Creativity comes alive at Christmas-time! The season births new songs, decorations, foods, crafts and events. This year, for the first time, Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy offers its own creative Christmas event. We will combine the ancient, aboriginal practice of Dadirri with our love of the environment, food, family craft, carols, sensory engagement, remembrance of others and the real Christmas story. I hope you are as excited as we are!
There are two parts and you can come to one or both. First is a sensory, guided bush walk where we will collect some items to make into Christmas decorations during our celebration. The pace will be slow and the terrain mostly flat, suitable for most able-bodied people, young and older. From the walk we transition into our Bush Christmas Celebration with some refreshments. It’s intended for all-ages, with no church background necessary.
Christmas marks an amazing creative act of God! It celebrates the birth of Jesus – the gift of God’s own being taking our human shape and experience.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. From: The Bible, John 3:16 (NIV)
Jesus gave us an example of how to live well, which has brought hope and transformation to many people across most cultures and places. It’s a hope for many things: for abiding, internal peace; for transformed relationships with other people; for resilience; for a community that prefers to give than receive; for a restored cosmos; for an eternity reconciled with God.
But hope on its own is not enough. God calls for our creative participation in order to make it happen. What contribution can you make to care for the people and environment around you? Make this Christmas a time to lovingly participate afresh.
Come and join our creative Christmas walk and/or celebration on Sunday 15 December, 4-6pm at Central Park, Kenneth Street, Longueville. Full details and registration are here. Looking forward to celebrating with you.
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The articles here were written by Peter Andrews on behalf of the Chaplaincy Team from beginning 2023.