What's been happening in the churches in Shirley



News Update April 2018



Elim Christian Centre



In Sept 2017 we said goodbye to Rev Brain Wallis who had been minister at Elim Christian Centre for over


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.


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