Baptism at Christ Church

IMG_0726smThe Second Sunday in Advent: 6 December 2015

The usual morning congregation at the Holy Communion Service at Christ Church also welcomed through Baptism seven month old Seth James from Langhorne Creek as “a member of Christ, the child of God and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Father David Smith and the congregation welcomed Seth’s Mum and Dad, Kristy and Damien with his little sister Maisy. God-Parents were Amy and Christopher Nelson, and Lochlan Milne.

Kristy’s Mother and Father, Mr and Mrs Tucker had been married in Christ Church, and were happy to join in the celebration of their grandson’s Baptism in the Church that had so many memories for them. There were many other family connections and memories shared with the congregation, with Kristy having also been presented for confirmation in Christ Church by Fr. Alex Bainton some years ago.

Representatives of the Mother’s Union, President Eileen Smith and Jean Merchant presented the newly baptized Seth and his four year old sister, with knitted figures as keepsakes as well as certificates for the parents and God-Parents, together with a Baptismal candle.

sethsprayerAt the end of the Service, refreshments were served in the Hall and many reunions were recalled and discussed.At the end of this Service a retiring collection was also undertaken for the victims of the SA Pinery Bushfire Disaster, and with more donations still to come in Fr. David announced that so far $240 has been collected, with the Appeal continuing into next weekend.

The Baptism family presented a delightful prayer memento to everyone in the congregation, which is copied here, together with a little gift for all.

A delightful occasion for all to share, and the ‘Prayer for Seth’ summed up the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Service.

To spread the spirit of love and harmony

Franciscan prayers days 7,8 and 9

The Order sets out, in the name of Christ, to break down barriers between people and to seek equality for all. We accept as our second aim (the first aim being ‘To make our Lord known and loved everywhere’) the spreading of a spirit of love and harmony among all people. We are pledged to fight against the ignorance, pride, and prejudice that breed injustice or partiality of any kind.

Members of The Third Order fight against all injustice in the name of Christ, in whom there can be neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; for in him all are one. Our chief object is to reflect that openness to all which was characteristic of Jesus. This can only be achieved in a spirit of chastity, which sees others as belonging to God and not as a means of self-fulfilment.

As Tertiaries, we are prepared not only to speak out for social justice and international peace, but to put these principles into practice in our own live, cheerfully facing any scorn or persecution to which this may lead.

 

Mothers Union Wave of Prayer

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Phyll Schneider cuts her birthday cake.

At the MU meeting on November 10th 2015 President Eileen Smith lead a Wave of Prayer service when members remembered the MU members in five Dioceses around the world that the MU in this Diocese is linked with. 

Nell Endersby told us about the Diocese of Lui in South Sudan which has 53,290 MU members; Jan Payne included thanks for the work the members in Embu in Kenya take part in;  Pat Mold asked for prayers for Orlu in Nigeria where there is still a threat from Boko Haram to Christians in the region;  Margaret Shoesmith told us about the tribe in Awori in Nigeria who are friendly and welcoming people;  Jeanne Merchant welcomed news from the women of Medak in India where members of MU are known as Women’s Fellowship of Christian Service;  and Beryl Merrick gave thanks for the Bishop and members of the MU in The Murray Diocese.

During the afternoon meeting congratulations were made to Phyll Schneider who celebrates her 90th birthday this month.  At afternoon tea she cut a birthday cake while members sang Happy Birthday.

Fifty Years Recognized

Beryl Merrick receives her Mothers' Union 50 year badge and certificate.

Beryl Merrick receives her Mothers’ Union fifty year badge and certificate.

This year Beryl Merrick has been a member of Mothers’ Union for fifty years and she was presented with a Certificate and fifty year badge by Diocesan President Eileen Smith during the MU service in Christchurch in October 2015.

Pastoral Care at EFS

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Kaye Gayle with Marg Holt and Fr David Smith following the service.

We at Christ Church were delighted to welcome Kaye Gale to our Sunday morning service on the 8th November. She was able to tell us about her ministry as a Pastoral Care Worker at the R – 6 Campus of the Eastern Fleurieu School in Strathalbyn.

Although she is only at the school for about two days each week she is able to provide valuable support for students and their families as well as staff members.

It was also good to hear that she is helped by a number of members of our congregation.

