Hi! We’re Paul and Wendy Drodge, the Congregational Pastors of Family Church Waterside. As a couple, we have led the thriving Waterside congregation since it was launched in March 2011. We have two incredible kids: Elisa and Jack, who both love church and as a family we are hugely passionate about building the local church and seeing people discover their God-given purpose and potential.
We’d love to see you at one of our church services soon. We meet every Sunday at Applemore College in Dibden (about 8 miles south of Southampton), part of the suburb of villages on the western side of Southampton Water, known locally as the Waterside. Most of the congregation live in the Waterside locality, although some also attend from the wider New Forest District and Southampton area.
A massive welcome awaits you, your friends and your family and we have a team on hand every week to specifically serve and assist you as a first-time guest in any way they can.
If you are a family attending with children, you'll be able to sign your children into their very own age-specified programme for a fun-filled time during the service. Each Sunday we have a time of praise and worship led by our live band followed by some relevant, practical bible-based teaching that you'll be able to apply in your everyday life. The Great Commandments – to love God and to love people, and the Great Commission – to go and make disciples, are integral to the culture of the church and its missional agenda.
Beyond a Sunday morning, there is loads to get involved with at Family Church Waterside. We have a variety of Connect Groups running in different locations throughout the week, a range of social events always going on and so much more - you'll never get bored in Family Church! We also have an office at Unit 9 (Abco Windows) on Hardley Industrial Estate near Hythe.
So whatever your age or background - whether you’re new to the area, looking for a refreshing church experience, or simply inquisitive about the whole ‘God thing’, come pay us a visit soon – we can’t wait to meet you!
North Road, Dibden Purlieu, SO45 4ZF
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Groups we run in Waterside
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Yr1 - Yr6
Ignition runs every Sunday for those in school years 7 to 9. Each week we start out in the main service, but then leave for Ignition after the worship. Our heart is for our young people to develop their own personal relationship with God and to know Him for themselves, believing wholeheartedly that ‘Those who KNOW their God will do great exploits.’ (Daniel 11:32)
Throughout the year we also run Encounter Nights, trips and socials. This is a great opportunity for the young people to build on their friendships within Ignition and have a LOT of fun.