Crossroads Connection


One Man's Story

There’s a connection: “Misanthropic giants, warrior monks, and impudent slaves” are part of the story of James Huston Edgar, the missionary grandfather of Kevin Edgar, member of our Crossroads Congregation.

James Edgar, intrepid, colourful and articulate, was one of those many hundreds of western Christian missionaries who brought change to the ancient ways of the Chinese during the tumultuous years of the 19th and 20th centuries.

James Edgar went to the border of China and Tibet in 1900 when hundreds of foreigners were being killed in the Boxer Rising.  He travelled in the river valleys and over mountains, and lived amongst the tribespeople and the monks of the Tibet religion for more than 30 years.

He was born in Australia to a farming family and grew up in the south of New Zealand.  For a time he earned a living from tree felling and rabbit trapping.  He became a Christian and his zeal for the gospel led him to acceptance by the China Inland Mission.  Arriving in Shanghai he dressed in Chinese clothing, shaved his head and grew a pigtail, believing that this would lead to a better acceptance.

He made journeys into strange cities, where his curiosity for exploration took him across swollen rivers, through mountain blizzards, and was often interrupted by highway robbers.  For many years he preached to the local people in their own language.  He hired a shop and set up a preaching hall where he delivered, he said, 1700 short addresses between 1924 and 1925.

Prohibited from entering “Lama-land”, holy to Tibetan Buddhism, ever year he gave 30,000 copies of the scriptures to the people of the Yak caravans going into Lhasa and the forbidden cities.

Edgar was a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, recording everything he found.  He died in 1936 and his grave is on the mountain slopes outside Kangting, China.

(Story researched and written by Neil Tolliday in conjunction with Kevin Edgar.)


Crossroads Kid's Hope Team

Kids Hope 10th Anniversary

Next Sunday, 19th November, we will be celebrating 10 years of our Kids Hope programme with a special service and morning tea afterwards. If you would like to bring a plate to share for morning tea, that would be appreciated. We hope you can be here.

Advance notice: STAN

The next Saturday Take Away Night will be held at the home of David and Sharron Inglis on Saturday 25 November.  Please let them know if you are intending to come.

O(ccasional) S(unday) L(unch) O(ut) Christmas!

We will celebrating Christmas on 26th Nov. At the Hoppers Club corner of Mossfield  and Pannam Drive. It will be a Carvery Roast with soup and sweet for $18.95. Everyone is welcome but please contact Lorna or Elaine by 23rd Nov for bookings.  If, after you have booked, you can’t attend, do let them know before the 26th.

Crossroads Windows

The popular printed pictures with explanatory detail of the Crossroads Last Supper and Little Children windows are now available on the Web.  They are in A4 size, too.  Please use these links:

Last Supper:

Little Children:

Worship Plan for this week

Today's Worship

9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Robert Renton.
5.30 pm Soul Food Meal provided!  Insightful discussions about Christian observations about life!  Let Rob Bradley know if you are coming.

Following worship today

Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.  There will also be a Fair Trade Craft stall in the foyer for you to buy Christmas gifts.

Activities this week

Today: Beach Patrol, 11.30 am (See Rob Bradley for details)

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.  Cardmaking, 7.30 pm at the Geilens’ home

Tuesday: Church Council, 7.30 pm

Wednesday: Bible Study (KYB) 9.30 am (Joy Clancy’s)

Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm (venue to be confirmed)

Next Sunday — 19 November 2017

9.30 am Family Worship, led by Rev. Mike Lewis.

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins

M’g Tea: Stacey Duckett & Mary Dixon

Flowers: Rose Geilen

Reader: Julie Rees

Greeting: Kevin Edgar

AV Desk: Rob Bradley

Prayers: Stacey Duckett

Piano: Asanka Ariyapperuma

Bible Readings next week: Judges 4:1–7; Psalm 123; I Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30.
Prayer Calendar this week : Bacchus Marsh (Ian Pearse) & Portarlington/St Leonards (Temukisa Amituana’I-Vaeluaga)

Housekeeping & Help

Card Making & Scrapbooking Sale

Saturday 18 November, 9–11.30 am, at the church.  Bargains galore including

* Card stock / scrapbooking paper 10 cents.

* Embellishments for $2.00 to $5.00.

* Plus lots of other bargains.

Tea/coffee & homemade biscuit or slice $2.00

For the fete we received a huge donation of craft materials. At the end we had a dozen boxes left over plus five plastic crates all half full of card stock and 12” x12” scrapbooking paper. To raise even more money for our fete we have decided to hold a sale on Saturday 18th Nov.

We will need help from the congregation.

Can you …bring some homemade biscuits or slice? serve customers? assist with clean up at 11.30am?  We also need plastic bags large enough to take flat sheets of 12” x 12” paper.

Please advertise this Sale to anyone you know who makes cards or scrapbooks.

If you can help in any way please speak to Nola Edgar, Margaret Bull or Bev Lambie.

Uniting Christmas Cards for sale

Uniting Wyndham (which is the former UnitingCare Werribee Support & Housing) is our local branch of the new Uniting network of community service agencies throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

Christmas cards in packets of 10 for $9, in either a single design or variety of designs, are available today from Judy O’Keefe in the foyer after the worship service.


Office hours are Monday–Friday 9.30 am–12 noon. 

Telephone 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.


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