Writing on the Sunday before Christmas, Fr Russell reminded us -
"... The one we know as Jesus of Nazareth is not a new phenomenon or one that came into being 2000 years ago..... Jesus came to do the will of his Father and the self-giving nature of God becomes our nature when our hearts join with His....."
...We may also choose to accept the self-giving nature of divine love. We can choose to live according to the principles of non-violence and cause no harm. We can tread lightly on God's earth and serve God by serving others according to our capacity and means. The life of service is sweet and rewarding beyond measure. Each kind word or deed we perform, each kind thought and each rejection of the negative thoughts, words and deeds will help us become one with the self-giving nature revealed in Christ our Lord..."
Christ Church is on the corner of Moorabool and McKillop Streets in Geelong - follow the links from the menu at the left of this page to find out more about the Parish.
... celebrasting the new year at Christ Church....
Whilst January is usually a quieter time acros the parish, the Sunday 8am and 9.30am Eucharist services continue, as does the Wednesday Eucharist at 9.30am, but the Sunday 5.15pm service and other weekday services (Meditation, Healing and Morning Prayer services) are in recess.
Our Parish and congregational life returns to normal from Start Up Sunday on Sunday 2nd February. This date celebrates the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and following the 9.30am Eucharist we mark the return after the holiday period with a special BBQ lunch for the whole Parish family. The first CAFS (Children's Service) for the New Year will also be held in the Schoolroom, from 9.30am on this day. Note that there is NO 8am service for this day, but the afternoon 5.15pm Eucharist will be held as usual. For more details about the services or the BBQ on Sunday 2nd February, please contact the Parish Office or speak to the Vicar or one of the Parish Council members.
Special services in the coming weeks include the annual Darwin Defenders' Service, to be held at 9.30am on Sunday 16th February to mark the 78th Anniversary of the bombing of Darwin on 19th February 1942.
The Parish Book Group resumes from Tuesday February 11th (at 2pm in the SchoolRoom) when the first book for 2020 will be “Inventing Hell ...” by Jon M Sweeney. If you are interested in joining this discussion group please get in touch with Jenny Dunn (c/o the Parish Office).
The Parish Social Club also resumes activities from February onward, with the first meeting for 2020 being on Saturday 1st February, when Fr Barry Smith will lead a tour and discussion of ther Church Stained Glass Windows - note that this meeting starts at 7.15pm to take advantage of the daylight and its effect on the church windows.
whilst the Parish Film Nites resume from Monday 10th February at 7.30pm when the first film for 2020 will be screened - this will be "Ride Like a Girl" (starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neill) - the film based on the true story of Michelle Payne.
... details of these and all the other happenings around the Parish are available from the Parish Office or at our regular services.
Come and Worship with us! You will be very welcome!