PO Box 609, Wagga Wagga NSW, 2650 Yvonne (Pilgrim) 0419 594 633 Pilgrim services are face to face and over Zoom. All welcome. Contact Yvonne for details.

Rock Christmas Eve

Rock Christmas Eve with us at The Rock Uniting Church!

Crafting candle holders, painting rock nativity stones, and good old-fashioned outdoor games will keep the kids occupied as you enjoy a bring-a-plate BBQ under the trees.

(Bring your own meat AND a salad, bread, chips, drink, or slice to share – as well as camping chairs. A large gas BBQ, charcoal fire pit, and tea/coffee/cordials will be provided).

An unconventional carols by candlelight service begins in the church at 8p.m. Also available via Zoom.

Invite your family, friends, and neighbours!!

OKC Christmas craz-E

Our Online Kids’ Club is a partnership between Pulse and regional and rural UCA Presbyteries in NSW&ACT.

Christmas craz-E is our first 4 week “holiday club” with conversations, crafts and connections all to be enjoyed by children in grades 3 to 6 from the comfort of their own home.

A smartphone/tablet/computer and internet connection is required.

Please register by filling out your details below to receive a Zoom link for one or more of these Sunday sessions in December. (Instructions for installing and using Zoom will also be included).

 

 

It’s good to be back in Pilgrim’s familiar sanctuary space after a couple of weeks on leave, to feel the soft comfort of the carpet beneath my feet, to watch the light dance in from the windows, to see crayons and cushions and kids’s books waiting to be put to use in Sunday’s worship ….

My heart thrills with the memories of a moving Advent|Christmas|Epiphany journey:
~ of a giant star and shepherds adorning the roof to proclaim the story,
~ of old carols sung with great joy,
~ of a bare Christmas tree brought to life with each week’s additions,
~ of children baking gingerbread biscuits for morning tea,
~ of seekers walking the labyrinth,
~ of heartfelt and spontaneous communal prayer for the world’s great need,
~ of hands stretched out in comfort and fellowship to those evacuated from the fires,
~ of a little church in Mangoplah absolutely packed on Christmas Eve with friends and families from across the Southern Region bound together by song and food and laughter ….

For us as a family, there has also been the usual jumble of emotions after the departure of visiting family, the announcement of long-awaited HSC results, two trips to the emergency room to patch up injuries, the death of a beloved pet, the long monotony of the school holidays punctuated sporadically by family outings and a seasonal cold, end-of-year cleaning out and tidying up, and a seemingly endless stream of washing ….

This is both the gift and the mystery of the Incarnation for me – that God is to be found not only in the sacred and the special but in this moment of this day: in the slow typing of text across this page, in the faces of the people passing by (some clearly happy and others decidedly unhappy), in mundane discussions about telephones and storage, in items checked off the to-do list, and a quiet moment in which to savour a sip of coffee and daydream for a while.

As Benedictine sister Joan Chittister prays:

Loving God,
You who dwell in our hearts,
make for us a cave there in which to hear your voice more distinctly,
feel your care more tenderly,
understand your will more clearly,
and come to know your presence at every moment of our lives
with new clarity and new courage,
with new faith and new urgency.

May the presence of the Christ-child grow with and in you, today and always.

Yvonne


‘Twas the night before Christmas

A community celebration of the coming of the Christ-child
with Christmas carols,
an impromptu skit,
and some festive food favs.

Bring and share bbq at 5, followed by our Christmas-Eve journey at 6:30.

Family-friendly.