The April meeting for the Saturday Friendship Club is on Saturday April 21st. The speaker is Peter Mansfield and he will talk about the history of the Jews. He will concentrate on post 70AD. This is a very interesting speaker. Usual basket supper and we meet at 7:15pm for 7:30 pm.
Family Fun @5 on Good Friday was a wonderful event with probably our biggest attendance (about 105) and a great atmosphere. FF@5 was, as always, a Team BCUC event with helpers of all ages involved in the various tasks from prayer and planning, to cooking, helping in the kitchen, helping craft, making tea & coffee, telling the story, acting in the story, setting up and cleaning up. To all who supported the event and made it so successful — thanks from the FF@5 team: Heather Walraven, Leonie & Bob
Barty Shokralla, C.E.O. Miracle Connect, a Christian Arabic satellite channel, will be our guest preacher on Sunday April 15 at all three services. See article in the April BCUC Chats
Please join us for a film evening fundraiser A Wrinkle in Time. Saturday April 7 at the Regal Theatre. Refreshment at 6:30pm followed by the film. Tickets are $20 adults / $15 concession available from Ruth Daws.
Good Friday, 30 March from 5.00 -7.00 pm and the theme is
“Jesus is Alive!”
F F @ 5 is for Preschool to Year 7 children and their families.
This a small intimate service held in the chapel on the Monday following the third Sunday communion service. There is an afternoon tea and chat available at the conclusion. All welcome.
For the meeting of the Saturday Friendship Club on the 17th March, the club has been fortunate to obtain as a speaker, Prof Stephen Lincoln. He will be speaking about “Climate Change and Future Energy” Stephen is part of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and is well versed in matters of climate change and energy production, having written over 300 hundred papers. I have heard him speak and he gives in layman’s terms, very enlightening and unbiased views about energy options and the effects of climate change throughout the world. We are indeed privileged to have obtained this calibre of speaker. We hope you can come along. Usual basket supper.
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW MEETING TIME – 7.15 PM FOR A 7.30 PM START.
Good Friday March 30th
9.30 am : Combined Worship followed by hot cross buns.
5.00 pm : Family Fun @5: Food, Craft and Story Telling for children and their families.
Easter Sunday April 1st
7.30 am Sunrise Service
9.30 am Combined Worship
All are Welcome!
We will be running a CAP Money Course on Thursday’s 8, 15 & 22 February 7pm – 9pm. CAP Money is a FREE & easy course to help gain financial freedom. To register for this free course contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org
The challenge of last week was to think of and to invite someone to one of our Christmas Services so that they too can hear the good news that Jesus Christ has come into the world to bring us joy.
How did you go? Have you invited someone? Did they say yes?
In the Gospel according to Luke we are given an example to follow.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:8-18 NIV)
The Good News of the birth of Jesus is still cause for great joy for all people and all who hear this good news will be amazed. Before you invite anyone else to come and share this great joy, I ask you to stop and think – am I taking this good news for granted in my own life? Do I really understand that this good news has turned my life upside-down? Do I believe that Jesus still has the power to
miraculously change lives today?
The shepherds heard the Good News, they experienced it for themselves and then they spread the word. We are compelled to do the same.