Monday, December 5, 2016


by Janet Smith

Koinonia (koy-nohn-eé-ah) is a transliterated form of the Greek word, κοινωνία, which means communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything, participation, a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, etc. It identifies the idealized state of fellowship and unity that should exist within the Christian church, the Body of Christ.
Simply put, Koinonia is the Greek word for "fellowship" - the term early Christians used to describe their gatherings.

At Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church we have great fellowship/gatherings one with another. Each Sunday after the morning service we have coffee fellowship and our Fellowship Committee meets every other month to plan fellowship events.
We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, the joy of new comers to the congregation and in fact if there is any reason to celebrate, we do so.

We also like to fellowship in other ways, two such occasions are happening this week.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6 December some of our congregation are taking a ferry trip to the mainland to Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre in Tsawwassen. We will be catching the 9:00 am ferry from Swartz Bay and when we arrive in Tsawwassen we will connect with the free shuttle to the shopping centre. We’ll visit together and eat together and shop together. It will be an opportunity to get to know each other in a deeper way. We will return on the 5:00 p.m. ferry.

Also, this week, on Friday 9 December @ 7:00 pm we are having a “Christmas Movie Night (with popcorn) and Shortbread Festival.
Everyone is invited to bring their best shortbread.  There will be a “people’s choice” award, and so no need for judges etc. but it should be fun to have categories like Scottish, novelty, whipped, healthy and so on.
We’ll share other refreshments as well as a good cup of tea or coffee and everyone is invited to come along to either or both of the above-mentioned events, we’d love to have you within our fellowship, a very warm welcome awaits you.

“Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out.
Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Other Christmas events at SPPC:
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 10.00am -- White Gift Sunday
  • Sun. Dec. 18  10:00am -- Sunday School presents "The Christmas Story"
  • Sat.  Dec. 24 7:00 pm  -- Christmas Eve Service of Carols and Candles
  • Sun. Dec. 25 10:00am -- Christmas Morning worship service.

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