Christ Church, Strathalbyn
Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24 December
4.30 pm Crib Service Christ Church Strathalbyn
7.30 pm Christmas Eucharist St George’s Meadows
7.30 pm Christmas Eucharist St Mary’s Milang
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25 December
9.30 am Christmas Eucharist Christ Church Strathalbyn
There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Saviour was born—Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”Luke 2: 8-12 (G.N.B.)
Four times a year when there is a fifth Sunday the various congregations in the parish join together for a combined service, followed by a shared lunch. St.George’s Church in Meadows usually hosts the service in June or July each year and on Sunday 30 June we met as usual.
After the service service at St.Georges, Meadows, conducted by the Rev’d David Smith, the congregation went back to the little hamlet of Prospect Hill to enjoy fellowship and a luncheon of chicken and salads, followed, of course, by sweet deserts. (Not to mention a convivial bottle of red wine.)
8.15 am St George’s
10.00 am Christ Church
9.30 am Christ Church
7.00 pm Tenebrae
“The Service of the Shadows”
7.00 pm Christ Church
8.15 am St Mary’s
10.00 am Christ Church
7.30 pm St Mary’s
“The Service of Light”
10.00 am Christ Church
On Saturday 20 October 2018 Deacon Margaret Holt who is a member of the Third Order, Society of St Francis made her vow to live a consecrated life öf simplicity, chastity and obedience to Christ after the example of St Francis and St Clare”.
Her vow was received by the Bishop of The Murray, Bishop John Ford during the celebration of the Eucharist at which the sermon was given by the Provincial Minister of the Society of St Francis, Third Order in Australia, Bishop Godfrey Fryar.
The service was held at Christ Church, Strathalbyn and was attended by many of Margaret’s friends from the Parish, the Third Order and the wider Church community.
“All Christians are consecrated to God through baptism. However, God calls some to a more definite living out of their baptismal vows through a life marked by prayer and service. This life is usually lived with others also motivated in the same way.
“A traditional way in which this more intensely consecrated life has been lived is through taking religious vows. In the Benedictine tradition these vows are stability, conversion of life and obedience. For the mendicant and other orders which came later these vows are usually expressed as poverty, chastity and obedience.
“People with these vows usually live together in community, sharing their life with other similarly vowed religious. Each community (or congregation or Order) has a particular characteristic – its charism – the thing which God has called it to do and equipped it for. Some are mainly contemplative. Their members work mostly within the monastery or convent and have ministries such as running a guest house or making and selling handcrafts. Others are more active, and more likely to be working in the wider world around them.
“All these communities are sustained by regular times of prayer together, forming part of the rhythm of day, and giving shape to the work and other ministries.
“In every age there have been new forms of community life which have kept some traditional elements of the life, but have also added new features in response to different needs in the world around them. These days the movement known as “New Monasticism” is one of these new forms. Each community is different but they include commitment to prayer, social justice, evangelism, and to living with each other in community. These communities usually include single people and married couples and perhaps families.
“Another form of consecrated life is that of living as a consecrated single person. This is essentially a “hidden life” – without any distinct dress or title.
“The Anglican Church in Australia has an Advisory Council formed of leaders of the “traditional” forms of community as well as representatives of the wider church. This Council, although mainly concerned with the “traditional” forms of religious community life, also has an interest in single consecrated life and is currently considering providing some form of networking of “new” forms of community life and the possibility of official acknowledgement for such communities.”
The Strathalbyn Branch of the Mothers’ Union celebrated 120 years at its meeting on Tuesday 8th May at St George’s Meadows.
The first Mothers’ Union was formed in 1876 by Mary Sumner in Old Arlesford, in the south England. By 1885 it was a diocesan organisation in Winchester and quickly spread across England and then internationally as women migrated. In 1896 a Central Council was formed and in 1925 central headquarters were established in London. The Union received a Royal Charter in 1926 – the first granted to a religious and a women’s organisation. Until the 1970s, divorced women were excluded from membership.
The first Australian Mothers’ Union was formed in Cullenswood, Tasmania, in 1892, closely followed in South Australian 1895 when introduced by Lady Victoria Buxton and Dorothy Harmer – the wives of the Governor and the Anglican Bishop. Within five years there were 49 branches with 1,350 members across the state.
By 1904, Unions had been established in all Australian states. In the early 1900s, the Union frequently co-operated with other Christian women’s organisations, and sometimes the National Councils of Women, in campaigns for political and social reforms. Early activities included, for example, campaigns for the provision of sex education for children, censorship of films and the Bush Nursing Service. Its national journal, Mothers in Australia (from 1945 Mianza and from 1960 Mia, Mia) was established in 1917. The Union’s literature includes reams of advice about child rearing. While promoting Christian women’s influence in the wider society, the Union did not support the idea of working women.
Source: The Australian Women’s Register
The following news item appeared in the pages of The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser on the 17th December 1897.
“The Governor and Lady Victoria Buxton being on a visit to Strathalbyn, the opportunity was taken of asking her ladyship to attend a meeting in the institute on Monday afternoon for the purpose of establishing a branch of the Mothers’ Union. Although only a few hours’ notice had been given a fair number of ladies attended the meeting, and the Rev. A. Wheeler, the incumbent of Christ Church, presided. Lady Victoria Buxton gave a touching address on the objects and work of the society, remarking that although the society was worked on church lines that was not a barrier to any mother joining the union.”
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.