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St David's Minister's Missive

Dear St David's Church Family💒

What a wonderful celebration we had last Sunday as we shared Dominic's Dedication with his family and friends. And how good it was to see so many of us in the church. I thought the roof would lift off as we sang 'Morning has broken' with great gusto! Thank you to all of you who helped make it such a special occasion.

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost and it is also the beginning of Refugee Week. You will find the liturgy for the service here...

Pentecost 4 Year B 20th June 2021

Here are the things that I would like to pass on to you this week:

Refugee Week starts this Sunday and the theme this year is Unity - you will find some information and resources here:

We have collaborated with our partners to bring a variety of events in celebration of Refugee Week. You can also attend or register events run by other organisations and our community members.

We congratulate Ellen and the rowing team she coaches as they have been named for the Olympic Team! Well done, from us all.

Working Bee this Saturday - to get the church and grounds ready for the Thompson wedding. 9-12pm

Contemplation in the City - at Pitt Street UC on Sunday 25th July 1.30-3.30pm - find more information here:

Religion event by Pitt Street Uniting Church Sydney on Sunday, July 25 2021

Kindness Cupboard - our Kindness Cupboard is looking very bare (which is a good sign as people are using it) and is in urgent need of re-stocking! Please leave your donations in the cupboard and if you would like an idea of what to put in there, please let me know.

Wednesday night Bible Study Group happens each week on Wednesday evenings. Please see David for more information.

Morning Prayer and Communion Service - 9.30am every Wednesday. A quiet space in the middle of the week to be still, pray, meditate to Taize music, discuss the gospel reading, followed by a cuppa at Garnish. All are welcome.

Mission of the church - please continue to pray for our work leading the children in Godly Play each Tuesday at Haberfield Public School; for the work of The Ella Centre; and for Lenka as she prepares to start a playgroup for children living with a disability.

Prayers for local churches - This week, please pray for the people and mission of the St Oswald's Anglican Church.

Joy's day off - Friday (if something urgent comes up, please don't hesitate to contact me)

Dates for the diary:

  • Saturday 19th June - Working Bee 9-12pm

  • Sunday 20th June - Chris Longfoot is preaching. Roger Abrahams will be sharing with us about his volunteer work with Crossroads Prison Ministries

  • 4th-11th July - NAIDOC Week

  • Sunday 11th July - Church BBQ

  • Sunday 25th July - Pulpit swap - Rev Radhika preaching at St David's / I am preaching at Balmain UC

Story-time - Hello to our St David's kids! Dominic, Matilda, Harry, Frank, Sophie, Edie, Ella, Aiden, River, Sacha, Eli and Elise. Our story this week is a new one specifically for Dominic's Dedication called 'Teacup' by Rebecca Young & Matt Oatley and Gretta will be reading it for us on the story blanket. We look forward to seeing you 😊

This week's photos include: photos from the Dedication; winter light at St David's; Ellen and her crew at presentation of Olympic team selection; this week's story book

This week's prayer is from Sabeel Center, Jerusalem, https://socialjusticeresourcecenter.org/prayers/refugees/

Merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger –
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your commonwealth of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Wherever you are and whoever you are, you are welcome in this place.

With love, hope, peace and

Joy💒

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