Special ACP Programs and Events

Newtown – Remembrance Service & Town Hall Discussion on Gun Violence

Friday 14 December, 19h-21h
Remembrance Service &
Town Hall: Public Safety and Firearms

Paris Newtown Commemoration Service: 14 December, 17h in the ACP SanctuaryCome join us for a special service to remember the lives lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – USA on 14 December 2012 and other gun violence in the United States.

The service will be followed by a town hall discussion in the Thurber Room on gun violence. Light refreshments will be served. Roundtable participants will include:

- HE Brendan Berne, Australian Ambassador to France
- Joe Smallhoover, President of Democrats Abroad
- Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Giffords Org (by video)
- Chris Murphy, US Senator from Connecticut (by video)

Video of last year's roundtable is here.


Please see below for references to learn about how some people have acted in response to gun violence. Groups started by families and groups in Newtown to limit gun violence in schools:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) “seeking common sense solutions to make our communities and country safer." http://www2.sandyhookpromise.org/

Safe and Sound is developing safety guidelines for school districts across the country. http://safeandsoundschools.org/

National groups working to prevent gun violence:

The Brady Campaign http://www.bradycampaign.org/

Mayors against illegal guns http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence http://smartgunlaws.org/

Americans for Responsible Solutions (Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly) http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/

Everytown for Gun Safety www.everytown.org

Advent Icon Project

This year during the Advent season we are embarking on a congregational creative collage project. This is a chance to engage the expectant joy and waiting of Advent in a new way by preparing for Christmas through the creation of three Icon projects. These icons will be 5’x6’ (1.5m x 2m) collages made with magazines clippings brought by church members. If you have any old magazines that you would like to contribute, please bring them to the church at any time and leave them at reception between now and 15 December. Magazines will be cut according to color and glued onto 11" x13" (28cm x 33cm) pieces of paper. Think a giant 'paint by number’ but instead of painting we will be collaging.

The first icon will be created on 2 December, the second on 9 December and the third on 16 December. They will be available to work on during coffee fellowship hour after each service. Each week after one icon is completed it will be hung on the east wall of the Sanctuary for this season. EVERYONE is welcome to participate and in fact we will need EVERYONE to come by the table, even if just for a few minutes to help us complete each project week to week.

Our intention in embarking on this project is to not only engage with the season of advent in a new way, that is, creatively, but also to have a visual representation of our journey through Advent. Advent will begin with empty space in the Sanctuary and then week by week that space will be filled just our hearts are filled with the expectant joy of what is coming as both our anticipation and our understanding of what is coming at Christmas broadens and grows.