On Sunday night we gathered in the car park to sing carols, share community, eat food and have fun!
Don't forget Christmas crackers (bon-bons) are a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.
The Joke reminds us of the joy we have in knowing Jesus
The Present reminds us that Jesus is God's great gift to us and
The Crown reminds us that Jesus is the King!
Here are some pictures from the night - more in our Photo Album
On September we celebrated Fathers' Day with Messy Church at St. Thomas'!
Rev Ryan Holt gave a great talk on Lessons from a Perfect Father
A big thanks to all those who came, who helped and who put out the trash!
Don't forget to put the next Messy Church in your diary - December 9th - Christmas Messy Church
Check out the action in all it's glory in our Photo Gallery.
For more info contact George.
Our annual Wattle Park service was held on March 25th with the theme, "Be Strong & Courageous". Michael Prabaharan brought us a stimulating and encouraging message about trusting God, looking back to encourage us as we go forward and keeping to what God has instructed us to do.
Here are some photos from the day.
You'll find more photos in our Photo Album
Our next major event is Good Friday at 9am at 1201 Riversdale Rd when we'll be thinking about Jesus' seven sayings from the Cross.
Last week Tom's Crew came up with some special messages for those who might not be aware that:
They also had a special message for all the parents out there:
Christmas is a time when we look back and forward at the same time.
We look back to the events of that first Christmas when God became flesh and dwelt among us. It’s a mind boggling idea isn’t it? How could the God who made the universe and everything in it lower himself, limit himself, to such a degree that he’d be born as a helpless baby.
But we also look back at the year that’s just been. We remember the triumphs and the disappointments, the successes and the failures, the joy and the sadness. For some, including myself, there has been great sadness as loved ones have died. Yet there has also been great joy in new births, at weddings and other celebrations, and as a church in seeing people come to faith or grow in their faith.
The events of Christmas also help us look forward to the fulfilment of God’s plan to bring all people together under the Lordship of Christ. We rejoice in our own involvement in that plan, first as some of those who call Jesus Lord, but also as the ones charged with carrying out that plan, of sharing the gospel with those around us.
As a church we look forward to the year to come, to deepening our relationships with one another, to growing our relationship with the people of St James and of course to seeing our new building take shape. The year to come holds great hope but our true hope is in the love and grace of God who has chosen us to be his people in this place.
And so another year fades to an end
but then that fading light is overwhelmed
by radiance of memory once again
an uncommon birth in a common stable
the divine indwells the profane
light enters the darkness
a light that will never be quenched
a helpless child
whose fingers once shaped the universe
God exchanges infinity for humanity
and all our futures are turned around
in this divine exchange
hope for hopelessness
meaning for futility
reconciliation for alienation
and so we turn to face a new year
once again renewed and reassured
that God is with us and knows us
has shared our humanity.
Di and I wish you all a very happy Christmas, filled with God’s blessing. May God fill you with all good things this Christmas, enabling you to serve him to the full in the year to come.
Chris & Di