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Sunday 6th December 2020

In this email you will find updates from Terrigal Uniting Church, including our minister's message for the week, news about our community and information about worship. If you have something to include in our weekly news, please email admin@terrigalunitingchurch.com.

Christmas Events and Services

We have done our best this year to keep as many of our Christmas services as possible while maintaining a COVID safe environment. 

While we will not be able to hold our Carols Service, we will still have our Christmas Eve and Day services, and 2 of those will be live-streamed to allow people to watch from home.

On Christmas Eve, we have changed our service times slightly, adding in an extra service to allow everyone to attend. The times will be 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 11pm (the latter being a more reflective style of service).

This year we are asking everyone to register in advance, so please visit terrigalunitingchurch.com/register to let us know which services you plan to attend. You can also view more information about the services and events on our website.
The above postcards will be delivered to homes around the Coast this week. There are also some at church, so please feel free to take a small bundle to share with people or leave at businesses (if they're ok with that).

If you're a Facebook user, please be sure to share our posts and get the word out about Christmas at Terrigal Uniting Church this year!

Minister's message

Someone reminded me this week that advent is not just a countdown to Christmas. Advent is a time of looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ - both the coming of Jesus at Christmas and the future hope of Jesus Christ coming again.  

There is a balancing act in Advent of excitement, hope, anticipation and longing.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come”

Although I think there is room in Advent for us all to celebrate, it is helpful to expand our thinking beyond Advent being just a calender or a wreath counting down to Christmas day. It is the anticipation of a Saviour coming both 2000 years ago and again in the future. In advent we look to the future and we look to the past, seeking a Saviour that transforms the world.

Come Lord Jesus.

Blessings,
Richard

Rosters January - April 2021

We are currently preparing the service rosters for January - April next year.

If you are able to assist, please complete the following online form to let us know your availability, or collect a roster form from church and return it to the offering box.

We appreciate your contribution and your willingness to serve.
 
Roster form

Kids & Youth

Next Friday 11th December will be the last week of 4:12 Kids and 4:12 for the year. We wish everyone a happy and safe school holidays, and we hope to see you at our Youth and Kids Holiday Clubs!

Youth and Kids Holiday Club Prayer Cover

Please help support our Children's and Youth Ministry by spending 15 minutes in prayer at one or both of our Holiday Clubs. Simply click on one of the below links, and choose the time you will be available to pray.

Youth Holiday Club - Friday 18th December 9am-3pm
Kids Holiday Club - Monday 21st December 9am-3pm

If you have any issues completing this online please email your availability to prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com.

Upcoming Events

There is so much that we need to be praying about at present, along with bringing hope to our community this Christmas.

So as we lead up to Christmas, we invite you to join us for a Prayer and Fasting time at Terrigal Uniting Church: Saturday 12th December 11.30am – 1.30pm.

The idea is to go without lunch, if you are able, and spend time with God. There is plenty of space at the church and surrounding area to be Covid safe.

Fasting is mentioned throughout the Bible and and it is a time where we forgo something natural, to spend time with the supernatural. Many spiritual breakthroughs have come from prayer and fasting, it helps with our spiritual strength as well as strengthens our prayers.

If you are unable or hesitant to come to the church, then we encourage you to do this from home. For those who can, we’d love to see you at the church. No food, but please bring your own water bottle.

You will need to sign in on the day, but no need to register ahead of time.
 
For more information please contact
Anne & Arthur Hand
prayer@terrigalunitingchurch.com

This week we give thanks and praise God for...

  • The opening of borders around Australia
  • The TUC on-line services & audio-visual team
  • The opportunity to hold Christmas services
  • Our Government leaders & health advisors
  • Richard and staff

Some additional points are listed on our prayer boards at church:

Repair Cafe

Early next year, our church will be launching a Repair Cafe. If you missed the explanatory video last Sunday, you can view it here.
We will need many volunteers with all sorts of skills to help with this initiative. As well as people who can actually repair objects, we will need helpers to set up, pack up, help in the kitchen and assist in various other ways. 

If you would like to help, please complete this online form, or pick up a form from the church office.
Repair Cafe Volunteer Form

Positions Vacant

TERRIGAL UNITING CHURCH

Bookkeeper
8 hours per week
Responsible for maintaining the accounts and finances of Terrigal Uniting Church.

Weekly Worship

If you are planning to attend one of our services this week, please register in advance via our website.

If you forget to register or don't have time, you can still attend on the day, you'll just need to sign in with the QR code or add your name to the sign-on sheet when you arrive.
Register to Attend Church

Live Stream on Sundays at 8am & 9:45am


Our Sunday services are easily accessible through either YouTube, Facebook or our Website:
TUC YouTube TUC YouTube
TUC Facebook TUC Facebook

Upcoming Readings

Sunday 6th December

8am & 9:45am (Rev Richard Harris) Joel 2:12-13, 28-29
6pm (Rev Noel Mansfield) 2 Samuel 9:1-13
Sunday 13th December
Isaiah 61:1-11

 

Catch up on last Sunday's Services:

If you're looking for gift ideas this Christmas, consider purchasing a meaningful gift from UnitingWorld's Ethical Gift Catallogue.

Each gift represents a life-changing project that is helping people across the Pacific, Asia and Africa break the cycle of poverty and step towards a life of dignity. 

Your shopping will help UnitingWorld and our partners fight poverty and build hope.

Gifts can be purchased at https://everythingincommon.com.au/

Tithes and offerings

Thank you for continuing your generous offerings during this time. 
If you would like to give a tithe or offering to the church, you can do this online. 
 
Click here to tithe online
We are here to support you during this time.
You can get in touch with us the following ways:
 
Phone: 0408 427 880

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