News Update April 2018
Elim Christian Centre
25 years and had been a great supporter of Churches Together in Shirley and District. He was replaced by
Rev Steve Crosse, whose induction service was on Sept 30th. We wish Brian and his wife, Jan, a happy
retirement after many years of faithful service, and welcome Steve to the area. We pray that he and his
wife Erika and family will settle well in Southampton and be a great blessing to the church and to our area.
Christmas in Shirley
Christmas in Shirley is the new name for the Christmas activities run by the churches in Shirley. During
December we had the usual sheep hunt for children in the Shirley shops organized in conjunction with the
Shirley Traders Association. This culminated in the Christmas Craft Event at Shirley Baptist Church on
Saturday December 16th, followed by a glow stick parade, carol singing in the Precinct and refreshments
at the Salvation Army.
There were other carol singing opportunities, in the warm this time, at the New Song Café on Dec 10th
and at the Santo Lounge on Dec 23rd. The Hot Drinks ministry was also provided to people coming to the
Hollybrook Cemetery and the Crematorium on Christmas Day.
This year also saw a new venture, Angels in Shirley, where volunteers placed
small knitted angels at places around the area, which had a Christmas message
attached. The idea was that when people found them they would read the
encouraging message and an invitation to some of the Christmas events in the
area. A large number of angels were put out, and we trust they were an
encouragement to those who found them.