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An Advent message from the Moderator, Right Rev Hamish Galloway, can be read here

Christmas fundraising Knox Church 2022 Fundraising Calendars are on their way! Brighten up your kitchen or send copies to family and friends who are difficult to buy presents for! $15 per wall-calendar. The calendars are now available and feature photos of Knox Church and its people by Ian Thomson. If you would like to order one or many please contact Vanessa and we can arrange collection/delivery. They will also be available after worship on Sundays in the Gathering Area.

The Meaning of Christmas. A series of Four Advent Studies. Beginning Thursday 25 November in the Knox Gathering Area. 7:30-9pm. Warm welcome. Contact Russell Thew.

Walking together is an expression of fellowship within the Knox congregation, enjoying the ambience of the outdoors. We plan to walk on Sunday 28 November, weather permitting. Ian and Anne Thomson are going to lead a walk in the Jubilee Park area. The walk will commence in Montpellier Street at 1.45pm where there is parking. Transport will be available from Knox Church at 1.30pm for those who require it. Any enquires about the grade of the walk to Ian or Anne other enquires to Errol Holland mobile.

Presbyterian Support Otago Family Works Foodbank is almost empty! Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising costs of living and the cancellation of Dunedin’s Emergency Services food drive, our foodbank shelves are almost bare! Over the last three weeks we have given out 199 food parcels, compared to 125 food parcels for the same period last year – that is a 59% increase in demand. Any help is greatly appreciated and will make an immediate difference for local families in need!  

Family Works Foodbank Needs: canned food – spaghetti, pasta sauce, fish/chicken, meals, fruit, soup, vegetables; dried food – pasta, noodles, mac & cheese; toiletries – toothpaste. Other items are: coffee & tea, biscuits, Christmas treat food, baking ingredients, nice ‘smellies’, deodorant and cleaning products.

You can help by Bringing some items in to the foodbank on Level 1, 407 Moray Place, Dunedin. You can do this anytime from Monday to Friday 8.30am until 5pm Contribute with a donation online here, this will aid us in purchasing items to restock the foodbank Leave donations in the boxes at the back of the church.  Thank you from the Team at Presbyterian Support and the Family Works Foodbank

White Ribbon Day – Thursday 25 November Presbyterian Support Otago as part of Prescare (partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support throughout NZ) proudly and actively support White Ribbon Day here in New Zealand. The theme for White Ribbon this year is to “Shine a light on Violence Prevention” and aims to create awareness of what constitutes family violence, how to prevent violence, and how to safely intervene to assist those experiencing violence. We invite you to stand with us on Thursday 25 November by displaying, wearing or sharing a white ribbon, as a symbol of support and hope for those facing family violence. For more information about the National White Ribbon campaign, you can also visit www.whiteribbon.org.nz . There is also a White Ribbon Day 2021 prayer video with Moderator Right Rev Hamish Galloway: https://vimeo.com/645814961. All resources can be found on the Assembly website.

Baking Needed for Students! On 7 December, the University is hosting a Festive Fun day for students far away from home as we enter the holiday season. The University of Otago chaplains are organising a bake-stall and are looking for fresh baking to hand out as an expression of care. Cupcakes, cookies, cake, loaf. It will all be appreciated! Thank you to those who contributed baking last year. If you would like to contribute baking, either bring your food to church on Sunday morning 5 December or drop it off to the Knox Church office on Monday 6 December (9am-12 noon). With many thanks.

Advent Prayer Retreat. As in previous years, in the week before Christmas, Knox joins with All Saints Anglican and Holy Name Catholic for a week long prayer retreat. The retreat involves committing to a short, quiet time of prayer each day and then meeting with small group to share your experiences/thoughts. The retreat runs 12-17 December. To join a group, meet at Knox Church 5pm 12 December in the Side Chapel. For more information email jordan.redding@otago.ac.nz

The latest Bush Telegraph, a monthly newsletter of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, is now available to read on line by following this link.

The Spring edition of the Dunedin Night Shelter Trust newsletter can be read here.

Trademe has raised $450 for Knox so far, including a tub, dishwasher, light fittings. An antique porcelain plate and a set of water filters are next. Books, formal clothes and coats, bicycles, tricycles (age 2 -100 years), unwanted children’s toys, garden ladders, and DVD’s all can be sold. Your treasures could be a prize for others too. To post an item, take a photograph and email it with a description that may include the age, dimension, and what you think the item is worth (if you have an idea) and contact Hugh Forsyth

A whakatauki – “Nau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora te manuhiri.” – “With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.”


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