You might have heard from Simon that our next series will be a collection of reflections on modern ethical questions. We’d like to know what kind of things our congregations are interesting in addressing, so we’ve put together a short survey.
All past and current members and supporters of Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church are invited to join us in celebrating 25 years of Christian ministry in the Oxley Vale area at two special events – a celebration dinner on Saturday 16 July and a combined thanksgiving church service on Sunday 17 July.
To mark the occasion, we are launching the ‘Building Ministry Fund,’ aimed at securing and expanding gospel ministry in the area into the future. Would you please consider contributing a one-off gift to this appeal? Donations can be made at both events or directly via ‘Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’, BSB 032621 Acct: 309306.
On Sunday 13th, the 8am and 10am church gatherings will combine for a 9am service, to be followed by a Special General Meeting to approve the church budget for January-June 2016.
The combined service will feature a special nativity presentation by the children in our 10am Sunday School. Our monthly Trading Table will also be in operation, with money raised supporting our annual holiday kid’s club.
Following the Special General Meeting, attendees are invited back to Tom and Caz Magill’s for a pot-luck lunch.
Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers will be speaking at a special one-off event on Sunday 1st March at Oxley Vale Public School. Hosted by Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church, the event will begin at 9am and the Bishop will be speaking on the topic: “LOVE can be highly overrated.” Bishop Rick is a dynamic, compelling and humorous speaker, highly-in-demand across the Diocese and the country.
Friday 28th February 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.
While the Christmas Carols run in town are inevitably bigger budget and better attended, Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church’s local Carols in Fraser Park were a hit with the locals who came down to join in the singing. Wingnut the Puppet made a very amusing appearance and the band led everyone in singing some great old carols.
Saturday 13 December 2014 is set down for next years repeat performance.
Our recent “Knights of the King” Kids’ Club took 32 children on an adventure through the book of Matthew, engaging with the story of Jesus – what he did and taught as well as the people he met and how he affected them. A wonderful cast presented a clear message of the search for the true king: Jesus.
The program kept the kids busy and interested and involved some great music, plenty of games and craft, creative activities, and a delicious, nutritious morning tea prepared each day. The leaders were well organised and encouraging, sensitive and caring, and really modelled God’s love in all their interactions with the children and parents. It was obvious by the laughter, participation and concentration that all the children enjoyed themselves, as did the team.
The Vicar, Simon Carter, tied the whole message together and pointed the children to Jesus as the true King. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
On Thursday night we celebrated with a sausage sizzle where many parents came to watch their children sing and listen to a summary of the week.
A huge thanks to our Sunday School Coordinator Lyn Brown who directed the Holiday Club.
Every two years a number of New England church ministers and church members travels to North Kigesi in Ugandan to support training in the local church through seminars and workshops with Ugandan church leaders, with the full support of Bishop Patrick Tugume-Tusingwire.
Plans are well underway for the team to return in January 2014 to continue this excellent partnership, providing Australian from the Armidale Diocese with the opportunity to travel and encourage Christian brothers and sisters from Uganda and to share resources and skills with them; generously hosted by those brothers and sisters in North Kigesi.
Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church celebrated on Thursday 23rd May with a special night of prayer and praise to God after it received a visit from Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers to present the church with its full License. While this was a mere formality (since the church has been meeting in Oxley Vale for 20 years!), it provided a great opportunity for people to gather and celebrate together what God has been doing in the lives of the people of Oxley Vale through the work of his people in the church.
Book the day for LifeFest in Bicentennial Park. That beautiful day when the churches of Tamworth get together and put on a party for their neighbours – and they come in thousands. A day for Christians to model the love of Jesus in many ways, and people go away different because they’ve had a brush with Him through the kindness of His people.
SATURDAY 25 MAY 11am – 3pm Bicentennial Park, Tamworth
CMS missionaries Bruce and Libby Hayes will speak at Oxley Vale Anglican Community Church this Sunday, at both gatherings.
Bruce and Libby work in Nepal where Bruce coordinates GPs training at Patan Hospital, as well as supporting graduates serving in challenging rural areas through consultancy. Libby is the Secondary School Principal at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). OVACC has been supporting Bruce and Libby financially and prayerfully for some time.
All are welcome to come and hear about their exciting work. 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday 21st April.