NightChurch News 2 December

THIS SUNDAY: We will be heading to the Kew Community Carols by Candlelight at Petrie Square (cnr Cotham Rd/Charles St). There will be a sausage sizzle from 6.30pm, and then the carols program from 7.30pm. This is a community event organised by the local churches of Kew. Please note there is no NightChurch service on this night – come along to the carols instead!

RES MANAGERS: At the church gathering last Sunday, the Student Residence Committee put forward their recommendation for the Res Manager role. This was approved by the church and we are now pleased to announce our new Student Res managers – Stephen & Anouchka Chatelier.

SUMMER MISSION: With so many NightChurchers heading off on various missions/camps/etc over summer, we’d like to put together a bit of a ‘mission diary’ so we can commit as a church to praying for these events as they happen. So if you’re involved in some sort of summer mission (eg. beach mission, ESA, Cornerstone, many others!), then please email to let us know where you’re going and when – we’d love to pray for you! We will also have a dedicated ‘Summer Mission Commissioning Service’ at NightChurch on Sunday 9 December, to pray for and send out the various mission teams.

BEACH MISSION FUNDRAISER: The Mallacoota Theos Beach Mission team are holding a fundraiser lunch in the church hall on Sunday 2 December. If you enjoy good food and want to support this fantastic ministry, then come along to the hall straight after the morning service next Sunday!

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Please bring items such as those listed below on Sunday 9 December as we celebrate God’s goodness to us, and share what he has given with others. Or, if you wish, please enclose a gift of money in a labelled envelope, and others will do the shopping for you.

For women resuming life after a prison sentence (via Kerryn Pell)

  • Food (all sorts), especially ‘special’ things – chocolate biscuits, dried fruit, lollies, biscuits, BBQ shapes, potato chips
  • Pens and stationery
  • Washing powder
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • UHT Milk, coffee, tea, sugar, Milo
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Toilet paper, soap, facewasher
  • Christmassy stuff
  • Washing basket (we deliver the hampers in washing baskets).

For Carrical men, a Hawthorn boarding house where we do a monthly BBQ:

Small items to fit in mugs (mugs are already purchased):

  • Small notepads, pens
  • Individually wrapped confectionery /chocolates, nibbles
  • Deodorant (for men)
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate (small packets)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste (individual ones, not a pack of 10)
  • Other small items

‘PROCLAIM FREEDOM’ PETITION: Barnabas Fund is running a campaign that seeks to raise the profile of the persecuted Church around the world. The ‘Proclaim Freedom’ petition provides an opportunity to call our governments to pursue decisive policies aimed at putting pressures on states that persecute or condone the persecution of Christians and assisting other countries to improve the lot of minority groups within their borders. A copy of this petition will be available in the church foyer over the coming weeks – please consider signing.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tom & Laura Holley who have announced that they are having a baby!

ASYLUM SEEKER EDUCATIONAL WEBSITE FUNDRAISER: Dana Affleck, a past Res student, is organising a screening of ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’, followed by a Q&A time with Julian Burnside and Jessie Taylor on asylum seeker issues. The event is on Wednesday 28 November, 7.30pm at JT Auditorium, Methodist Ladies’ College (207 Barkers Rd, Kew). Tickets available from: ($25 adult, $18 concession).

UPCOMING CONCERT: Concordis Chamber Choir (of which Lauren Morgan is a member) have their Christmas concert on Saturday 8 December, 8pm at Ian Roach Hall (Scotch College, Hawthorn). Tickets available from:

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: CuteFTP available from is an FTP client for Windows that is shareware. It makes it easy to transfer files to and from FTP sites.