From the 9th of January our Wednesday Communion services will be running as usual at 9am.
We are going to celebrate the restoration of our historic church building with a service of dedication and thanksgiving including Carols on Saturday the 15th of December in the morning followed by a sausage sizzle and hospitality. Celebrations will continue with a fete around the Op shop with an afternoon tea and various other attractions! More details to follow.
This will replace our usual Carols and Cappuccinos this year.
This Sunday we welcome friends and family of our confirmation candidates. We pray you will be blessed. It is also our last opportunity as a community to welcome Bishop Allan and Tricia. We have been encouraged and enabled in our shared ministry here through his prayerful oversight. We are going to miss you both and will continue to pray for you over an intense time. Simple words of thanks are inadequate.
To our candidates. Thank you for encouraging us through your public affirmation and trust in our Lord Jesus. We are so glad to share life with you here in Australind. It is a beautiful thing to receive prayer for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. I am confident you will be blessed!
Blessed, belonging, believing, living differently and becoming increasingly whole is all part of the reconciliation and new life we find in Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit who breathes life into us as the body of Christ. So as always we pray….
Come Holy Spirit….today fill the hearts of your people renew in us the fire, the fire of your love.
This week we are celebrating our life together and giving thanks to God for all the blessings he brings to us through our shared life in community. As part of that we have the opportunity to bring an additional offering for specific projects that the parish council believes we should progress. We have had the opportunity to reflect on our giving over the next year. To what are we giving regularly? After our service we will be hearing about some of the different aspects of our ministry and life together including diocesan changes in legislation, leadership development, our children’s ministry and future hopes for youth ministry, our site development for mission, our op shop ministry and other aspects of our Mission Action Plan.
All of this flows from one simple premise. God loves us and through Jesus is inviting everyone to be reconciled to Him, one another and to creation. We are called to be a community that reflects God and His love. We are known as the body of Christ, we are his hands and feet in Australind along with the other local churches.
As Paul wrote to the Corinthians
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Cor 5: 17-20
Here at St Nicholas part of our vision is to Bless. One such potential blessing is our Historic Church. In the past it has been a great blessing to many in their pathway to faith – Baptisms, dedications, confirmations, weddings and in our communion together. In the future we hope and pray this will again be the case. I have noticed that on the internet there is not a huge amount of information published surrounding our wonderful historic church – therefore an additional page has been added to our website here: https://www.stnicholasaustralind.org.au/historic-church/ it is under our ABOUT menu.
The information has been reproduced from Maidee Smith’s extensive research and writings, but like all local history is a constant work in progress as we are always in a moment of history. If you have anything that would add value to the page – information or photograph please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or I can help you scan it. I pray that the Historic Church Page will be a blessing to tourists and those researching our area, that by coming to our website they may see the community that we have built together and in turn seek their own pathway to Faith in Jesus.
On Saturday 13 May Harvey History Online and the Australind and Districts Historical Society held a “Hit and Run History” event to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the settlement of Australind. We started with a byo picnic at Ridley Place on the Leschenault Estuary then proceeded on a self drive tour commencing from Henton Cottage at 1pm. Proceeding along the estuary to the Memorial Seat and the Pioneer Park, up to the Australind cemetery on Mount Claremont, back to Upton House and then finishing at St Nicholas Church at 3pm. A brief reading on the history of each location was presented and time allowed to wander.
At the St Nicholas church, the door was open to the original church so people could look inside and in the new St Nicholas Church artefacts were on display from the original church and we even had a guest play the box organ. Devonshire tea was available and a big thank you to everyone who donated towards it and to Ian and Fran and the helpers in the kitchen.
Over 30 people participated in the tour with more arriving at the church for afternoon tea with everyone having a very enjoyable day. The money raised from the Devonshire tea is going towards the restoration of the original church and nearly $400 was raised.
(Photos by Les Bail)
Last Sunday our church community gathered together to witness Sophie being baptised. If wind is a symbol of the Holy Spirit then we had buckets of it for Sophie’s baptism which took place in the Australind estuary. The day was a blessing to all of us at St Nicholas as we formally welcomed Sophie into our church family.
“Lord, teach us to pray . . . “. Jesus’ disciples watched Jesus praying and wanted to learn how to do it themselves. In response Jesus gave them the Lord’s Prayer. Throughout the six weeks of Lent we have the opportunity to learn and grow more in prayer too, by participating in The Prayer Course: six interactive sessions for small groups, based on the Lord’s prayer, covering topics such as intercession, dealing with disappointment, learning to listen and spiritual warfare. The course has been produced by Alpha International and 24-7 Prayer, and features teaching by Pete Greig, founder of 24-7 prayer.
As Pete Greig says, ‘Prayerfulness doesn’t just get beamed down on super-saints . . . it is the heart and soul of every aspect of our relationship with God’. However, if we are honest, most of us need help with prayer. Come and join us and see where this adventure with prayer may lead you!
When: Tuesdays 3.00-4.30pm starting on February 28th venue to be announced
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at the church building starting on March 1st
Mondays 2.00-3.30pm at the church building starting on March 6th
Find out more at www.prayercourse.org or talk to Jamie or Verity Murray
This week we talk to Carli who has stepped into the role of Group Leader of Nourish.
Q1. What roles and ministry do you serve in at St Nicholas?
I have been coordinating our monthly church community lunches which I have just loved. This year I am also Group Leader for Nourish, a women’s small group that meets at the church on Friday mornings.
Q2. Have you always been a Christian?
I was raised in a nominally Catholic home. As a child I always loved bible stories, especially the story of Joseph. When I was 13, I was taken to a Baptist church. It opened my eyes to a different approach to God. He became more real and more relevant to me and I gave my heart to Him.
Q3. What helps you daily with your walk with Jesus?
I have a daily appointment time with Jesus that I try not to miss. But I also like to practice his constant presence and to keep an ongoing conversation and awareness of him throughout the day.
Q4. Favourite Hymn or worship Song?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite. At the moment I am listening to The Corner Room’s album Psalm Songs Vol. 1. Their version of Psalm 23 is particularly beautiful.
Q5. What do you enjoy doing?
Sewing! Mainly for myself, I am sorry to say I am a selfish sewer.
Jamie has asked me, because I received training in pastoral care in the U.K. to be the named pastoral care co-ordinator for St. Nicholas’ Church. So Karen has asked me to introduce myself…
I was born, number four of five children, and educated in Gravesend, north Kent. In my early teens I began going along to my school friend Susan’s church youth group which meant that we had to go church on Sunday. We sat in the back pews, having our own conversations. But God was at work in my life through an older couple who took time getting to know me and invited me to their home and to a Bible study group. After a while I gave my life to Jesus and was confirmed.
I went to London to train as a nurse at Westminster Hospital and joined the Christian Union, met a group called the Navigators with whom I learnt a lot about discipleship, and met my husband John. We have two beautiful children: Helen and Andrew, and two amazing grandchildren: Sarah and Matthew. We came to W.A. to be nearer our family and have received the additional blessing of being led to Australind and St. Nicholas Church.
What helps me in my Christian life is to read the Bible and pray daily and the stimulus of being in a Christian community.