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A place of prayer for all people!
there's nothing like a bit of pageantry in church!
the Fighting Fathers were represented!
I gave my greeting in Hebrew, Latin and Arabic as well as English ūüôā
even politicians are welcome! ūüėČ
the honorary Syrian Consular General was with us
Jo Brooke led the choir beautifully
the children were as wonderful as ever!
this is one of my favourites
the only pic like this I'm ever likely to have!
our church building turns 100!

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Hi Fighter,

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! ūüôā

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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,

Dave
www.fatherdave.org
www.fighting-fathers.com
www.holytrinity.org.au
www.binacrombi.com.au
www.israelandpalestine.org
www.prayersforsyria.com
www.zerocostwebsite.net
www.dulwichhillgym.com
www.warriorweekends.com
www.boxersforpeace.com
www.how2changetheworld.com

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You’re invited

Warriors' Weekend at Binacrombi
Warriors' Weekend at Binacrombi
Warriors' Weekend at Binacrombi
Warriors' Weekend at Binacrombi
Two very tough-looking Fighting Fathers!
Fight Night at Movie World (our annual dad and daughter adventure)
Fight Night at Movie World (our annual dad and daughter adventure)
Dale looks like a future champion
With Tony O'Loughlin (L) and Trevor King at the annual Veteran Boxers Association luncheon
Super-preacher Natlie Finstad
Protesting outside the Turkish Embassy
Protesting outside the Turkish Embassy

Hi Fighter,

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:

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)!

Fight Cancelled

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.

working the corner for Aswin Cabuy

working the corner for Aswin Cabuy

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,

Dave
www.fatherdave.org
www.fighting-fathers.com
www.holytrinity.org.au
www.binacrombi.com.au
www.israelandpalestine.org
www.prayersforsyria.com
www.zerocostwebsite.net
www.dulwichhillgym.com
www.warriorweekends.com
www.boxersforpeace.com
www.how2changetheworld.com

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

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four