As usual we encourage members of our church to support either the TEAR Australia Christmas Appeal or the PresAID Christmas Appeal. This year gifts to the TEAR Christmas Appeal will support maternal and child health projects run by TEAR Australia’s partners in various 3rd world countries, such as World Concern Laos which is working to bring hope to women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the care of the newborn child. Envelopes for the TEAR Christmas Appeal are in the east porch of the church. This year’s PresAID’s 2016 Christmas Appeal will help (1) Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dehradun, India with funds for a lecturer’s salary for next year and its future and (2) funds to cover the costs of drilling a borehole and installing a state of the art solar water pumping system complete with tank, tank tower and associated plumbing to connect to the water mains for the ORBUS school in Blantyre, Malawi. If you wish to support the PresAID Christmas Appeal, please put your donation in an envelope marked “PresAID”.
Our annual Carol Singing Choir will visit Riverside and Auburn Houses on the evening of Monday 19 December. We will need to meet at Church by 5.30pm at the latest and we will return to church for supper afterwards.