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.

 

Diocesan House of Hospitality Newsletter 6 May 2016

                                                             

 

HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY – 7 EAST TERRACE, STRATHALBYN

DIOCESE OF THE MURRAY

Websitehttp://strathalbynanglicans.org.au/category/community-house/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StrathalbynAnglicanParish/

Emailhospitalityhouse@murray.anglican.org

Our first House of Hospitality in the Diocese:
7 East Terrace, Strathalbyn:
“What I dream of secretly is something very simple and very small, something like the very simple first communities of the early days of the church… ” (Charles de Foucauld)

Let us pray for our first house of hospitality – that our doors may always be open to all without judgement, our hands open to help the needy and our hearts open with the love of God.

Dear friends from around the Diocese,

Thank you for your prayers over this House of Hospitality and those who have been coming here these last couple of months. There is a lot happening and a lot being planned so I would ask you gratefully to continue to hold us all in prayer before the Father.

There is a continual cycle of prayer at the Rectory House of Hospitality and anyone is welcome to join with us in one of the daily prayer times. Morning prayer is 8am and Evening Prayer 5pm. There are a couple of regular people who come to say Evening prayer 2 or 3 times a week and it is always a great blessing to pray together even if there is only two of us! I have a great sense of joy and Jesus’ presence with us as we pray together and intercede daily for the Diocese, our community and the needs of those around us.

If you would like us to pray regularly for anyone or anything happening in your church, in your community or your own life then please send your prayer requests through to us. Names are not necessary unless you are happy to give them to us. We now have an email account attached to the House: hospitalityhouse@murray.anglican.org

There has already been a couple of people come to stay here at the House for retreat and be part of the daily office of prayer. Please pray for those who come to retreat and spend quiet time with the Lord here that he will draw them close to his heart and bless them as they seek his face.

Anyone is welcome to come and spend quiet time either for a day or for a few days. There is also a house in Milang which can be used for retreats. Please contact us for more information or to book.

 

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop John or Fr Peter Carlsson at the House on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11am:

The next Eucharist is 24th May 11am. You are welcome to join us for soup and toast afterwards especially during the cold months ahead!

The Southern Area of the Third Order of St Francis (TSSF South Australian Region) is also gathered around the Rectory House in Strath so anyone who is interested in Franciscan Spirituality or indeed anything Franciscan is welcome to come to those meetings!  Our first meeting as the southern group is this Saturday 14th May at 10am in the House. We will have the Eucharist together and then discuss how we would like to proceed in the months ahead. The meetings generally will be bimonthly.

 

A provisional timetable is:

 

May:      Saturday 14th May at 10am – meeting of the TSSF SA Southern region.

 

Tuesday 24th May at 11am – Eucharist with Fr Peter and lunch afterwards.

 

June:     6th June – 5 July is Ramadan, the fasting month of the Muslim World. Please keep the Muslim people and our Christian brothers and sisters in your prayers at this time.

 

Saturday 11th June – from 10am; Quiet Day in the Hospitality House for the local community and any others who would like to come of course!  Poster and details to follow.

 

Sunday 19th June – 5pm. There will be a Taize service in one of the local churches which we are planning at the moment. It is Ramadan at this time and also the beginning of Refugee Week so we will especially keep the Muslim World, persecuted Christians and refugees in our hearts and prayers during this service.  Poster and details to follow.

 

Tuesday 28th June, 11am – Eucharist with Bishop John and lunch afterwards.

 

July:       TSSF SA Southern Franciscans meeting – date to be fixed.

 

Tuesday 26th July, 11am – Eucharist with Bishop John and lunch afterwards.

 

During July or August we are planning a Diocesan Quiet Day at the House for which we will give you dates and information when we have them locked in!

 

May the Lord show us the way in all we undertake, and please pray for us to listen and follow with humility, love and joy…

 

Pax et bonum (peace and good),

Marg (Margo) TSSF

 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5)

 

We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer… (St Francis)

House of Hospitality

Bishop John will be coming to share the Eucharist with the community in the Rectory House of Hospitality on Tuesday 19th April at 11am.
All are welcome.

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.

Rectory House of Hospitality

                                                             

 

HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY – 7 EAST TERRACE, STRATHALBYN.

DIOCESE OF THE MURRAY.

Website:  strathalbynanglicans.org.au/Rectory house community

Facebook:  Diocesan House of Hospitality; Pastoral District of Strathalbyn/Rectory house community.

Our first House of Hospitality in the Diocese:
7 East Terrace, Strathalbyn:
“What I dream of secretly is something very simple and very small, something like the very simple first communities of the early days of the church… ” (Charles de Foucauld)

Bishop John says: The idea of the development of a network of houses of hospitality across the Diocese of the Murray is with the expressed intention that if we are to allow God to bring growth to his Church in our Diocese, it is more likely to come from small beginnings, like the holy home at Nazareth, and that these small communities of faith should seek to grow in such a way that an intentional formational community takes root in which people can:
Encounter Christ
Be formed by Christ
Follow Christ
Be sent by Christ with the Good News of the Kingdom

Let us pray for our first house of hospitality – that our doors may always be open to all without judgement, our hands open to help the needy and our hearts open with the love of God.

Dear friends from around the Diocese,

We do ask that you pray with us for our House of Hospitality in Strathalbyn as we seek the guidance of God’s Spirit in the way ahead.

There is a continual cycle of prayer at the Rectory House of Hospitality and anyone is welcome to join with us in one of the daily prayer times.

Morning prayer is 8am and Evening Prayer 5pm.  There will also be midday prayer and compline in the evening and anyone staying in the house at those times is welcome to join us.

Each Thursday morning there will be a time of meditation, reflection, silence after the Morning Prayer en france viagra.

Every second Thursday evening (starting on April 7th) Evening Prayer will be at 6pm followed by a time of prayer and intercession for the community, parish and diocese.

Quiet days with meditation, intercession and Bible reflection will be offered regularly and if you are interested we can notify you of dates and times of these as they are organised.

Ministry in the community of Strathalbyn and surrounds – the House of Hospitality is a house where people can come to sit, chat, drink tea/coffee or have some breakfast, potter in the garden, do a jigsaw, play music, join in the prayers or not, talk about God or not…;

 

The Southern Area of the Third Order of St Francis (TSSF South Australian Region) is also gathered around the Rectory House in Strath so anyone who is interested in Franciscan Spirituality or indeed anything Franciscan is welcome to come to those meetings!  This group in the south has only recently begun so we will have our first gathering in a month or so…

 

Please pray for us as there is much to do and prepare but we are very aware that without Jesus, we can do nothing…

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5)

 

May the Lord show us the way in all we undertake, and please pray for us to listen and follow with humility, love and joy…

 

Pax et bonum (peace and good),

Marg (Margo) TSSF

 

 

We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer… (St Francis)

 

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.