Ecumenical Pentecost Service

Pentecost

This Sunday our friends at Waipara New Life Fellowship are hosting an ecumenical Pentecost celebration, with contributions from several churches. Ecumenical services and social events are organised a few times a year in our corner of North Canterbury by local Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic, New Life, and Inspire churches. Continue reading

Conspicuous chocolate consumption ahead

Angel 2Hot off the press (well, warmish) is our parish quarterly newsletter (WHAM). In this issue is a brief reflection by Lynnette Lightfoot on what Easter means for us today when the most obvious thing about it is the conspicuous consumption of chocolate… Continue reading

What to do with that bumper crop?

punpkin HarvestAbundantly 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

Messy Church is back!

From the Messy Church noticeboard February 2015

Messy Church is a fresh expression of what church is and can be. It’s open to the whole community, not only regular church-goers and Anglicans, and it’s not on a Sunday morning. PLEASE NOTE: it’s also not a requirement to be accompanied by children. So, adults and children, come and join us in Amberley — and bring a friend or neighbour.

Basil the Branch

The next Messy Church event will be on Sunday 22nd February, from 4.15pm, in the hall next to Holy Innocents Church in Amberley. Continue reading

Christmas Services – Anglican Parish of Amberley

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.

Wise Men - 2013

Wise Men spot the Star of Bethlehem

 

Home rituals in Advent

What home rituals do you have in Advent? My family is packing to move house a week before Christmas, so Advent is rather invisible at home at the moment. In the past, we have had an Advent candle or an Advent calendar, and rituals such as writing cards and putting up the tree and decorations a week before Christmas. What do you do in this month to get ready for the One whose coming we await?

Below I have re-posted a lovely personal blogpost by another on this subject. It would be interesting to hear in the comments what YOU do in Advent to mark the season.

Gillian

St Chrysostom's Church News and Views

Recovering at home from a recent operation Sandra reflects on home rituals of Advent, and a Posada visit:

Angel 3Several angels have been ministering in this house recently, bringing me cups of tea, hoovering , making me dinner and doing those tasks which the use of double crutches make impossible or at least difficult. But since Sunday an image of an angel has also appeared daily, so far  one hovering over the bread bin , one in a window and two in the hall. And behold sitting on the sideboard between some cards is a wiseman on his camel. Sometime in the next two weeks he will meet the other two wisemen  also in the house perched in unlikely places.

Slowly, day by day, my house is moving towards the climax of Christmas Eve . In the last week the tree will be decorated, the house will be filled with assorted…

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Carols in the Park

LeithfieldAmberleyOur local version, that is! This long-standing, popular pre-Christmas event organised by the Combined Churches of the district takes place on Friday 5th December at Chamberlain Park, Amberley. From 6pm barbecues are available as well as an ice-cream van and coffee cart. Come along and enjoy a picnic, sit back and be entertained by local choirs and music groups, and join in the community carol-singing—get into the spirit of Christmas!

Sunshine in a jar

Only one week to go before Amberley A & P Show on Saturday 1st November (Amberley Domain, Douglas Road). If you haven’t been to this small, friendly springtime country Show, now is the time to make a change.

Preparations in this parish have been ongoing for weeks as many people bake Christmas cakes and make chutneys, preserves and lemon curd for our ‘From the Church Gate’ stall at the Show. (I hope we will also have some of your delicious old-fashioned lemon cordial again, Patricia?)

This weekend beautiful lemons, free-range eggs, butter and sugar were turned into delicious lemon curd. Who can resist this golden delight, like sunshine in a jar?

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Lemon curd

On Friday, 31st October, volunteers will be needed at the parish hall to help wrap and present all the goodies, and co-ordinator Sue Atkinson would like to hear from you if you can help look after the stall at the Show on the day. Her phone number is in the parish directory.

Please keep making Christmas cakes — we need more.

Creating, celebrating Church

‘Creating, celebrating Church’ is a good description of Messy Church, a movement that began in the UK and is now 10 years old. In Amberley we started with Messy Church in 2011 and haven’t looked back – it has become a valued link between the parish and wider community and we all enjoy the intergenerational fun. See the Messy Church tab in the menu above for more information.

This Sunday, the creating and celebrating was all about Spring. Continue reading