Funds are needed to provide classrooms for the Gnyan Sampada Residential School at Lasina, Yamatval in India. Since 2002, the school has provided accommodation and schooling for children from one of the poorest regions of Maharashtra State. With a literacy rate of 2% within this tribal group, education is highly prized. Global Mission Partners have already assisted this school with classrooms, enabling teaching from Nursery to Grade VI. The aim is to provide four more classrooms to provide education for higher grades. The school is committed to providing 50% of its places for female students – an important consideration in a state where girls have limited opportunities.
This church aims to provide at least one classroom at the cost of $5000 during its fundraising efforts this year. Donations can be made through EFT at:
Church of Christ Wembley Downs
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Rosemary Booth, our Worship Convenor, was looking for a suitable hymn for Advent that reflected local context. Not being able to find one, she wrote the following to be sung to the tune of “There’s A Light Upon The Mountains” (Together in Song #276).
Reflecting the habitat of Perth’s coastal plains, it is free for use and adaptation:
WA Christmas Tree
Now the early morning sunlight shows the deep blue of the sea;
It’s inviting us to dip our toes or get wet to the knee.
But it’s not the cool breeze blowing that prevents our daily swim,
But the faint elusive sound of a profound and ancient hymn.
There’s a Christmas tree a-glowing near the track down to the sea,
And its burning golden bloom now shines with great intensity.
But it’s not the fiery branches nor the wind along the track,
But a song of hope and peace that tells that we cannot turn back.
There’s a jacaranda flowering in the garden next to me,
And a gust of wind is rippling to create a purple sea.
But it’s not the wind that’s ruffling our impatient longing hearts;
It’s the promised new creation and the love that it imparts.
For it’s not the sea we long for, not the bush that we desire,
Not the flowers that we watch for, but the light that can inspire.
For Emmanuel is coming as a precious baby boy.
Yes! The Prince of Peace is coming! Let’s sing out a song of joy!
Words: Rosemary Booth (alt. D Cant and K Durbridge)
How are you faring? Is Christmas yet intruding? (The legendary 12 days commence on December 25th).
Advent is about preparation and anticipation. Juggling our busy timetables to accommodate “early Christmas” celebrations puts us between a rock and a hard place. Our collective psyche is responsive to the deep rhythms of preparatory and celebratory seasons. The weeks leading to the celebration of the Nativity of the Christ are meant to be times of reflection on past, present and future yearnings around the themes of hope, peace, joy and love. In some traditions, fasting is even required. And then – Christmas! Feasting, laughing, celebration – that which is yearned for is now here! Snap bonbons! Drink toasts! Sing carols! Emmanuel! God is here!
In our muddled chaos, these things will bleed into the Advent season. Internally, however, we can maintain the rhythm.
Blessed Advent in preparation for a Blessed Christmas!