I want to extend a quick invitation to you to join us in celebrating Christmas this year, but first I must thank everyone who so graciously helped us celebrate on December 6th.
You will remember that December 6th was the date of three celebrations for us here:
- our church building turned 100
- i completed my 25th year in Dulwich Hill as parish priest
- we officially opened our new Community Centre
Our big day went very well and there are too many people to thank here. The pics above are of the anniversary service, courtesy of photographer John Cluttberbuck.
25 years in Dulwich Hill!
Rather than give you the sermon from the service (which you can find here if you’re keen) I’m going to invite you on a sentimental journey with me, back over my 25 years in Dulwich Hill, thanks to my friend Denning who put together this video retrospective!
And yes, there are a few things I want to invite you to:
- Christmas Carols are held on our front lawn at 11 Herbert Street, Dulwich HIll on Christmas Eve (Thursday) Candles and sparklers a supplied. We begin at 7pm
- Our Christmas Day Eucharist at Holy Trinity is at the usual time of 9.15am.
- We have a special Christmas Luncheon after the service on Christmas Day.
Anyone who has nowhere else to be is welcome to join our family.
We would love to have you join us for any or all of the above, but can I make a special plea for the Carols on the Lawn. We are short of musicians this year! If you can come, bring your flute or guitar with you. Hey, you can even bring your harp or lagerphone – anything that makes a joyful noise! 🙂
OK, that’s it for today. I’ll be back in a couple of days’ time with our official Christmas greeting and maybe even a present under the virtual tree!
And if you still haven’t worked out what to get me (a man who has everything) the answer, of course, is nothing! Having said that, if you’d like to buy me a drink I’ll be happy to accept it with thanks, as all drink money goes directly to support the work of Fighting Fathers Ministries.
Your brother in the Good Fight,
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In case you didn’t know, tomorrow – Sunday December 6th – is a the big day for us at Holy Trinity Dulwich Hill:
- it’s the 100-year anniversary of our church building
- It’s my 25th anniversary as priest of the parish
- it’s the opening of our new Youth and Community Centre
If you’re in the Dulwich Hill area I’m hoping you’ll join us from 9.15am onwards.
We’ll have plenty of interesting personalities joining us tomorrow, including our own Archbishop, Glen Davies, our former Archbishop, Harry Goodhew, and a host of other dignitaries, politicians and community leaders. We’ll also have with us representatives of many of the groups we’ve worked closely with over the years who will be carrying appropriate banners in the church procession:
- The Salvation Army
- Petersham RSL club
- The Newtown Jets Rugby League Football Club
- The Order of the Fighting Fathers
I’m also expecting quite a number from the local Muslim community to join us. Indeed, our friends from the Imam Husain Islamic Centre are organising the BBQ luncheon for us that follows and are paying for all the sausages.
So if you’re in the area, you are invited. And if you’re not in the area, you’re still invited (but not expected). Either way, we kick off with church at 9.15am and should be finished by around 2pm (after which you can stick around for Fight Club if you’re really keen)!
As you may know, there had been a four-round professional boxing match planned for tomorrow too between myself and Aswin Cabuy (pictured below). Unfortunately that fight is not now going ahead, much to my disappointment.
Even so, I thought I’d give you a fight rather than a sermon.today It’s my fight from early October against Tommy West. It was my last fight as an amatuer as I’ve subsequently been granted a professional license again and there’s no going back this time!
I was disappointed not to get the decision in this fight. Not only the crowd but even my opponent thought I won this one! I won’t say more but leave it to you to judge.
I’ll try to be in contact again before Christmas.
I will mention one thing to you now though before I let you go – namely, that I’ve finally upgraded two of my main websites!
I’d appreciate your feedback on both sites. Be aware though that the hyped-up version of www.fatherdave.org won’t display on a mobile. I set it up to redirect to my blog on mobile devices.
That’s all for now. I hope to see you tomorrow.
Your brother in the Good Fight,
P.S. Support the work of the Fighting Fathers by joining our online community at www.fighting-fathers.com. It only costs you $10/month and the first month is free