Even though we haven’t been blogging in recent months, we aim to keep the ‘Church Services’ and ‘Messy Church/Children and Families’ pages up to date. Our apologies that this has slipped in the last month.
The church services page is now updated for June 2016 and the Messy Church page is also showing current information.
It’s time for a break from blogging, so there will be no more posts here for a little while. However, the ‘Church services’, ‘About us’, and ‘Weddings’ pages on this site will be kept accurate and up to date, so you can still use them to find out when our next church service is and other important information.
The main programme for children and families is described on the ‘Children and families – Messy Church’ page, but in the next few months upcoming Messy Church events will be advertised via the Amberley Parish Facebook page
Thank you ,and see you again soon.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the Messy Church families got together to celebrate and make stuff! Our theme was ‘God keeps his promises’. After a Bible story and some songs and prayers, we got down to making candles and stained-glass window biscuits.
Here are a few pictures from the afternoon. Messy Church will be back in 2016 so check our Children and Families page on this site, and our parish Facebook page. Newcomers are welcome at Messy Church and they don’t have to attend regular Sunday services.
Next Messy Church is on Sunday 29th November, at 4.15pm, in the hall next to Holy Innocents church, Church Street, Amberley. ALL WELCOME!
Our theme in November: Advent: Getting Ready for Christmas
We will be making candles.
We will also hear stories from the Bible and meet the fabulous Cecil the Sheep (again) and his friends as they race to Bethlehem to meet the new king that the angel has told them about.
Feel free to arrive at the hall any time between 4.15 and 4.30pm.
We will begin with music and stories at about 4.30pm, followed by craft time.
Messy Church will finish in the usual way, with a relaxed shared Supper.
Please bring a small plate of finger-food to share if you can.
It’s Spring and already our southern hemisphere minds and hearts turn towards Advent and Christmas. But in our parish, closer than both of these Christian seasons is another significant event: the Amberley A & P (Agricultural and Pastoral ) Show – on Saturday 31st October. This occasion is almost part of the church calendar for us—not really! Continue reading
Abundantly we have received; let us also abundantly give. What a summer it has been! Very tough for the farmers dealing with drought conditions—but there’s no denying that many of our home gardens have produced a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables. (We can’t wait to see what the Waipara Valley vineyards will produce this year too!) So, what to do with all this abundance? Continue reading
Christmas Eve, 5pm: The not-to-be-missed Children’s Service at 5pm, with Nativity Play. Children are always welcome to dress up as angels, shepherds, etc… This year’s play is entitled: ‘X-Factor Bethlehem!’
Christmas Eve Holy Communion, 11.15pm. Reverend Jane Davison will preside and preach in this parish for the last time before her retirement. (Her final service will be on Sunday 28/12).
Christmas Day, 8.00am Holy Communion, St. Paul’s, Leithfield
Christmas Day, 9.15am Holy Communion, Holy Innocents, Amberley
The First Sunday of Christmas, 28th December, 10.30am: We are invited to join our friends from the Parish of Woodend-Pegasus Parish for an informal outdoor picnic and Eucharist at St Barnabas, Woodend. Please note the 10.30am start. We will farewell Reverend Jane at that time.
Christmas blessings to all.
Check out the following link to read about why we might need to rethink service times in out parish: Not Just Sunday Morning. Thanks to Rev’d Bosco Peters and his liturgy.co.nz site for another interesting post.
I have just been and bought two tickets to the ‘Spice up your Winter Lunch’. Have you got yours yet? A mid-winter social event after church this Sunday will be just the thing to cheer us up when the weather is conspiring against us. I look forward to meeting up not only with my fellow parishioners from Amberley and Leithfield, but also our friends from St Barnabas Anglican Church in Woodend. See you there.
Come and celebrate Mid-Winter at this
Amberley Parish Fundraising lunch – a heart-warming affair!
Food for the soul followed by food for the body.
Just $15 buys you a ticket to warming food, fellowship and fun.
Contact Patricia, 314 9330 to book your ticket.