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





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.

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.

Thanks from Kaye Gale

Many thanks to you all for your great support throughout the year. Together we have been able to touch many lives with God’s heart of love. Your generous spirit of giving has enabled me to support families with volunteering, meals, hampers, vouchers, furniture, a staff lunch, a Christian Option program and the list goes on.

Kaye Gale

Kaye Gale

The family we were helping with furniture now have beds and bedding, wardrobes, lounge, washing machine, kitchen table and chairs, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans – and even an offer of bikes for the children. It was great to receive so many phone calls offering help. The Mum, Judith, asked me to please pass on her very sincere thanks to all the churches.

Thank you for all your help with the catering day where we provided morning tea and lunch for all Eastern Fleurieu staff (120) at their recent Professional Development Day. This was such a beautiful way to bless the staff.

Our Christmas Christian Option Program was a great day with a very high percentage of children attending.
The meals we have provided have been such a great way to support a families in need. A text from one such mum to me said ” Thanks for your help to myself and my young family. We appreciated everything you do for us, you  are amazing with a beautiful heart.”

Folks I couldn’t do this work with out all you do standing along side of me. Praise God how love and grace touches lives.
May your Christmas be filled with God’s love, peace , hope and joy.
God bless,
Kaye Gale (Pastoral Care Worker).