This Sunday Anthony will be bringing us the first of our Christmas series messages, this week on “We’re having a baby!” from Luke 1:26-38. All welcome.
Anthony says: “We all have expectations about Christmas – expectations around decorations and what kind of Christmas lights we will set up or what kind of gifts we will buy or receive. We have expectations around family gatherings, hoping everyone will get along and the food we will cook and eat. Expectations about Peace, Hope, Love and Joy, that is, until you head to the local shopping mall. Christmas is full of expectations !!! That very first Christmas, there were also lots of expectations. Joseph, Mary, King Herod, and the Shepherds all had expectations. What if all we were expecting for Christmas this year was God? How would that change our Christmas? Would it change our Christmas?“
01 DECEMBER Friday Night Youth
This Friday, after our Year 11s and upwards have their session in The Shed at 5.30pm, the Youth group will join them in the church for a Christmas Party from 7.30-9.30pm with games with a ‘hint’ of Christmas!
Youth is on for highschoolers most Friday nights during school terms. Contact Jason on 0416 861 322 for more info.
10 DECEMBER Nine Lessons & Carol Service
St Matthew’s church in Guildford is holding their annual 9 Lessons & Carol Service on Sunday, 10 December @7pm – and our very own Ian Lindsay will be playing the pipe organ! If you’re needing a carol fix before Christmas then head along to St Matthews in Stirling Square, Meadow St, Guildford and sing along to your favourites.
17 DECEMBER Kids Christmas Service
The Parky KidsMin kids will be hosting the main church service on 17 December, so come along to experience a service and production like no other!
* Parents – if your child can’t make it to the Kids Christmas Service on the 17th can you please let Sue Watkins know at email@example.com.
** Does anyone know where the wooden Parky Christmas stable has gone? The kids would love it for their production but can’t find it!
UPDATE FROM KELVIN CROMBIE
Click here for a video update from Kelvin around his ministry with the Jewish people.
PARKY COMMUNITY PANTRY OPENING TIMES
Please note the latest pantry opening hours:
- Tuesdays (up until the holidays) – 11.45am to 1.30pm
- Tuesdays (during the holidays) – 1pm to 3pm
- Wednesdays (current & during the holidays) – 1pm to 3pm
CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES
Our Christmas service times this year will be the traditional:
- Christmas Eve – 6.30pm
- Christmas Day – 9.30am
** Please note: as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we won’t be having our regular Sunday morning service – just the Sunday evening Christmas Eve service & Monday morning Christmas Day service as listed above **
We are again collecting non-perishable food donations to make up Christmas hampers for those doing it tough this Christmas. Please drop your donations off to the yellow bin in the church foyer – and if they are ‘squashable’ can you please put them next to the bin! The cut-off date is Sunday, 3 December. Thank you!
See the below list for ideas….
Soft drinks – Creamed rice – Tinned tomatoes – Long life custard – Tomato sauce – Coffee (small) – Weetbix – Toilet rolls (small) – Tissues – Noodles – Icy poles – Long Life Cream – Christmas cake – Lollies – Savoury biscuits – Mince pies – Tinned fruit – Dishwashing liquid – Long life milk – Oil (small) – Tinned vegies – Sugar (1kg) – Rice – Paper towels – Toothpaste – Pasta – Teabags – Jelly – Popcorn – Ham tins – Crisps – Shortbread …or anything else you might like to receive in a hamper! (but please nothing perishable)
**Freddie has requested no chocolate or pieces of soap.
SAVE THE DATE Church Weekend Away
Save the date! I know this seems like WAY in the future, but our next Parky Church Weekend Away is booked for 15-17 March 2024. So clear the diary and get excited for a chance to relax with your Parky church family on the beach in Busselton for the weekend. More info to come closer to the date…
CURRENT VOLUNTEER VACANCIES
If you have been wondering how you can serve at Parky, we have a list of vacancies on our website that is updated regularly, showing you the ministries that are currently in need of volunteers. Please click here to see what is available.
Our thanks to Aussie Broadband for sponsorship of the church NBN