Huon Anglican Gears Up for Christmas

Huon Anglican Church is gearing up for a busy Christmas season, with a number of events coming up over the next few weeks which the community is warmly invited to.

Our Christmas celebrations kick off on Saturday, December 17th at 5pm with a special children’s Christmas service at St James, Ranelagh. Minister of the Church, Rev John McQuillan said, ‘the children from our Sunday School are particularly excited about this special service. They have been rehearsing a Nativity play for a number of weeks now.’ As well as a carol-singing service, there will be a jumping castle, free BBQ, face painting and donkey rides. Parents and grandparents are more than welcome to bring their children along for a 5pm start.

 

Many people in the community prefer a more traditional and reflective time at Christmas. For those night-owls out there, there’ll be an 11pm service on Christmas Eve at St James, with midnight supper to follow. On Christmas Day, there will be a 9.30am service at St James. All are welcome.

A free community Christmas lunch will again be run on Christmas Day at 21 Wilmot Rd, Huonville. Last year almost 100 people gathered to share the day together. If you’d like to help out or just attend, you’re more than welcome. We do ask for RSVPs however, to info@huonanglican.org.au or by leaving a message on 6264 2977.

As the busy silly season ramps up, you’re invited to come along and reflect and give thanks with us as we remember the birth of Jesus. Even if you’ve never been to church before of haven’t been for many years, we’d love to have you. For more information, find Huon Anglican on Facebook, visit huonanglican.org.au or phone 6264 2977.

Mainly Music Comes to the Huon Valley

 

Huon Anglican Church has just started up weekly ‘Mainly Music’ sessions in Huonville.

 

Mainly Music is a time for pre-school children to play in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. It is a 30-minute music session run by Huon Anglican for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The children enjoy an interactive session of music and movement using instruments, rhymes and puppets.

 

The program not only helps the child in their motor skills development, it helps in their learning of literacy and numeracy, and the kids enjoy singing new songs and old favourites. Once the Mainly Music session is finished, there is afternoon tea, where the adults can chat, meet the church community and ‘recharge their batteries’ while the children play.

 

This program is in dozens of communities across Australia and New Zealand and the people at Huon Anglican are excited to bring it to Huonville. The sessions are on Friday afternoons, at 2pm during the school term at ‘Mission 21’ – 21 Wilmot Road, Huonville. Cost is $3 per family, per session. For more information, and to book your space, please contact Kim on 0427640156 or visit mainlymusic.org. 

Youth descend into the Valley for Summer Camping

Twenty-eight youths from a variety of backgrounds gathered on the banks of the Huon River in Judbury for the week-long camp last week.

The camp, called ‘Huon’ is one of several run by Anglican Camping Tasmania, and was run for kids in grades 10-12. The kids learnt how to kayak on white water in the Huon River, had plenty of time to relax in the sun, throw a frisbee, gaze at the stars and grapple with the big issues of life.

The Huon Anglican Church sent along three of its young leaders to help lead the camp. Huon Anglican Assistant Minister, John McQuillan said, ‘It was a fantastic time to hang out with the campers, to engage the kids in life-changing conversations and to have fun on the river. We’re so blessed in the Valley with the resources we’ve got around us. Being away from mobile phone reception and technology for a week enabled us all to focus on investing in relationships and enjoying creation. We’re keen to continue reaching out to youth in the Valley and hope that next year there will be many more local kids involved.’

The Huon Camp is one of many run over January by Anglican Camping Tasmania. The camps have been running since the early 1980s. For more information, check out anglicancamping.org, or ‘like’ the Huon Anglican Facebook page.