Maundy Thursday, 7:30 pm
At the Supper, in the Garden
Meditations with our friends at the Uniting Church, Calais Road, Wembley Downs
Good Friday, 9:30 am
What is accomplished on Good Friday?
A service of reflection
Resurrection Sunday, 9:30 am
Celebration and Communion
The Big Book Sale more than helped us reach our target of $5000 for a classroom at Gnyan Sampada Residential School in India. With funds still coming in, we have sought advice on how further to direct your donations. We are pleased to know about a further outreach of this ministry that enables Vocational Training for young people in the slums of Mumbai in the trades of tailoring, phone repair, electronics and hospital ward helpers – all much sought after skills. All further funds associated with this project will now be directed to this enterprise. (Oh – Jah masih ki (Hindi) = Praise the Lord.)
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
A/c No. 070510
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!