Bitterne Park Parish - Southampton

Welcome to Bitterne Park Parish, a Christ-centred, sacramental and inclusive Anglican parish, trying to reach out to the wider community. We're pleased to offer rooms to hire to the local community.

Welcome to our website. Our mission statement declares that the Parish of Bitterne Park believes in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and is a community dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus by radical inclusive hospitality, healing, reconciliation and wholeness.

There's always lots going on at the Church, so have a look at our events page to see what's happening this week. You can also join us on Facebook.

Every Sunday you are invited to refreshments between the 9am and 10:45am service.

The Ascension Centre has a café and a range of rooms available for hire. It also has some stunning stained glass windows and some fine bells.

 

An August letter from Jackie Cooper, Reader-in-Training

 

Dear Friends. 

Over the last few weeks I have been aware of a little word that is used regularly in everyday language and one that has lost some of its meaning over time – Hope. Over this summer we have already seen hopes dashed in the sporting world. England out of the World Cup and Andy Murray knocked out of Wimbledon. Some would say that our hopes were raised too high and were unrealistic! 

Students are waiting in hope for their exam results, looking for the grades/results they need for the next stage of their education. Families are hoping for good weather over the school holidays. Those of us with health issues are hoping that our treatment will be successful, that test results will be in our favour and that health will be restored. 

Hope can be defined as ‘An optimistic attitude of mind based on expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large’. This sounds great until we see that hope, according to this definition, depends on out ‘attitude of mind’, which is not always easy to control. 

If we look at how the bible defines Hope, we see that its dependency is not on our own state of mind but on something much more definite. We as Christians believe in a God of love, a God who knows us and who cares for us. Our hope is based on the unfailing nature and wisdom of God (read Psalm 139: 13-18). 

Ephesians 15:13 says; ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let us then put our hope in God with the assurance that he will provide all we need as we look to the future and all that it holds.

Jackie Cooper
Reader in training