Carols and Cappuccinos at St Nics

“Carols and Cappuccinos” has become somewhat of a tradition here at St Nics. This year we once again turned away from all the glitter and hype that surrounds us in the festive season to focus on the true significance of Christmas. With simplicity and reverence we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus, embracing the theme from the beautiful song “Shepherd of My Soul” by Martin Nystrom.

What a joyous occasion we had on Sunday 19th December as 118 parishioners, family and friends joined together for an evening of worship and Christmas fellowship.

We were led in traditional carols by our talented worship team and in between carols, our Advent candles were lit by some of our younger church members. We highlighted the humble shepherds who were first to witness the miracle unfolding in Bethlehem with Rev Jamie beautifully presenting his own version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. 

This was followed by a screening of the video “The Shepherd” from the makers of “The Chosen”.  This gives a powerful message as it provides a realistic telling of Jesus’ birth in a stable and a focus on Christ as the “spotless lamb”.  This video can be freely downloaded via the online App ‘the Chosen’  from your phone app provider. It is so worth watching!

Then it was time to enjoy mingling and chatting, a tasty sausage sizzle and cappuccinos with cake. We had ice creams for the children (and some young at heart adults). There were happy faces, laughter with lots of chatter and true fellowship shared and enjoyed by all. It was my second Christmas Carols with St Nics and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it.

How blessed are we to be so free to celebrate? May this St Nics tradition of true worship and singing of carols with bonus cappuccinos and fellowship continue to bring joy and blessings to all. Wishing you peace and a happy and blessed Christmas this season. 

Kate Tremble Communications Officer.

Christmas with St Nicholas.

You are most welcome to join us to celebrate the coming of the King, Christ Jesus. Details below.

Sunday 19 December 5.00pm “Carols and Cappuccino’s”

Friday 24 December 7.00pm – Traditional Carols and Communion

Saturday 25 December 8.00am – Short Traditional Service / 9.00am Informal Family Service

Sunday 26 December 9.00am – Communion

Rectory Retreat now available

We are excited to commence our new Ministry offering affordable accommodation to Clergy and churchworkers with Safe Church Compliance, along with their families and friends, or a study group. Buxton House is a fully furnished, large 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom residence, on the site of St Nicholas Church in Australind, in the South West. The house is ideally located within an easy 2 minute stroll to the beautiful Leschenault Estuary and is across the road from The Village shopping centre. The city of Bunbury is 12 kilometres away and the beautiful Margaret River region is only an hours drive from here.

The Rectory Retreat is available for stays from 1 night to 14 nights at a very reasonable cost. Click on the main Rectory Retreat Bookings tab above for the reservation enquiry form and schedule of fees.

We look forward to welcoming you to our lovely church family.

Start with Why?

Simon Sinek became famous following his excellent book ‘Start with Why?’  For those of us long involved with the church we forget, or perhaps have never considered, why we do what we do when we gather. Our current series on ‘Worshipping Together’ is an opportunity for us to reflect on the components of our Sunday gatherings and to embrace them afresh. However, it is also an opportunity for those new to faith or exploring faith in Jesus to learn why.  So for example this week we are considering why we always have a reading from the Psalm and why we do it antiphonally.

We welcomed two men into the Christian faith yesterday. So, for these men starting with ‘Why?’  is a good thing. As any new Christian or unchurched person begins to grow their trust in Jesus they will also be growing in relationship with His people, the church family. Understanding why we do what we do when we gather together on a Sunday is helpful?

What questions do you have about why we do what we do on Sundays?

Pastoral Care at St. Nicholas

How do we care for our fellow Parishioners? By John Jarvis Pastoral Care Co-ordinator

Pastoral care involves all of us, as we meet week by week, maybe day by day. As we greet people and talk and listen to people, we are showing we care for them.

Much of pastoral care is just that. We befriend people and look after each other and ensure they are o.k.  We, in fact, are doing pastoral care whether we realise it or not.

When we have not seen someone at church for a week or two,  we will phone them up just to see if they are alright. We may discover that they have been unwell and need some errands done. So, we help them. Maybe we go with them shopping of to see the doctor.       

So where does the Pastoral Care Team come into this? What is their role?

Your friend may end up in hospital for a while and so one of the team will visit that person to see how they are progressing. Often, they will be offered Communion, prayed for, and when appropriate anointed with oil. We are doing this in the name of the church. This, of course does not stop you from visiting as a friend.

The team will also visit those who are house bound or in a Care Home, with Communion and have a time of fellowship with them. Instead of them coming to church, we are taking  church to them.      The team is often reliant on you to inform us of those who need a visit or particular help.

Our current  team are Suzanne, Jamie, Verity, Ian, Fran, Jan and John.

The Truth of it Coming to Bunbury

lot has happened in the past few weeks since writing about the WA government denying ACL bookings at public venues… you’ve probably seen it on the news.  This is from the director of ACL Martin Iles:

Praise God, we got our bookings back, and Perth looks set to be our biggest event yet.

