On Wednesday 24 January the Bishop commissioned the Reverend Daniel Irvine as an Assistant Priest in the Parish of Mount Barker, a ministry which will also extend to the churches in and around Strathalbyn. Jasamine will continue as Bishop’s Secretary and Registry Clerk. We are looking forward to welcoming them both to Strathalbyn.
On Sunday 21 January the Bishop visited Strathalbyn to confirm three young people during the usual Sunday morning Eucharist. This is quite a milestone as it is seventeen years since the last Confirmation was held in the Church. The confirmees were supported by their families and sponsors who joined the congregation for morning tea in the hall at the conclusion of the service.
There was a good roll up of parishioners for the combined fifth Sunday Eucharist at St Mary’s Milang. The celebrant was the Rev’d Alex Stone who was assisted by Deacon Margaret Holt. Organist was Marlene Potts and the readers were Kate Gibson and Brian Landseer.
We had hoped to share a barbecue lunch in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens but the strong north wind and total fire ban resulted in transferring the meal to the Institute Supper Room across the road.
While the meat was being cooked at a nearby parishioner’s home we were able to catch up on the latest news and share a drink, according to individual tastes. We were delighted at this time to find that an invitation to the local Uniting Congregation to join us for lunch had been accepted and our gathering took on an ecumenical flavour.
Of course there was plenty of food for everyone, whether sausages, patties, salads or sweets; and good conversation as well; so there was no hurry on anyone’s part to make an early departure.
The Good Shepherd Church Hall was filled to capacity on Saturday evening, 7th October by folk from all of Strathalbyn’s churches who met together, not only in good fellowship, but for a good cause- the support of the Strathalbyn Churches Bookshop.
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the bookshop which began in 1977 trading half a day a week in a Church foyer on the main street. It moved to the current shop premises in 1991.
As well as stocking new and second hand religious books the shop keeps a collection of cards and gifts and its photo kiosks make digital photo printing available in our country town. Photocopying is also available.
A good number of friends from the church and other community organizations gathered at the Anglican Church Hall on Tuesday 20 August to wish Val Ball a happy and contented life in her new home at Malvern. We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea together and presented Val with a beautiful arrangement of flowers. In the wider community Val is remembered as active in local government as the first female elected to the Strathalbyn Council, as Mayor and as Senior Executive of the Local Government Association. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 1998 Australia Day Honours for her service to local government and the community.
The Bishop has asked the Rev’d Thomas Karamakuzhiyil, the Incumbent of Mt Barker to take on the additional role of Priest in Charge of Strathalbyn as the two parishes, together with the Parish of Onkaparinga Valley seek ways in which they can co-operate together as the Hills Mission Partnership.
Fr Thomas will be licensed by the Bishop for his new role on Saturday 26 August at 11.00 am in Christ Church, Strathalbyn and will then be the celebrant at the Eucharist on Sunday 27 August at 10.00 am in Christ Church.
I am sure that all our parishioners will welcome this appointment and look forward to working together in order to forward the Mission of the Church.
In Sunday 30 April the members of the various congregations joined together for their usual fifth Sunday Combined Eucharist and lunch at St George’s, Meadows in order to celebrate that church’s Patronal Festival. On this occasion we were also joined by parishioners from the Onkaparinga Parish who are our partners in the proposed Hills District. The celebrant at the Eucharist was the Rev’d Adrian Stephens and the preacher the Rev’d Rob McEwin. Following the service we shared a wonderful meal together in the community hall at Prospect Hill.
On Sunday 23 April the Rev’d Margaret Holt, the first woman ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of The Murray performed the liturgical duties of a deacon for the first time at St John’s Langhorne Creek and then at Christ Church Strathalbyn. The celebrant at the Eucharist was the Rev’d Adrian Stephens. The members of the parish are delighted to welcome her in her new role.