Alex

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Sunday 18 October, 7.00 pm

Christ Church Anglican Church, 24 East Terrace, Strathalbyn

The International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is held each year on the 15th October and we would like to provide an opportunity for families who have had such a loss in their lives to remember their little one in this Service of Remembrance.

The Candlelight Prayer Vigil is a remembrance service for people who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, whether last week or 80-years ago.

The service is open to anyone of any faith or no faith.

The service is for women and men who have suffered loss, their children and their extended family and friends, whether the loss is recent or historic.

It should also be noted that all are welcome regardless of the type of loss they have experienced, so whether they have been through early or late miscarriage, an ectopic or molar pregnancy, still birth, early infant loss or any other type of baby or child loss.

If you need to say goodbye to a baby or to grief, or you want to come along with a friend who needs to say goodbye, you are welcome at the service.

Loss at any stage is traumatic. Early loss is often not acknowledged or discussed, with commemorative services seldom taking place, whilst services for babies who are stillborn or lost in early years, are usually conducted while parents are in a fog of grief and pain.

The service will give you the opportunity to stand with other people who understand the pain of losing a child.

Come and grieve, remember and formally say goodbye.

You are invited to bring a symbol of your loss eg photograph, flower, poem etc, to place upon the altar during the service.

For further information contact Jeannie Minnis

jminnis4@gmail.com Telephone 0427 478 069 8538 5514

Blessing of the Animals – Oct 4 St Francis Day

The blessing of the Animals – St Francis Day 4 October 2015 Matt 11: 25-30  Marg Holt TSSF
One day I was visiting with a friend who is terrified of spiders when she noticed a huntsman spider and was about to flatten it when I screamed ‘don’t kill it! I’ll take it outside’…and Di is not au fait really with saints of the church but she groaned ‘ok, ok, St Francis of Assisi!…’ It is not by coincidence that World Animal Day is Oct 4th – the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.

You can read the rest of Marg’s Sermon here.

Blessing of the Animals – Franciscan intercessions

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

With confidence and trust let us pray to our Father God:

We thank you, Father, for all animals and creatures on the Earth who teach us how to rely on you with simplicity and humility. Thank you for how they teach us how to worship and praise you every day for all that we receive from you. Bless their habitats and environment, their health and well-being, that they may continue to teach us of Your wisdom, goodness and grace:

Father, our Creator, hear us.

We thank you, Father, for veterinarians and all those working in the world to protect endangered and suffering animals and creatures. We thank you for those who support and care for bird and animal sanctuaries. As we hold before you all people who are suffering in violent and war torn areas of the world we pray that we may honour all life and work to protect and rescue our animal brethren from the suffering of poaching, hunting and blood sports.

Father, our Creator, hear us.

Father, you gave us responsibility to care for and nurture all that you have made with humility and respect. We grieve for all the damage we have done to the homes and habitats of both people and our animal friends on the earth, in the oceans, forests and mountains. Help us to restore the environment for all of us to live together in joy, love and peace.

Father, our Creator, hear us.

We thank you, Father, for all the good things we receive from our animal friends – clothing, protection, transport and food. We thank you for our special companions who enrich our lives every day – for their love, friendship and devotion. May we see reflected in them the goodness and love of God.
Forgive us, Lord, when animals die or suffer needlessly at our hands. Forgive us, Father that we often see their lives as so very cheap compared to ours. Thank you for the example of Brother Francis of Assisi who showed us what living in community in God’s Kingdom of Love should be.

Father, our Creator, hear us.

Father, we hold before you all those who are in need in our families, among our friends and in our community. We ask for your blessing, provision and healing for our human and animal friends whom we bring before you now…

Father, our Creator, hear us.

Operation Christmas Child

OPCristmasChThe Ladies Guild have  filled 45 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

The Guild have also raised over $400 to pay for delivery costs to needy children throughout the world, each one personally delivered.

Thanks to the Ladies Guild for this magnificent effort and for  the joy that these boxes will give to many children.
Thank you.
Rev. David L Smith

Animal Blessing Service: Pictures

On Sunday 4 October we celebrated St Francis’ Day and World Animal Day with an outdoor Eucharist at Christ Church, Strathalbyn at which special prayers were offered for our fellow creatures. The celebrant was Fr Adrian Stephens and the preacher was Marg Holt who is a member of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis.

Most of the extra members of the congregation were dogs of various kinds but there was also a bird and a snake together with an avian chorus in the trees around us.