Sky News, Channel 7, Channel 9, The Australian, 6PR Radio, ABC and others, all sought interviews. Even secular journalists were shocked by the notion that a democratic government would have an official policy to cancel people who disagree with them. 

But the WA government rescinded their decision on Friday evening, pending a review of their hiring policy.

I am grateful to God that this opportunity has been preserved to proclaim truth in WA’s public places… at least for now. Please pray for these events.

Whilst this is a win, it’s a compelling example of why robust religious freedom protections are needed in Australian law.

Thanks to your support, we can push back when it happens to us, but many people are not so fortunate. Cancel culture and discrimination are growing problems for ordinary Christians.

That’s why the Religious Discrimination Bill matters.

If you haven’t done so already, please sign the petition to the Prime Minister to ask him to make good on his promise to provide religious protections in law before the end of the year.  

Hope? At such a time as this…

It’s easy to lose hope at times.

Winston Churchill made this observation “All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.” We would want to add love. Here is a link to a song I wrote some time ago from Psalm 42 on where to look for hope.

Pentecost 2021 Celebrating the birth of the church

Sunday 23 May was Pentecost. This is the time that we remember the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit in fulfilment of prophecy given by Joel and others many years before. It is the church’s birthday and so we celebrated with cake together afterwards and enjoyed the creativity of our brothers and sisters in art, gardening, ( see the flowers brought in especially below) music and hospitality. This outpouring was a validation of the authority and rule of Jesus fulfilling what He said as recorded in the gospels. The Holy Spirit is the life-giver in the most profound sense. The Holy Spirit precedes creation in Genesis 1, hovering over the waters. The Holy Spirit precedes the incarnation of Jesus. And the Holy Spirit worked in power to raise Jesus from death. The Holy Spirit is the one who brings the people of God to new life in fulfilment of Jesus teaching as recorded in John 3 and shared with Nicodemus. The Holy Spirit is the gift giver and it is the indwelling Spirit who bears fruit in the believer’s life. 1 Corinthians 12-14 and Galatians 6. Every believer is born again as the Spirit of God brings life to us. We are new creations 2 Cor 5:17

As we say each service We are the body of Christ

His Spirit is with us.

It was also the first of our ongoing joint services. We are now meeting together at 9 am for the next season and sharing life on a Sunday morning in one gathering. We had a most enjoyable celebration together and look forward to all the Lord will do in us and through us in the months ahead.

No Way to Pass the Biscuits.

We have been attending the St Nic’s On-Line Zoom Growth Group meetings on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm with Jamie and Verity and have found them very interesting and easy to do. We were both skeptical at first, thinking that the flow of delivery would be slow or glitchy. However, we found this was not the case. After a short time of getting used to the system it was just about the same as if we were all in the same room. Logging in was quite straightforward and didn’t require any special equipment, user-names, pass codes or programs.

We have noticed how helpful it is for parents with children—they can attend the meeting while their kids are playing in another room, so no need for a baby sitter.

Personally though we have found “Zooming In” to be very efficient on time, especially for us, as we have a 40 minute drive to Australind to join the Connect or the Men’s Groups on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm.  We have enjoyed the unity of the Online Group, listened to music together and discussed questions arising from the bible readings. We often take it in turns to read out loud and to pray together.

There are often a few jokes shared and laughs as you would get in a “normal” meeting. The only thing I think we have not managed to sort out is how to make a coffee/tea for each other or pass around the biscuits!

Blessings,
David & Rachel Sydney-Smith

My Reflections on Combined Churches in Prayer

I attended the Combined Churches Prayer Meeting which was hosted at St Nic’s on Sunday 7th March.

During the service the previous week, Jamie had mentioned the meeting and how he was disappointed with the small number of parish members who had attended in the past. 

To be honest, I had made many excuses about why I couldn’t attend previous meetings:

  • it was the wrong time for me;
  • I didn’t want to pray in front of people I didn’t know;
  • my husband gets home from work at that time. 

But I was missing out on a fantastic experience.

Hosted here at St Nic’s there was the usual warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere but enhanced by other brothers and sisters from local churches in the area.   The evening began with introductions of the members of each Church, a prayer, singing and worship.

🙂  After about 25 minutes of worship and praise we were encouraged to choose from one of 4  prayer focus stations set up for us to go and pray for others.

Prompted by the Spirit, I chose the station dedicated to pray for our church leaders and the churches in our community. Debbie and I paired together to pray for Unity, Evangelism and Protection.

At the end of the prayer time, some people wrote down words or verses to be read out by Verity and other church leaders. 

I am so happy and pleased that I did not allow an excuse to keep me away from this meeting and I am grateful that Jamie encouraged me to attend.  I look forward to attending the next meeting at Eaton Baptist (on 16 May at 6 pm).

Shalom, Robyn Scutella