Getting ready for Christmas at Messy Church

Mark your calendar – November 26th is the date of the last Messy Church session for 2017. To all children and parents/caregivers in the community, we look forward to seeing you once more as we celebrate the rich traditions of Christmas through music, stories, prayers, crafts/drama …. and food. Continue reading

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Messy Church – making candles

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Messy Church noticeboard
for November 2015

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.

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

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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