Bishop John was the celebrant at the Eucharist on Sunday 19 April at Christ Church, Strathalbyn at which we gave thanks for the successful renovation of the Church building. During the service the Bishop also licensed the Rev’d Adrian Stephens for ministry within the Diocese of The Murray. Adrian was previously Rector of Mount Barker and Rural Dean of Strathalbyn before spending twelve years in Sydney as Rector of Christ Church Saint Laurence.
This year, for the first time for many years, a combined Service for all the Christian Churches in Strathalbyn was organized by the Inter Church Council and held in the Memorial Gardens. The start time for the Easter Day Dawn Service appropriately was set at 6.15 am and was attended by a large crowd of around 100.
Pastor Wayne Kerber of the Lutheran Church started proceedings and led the singing with his Guitar. Pastor Daryll Telfer of the Church of Christ spoke of the message of the day, and the Easter Gospel Story of the Resurrection of our Lord was read by Rev. David Smith. ICC Chairperson Sue Eckert. RC., led the Intercessions. The whole Service was very much enjoyed, and was considered to be most meaningful in reminding us all of this wonderful day when death was finally defeated.
A fish breakfast followed, cooked by members of the Lutheran Church, and all appreciated this coming together again of all Christians in our Town.
On Saturday 21 March 2015 members of Strathalbyn Parish, together with folk from as far away as Renmark and Christies Beach met with Bishop Michael Langrish at Mount Barker to consider a biblical model for the mission of the Church in rural areas.
Bishop Michael who is a former Bishop of Exeter, an English diocese which includes many rural communities in Devon, described the kind of situation which is faced by the Church in many country villages there as more and more people move away from the cities to live in the country. Surprisingly the situation there is not dissimilar to that which we experience in our country towns.
In order to meet the challenge which this new situation brings he presented us with a biblical model based on the history of the people of Israel and the story of the development of the Church as it spread from Jerusalem into all the world. This was then illustrated by reference to the way in which the Church was brought to England in past centuries and then to Australia in more recent times.
We came away with a great deal to think about and to share with our fellow parishioners in the weeks ahead.
This year’s World Day of Prayer service was held on Friday 6th March in the Strathalbyn Catholic Church and hosted by the Anglican ladies. About fifty people took part, representing the Uniting Church, Church of Christ and the Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist and Anglican churches.
Jan Payne welcomed everyone and led the service. Expanding on the theme, “Do you know what I have done to you?” a bowl, jug, towels and twelve pairs of sandals were placed near the altar (see above). Because the national bird of the Bahamas is the Flamingo, two large birds were also part of the display.
A DVD showed many aspects of life and the scenery in the islands.
The guest speaker, Eileen Smith from the Anglican Church spoke of the hidden poverty and the hardships which exist in the apparent paradise. She then described the radical way in which Jesus showed his love to the disciples.
The amazing amount of $401.00 was raised for ongoing work in various centres.
Following the service those present shared in the fellowship of a cuppa and a chat and thus concluded a night which also provided plenty of food for thought.
Many thanks to the Catholic ladies for all their help with the change of venue made necessary by the renovating at the Anglican Church.
It is great to see the transformation of the interior of the church which has been completely repainted and new carpet laid. I am sure that we are all looking forward to our return to the church to worship together next Sunday at 10.00 am. All those who have been involved in the work have done a wonderful job and deserve our heartfelt thanks.
Since the interior of Christ Church, Strathalbyn is still being painted this Sunday’s service was held at St George’s, Meadows. The forecast was for a very hot day but the congregation included parishioners from all parts of the parish. Fr Chris was the celebrant and preacher and we are grateful to Des Schild for playing the organ.
During Lent our Bible Study following the Wednesday morning Eucharist at Christ Church, Strathalbyn will be focussed on the Gospel reading for the following Sunday.
The dates and passages are as follows:
Ash Wednesday, 18th February, Mark 1: 9-15
Wednesday, 25th February, Mark 8: 31-38
Wednesday, 4th March, John 2: 13-22
Wednesday, 11th March, John 3: 14-21
Wednesday, 18th March, John 12: 20-33
Wednesday, 25th March, Mark 15: 1-39
Wednesday, 1st April, Mark 16: 1-8
We invite all parishioners and other visitors to share in the Eucharist at 9.30 am and then join us for a cuppa and study which lasts for about an hour, finishing at about 11.15 am.
The interior painting of Christ Church begins on Monday 16th February. The church will be unavailable for services on the following Sundays: February 15th and 22nd; March 1st.
The services on these Sundays will be as follows:
Sunday 15th February, 10.00 am, St Mary’s Milang.
Sunday 22nd February, 10.00 am, St George’s Meadows.
Sunday 1st March, 10.00 am, St John’s Langhorne Creek.
Wednesday Services will be held in the Hall at 9.30 am.
On Sunday 25th January we welcomed Bishop John to the 10.00 am Eucharist at Christ Church, Strathalbyn at which he was the celebrant and preacher. After the service he shared a cuppa with the members of the congregation and many of them took the opportunity to speak to him.