This little light of mine

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

Springtime rituals

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

Zacchaeus visits Messy Church

It was encouraging to be part of Messy Church at the Amberley Anglican parish in July, when children and adults gathered to celebrate the Bible story of Zacchaeus—through stories, multimedia, songs, prayers, art, and improvised drama. Encouraging because of the fun, the enthusiasm of children, the quality time for families, and the power of Messy Church to bring different generations and parts of the wider community together Continue reading

Living Wage visits Hurunui

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Can you spare an hour of your time to support Anglican Advocacy and the Living Wage movement as they try to make a difference to people in our very own Hurunui district?

Living Wage Canterbury is taking deputation to the Hurunui District Council at 1pm on the 27th August, 66 Carters Road, Amberley. As ratepayers of the district, we are able to attend this meeting and it would be wonderful to see the chambers packed for a change.

Did you know that of the 285,000 children that live in poverty in New Zealand, 40% of them live in families where at least one parent is working full-time or self-employed? Continue reading

Don’t stop giving – the need is still great!

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It was heartening to read in The Press newspaper earlier this month that the Christchurch City Mission has received a  rapid and generous response to its annual ‘Brown Paper Bag Appeal’. The groceries donated will help to keep the Mission’s food bank well-stocked through the most high-demand winter period.

But in our worship service this morning at St Paul’s, Gray Crawford, Manager of Social Services at the Christchurch City Mission, highlighted the biggest problem affecting the most poor and marginalised people of Christchurch: Continue reading

Winter newsletter is out

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The Winter quarter newsletter of the Amberley Anglican parish is now available to read here by clicking on this link to download:
 WHAM Winter 2015 – online

Many thanks to the large number of people who hand-deliver the printed version to people in our local communities, often taking the opportunity to say hello and have a brief catch-up. Continue reading

Ecumenical Pentecost Service

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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