WEEKLY UPDATE 26th February 2020

New email and website upgrade                                                                                                                                                             

Over January we have been working on updating the website and our domain name. We now have a new email address, admin@stkildabaptist.org.au  Keep an eye on the website for news and you can check the calendar, under ‘About us’ tab, for events as well.

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Port Phillip would like to invite you to

We-Akon Dilinja (Mourning Reflection)

Sunday 26 January, 6 am to 7 am

Alfred Square, St Kilda

Please note: In extreme weather the event will be held at St Kilda Town Hall

New Beginnings bio As part of our preparation for New Beginnings Sunday (2nd February) we are inviting everyone to fill in a bio (personal profile). There are a couple of examples on display and some spare forms in the foyer.

Dates in Summer

January 29         The deacons meet at 7:30 at the church. If you have something you would like the deacons to consider, please talk to one of them, David, Sally, Lou, Iris or Tim.   

February 2         The Pastoral Search Committee meets at David’s place at 2pm. The PSC is at the point of considering names and values your support and prayers during this process

February 3         Community Kitchen recommences 6pm

February 12       MOTH 6pm

 February 13       St Kilda Baptist Benevolent Society committee meets at 7:30pm

 It is with sadness that we let you know that Jennifer Anderson passed away on the 18th of January 2020. Jen was well known to all at CK and Moth. A memorial/funeral service will be held at St Kilda Baptist. Details provided once a date is confirmed.

ST KILDA FESTIVALS There are 2 festivals coming up in February. Sunday 2nd Feb is the Midsumma Pride March along Fitzroy St. Sunday 9th Feb is the St Kilda Festival. Both these events have road closures and may make getting to church a bit tricky for some.

Welcome back for 2020

We are gathering again at 10am at St Kilda after our summer brunches and look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Worship in the rest of summer

19/1    We welcome Gregg Morris as our preacher this week. Gregg has been a long time friend of Andrew and Stephen. As St Kilda gears up for another year of compassionate service in our community and to one another, we wanted to invite Gregg to help to do two things. The first is to help us remember “why” we do what we do. Many would say that we do what we do because we are called to live lives of love. Gregg will share a practical definition of love he recently came upon. Love defined as “an unconditional determination to understand”.

The second thing Gregg will do is to share a practical framework that will help us as we live out this call to love. The framework is called “The Circle of Courage”,  a model of human development that  integrates child development practices of tribal peoples and the findings of modern youth development research. 

26/1 Australia Day/Invasion Day/Survival Day – Digby and friends will lead our reflection.

2/2 New Beginnings Sunday – we will recognise and commission everyone who is embarking on new adventures in 2020. To give this a visual presence, please talk to Bill about completing a New Beginnings bio.

9/2 We are so blessed to have David Tacey as part of our church community. Digby will interview him on his journey of life and faith.

16/2 David Wright and Stephen Said are looking after this one for us.

23/2 Digby leads a panel on work/life/faith balance – how we negotiate the creative tensions in our lives.

Christmas Services

Tues 24th Dec Christmas Eve reflective service 8pm

Wed 25th Dec Christmas Day Making room for Jesus 9.30am. Our Christmas Day offering will be donated to TEAR.

Summer brunches As is our usual pattern, on the first 3 Sundays after Christmas, our church will not be worshipping at Pakington Street. Instead we will gather for brunch – 10.30am start – in the homes of some of our community. Each brunch will include a time of communal reflection. Hosts provide their home in which to gather and tea and coffee; people are invited to bring some food to share with them.

December 29th we will gather at Janet Costello and Howard Poynton’s,

January 5th we’ve been invited to John and Claire-Anne Willis’s farm

January 12th Ali and Matthew Lloyd will host us

Please contact Andrew Woff 0409 789 984 or Sally Wall 0402 402 348 for more details

Awakening the spirit

Awakening the spirit is the title of a forthcoming exhibition of local Aboriginal painting. All are welcome to attend the launch, which will be held

at our church on Thursday, November 21st, 6-8 pm

We trust that church members and friends will support this exhibition of wonderful paintings. The artists are currently participants at the local Aboriginal drug and alcohol recovery centres based in St Kilda – Galiamble and Winja Ulupna. This is an annual event that offers the participants in these programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their paintings. The art programs at Galiamble have been running for many years thanks to the energetic involvement of volunteer, Viv Parry. Your support of this event will be greatly appreciated. The paintings will be available for sale on the night at affordable prices (under $150) – cash sales only with all proceeds going to the artists. Sold paintings can be taken at the end of the night.

Advent Series 2015

All are welcome to join us for our Series on ADVENT:

An ADVENT FILM FESTIVAL screening 3 films over 3 weeks, Monday December 3, 10 and 17 at 7.30pm. Cold drinks & popcorn will be provided. Bring family and friends. All welcome. Click on the flyer for info on the films.

ADVENT REFLECTIVE SERVICES on Thursday Dec 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 8pm

– CHRISTMAS SERVICES on Sunday Dec 20 at 10am, and Friday Dec 25 at 9.30am.