18th November 2018

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What a wonderful day we had for our Fair last Saturday!  A mighty army arrived for set up, including several new faces.  The grounds were buzzing with visitors soon after 9 am.  The bands created a fun atmosphere.  The ponies and climbing wall were in constant use.  By early afternoon, we had sold out altogether of scones, sausages, kids’ plaster painting, and flowers.  The cake and jam stall scored another record result.  Clean-up was impeccable, with hardly a sign of detritus from the Fair in evidence on Sunday morning.

Lots of people had a fun time; we pray that they can be connected further into our community and be drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Fair raised a little over $21,000 in gross terms, and about $17,000 after paying for attractions like the ponies and wall.  As you know, the Parish Council had decided to give 25% of the Fair’s profits to the drought relief through Anglican Aid.  This figure was rounded up to $5000.

While on the subject of money, it seems a good time to offer a brief review and reminder of the work currently in progress on our amazing church property. The brand new news is that the Parish Room is to be air conditioned!  Work commences tomorrow, and the new system should be operating next Sunday.

As I mentioned a while back, with the final repayment on our loan being made this year, the Parish Council decided that we ought to make a significant new investment in the Childcare Centre, by redeveloping the playground. Designs for this work are currently being prepared.

As well as this, a sculpture is to be created to celebrate the ministry of women in our parish throughout its history. We have invited special gifts towards the $15,000 cost of this sculpture, and have received a number of generous contributions.  This invitation is still open.

Next Sunday evening we will hold a choral evensong at 6.30 pm.  Why not come to church twice – both morning and evening?  See you then.

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