pub Quiz which was also an outreach/community event.
We started a new sermon series called Rise Up and Build, based on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Sadly, we said goodbye to Richard & Sarah (and the Bring and Share lunch was a great opportunity to do that properly). After a recruitment process for a new CAP Debt Centre manager, Ruth Hobbs (a.k.a Richard 2.0), accepted the position!
For the first time in 29 years, we cancelled a Sunday meeting in March due to the surprise snowfall! March ended with another successful Easter Egg Hunt!
April – June
April started with the ever-entertaining Easter Youth-Led Service. Followed by a Season of Prayer as our “Between Streams” programme then, of course, the spring term of Streams. Helen and her team also ran another successful Parenting Course. And we partnered with the Moorlands students for an Outreach weekend, sharing the gospel on Baiter Park and on Poole High Street.
Then there was the Weekend Away at Brunel Manor where the church family had wonderful time worshipping God and fellowshipping together.
Oh and Pete performed his own song in front of a live audience (and on Facebook Live) while at the 10,000 Fathers Worship School!
July – September
Summer was in full swing at PCF. Starting with the joyous occasion of baptising a few of our church family! Which was followed by our Youth-led celebration and Family Fun Afternoon. Open House was back for the summer where we met informally at each other’s homes. Songs in the Key of Life was the sermon series for the summer.
The Youth had fun too! Going to Barnstaple 2 (a youth camp for the uninitiated) and the huge J-life trip to South Africa with Urban Saints.
Through your generous donations, we blessed the Poole Foodbank this year as part of our Harvest celebration.
The quarter ended with a visit from Steve Fry of the Messenger Fellowship, all the way from America. He spoke at the Word and Spirit Leadership Conference as well as giving a talk at PCF where we were joined by King’s Church Poole and New Life Bible Church.
October – December
The Autumn term of Streams started after the summer break. The MP, Michael Tomlinson, visited our CAP centre where Befrienders and former clients chatted to him about their experiences of CAP. Sam Harris was officially installed as an Elder and, in true PCF form, there was Elder’s cake to celebrate! Sadly, after 9 years John has left his role as minister due to personal reasons
Ruth Hobbs and Jo Wiltshire made a great double team on our CAP sunday, celebrating and raising awareness of the work we do at our CAP centre. Then there was the Bonfire night on the Quay which featured lots of hotdogs and hot chocolate. We also had the return of the Pub Quiz with Adam Roberts as quizmaster.
The traditional CAP Christmas Hamper possibly started much earlier this year and, as usual, the response was amazing. Christmas at PCF continued with a fantastic Youth-led Christmas Celebration which featured a choir amongst other things.
Also in the Year…
As as well as the events mentioned above, we also carry out a whole host of regular activities such as the CAP drop-in centre, visits to Dorset house, monthly Church Prayer and Friday Night Youth Clubs. We’ve also been blessed by several guest speakers throughout the year and you can find all our talks on this handy page.
This year also saw the launch of PCF Cares (a way of organising practical support for those in need of a little extra care) and PCF Ladies (a way of organising practical, fun events for ladies)!
Margaret May, Toni Firth and Linda Rose all went to be with the Lord in 2018. They will all be greatly missed, but are at rest with God where we will one day be reunited with them. Margaret was a founding member of PCF. She has been a constant support for Nick as an elder in that time and her kind and gentle manner encouraged many PCF folk over the years. Toni had been unable to come on Sunday morning for some while. However, those who knew her remember a talented artist with a real heart for God and what a pleasure it was to see her come to Jesus late in her life. Linda will be missed as another long-standing part of PCF. She was a prayer warrior and a great friend to many in the church. Her impact at PCF has been massive. All three ladies will be sorely missed.
Worship at PCF
Our worship team do an amazing job every Sunday but they also like to keep us current and on our musical toes. So here are this year’s addition to the PCF worship list.
- Rescuer – Rend Collective
- Our God Is Strong – David Walker
- Who You Say I Am – Hillsong Worship
- I Am Not The Same – BREAD & WINE (feat. Ben Smith)
- What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
- God Is So Good – Pat Barrett
- Still – Reuben Morgan
We would like to thank everyone that has been involved with PCF in some way during 2018 and a special thank you to the many volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly. There are lots to look forward to in 2019: Week of Prayer, Streams, Pub Quiz 3, Church on Fire preaching series in Acts to name a few. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in 2019 as we continue our mission of “Knowing Jesus… and Making Him Known”.
As a reward for getting this far, here are a few more photos of cake and kids on the floor.