Sunday 3rd March was scheduled as Clean Up Australia Day, and the members of Oxley Vale Anglican pitched in to lend a hand, gathering bags of rubbish from around the premises of the school where we meet.
This is an important community event in communities around Australia, and, for the Christian community it is an opportunity to reflect locally God’s global love for his creation. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 24 –
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the rivers.
Again in 2013, after many years of helpful service, the Oxley Vale Public School Breakfast Club run by OVACC volunteers has kicked off at the school.
Breakfast Club feeds students who haven’t been able to get breakfast before they’ve gotten to school, perhaps through having to leave very early to get to school or just through plain forgetfulness!
Breakfast Club runs from the servery at the rear of the school canteen, each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in term time.
On Saturday 9th February, Oxley Vale Anglican hosted a training day for Sunday School teachers from throughout the New England region. Sandy Galea from Kidswise led participants through sessions on the priority of ministry to children, packaging a program and teaching memory verses. Over 70 teachers went away from the day better equipped to teach Sunday School in their local churches – thanks Sandy!
Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year to all! As we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and as we gather with family and friends to enjoy the holidays, it’s a great time reconsider again the reason for the season –
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1:26-33 NIV)
As of January 2013, Tom Magill has joined the staff team at Oxley Vale Anglican in a full time capacity. Tom has come from Sydney with his family, having spent the last six years in ministry to youth and young adults at Hoxton Park. Tom will be splitting his time between being the Chaplain at Oxley Vale Public School and being employed at OVACC.
Tom’s first Sunday will be 29th December 2012.