Advent Happenings

The church’s liturgical year ended last Sunday with the feast of “ Christ the King” and was celebrated with majestic royal blue banner emblazoned with a golden crown hanging in the sanctuary, and the cutting and sharing of a large birthday cake .

Now we have the season of Advent, when during the four weeks leading to Christmas we are encouraged to take time in examining the significance of the birth of Jesus. Revds Peter and Denis will be leading Advent studies on Mondays at 6.00 pm (BYO tea) and Wednesdays after the 10:00 am communion service. (details below) Households are always very busy with preparations for Christmas, but the reason for the season should be top of the list for times of reflection. All welcome.

Again this year we are having a Nativity Scene display in the Foyer so bring along any Nativity Scenes you would like to share with us this week. It has been a tradition of interest to the community and enjoyed through the window wall also when the church is closed.

(Above contributed by Joan Mellahn)

This years Advent studies are up and running in three time slots:

Mondays 6pm in the Foyer 46 Splatt St (BYO Tea) Nov 26 to Dec 17

Wednesday 11am in the Foyer 46 Splatt St – Nov 28 to Dec 19

At Nyah West – Wednesdays 3:30pm at Nyah West Uniting Church (33 Lloyd St) – Nov 28 to Dec 19

Remembrance Day Brings Good Attendances

At Christ Church on Sunday morning, fifty people attended our service which had a Remembrance Day theme. The sermon spoke of the cost of love and acknowledged the price paid by Australia’s service men and women, not just in the great war but in the many conflicts since. The intercessions included prayers for PEACE. The Rev Denis Gell had to slip away early to meet his commitments as RSL Chaplain for the service at the Cenotaph.

Twenty-six (compared to the usual 16 or 18) attended at Alcheringa on Saturday where staff had put together an apt display for Remembrance Day.

Anglican Church hosts musical talent

Local budding musical talent performed at Christ Church Swan Hill on Sunday afternoon. Three young musicians received scholarships encouraging them to keep their passion for music.

Sincere thanks to the appreciative audience at the concert last Sunday, and to the talented children and adults who provided the music. Special thanks to the parents and teachers of the younger artists for their dedication and encouragement. The Anglican church has great acoustics for these community events, and the generous response of those attending raised $360.00 for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. A rewarding afternoon tea awaited in the foyer. Much laughter ensued when the “ Lucky Door Prize “ ticket, drawn by Rev. Peter, was won by his wife Jeannette.

Three young  music students  were each granted Lilian Mary Gibbs $500.00 encouragement awards.

Teacher Fred  Turner presented his guitar student Caleb , who performed his own original composition, and Julie Romeo’s  students  Shantae and Xavier performed piano solos.

The program opened with a set from the SHUG ( Swan Hill Ukulele Group ) and following a most enjoyable variety concert closed with  a great brass trio from Julie, Alana and Geoff.