Community Outreach Mission Network

December Newsletter 2017



Food for Thought


During this Advent/Christmas season at The Corner UC we have as part of our season a feast of Nativity sets. A decoration most households bring out during this festive season along with the Christmas trees and tinsel. Placed on a mantle or piece of furniture well out of reach of little hands. They come in all shapes and sizes. This becomes obvious when they are placed alongside other Nativity sets. Nativity sets take on a whole new delight when placed on mass. St Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first Nativity Scene in 1223 at Greccio, central Italy, in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than on secular materialism and gift giving. Who ever thought that this was a modern problem? St Francis’ nativity was first staged in a cave with people and animals acting out the scene. Over the centuries it has developed into the variety of static and living Nativity scenes that we see around us today. The nativity scene characters are taken from both accounts of the birth of Jesus. Found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, although not entirely scriptural as nowhere are they all together at one given time. No Shepherds, Magi, Ox and Ass gather together around the manger with the Holy Family. Yet it is an image of the Christmas story that is part of our memory since childhood. In our gathering of Nativity sets, delight has been had with the cultural variations. In the photographs above, from top left; from Vietnam (recycled magazines), South America (ceramic in tiny triptych box) and China (hand carved timber). Looking at how animals and characters are differently portrayed, the tiny details, which characters are included and which are not. With some nativity sets you wonder is that a donkey or a unicorn? Nativity scenes are part of the wider popular culture of Christmas, they may get lost amongst the tinsel yet if we put enough of them around and in prominent places, in the reach of little hands, then maybe a nativity scene can still perform the function that birthed the idea with St Francis in 1223. God’s richest blessings to you all this Advent Christmas Season.


Mark Hewitt



COMN Yankalilla Gathering


Saturday 10th February 2018


Beginning at 12noon with a Catered lunch

(a note donation to cover cost of meal).

PLEASE let me know if you’re coming for lunch

by Friday 2nd Feb

so we can Catering for the correct amount


Topic for the day is

What skills have you used?


You are all welcome to join us at our next COMN Gathering at the Yankalilla UC  121 South Rd, Yankalilla 5203


We will begin special Yankalilla Luncheon,

followed by devotions and then our main theme for the day

is hearing back from our congregations about the COMN Grants they have received and how the Grant Money has helped them in their Outreach into the community.


Come and Enjoy





63 Gedville Road, Taperoo



Friday 8th December

Open 9am – 1pm


$5 for a large bag

You fill it with clothing and look for other bargains


End of year Sale

Op Shop will reopen 19th January 2018



Christmas Café

Barmera Uniting Church


Pop-Up One Day Only!

Blink and you’ll miss it….




Friday 8 December

5 pm until the fireworks


Sausage Sizzle, Coffee and snacks

Creative craft items for sale

Featuring Riverland Brass

Great spot to watch the fireworks




Carols by Candle Light

Grange uniting Church – 5 Beach St Grange

Seaside Praise


Why don’t you join us on the 10th December for our Carols by Candle Light

Bring a plate supper – Savoury/Sweet 5.40pm

Service in the Church hall at 6.30pm

This is a time when we can renew our love for Christ, with the celebration of his coming to earth, and his humble beginnings, being born in a stable in Bethlehem

We will be singing 12 traditional carols to breathtaking pictures of Christmas celebrations around the world, the songs are projected onto the back wall of the stage, creating a cinema like experience.

There will be a time of giving thanks to our God and Heavenly King.

And a time to light our own candle in our Time of Reflection the Loss of a Loved One

for Current World Events, Refugees and the Homeless our Ministers, Church and Families. You can light the candle for your own prayer –


A brief Christmas Message by Pastor Brian Dunstan

Come and see new High Definition pictures of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, many ideas of how Angles might look, the Shepherds and the three Kings.


Hope to see you there! 


All are very Welcome!




Community Christmas Carols

Ramsey Place Colonnades


Thursday 14th December




Noarlunga Uniting Church Choir,

The Jazz Bandits,

The Shedtastics,

Christies Beach High School Choir,

and the Closet Monkeys.



Face Painting, Children’s Activities, Glitter and Henna Art, BBQ, Visit from Santa.




Rainbow Carols

Semaphore Uniting Church

Semaphore Road, Exeter


18 December 2017 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Event details

A traditional Christmas Carol service especially for the GLBTIQ community, their friends and supporters. Supper will follow the service. All are welcome!


For more information

Contact Paul Marsh
Phone 0438 849 123 or email





Please share this information and the events

with your congregation.

You never know who may be interested in attending something which is happening??


If you have any articles for the January COMN Newsletter,

please have them sent into Brian by Friday 29th December 2017

Email –   Mobile- 0413 994837