Celebrating 160 years of Dedication!
On Sunday September 10th a church full of people celebrated the Eucharist together and then over 80 people enjoyed a spit roast lunch in the parish hall. The preacher was Bishop David Farrer, a former vicar of the parish during the 1980’s and 90’s. It was a delight to welcome +David and Helen back to the parish for worship and then to have the opportunity for catching up with ‘old timers’ and meet new folk.
Of course it was and is always right to give thanks for past blessings, but it was a fitting day to baptise a new Christian and admit three young people to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Let a few photos tell the story of the day..
Life Together at Christ Church
A really worthwhile meeting took place on a Saturday morning at the end of August as around 40 members of the Christ Church community gathered for breakfast and to take counsel together about our future life, especially as we explore how we grow and develop following the purchase of the land at 260 Sydney Road – now known as Christ Church meadow’.
The morning began with a great breakfast during which Bishop Lindsay interviewed three new parishioners about their faith and their experience of arriving at Christ Church.
As the meeting proper began we explored Acts 2 : 42 – 47 , a description of the shape of life among the early Christians and tried honestly to see how much we reflect that life.
The hall was buzzing when later the small groups tried to hone down to what is core to a faithful life at Christ Church. What do we really need in order to be faithful?
This was a starting point for a Master planning process that will begin soon as we begin to develop our existing heritage in new directions to serve the Lord and Brunswick in the future.
Bishop Lindsay introduced a new leaflet called
‘Life is for giving’ which outlines our financial situation. As we redevelop and face the financial implications of our land purchase, it is crucial that we have sufficient funds to keep our daily life not only going but growing.
Chair of the parish Finance Committee, Adrian Nye outlined the story that led to our exciting purchase of Christ Church meadow and the financial challenges it presents, and the need to think seriously about ways our current buildings and land can be developed to produce a realistic income going forward.
The morning ended with small groups brainstorming about the imaginative use of the new land. Some really interesting ideas were brought forward from cafes to pop up stations of the cross by street artists!
It was a fruitful morning and a reminder that there is considerable energy and talent in our growing congregation!
THE DEED IS DONE – Christ Church makes a move on the Sydney Road!
On Thursday July 20th Christ Church took over ownership of a piece of land on the busy SYDNEY ROAD adjacent to the church site. This is great news! Soon we will be ‘Christ Church on Sydney..’ as well as Christ Church ‘on Glenlyon’.
On Sunday 23rd the land was blessed and dedicated for the purposes of God as the congregation processed from the church into Sydney Road, and with plenty of holy water and incense Bishop Lindsay claimed the site, which has in its time had various purposes from a Bob Jane car yard, to a car wash, to a home for the well known Town Hall kebab stall.
So what does the future hold?
When all the various permissions are through and plans drawn up, there will be direct access to the church yard and church from Sydney Road. It’s going to be our great mission challenge to use the sight well to draw people closer to the Good News of Jesus Christ!
MEET UPS @ 5 Pentecost Series GOOD is the new COOL exploring the virtues
EVERY SUNDAY from JUNE 11th (except June 25th) until 30th July up to thirty people gathered in the vicarage to explore the Christian Virtues.
The time together had a simple format:
An introduction to the subject
The first three segments of ‘Meet Up’ are designed to last 20 minutes each, and then folk can stay for as little or as long as they want for a more informal time of eating and conversation.
During LENT this year we offered a Sunday Evening opportunity to reflect about the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer.
The Pentecost series was on the virtues.
THE NEXT SERIES will take place on the Sundays leading up to Christmas and will be called ‘WAIT UP for the Lord!’
AND ALL THAT JAZZ….
A GREAT CROWD gathered in the fountain garden of Christ Church on Tuesday 20th to sing carols and then listen to a bit of jazz as they enjoyed a sausage sizzle. Children were delighted by a visit from Father Christmas and two of his elves!
The Rogues choir whose home for rehearsals each Tuesday night is the parish’s Bardin Centre, led the carol singing and delighted the crowd with several peace songs from around the world, so appropriate as the world celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace!
