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.
This year the Strathalbyn Inter-Church Council took on the challenge of providing the entertainment following the annual Christmas Pagent. A large crowd was present on the lawns beside the Angas River for a concert featuring local artists before the evening concluded with a fantastic fire-works display. The organisers and performers deserve our thanks for the effort they put into the arrangements for the evening.
The Parish Church of Strathalbyn has embarked on a major refurbishment of the church’s interior recently, and at the time of writing a new sound system has been installed and is currently operative, with all wiring now concealed under new flooring laid throughout the Nave. The Sound Desk and Keyboard have been moved from the front of the Nave and re-positioned to the back of the Church. This major shift also included relaying the Nave flooring to not only hide all wiring, but importantly to bring the flooring onto one level for safety considerations for the congregation when entering the church and into pews. The new Sound System and wiring installation have been upgraded to prepare for any future enhancements such as video projector and screen.
Christchurch clergy and parishioners are indebted to the whole team, particularly Lyall Pfeiffer and Keven Clonan pictured above, whose expertise and labour have brought us this far. The next step, already well in hand, is a complete redecoration of the interior and new carpeting to be laid throughout. This refurbishment has included the positioning of a new Church Notice Board in a modern design, welcoming all to the worship of our Lord.