The first Car Boot Sale of the Year is on tomorrow (Sat 19th Jan). Most other things start up from Wednesday Feb 6th onwards including the Wednesday 10am Communion service and the WAG (Wednesday Activity Group) from 11:30 that day. The first Café Church of the year will be Sunday Feb 17th at 5:00pm
What a wonderful Christmas season we are having – I hope it has been so for you. It was a delight to have 26 at the Nyah West Christmas Eve service. I think this might become a tradition for the future.
Please note that I (The Rector) am taking one week annual leave from Dec 31 to Jan 6th. As Denis is also away, Bishop Andrew will take the service at Christ Church Swan Hill on Jan 7th.
To all the Swan Hill Anglican Family and to the wider community I pray you have a happy and safe New Year period and I look forward to discovering in what ways and where God will lead us in 2019.
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.
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