Another Face of Christmas: Family Violence and Child Poverty
Join the discussion on ways YOU can make a difference to the problems of family violence & child poverty.
Sunday 29 November (Family Violence)
Sunday 6 December (Child Poverty)
Guest speaker at 6.30 pm followed by discussion and supper, finishing up at 8.30 pm.
Hymn Service 29 November 10am
This week is the fifth Sunday of the month, so we will have something a little different from usual; a hymn service. Hopefully those of you with favourite hymns put your requests up on the list earlier in the month.
We will also be marking the first Sunday of Advent. We will save putting our Christmas tree up for the Kids n All service the following week.
For our November Cafe Church we celebrated the church’s birthday. We used the opportunity to fundraise for our global mission, the school in India, in a fun way which involved presents! In the previous few weeks we’d brought in small presents as donations, then on our birthday we paid $2 to put our names on a numbered list. Numbered presents were then distributed to those who’d bought tickets. Birthday surprises, and a donation for our mission!
White Ribbon Day
Today we will be marking White Ribbon Day. You may have seen the billboard up on our church, and today we will tie white ribbons outside our church to demonstrate we are making a stand against family violence. Members of the public are all invited to join us, with ribbons available outside the church to add to the display. If you can’t add your own today, please pop by during the week and add one to the display, as they will be available all week.
This Sunday 22 November is our Communion Service, and it’s the last service that our wonderful intern, Roxy, will take for us before her graduation and ordination next month.
Beginning at 10am and followed by a cuppa at 11am, this is for those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service. Welcome!
Dinner Club is on again this Saturday 21 November, at 6.30pm. This time we are going to Sagar, an Indian restaurant in Highbury.
The St Aidans Dinner Club meet up once a month for a shared meal at a local restaurant, where we order a variety of dishes (mix of mild and spicy, meat and vegetarian, as needed) and split the bill at the end of it. Part-way through we get up and move around so we don’t sit next to the same people all night. It’s a great way of getting to know people better, and a fun way to spend the evening. Carpooling is available for those who’d like a lift.
If you would like to join in this Saturday then please contact Andrea (by phone) or email firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP so we can book the right number of spots.
Cafe Church 15 November
This Sunday 15 November is Cafe Church, our family-friendly service which starts at 9.30 am with a shared breakfast/morning tea, then the service at 10am. This month we’re celebrating our church’s birthday!
As well as our usual table talk question we’ll be doing a little something different: a variation on a lucky dip. Come along with $2 and you can buy a numbered ticket which will entitle you to a gift with that number on it. Gifts will be given out during the service and proceeds from the ticket sales will be going to support our school in India. Come along and support our Global Mission project and get yourself a present to help celebrate our birthday at the same time!
Cafe Church is held on the third Sunday of each month, and has a focus on discussion and interaction. Toast, cereal and drinks are provided, but you are very welcome to bring a plate of something tastier to share if you would like!
This week is something for the adults; Come to Quiet at 7pm. This is our monthly session of contemplative prayer, which includes a short discussion on a reading, a time for fellowship with a cuppa, and of course a period of contemplative prayer. If you have never done contemplative prayer before, we will explain the basics to you before you put it into practice.
Contemplative prayer has much in common with meditation. “The root of prayer is interior silence…Deep prayer is the laying aside of thought. It is the opening of mind and heart, body and feelings-our whole being- to God…During the time of prayer we consent to God’s presence and action within…It is designed to deepen our relationship with Christ.” (Quotes from Father Thomas Keating)
Take some time out from your busy life and find some time to be still with God. You will be very welcome!
This Monday 2 November is our monthly Drop Inn Morning for residents of the Shoal Bay Villa and Regency rest homes. If anyone is able to come along and join them for a chat over morning tea it would be appreciated. It is held in the Lindesfarne Lounge (downstairs at St Aidan’s) at 10am.
Kids n All is on this Sunday 1 November, and this month our topic is Christian Saints.
Starting at 10am, our all-ages Kids n All service is great for those who like a more interactive service. It will be followed at 11am by our usual cake, cuppa and a chat. Hope to see you there!