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From the Corps Officers Desk

20 Dec 2013

Christmas is coming,
...thanks and farewell

We are on the final countdown to Christmas 2013. I trust your plans and preparations are all going well!

A few things to remember:

• This Sunday (22nd December) is our final day of full services for the year. Come along at 9:30am and 11:00am to engage one last time for this year with your regular congregation.

• Sunday night at 6:00pm is our Carol Service. This will be a great night of Christmas music and carol singing with supper to follow. Come along and bring a friend or two.

• Our Christmas Day Worship will be at 9:30am. Don’t miss the opportunity on this significant day to join in Worship of the One whose birth we are celebrating.

• Our special Christmas Offering project for Pakistan will be received on Christmas Day. For more details click here.

Thankyou to everyone that has been involved in various aspects of our Christmas program this year. Whether you have been gift wrapping, carolling with the Band, helping out with Community Services assistance or a host of other avenues of service – thankyou for your contribution to our Christmas mission and ministry.

January Schedule

Remember that after Christmas we adapt to our “Summer Worship Schedule” of a 10:00am Combined Worship each Sunday (29/12/13 up to, and including, 26/1/14). There will be a morning tea to follow each of our 10:00am Worship services.

There are a couple of special dates to remember in amongst these 10:00am Worship Services:

• Sunday 5th January will be the last Sunday that Priya and I share with you as your Corps Officers. Come along if you are able and share in this time of Farewell.

• Sunday 19th January is the Welcome and Installation of your new Corps Officers, Majors Bram and Jean Cassidy. Come along to support them and make them very welcome!

• Also at 6:00pm on Sunday 19th January at Camberwell Salvos (7 Bowen St, Camberwell) there will be a Divisional Celebration to welcome new Officers into the Division and farewell candidates who are entering training for officership.

Some final words

This will be my last Corps Officer note to you before Priya and I finish our appointment at Box Hill and move to new roles at Catherine Booth College – School for Officer Training. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the way you have supported us and our ministry over these last 5 years. Everyone has a role to play, and in a Corps the size and scope of Box Hill that means a lot or people – thankyou for all you have done and will continue to do.

In particular we want to extend our thanks also to the employed staff – Ministry, Administration, Café, Community Services – you are involved in a myriad of behind-the-scenes and up-front roles and we thank you for your teamwork over these years.

As a Corps Officer you look back at the end of your term and appreciate what has been achieved, but you also leave with a strong sense that the mission and ministry is far from complete. We have simply been part of one phase in the life of the ministry of this church, but the ministry opportunities are still vast and must go on.

Box Hill has been undergoing transition over these last few years and this must continue or the future for the Salvation Army in this community will be bleak. We cannot rest on our past achievements as a strong traditional Salvation Army centre with a long history of vibrant ministry. The world is changing around us. The City of Whitehorse in which we are placed has changed around us and so we must continue to renew ourselves and be true to the challenges that God has set before us. The ministry we have forged as a Corps for well over a decade continues to be expressed in the statement: We are a growing, community of faith, making multiple impacts (multi-cultural, multi-congregational, multi-generational) for God’s Kingdom across the City of Whitehorse.

Our growing emphasis upon multicultural ministry and our ongoing desire to connect more effectively with children and families remain central planks in expanding these multiple impacts into the community. The church is never called to simply care for itself and be comfortable – our challenge is always to move forward in mission. Inviting and connecting others into God’s Kingdom.

Our prayer is that Box Hill Salvos will continue as a vibrant and diverse expression of The Salvation Army through its multiple congregations and ministries to all ages. May you be true to that. And may Box Hill as a Corps keep fixed in its heart and its plans that there are Still Others needing to encounter the grace and love of our wonderful God.

Let us be true to our mission and calling!