Blessing of the Vines

img_1661croppedOn Sunday 30th October, parishioners from all the parish centres gathered in Barry Potts’ shed for the quarterly combined Eucharist. Not only was the setting unusual, surrounded by Barry’s collection of farm tractors, but the intention of the Eucharist was the Blessing of the Vines in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. We gave thanks to God for the wonderful area in which we live and prayed for the coming vintage and those involved in the work of the vineyards and wineries. We also remembered those in other parts of the world who need our prayers and help.

Following the service we enjoyed a shared lunch with a selection of roasts especially cooked for the occasion.

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Operation Christmas Child 2016

opcristmasch-boxessmThis year the boxes are being sent to Mongolia and the members of Ladies Fellowship got together in September to bring the various items needed to pack the Shoeboxes.  Each box contained Something to love; Something to wear; Something for School; Something to play with; Something for personal hygiene; and Something special.

As Fr. Peter Carlsson was in Strathalbyn at the time he came to bless the items and boxes, offering that the Diocese would pay the $9 freight cost for each shoebox from the Mission Fund.

After the boxes had been filled, labelled in the categories: Boy or Girl, 2-4, 5-9, 10-14 years old and a label inserted sending love from Strathalbyn Ladies Fellowship, they were delivered by Raelee, Keven, David and Eileen to a drop off point in Goolwa ready for their onward journey and personal delivery by Samaritans Purse to the children for Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project in any way.

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.