An edible Christmas house, carols, fellowship and pizza were all enjoyed by a good crowd at the Café Church Christmas service on Sunday. We sung old carols and new, including a Christmas version of words set to the Halleluiah tune made famous by the Shrek movie. We also explored, through a discussion, the planned nature of Christmas. That is, God planned both the big picture of salvation in Jesus and all the amazing details. Indeed we are part of His plans too.
It was great to have such a cross section of people, young and old and a special mention goes to the folk from our Ultima house congregation who joined us for this Christmas service.
- 5:00 pm Childrens and Family Carol Service at Christ Church Swan Hill,
- 7:30 pm Holy Communion at All Saints Nyah West.
- Approx 8:45pm Carol Sing-a-long in the grounds of All Saints Nyah West
Christmas Day: 9:30am Holy Communion at Christ Church Swan Hill
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
YES – its on again this Saturday. Come and checkout the stalls.
If you would like to be a stall holder please ring Ron Murray on 0429323765.
ALSO CAFECHURCH THIS SUNDAY 5PM
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.