Finding our story in God's story

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6 August, 2020

Aldgate Church of Christ, The Village Well

What does it mean to find our unique story in God’s story and how do we hear it spoken through our interactions with others? While COVID-19 has certainly impacted us as a community it has reminded us of the story continuing to unfold in our liminal spaces, of creativity that is born in times of listening and contemplation. And, it has challenged us to be open to discerning how the Grand Storyteller finds creative ways to still reveal the Word.

The Studio continues to be a space of connection, relationship, mutual listening and evolvement. When we could not gather in groups or outside, chalk drawing appeared in the car park where neighbours would walk beside, a bare wooden cross among the gum trees became a place for anyone to leave a message, a prayer, a symbol of hope and we painted ‘au plein air’. 

As The Studio recommences inside our building we begin connecting with members in the wider hills community to prepare for an exhibition, offering The Well as a place to share our stories through art. The Story continuing to move in all and through all.

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Christmas Message from our new Conference President

Introducing our new President:

Leanne Sanders has, for many years, been active in Churches of Christ in South Australia. Formerly a member of the Kilburn, Modbury and Mile End congregations, she is currently the Chair of Elders at the Western Communities Church and has been a State Board member for the past four years.

Family is of high importance to Leanne who is married to Geoff Payne, Mum to three adult children and their spouses, Nanni to seven grandchildren and friend to two grown step-children and their families. She is a deeply committed follower of Jesus and seeks to allow the grace of God to guide all her relationships.

Leanne worked, for many years, in leadership positions in State government departments (Health & Education) and, currently, in a not-for-profit organisation and her own Coaching business. She also worked for a number of years as an adult educator. Leanne brings to State Board:

· Long and broad Human Resource management expertise

· Experience in policy & procedure development and implementation

· Strong people skills – being highly relational, empathic and supportive

· Big picture visioning

· Experience in church governance at a local and state level.

Leanne identifies as central to her faith, a strong gratitude for the love and grace of Jesus Christ and seeks His will in decision making.

And a Christmas message from Leanne…..

With a late AGM this year I find myself writing this Christmas greeting when only just in the role of President! But, as you know, I am not new to State Board, and I therefore bring you a message on their behalf.

As Grant reminded us in his President’s report for this past year, the theme for the year ahead is Participate in Life – in Christ. Can there be a better version of life in which to participate? I think not.

I think too, that it is a message that we can take into Christmas. Life in Christ. Christ in Life.

The Christmas story speaks to me of one thing more than anything else.

Christ is with us. We need not look somewhere else. Christ is with us!

The Christmas story reassures us that Christ is with us – no matter the season. When times are hard – Christ is with us. When the sun shines brightly – Christ is with us. When trials come, or when joy abounds – Christ is with us. What reassurance to take that knowledge into our daily life!

May each one of you find, in the celebration of the Christmas story, wisdom that stays with you, bringing peace, comfort, joy and strength, as together we Participate in Life - in Christ throughout 2021.

Christmas blessings

Leanne and the members of State Board

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