services

SPECIAL SERVICES  COMING UP

CAROLS BY THE BEACH

Saturday 14 December Children’s Activities from 4.00pm.

Carol Singing 5 - 7pm

COMMUNITY CAROLS - SOUTH ARM

Sunday 22 December 

7pm, Nine Readings and Carols, St Barnabas, South Arm.  Please bring supper to share.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

Tuesday 24 December 11pm, St Thomas Howrah.  Holy Communion with Carols

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES

9am Wednesday 25 December St Thomas, Howrah.  Holy Communion with Carols and Children’s Activity

9am Wednesday 25 December St Barnabas, South Arm.  Holy Communion with Carols and Children’s Activity

regular Services of Worship

Services held at St Thomas, Howrah, 3 Lorne Cres, Howrah each Sunday.

  • 8.30am - a friendly traditional service including Holy Communion.
  • 10am - a contemporary service for people of all ages.
  • A mid-week service is held at 10am on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month.

Services at St Barnabas, South Arm, South Arm Highway.

  • Services are held on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Sunday each month at 4pm.
  • Annual RSL services are held on Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day at South Arm.

Occasional Services

Occasional services are held for marriages, baptisms, dedications, funerals, confirmation and pet thanksgiving.

Festivals and Special Occasions at St Thomas

Christmas Eve at 11pm and Christmas morning at 9am at St Thomas.  This is a different time to our regular Sunday services.  

A service of Thanksgiving and Solace, to acknowledge the lives of loved ones who have died, is held on the third (3rd) Wednesday in December at 7pm.

A service is held at 9am on Good Friday (Reflection) and a celebration is held on Easter Sunday (Easter Day).

A Paschal Meal is held in the hall on the Thursday evening before Easter (this is the day of the Passover, the day of the Last Supper).

At Lent we celebrate with pancakes on Pancake Tuesday and with an early morning service on Ash Wednesday.

Special occasions at Barnabas

In addition to the service Christmas morning we also hold a Christmas service of Nine Readings and Carols at St Barnabas on the third (3rd) Sunday in December at 7pm.

ABOVE:St Barnabas Christmas Nine Readings and Carols service

THIS WEEK

Here we are at the second Sunday of Advent with the theme of peace. Our gospel reading introduces this man, John the Baptist, whose message invades our simple manger scene and our happy and pleasant lives.

Our gospel today takes us forward to the days immediately before Jesus began his ministry.  John was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming. This rough and burly prophet went out to the banks of the Jordan River with zeal, crying out, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

In doing this John was also invading the traditions of the Jewish religion as taught by the Pharisees and Sadducees. He was like one of those street-corner preachers - he showed up unexpectedly; without a permit, without a license, without a diploma – his only credential was his passion to speak God's truth and to give all and sundry the opportunity to hear his message.

HELEN PHILLIPS' FINAL SERVICE

The church was packed to the rafters when we farewelled Ven Helen Phillips on Sunday 24 November 2019.  Helen spoke eloquently about her journey with the parish, and Bishop Chris, Barry Davidson and Hilary Reader expressed our gratitude for the contribution she had made to our church and lives.  Farewell, Helen.  And may God bless you richly in your retirement.

ABOVE: Ratty tells the church at Helen's farewell how she will miss Helen slipping her a cheese sandwich.  Her home is in the cupboard in the church office.

BELOW: June and Caroline make commitments at a service led by Bishop Richard

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