On Joy Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas), the joyous Christmas story at Kippax UC was read by Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Member for Fraser, and the stage became filled with characters from the story.
A very Kippax Christmas (story) - Andrew Leigh MP as compere
Canberra’s Kippax Uniting Church has been fortunate to secure the part-time services of Rev. Dr Jonathan Barker, normally from South Australia, for six months. Jonathan and Janeen are seeing a bit of Canberra, and Jonathan is spending three days a week building the “care and formation” ministry at Kippax UC.
Jonathan trained at Parkin College (Adelaide) and was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in the Congregational Church in 1964. Having been a Minister of the Word, Jonathan became a Deacon with the establishment of the renewed Diaconate by the Uniting Church in 1994. He has served in South Australia (Gilberton/Department of Christian Education; Whyalla; Parkside/Glenunga; Marion/Warradale, Pilgrim), in Western Australia (Applecross; Mowanjum Aboriginal Community, Derby), in New South Wales (Pitt Street, Sydney; Bondi Beach Parish Mission), and the Australian Capital Territory (Kippax). Other work has included involvement in Community Development with the International Training Institute (Bombay, India); Associate Director of Lay Education (Parkin College), Theology Lecturer at Nungalinya College (Darwin). He shares his life with Janeen and together they enjoy camping, the cinema and grand-parenting. Other pursuits include Indian cookery, support for refugees and generally enjoying life!
A Message from Uniting Care Kippax
Thank you for the generosity that so many have been showing already in the lead up to this Christmas. We are, as always, amazed at the way that the Kippax community seeks to change the lives of others who are doing it tough. It is a great expression of our faith and our mission. Already people have been filling many hampers. Already people have been volunteering to act as ‘œelves’ in the lead up to Christmas. Already people are preparing for the Gift Appeal, and the collection and distribution of toys. Thank you!
There are now only several working days to go before Christmas Gifts and Hampers start going out to families in need.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a Christmas Package so far. We currently have 101 Teenagers currently covered for gifts and have a target of purchasing gifts for 500 Teenagers this year. As always, this support comes from both within Kippax and across the broader community. Gift Drive Packages will be distributed to Teens across Canberra through UnitingCare Kippax, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Marymead, Barnardos and many other Community Service Providers.
Two Canberrans were among the group doing a Bike For Bibles tour from Tibet to the Mount Everest Base Camp and to Nepal in August and September 2010: that’s 1100km in 15 days of riding. Roger and Edna Kaufman from Kippax Uniting Church have been doing Bike For Bibles tours for many years, and rate this tour as a ‘summit’ experience. Their route takes them from Lhasa to Kathmandu, finishing with the longest downhill bike ride anywhere.
Track their journey, or donate online, at their website (supported by the Bible Society.)
On 20 June 2010, World Refugee Day, Kippax hosted Rev. Tim Costello, CEO of World Visition Australia, as part of its social justice studies.