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Vicar's News - 8 January 2023

Baptism of our Lord


Our Saturday evening service returns this weekend at 6pm in the Pioneer Chapel.


10am Choral Eucharist music



Prelude: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Hymns: Processional Crown him with many crowns

Gradual O love, how deep, how broad, how high

Thanksgiving Amazing grace

Post Communion On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Setting: Christ Church Mass – Philip Matthias (b. 1954)

Psalm: 29; TiS 17

Anthem: As water to the thirsty – Brian T. Coleman (b.1920), arr. John Barnard

Motet: Flocks in pastures green abiding – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Postlude: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)



We congratulate Chris and Shan who were married here on Friday. Extensive flowers by Victoria Whitelaw.


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is on 22 January. I may not be able to pull a rabbit out of my hat...or can I?

Join us on Sunday 22 January at 10am and see.


St Andrew’s future - ideas

The Parish Council want all parishioners to be aware that the Parish is in a precarious financial position (like many others), and be aware of the impact that this is likely to have on St Andrew’s future.

Unless adequate funding can be secured, significant reductions will be necessary and these will, in turn, have further negative financial and pastoral consequences.

The Parish Council have already explored many possibilities whilst also continuing to seek further support from outside the Parish. They want to exhaust all avenues of potential revenue and your thoughts on the way forward would be welcome to ensure no possibility is overlooked.

A special meeting with Parish Council members on Saturday 28 January at 9am in the small Parish Hall.

If you have a suggestion on how we might generate a significant income boost, you are welcome to attend and present your idea. This is your chance to have input into possible sources of income or adaptations to preserve our parish services and activities as they presently exist.

To keep us focussed on positive future proposals (rather than a discussion of the past), 3 minutes will be allocated as the maximum time to present each idea. The Parish Council will then take up all the suggestions for further consideration.

If you would like to explore any preliminary thoughts beforehand, or discuss our financial position as presented at the Annual Meeting in November, please call me on 0421321321.


This year we will be celebrating Australia Day on Sunday 29 January 2023 at 10am. Your choice of red, white and blue or yellow and green clothing.



Bishop Paul barker will be with us on Saturday and Sunday 25 & 26 March, and we will be having a confirmation service on Sunday 26 March at 10am. Enquiries to Ian or Xeverie.


Our Op Shop reopens on Wednesday 18 January 2023. Wet are very grateful for all the work contributed by many volunteers and look forward to the the Op Shop trading being extended to Fridays this year.





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