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Vicar's News - 10 January 2021

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The Epiphany

On Wednesday we celebrated the Epiphany, the shining of the glory of God to the whole world. represented by the three wise men from other cultures coming to adore the baby Jesus. They joined us in the Lady Chapel for the service.

Just as the showing forth of the glory of God in Christ takes many different forms, so our season of Epiphany commemorates many different things. First, the coming of the wise men from the East to worship at the cradle of the Infant Christ; then, the Baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan by John the Baptist, with the voice from heaven declaring that this Jesus is the beloved son of God; then the visit of Jesus, at twelve years old, to the Temple at Jerusalem, where the learned doctors were astonished by his understanding and his answers; and then, a series of Jesus' miracles: the changing of water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana; the healing of a leper, and the centurion's palsied servant; and the calming of the troubled sea. Then, at the end of the season of Epiphany, we have prophetic lessons about the final coming of the Son of God, in power and great glory.

Many different things - a great diversity of commemorations; yet they are tied together by one common theme. They are all aspects of the showing forth, the shining forth, the "Epiphany" of the divine glory of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, the Eternal Word of God, made flesh.

Thus these many commemorations of Epiphany make up a continuing meditation upon the meaning of the Christmas miracle - the miracle of God with us, God in our flesh, Emmanuel, God visible to human eyes, God audible to human ears, God tangible to human touch, God manifest in human life, judging, restoring, and transforming it by the grace and truth he brings. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth."


Vale David Greenhalgh

The funeral service in thanksgiving for the life of the late David Greenhalgh will be celebrated in the church on Monday morning at 10am, followed by refreshments in the hall and adjacent lawn behind the tennis courts. The link for a live stream or to see the subsequent video of the funeral service is:


Vale Shirley Hine

The funeral service in thanksgiving for the life of the late Shirley Hine will be celebrated at the W D Rose Chapel in Marriage Road, Brighton East on Wednesday 13 January at 2pm.



Our 10am service now has pewsheets in Chinese. As we cannot use the translation headsets at the present time due to the COVID cleaning requirements, the sermon will appear in Chinese as an insert to those particular pewsheets.

The seating in the Pioneer Chapel have been replaced with plastic chairs to facilitate the chapel’s use during COVID - primarily for baptisms which, for a variety of reasons, will no longer be conducted during the 10am service unless that is specifically requested. The number of people who can be accommodated in the chapel is restricted to 30. The chairs will be cleaned twice on a Sunday morning to ensure compliance with the COVID requirements.

During January the Pioneer Chapel may be used for Sat@6 though that service is, pleasingly, outgrowing this venue. Entry is afforded through the entry door from the carpark to the chapel and step-free entry through the glass doors adjacent to the Lady Chapel – if entering through the alternate route please make sure your name is ticked off by the sidesperson. A bowl for the collection will be on the bench at the rear of the chapel.


Attendance QR code

Registration for all services is still required but if you have already been registered for a service in the past, your name should still remain on the list for all future services at that time. In addition, QR code signs (provided to us by Bayside City Council) have been re-installed in the Narthex, and can also be used for signing in where there are a lot of people queuing, such as is likely at Monday’s funeral.


Christmas 2020

Parish office

Christmas 2021 may come early thanks to one of our Parish Council members, Greg Kissane, as we hope to be reconnected to the phone in the coming week. in the meantime the Parish Office phone number 03 95921240 has been redirected to Angela’s mobile.


This week at St Andrew’s

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SACPA welcome & AGM will be held in the Lady Chapel on Friday 29 January at 8pm.

mainly music will recommence next year on Monday 4 February 2021

St Andrew’s Choir returns to church on 7 February when we will be commissioning the new choir members

Merry Melodies is returning next year on 11 February in the church – the second Tuesday of each month.


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