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(BYO drinks and Irish jokes)
Venue: St Michael’s & All Angels Church Bridgewater
Date: Fri 17th March Time: 6.30 for 7pm Cost: $25
Nibbles and complimentary glass of Champagne
If you have special dietary needs, Please let us know!
Menu: Irish Stew with Dumplings—Gluten Free,
Mashed Spuds, Peas and Soda Bread
Bread & Butter Pudding /Fruit Salad Tea/Coffee Raffle
RSVP ASAP to Barbara Riches or Vee Noble


Lent Soup Suppers – Tuesdays in Lent

Soup Suppers will be held at the Parish Hall, Crafers, on Tuesday March 7 and Tuesday 14 March, until building commences on the Hall project. Then they will move to Bridgewater.

Into the Desert combines Australian history and literature with the centuries old wisdom of Desert monasticism. It is written by ABM’s Reconciliation Coordinator Celia Kemp, who draws on her own experience of living in the Australian desert to create a truly special publication.



Education for Ministry (EfM) 2017

EfM has been an ongoing learning activity within out Parish for over 20 years.

At the end of 2016, after innumerable years of dedicated service, Vee, Libby and Heather are all retiring as mentors.

In 2017 the course will be mentored by Jane Norris, who completed EfM in 2013 and has been an accredited mentor for the past 3 years.

The group will continue to meet on Monday afternoons from 1.30pm to 4pm at Crafers, during school term times.

The EfM program is a four-year study and group reflection process for the formation of Christian ministry through the development

of knowledge, attitude, skill, and identity as Christians.

Published texts and essays provide the primary knowledge content in the study of the Christian tradition.

  • Year 1 studies the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
  • Year 2 the New Testament.
  • Year 3 Christian church history.
  • Year 4 Theology, ethics, and interfaith encounter.

Are you interested in joining EfM for 2017?

Do you know someone from another church or Christian denomination who might be interested?

Please contact Jane for details.

PH 0438 544 916


Ecological Spirituality Prayer

Ecological Spirituality Prayer

May the cosmic Christ whose healing presence

fills the universe and works to reconcile all things,

help us to discern the presence of Wisdom in creation,

to celebrate her wondrous impulses

and to discover the ways she reveals for us to be agents of Christ in healing our planet.




Debut – the dancers direct

Debut – the dancers direct

Performances: 20th – 29th October


Debut will provide an invaluable professional development opportunity. The Debut project will see a season of five stunning and diverse short works integrating dancers with and without disability presented at the new Restless Dance Theatre Studio.

The program will nurture and unleash the potential of the artists involved, deepening their understanding of the artistic process – from the beginning of a creative idea to the final curtain call. The Debut process is inclusive of and responsive to the skills, interests and needs of the emerging disabled choreographers. The five directors have been chosen and partnered with their experienced and skilled mentors:

  • James Bull will be mentored by Nadia Cusimano
  • Josh Campton will be mentored by Gina Rings
  • Chris Dyke will be mentored by Larissa McGowan
  • Jianna Georgiou will be mentored by Peter Sheedy
  • Rachel High will be mentored by Lisa Heaven

Michelle Ryan will oversee the project and ensure that the highest standards of inclusive practice pervade the work of the mentors and the directors. The directors will work within a framework of process and presentation that is supportive and inclusive. The mentors will support the directors in analysing their creative process, providing feedback and encouragement and, acting as the outside eye on the work. It is also a fantastic opportunity for the directors to develop relationships with their mentors and the broader dance community.

Each director will work with their mentor to develop their ideas prior to the rehearsals. The rehearsals will take place during September and October with the Studio and the Meeting Room at Gilles Street being fully utilised to accommodate the 5 directors. The performance season will be on the 20-22nd and the 27th-29th  October. There will be an accessible performance with audio description and Auslan signing.

The casts for the five pieces will be drawn from the Restless ensembles as well as other young non disabled dancers. All of the members of the ensembles will benefit from the experience of Debut – not just those chosen to direct. Dancers with disability from the Restless ensembles will benefit from seeing their peers take on the responsibilities of creating a new work, for this enhances their own confidence as artists to respond positively to artistic challenges in the future. Debut is a valuable professional development for all the participants and enriches the creative abilities of all the ensemble members.


Season of Creation Reflection Fridays

The Parish is celebrating the Season of Creation during the Sundays in September, and in preparation for the Sunday service, it is worth studying the text of the readings beforehand.

This is part of a 3 year cycle looking at aspects of the Creation and humanity’s part in it.

You are invited to come to the Reflection in the Aldgate Church Hall on the Friday mornings prior –

  • Friday 2nd September
  • Friday 9th September
  • Friday 16th September
  • Friday 23rd September

to look more closely to the texts for the following Sunday.

VENUE: Aldgate Church Hall
TIME: 9.30 till 11.30 am.

Booklets with discussion notes will be available on the day.

Season of Creation – The Wisdom in Creation Topics on Sundays

  • 4 September 2016 Ocean Sunday – Voices from the Deep
    Job 38:1-18; Luke 5:1-11
  • 11 September 2016 Fauna Sunday – The Wisdom of the Wild
    Job 39:1-8, 26-30; Luke 12:22-31
  • 18 September 2016 Storm Sunday – Why O Why this Wild Tsunami?
    Job 28:20-27; Luke 8:22-25
  • 25 September 2016 Cosmos Sunday – Christ and/in the Cosmos
    Proverbs 8:22-31; Colossians 1:15-20

Each Bible study session has a number of features:

· The key text is analysed closely

· Pivotal questions are posed for discussion

· Connection is made with the ecological crisis

· The text is related to other readings for the Sunday

· A crucial connection is made with the gospel

· The study closes with a song and a prayer