Hello all! We though it would be helpful to list a few of the events coming up at St Matt’s over the next 2 months. This includes some Christmas related events, and also events over the summer holidays.
Community Christmas Carols
This is organised with the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. It’s on Wednesday 21st December, and starts at 5pm, with carols to sing along to, plus 2 local choirs. We’ll also enjoy free wood-fired pizza, and a bbq. See the Facebook event for more details. No cost.
Christmas Eve Service
This Christmas Eve, we invite you to join us to celebrate the coming of God in Jesus. Everyone is welcome, whether you consider yourself religious or not. Also, children are very welcome! It is on Saturday 24th December, from 7pm. No cost.
Youth Group Activities
1. BEACH TRIP: this is on Wednesday 18th January.
2. MOSAIC WORKSHOP: this is on Wednesday 25th January.
For these youth group activities, get in touch with Dave Fagg for details on 0421 764 699. There will be a small cost for the Beach Trip. You can also find more info about the youth group here.
Our Gully Gathering church service will take a break after Christmas Eve. We will re-start on Sunday 22nd January, at 5pm.
The People’s Pantry always takes a break over the holidays, and will re-start on Tuesday 31st January. For more details on the People’s Pantry, see here.
Youth Alpha is a low-key and conversational introduction to the basics of Christianity. It’s designed especially for young people with little or no background in Christian faith, but who are keen to learn about Jesus.
In term 4, St Matt’s will be running the Youth Alpha series, and welcome any young people who would like to participate.
Each week, the discussion will involve watching a 20 minute Youth Alpha video on different topics related to Christianity, and then have a discussion. The discussions are open, and not about preaching to people. It’s rather about everyone having the opportunity to express their opinions and ask any questions they have.
During the COVID-19 crisis, many people in our neighbourhood will be feeling isolated, and some may be seriously sick. Many will need practical support to get by. We need to rally together to help each other, and build stronger relationships.
We shouldn’t feel ashamed of asking for help right now. We’re all going to need it. You might need things like:
Someone to get some groceries for you, or make a trip to the chemist
A phone call just to feel less lonely
Someone to water your garden
A cooked meal
St Matthew’s Church has set up 2 ways that you can connect with others who may be able to help you, or others you know.
Facebook Group – “Long Gully Neighbourhood Sharing”
Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongGullySharing/, and put your request up in the group. Others in the group may be able to offer help, and then you can communicate with each other to sort things. You might also want to offer help to others, like cooked meals or running errands.
If you don’t have Facebook, please call the church on (03) 5442 2659, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and a short message about what you need. We will let our database of volunteers know about this, and hopefully one of them will be able to help.
Need more info?
Contact the St Matthew’s community worker (Dave Fagg) on (03) 5442 2659. Leave a message if you need to. Or email at email@example.com.
Well, just to maintain the trend of keeping you confused and disoriented, after saying that we had decided to go ahead with GG this Sunday, we have now reversed that and decided that there will be no Gully Gathering this Sunday.
Sorry for any confusion.
Although there will nothing on this Sunday, it is still our intention to try and find some way of sharing with and supporting each other, both materially and spiritually. So watch this space. And if you have any great ideas, let us know.
The Happiness Lab is a short course to explore what makes us happy. Over 6 weeks, you will explore themes of patience, gratitude, looking after yourself, friends and family, and practicing acts of kindness.
You’ll meet others in a warm and supportive group, and journey together as we explore what happiness looks like for all of us.
I’ve got kids. Can I still come along?
We provide onsite childcare, with experienced volunteers, all of whom have Working With Children Checks.
I notice it’s run by a local church. Is it a religious course? Do I need to be a Christian? The Happiness Lab is run by St Matthew’s, a local church in Long Gully. The course is not religious in content. It is designed to be open to people of any faith, or no faith.
I’d like some more information about the course To find out more details, we suggest you go to this website. It is created by the people who designed the Happiness Lab, and contains a course overview and videos from people who’ve done the course before.
We never pass up an chance to fire up our pizza oven, and our next Pizza Night is coming up soon. Come along with a gold coin donation for pizza and hot chocolate. Sit around the fire or enjoy some indoor games.
A way that non-Aboriginal people can come to learn and acknowledge the true history of our nation, to lament the present day disadvantages and injustices facing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and to pray to our great Creator Spirit, Lord God, Papa Jesus, for “a nation built on truth, justice, love and hope”.