It was a very warm, even hot day on 14th December, when 24 G.F.S. and Townsend members gathered at St Stephen’s church hall to share together; to pray and to celebrate the birth of the Christ-child, who was to be our Saviour. It was interesting to hear from our speaker Cindy Partridge about the work she is doing as a midwife for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at Nepean hospital. Leonie had some quizzes prepared for us and these taxed our brains and were fun to do. Some Christmas carols were sung with some valiantly endeavouring to sing male bass parts to fulfill the musical requirements. Many thanks to Fay who oversaw the kitchen and made sure all the food was nicely presented from which we make our selections. It was an enjoyable time of catching up with ladies especially some we had not seen for a while. We reminisced and encouraged one another in our faith and our walk with God. Deidree showed a powerpoint about Val’s (GFS World Vice President) recent visit to Sri Lanka where she saw first hand how GFS is growing there and how the world project is helping girls and women gain employment and improve their lives. Instead of our previous Kris Kringle exchange, we gave our donations towards the GFS world project in Sri Lanka. The new daytime in lieu of evening format for the Christmas get-together worked well and it was felt this was the way to go. I know that Janet and I were pleased to be able to drive back home in daylight.