Selection of photos from 27 December – First Sunday of Advent

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Photos taken by Ian Thomson

This week’s services, Sunday 4 December –
Second Sunday of Advent

10am   The Candle of Peace, CWS focus South India environmental project, Kirkin the Tartan, our young people lead us in an action of caring for creation, and (weather permitting) we conclude our service in the Knox park praying for creation. Isaiah 11: 1- 10

7pm    Taize Advent and Christmas – a service of meditation, reading and Taize song

Advent and Christmas 2016 at Knox Church Dunedin

11 December – Third Sunday of Advent
10am   The Candle of Joy. CWS focus Nepal post-earthquake.  Holy Communion.  “Flowers in the wilderness; making feeble knees firm.”
Isaiah 35:1-10
7pm   Holy Communion – Jesus in the muck

18 December – Fourth Sunday of Advent
10am   The Candle of Love. CWS focus refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, Sunday School and Youth Group participation.  We celebrate the Christmas trees located around the church.  We celebrate accreditation by the Assembly of our church as a Kids Friendly Church, with Cheryl Harray, Kids Friendly Coordinator.  Matthew 1:18-25
7pm   Nine lessons and carols – the story of Christmas in word and music

24 December – Christmas Eve Music and Reflection
10:50pm   Pre-service carols led by choir; 11:30pm  Service

25 December – Sunday, Christmas Day – All age service
10am   The gift and gifts of Christmas
No evening service


Throughout Advent and Christmas

1    Remembering with tokens on the tree – during Advent and Christmastide at Knox we care for those who don’t feel particularly merry at this time of the year as we remember loved family members who have passed away or special friends and family members unable to be with us during the festive season.
If you wish you could select a special decoration of your choosing to hang on the Christmas tree in the sanctuary to remember them. This can be done at any time during the services leading up to Christmas.
A special candle will be lit on Christmas Day as we remember and include these loved family members and friends.
All these special decorations will be carefully taken down for storage or return on Sunday 1 January.

2    Making Christmas trees – groups in the church have been invited to make Christmas trees reflecting their life and pointing to Christ.  These will be located around the Church and celebrated on 18 December.

The Christmas Appeal is the major
Christian World Service (CWS)
fundraiser of the year

The 2016 Christian World Service Christmas Appeal focuses on many places where hope is desperately needed. The United Nations reports 34,000 people are displaced by conflict or persecution every day. Too many people cannot afford enough food to feed their families or the medicines they need. Young people cannot find work and other people are locked in violent situations or face discrimination on a daily basis. Growing numbers of people are risking their lives as migrants to seek their fortune in another country because there is no hope at home.

For 71 years CWS has worked through a strong network of local partner groups who have the contacts and experience to make change happen. Their decades’ of experience mean they know how to help families support each other whatever happens. By training small farmers in new farming techniques they are better prepared for drought. Syrian refugees learn how to protect their health and get free medical care. Children can attend their local school and learn how to protect their environment.

Your gift to the 2016 Christmas Appeal will give hope to people in need of food, water, support and medicine. Together we can make a world we all can live in.

Advent Two – Give Peace and Health to Refugees


DSPR Jordan and Lebanon provide services to Syrian and earlier Palestinian refugee populations to ease tensions and make sure families get help.  Education for children, young people and women is a primary focus of both countries.  In Jordan, CWS funds free medical days and health education through networks of women’s groups in the camps.  As funds allow, DSPR distributes food parcels, dignity kits (for women), stationery kits for school children and infant kits to new refugees.  By supporting the 2016 Christmas Appeal you will give hope to some of Syria’s 4.8 million refugees.  Thank you.

Previous week’s sermons can be found by following this link

 Telling Time Differently As Christ Followers

Blog by Corey Widmer of Third Church

We often say at Third that as followers of Jesus we are called to live differently than those around us. We are called to behave differently.  more  



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Set on the Journey

Follow  Nic Haslam through his experiences living and teaching in South Korea. Read here at  Nic’s blog
Tramping in Jirisan National Park

Nic tramping in Jirisan National Park

All welcome


 when Mhairi Rowbottom will be leading this
musically fun session on Tuesday mornings
during school term time


Knox Church 449 George Street

Phone (03) 477 0229
  • Sunday Services – 10am and 7pm
  • The Knox Church Choir sings at all services during school terms
  • Sunday School and Youth programmes are offered during school terms/University semesters
  • Knox Church Dunedin is a registered charity #CC52318

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