Bible Society Visitors

On Sunday 31 July we met at Christ Church for our fifth Sunday combined Eucharist and welcomed Steve Bengtsson from the Bible Society who spoke about about the history of the Bible Society in Australia.

Next year the Bible Society will be celebrating two hundred years of ministry in Australia, having been inaugurated at the instigation of Governor Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney on 7 March 1817. The Bible Society is the oldest continually operating organisation in Australia.

Following the service we shared lunch in the hall and welcomed Ian Morely who gave a presentation about this year’s Bible Society project, Get the Word Out in South Africa.

Ian Morely, Rev. David Smith and Steve Bengtsson
Ian Morely, Rev. David Smith & Steve Bengtsson

Martin Bleby Welcomed

The Rev'd Martin Bleby speaking about CMS.
The Rev’d Martin Bleby speaking about CMS.

On Sunday 10th July we welcomed the Rev’d Martin Bleby to our 10.00 am Eucharist at Christ Church, together with his wife Vivien.

During the service he preached on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke chapter 10 which tells the story of the lawyer who came to test Jesus, asking “Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life.

Following the service, over a mug of soup, he spoke about the work of the Church Missionary Society and the importance of the Mission of the Church.

Martin is no stranger to Christ Church as he spent his first five years here when his father, The Rev’d John Bleby was Rector.

 

Welcome Audrey

Baby Audrey after the service with her parents and godparents.
During our Sunday morning Eucharist at Christ Church, Strathalbyn on Palm Sunday we welcomed in Holy Baptism Audrey Jean Bray as a new member of the Church. Her parents are Melissa Anne Bray and Tate Aubrey Bray and her godparents are Nicholas Wood, Rachel Law and Sarah Bray. The celebrant was the Rev’d David Smith.

Lent Lunch

Wednesday 16 March

Following this morning’s Eucharist and Lenten Study at Christ Church (for which we are using the material prepared by the SA Council of Churches) there were two special events.

The first was a meeting of members of the Parish Council and the retired clergy to produce a plan of services in the parish which will take us up to the middle of the year.

The second was a “Lent Lunch” in the parish hall of soup and bread roll, for which those present donated the cost of their usual midday meal. The result was the raising of $270 which will be sent to support the ministry to the Women In Need in Syria viagra prix pfizer.

Mothering Sunday

IMG_1228sToday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, was observed as Mothering Sunday at a parish Eucharist in Christ Church. There were special readings, prayers and hymns and we were delighted to share the occasion with members of the younger generation. They had their own activity during the sermon and, as you can see, helped with the distribution of flowers and simnal cake at the conclusion of the service. Thank you Jocelyn and Fr Owen for arranging the service.

House of Hospitality

On Saturday 5 March Bishop John inaugurated a new ministry in the Parish which will be centred on the Rectory and led by Margaret Holt.

IMG_1217sAt a service in Christ Church he licensed Margaret and blessed her for her work as a lay minister and preacher in the Church.

IMG_1220sThe congregation then moved down the street to the Rectory where we shared in Holy Communion and the house was dedicated for its new ministry.

IMG_1224sYou are invited to drop in to this new place of hospitality and prayer for a chat or a cup of coffee and to share in the regular offering of prayers during the day.

Fifty Years Ministry

Fr Owen 2007It is fifty years this month since the Rev’d Owen Thomas was made a Deacon in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney on the 20 February 1966 after studies at the University of Sydney and Moore Theological College, Newtown NSW. He was ordained priest a year later, also in St Andrew’s Cathedral , Sydney.

Owen has had a varied career, serving as parish priest, school chaplain and Regional Officer for the Bush Church Aid Society, at first in the Diocese of Sydney and then in the  Diocese of Adelaide.

Since retirement he has acted as locum in several parishes in Adelaide Diocese as well as in the Diocese of The Murray. However he is always happy to spend time at home in Callington with his wife Hilary.

Happy Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival at St John's
Harvest Festival at St John’s

Sunday 31 January was a lovely day and a happy group of parishioners from all parts of the parish gathered at St John’s Langhorne Creek to celebrate our Harvest Festival. We sang some of our old favourite harvest hymns and admired the splendid array of gifts which were arranged at the front of the church.

Following the service we went on to Barry Potts’ place for a shared lunch, great conversation and the auction of some of the more perishable gifts.

At this time of the year the harvest of cereal crops is complete and the paddocks are littered with bales but the grape harvest is just beginning, an important time for folk in Langhorne Creek.

Our Harvest Gifts
Our Harvest Gifts

Mothers’ Union Presentation

<a href="http://strathalbynanglicans viagra est une pilule.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/MargaretLove.jpg” rel=”attachment wp-att-742″>MargaretLoveMargaret Love was presented with a Certificate and Badge marking her fifty years as a MU member at a Christmas get together in Strathalbyn.

The presentation was made by Eileen Smith, the Mothers’ Union Diocesan President.

Margaret also celebrated her 90th birthday in December.