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.
We have two church buildings in the Parish; the Ascension Centre, Thorold Road, and All Hallows Church, Witts Hill.
Every Sunday you are invited to refreshments after the 9.30 am. service or before the 11.00 am. service.
What's coming up?
Saturday 30 November - Advent quiet day. 10am - 4pm, Church of the Ascension. With art, books, prayer, slience and meditation to help you prepare for Christmas. Download a poster
Blessings for Christmas and New Year, from Rev.d Andy Smith
Christmas the season of good will – a time when people pull out all the stops to have a good time. Presents to buy - shops full of enticing ways for us to part with our hard earned money - in the quest to get just the right present to show our love and bless our loved ones.
Love and blessing IS what Christmas is all about – but do we really need the excess that we are bombarded with to show love and blessing?
In the bible we read: ‘this is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son, so that by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life’. Jesus came and lived amongst us, born as a tiny little baby, into a really poor family. He didn’t have material things to offer but he offers us so much more. Through his life and through his death he showed our world the full extent of God’s love and blessing. Christmas is about God’s love and blessing for this world of ours and he wants us to know that love and live our life with his blessing.
For many of us money is really tight, but we don’t have to do the excess that we can’t afford, and end up dreading facing having no money in January. Love and blessing is so much more than anything money can buy. Little gifts given in love, giving people time and care are so much more important than expensive presents.
My prayer for you and those you care for this Christmas and on into 2014 is that you would know the love and blessings given to us in Jesus this Christmas and always.
Rev Andy Smith