The Georgia Brooks Swingtet reminded us that this is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ and provided great music as countless sausages were served and drinks distributed. The children seemed to prefer the lollies liberally distributed by Santa’s little helpers!
CAROLS AND ALL THAT JAZZ seems set to become an annual tradition!
ADVENT SUNDAY A great day at Christ Church!
In his sermon Bishop Lindsay reflected on Matthew 24 and Jesus saying what a blessing it is for the people of God to have servant leaders who are both faithful and wise as they wait with patient hope for the coming of the Lord. ‘It’s good to be clever, but it’s more important for the clever to be good. The history of the world reveals the terrible things that ensue when people who are clever have power without virtue. The church so needs pastors who are both faithful, that is, trustworthy and full of wisdom.’
Before the final blessing Bishop Lindsay commissioned Mason Morgan, the new pastoral assistant all the way from Wales. Mason, who has recently graduated in theology and history from St Andrews University in Scotland will spend almost a year sharing in the life and ministry of the parish. As Bishop Lindsay prayed for Mason, the whole congregation were invited to extend their right hand toward him to share in calling down the blessing.
Then the new parish council, who will work with Bishop Lindsay for the renewal of the parish was also commissioned.
Vicarage packed out for a Sunday afternoon fundraiser!
On Sunday 6th November over 50 people enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea – scones with lashings of jam and cream, cakes and cucumber sandwiches, sherry and pot after pot of tea. If it wasn’t reminiscent enough of the ‘ Old Country ‘ a rousing rendition of Noel Coward’s ‘Mad Dog’s and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’ revealed the long influence of England on Bishop Lindsay, the parish priest!
The animated conversation at tables set out in the ‘big room’ and spilling out into the garden was peppered by a number of varied musical items from Rachmaninov and Enya to Mozart and yet more Coward as the Urwin brothers, Michael and Lindsay presented the sad missionary tale of ‘Poor Uncle Harry..’
As well as being a great get together, $700 was collected for the Good Shepherd orphanage in Bamenda, Cameroon. At its meeting a few days later the parish council topped this up to $1,000. All in a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon!
Our Lady of Walsingham comes to Brunswick!
On Sunday October 2nd Christ Church was full to bursting as Christians from a number of traditions gathered to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Russian Orthodox, Chaldean Christians, Roman Catholics and of course Anglicans all united in the reverence for the Mother of God and the great doctrine on which Christianity stands, the Incarnation.
Walsingham, in the county of Norfolk in the U.K. became a place of pilgrimage in the eleventh century when a woman in the village received a series of visions or dreams in which she was taken to Nazareth and shown the house in which Mary received the visitation of the angel Gabriel asking her to be the Mother of Jesus. Richeldis (as the woman was called) built a simple house that became a great centre of pilgrimage and devotion for Christians from all over Europe. It was second only to Canterbury’s shrine to St Thomas Becket, and was up there with Compostella and Rome during the Middle Ages. Known as Éngland’s Nazareth’, monarchs and their consorts were regular pilgrims alongside the ordinary people of England. Destroyed during the turmoil of the English Reformation it was restored by both Anglicans and Roman Catholics in the first part of the twentieth century, and now attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims each year.
If you would like to know more about the Shrine and its history and ministry see www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk.
The healing ministry is a central part of pilgrimage and water from the Holy Well at Walsingham was brought from England for the Brunswick Celebration. All those at the service were invited to receive the waters and then, if they wished, to experience the gentle and strong ministries of the laying on of hands with prayer and anointing. It was a time filled with expectancy and hope.
After the service, the congregation packed in to the vicarage for refreshments based on recipes from East Anglia.
The ministry of laying on of hands or anointing is always available at Christ Church. If you would like to experience these gifts,contact Bishop Lindsay Urwin on firstname.lastname@example.org
The sacrament of anointing The image of O.L.W The image of Our Lady of Walsingham is carried through the church on a bed of wild flowers