23rd December 2012
St Matthew’s Church, Long Gully
6pm: Dinner (bring something to share if you can)
Whether you attend church regularly, or only on special occasions, or not at all, we would love to see you.
We will sing carols, hear the story of Christmas & celebrate together.
On Saturday 1st September we will be having a working bee for the ‘Hope…It Grows’ community garden at St Matthew’s church.
We will be clearing some of the fire hazards, planting things and there will be a free lunch.
Hope to see you there!
Where: ‘Hope…It Grows’ community garden, St Matthew’s Church 153 Eaglehawk Rd
When: Saturday 1st September, 10-1pm
Contact: Dave Fagg 0421 764 699
Bishop Andrew Curnow (Anglican Diocese of Bendigo) and Dave Fagg (Convenor, Seeds Bendigo) will debate the future of Christianity and the church in Australia.
The latest Census data show that Christian belief is declining in Australia, and many churches have struggled to meet this challenge. Though they come from differing church backgrounds, both Bishop Curnow and Mr Fagg are passionate about exploring new forms of Christian spirituality and community in Australia.
Bishop Curnow will speak from his experience in the institutional church, and Mr Fagg will speak from his journey in small Christian communities (Seeds Bendigo is a small Christian group in Long Gully).
Bishop Curnow said, “I suppose a key question is what place, if any, the church has in the future of Australia. Any future has to include forms of Christian life and community that go beyond what we currently have.”
Mr Fagg said, “Many Australians are disillusioned with institutional church, but not with Jesus. Churches need to be communities that more fully live out what Jesus advocates: loving our enemies, compassion, justice and truth.”
This event will be accessible to anyone concerned about spirituality, religion, faith and the church.
Date: Monday 20th August
Place: St Matthew’s Church, 153 Eaglehawk Rd, Bendigo