Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Journal in a cafe

The thought of dedicated time to journal together with a good coffee sounded really good to me. so this course on journalling to be run at Fava Cafe caught my attention. More details here and scroll down to Sat 21 Oct.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


This week we personally face an uncertainty so many of our friends in the aviation industry have had to face over the last few years.

How serious is it
Time will tell

Join me in prayer for all who face an uncertain future

For partners asking questions
For stressed employees
For kids who have no idea what’s going on

Trusting in a God who says he knows the plans he has for us

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Fuller St Cafe - The Da Vinci Code

Panel Questions:

1.Can you trust Institutions?

2. Do the ends ever justify the means?

3. Would it have been wrong for Jesus to be married?

4. Can you trust the bible?

5. Is God Male?

Some questions from here
For more resources go here

Monday, October 23, 2006

Halloween vs Light Party

I am not completely opposed to the idea of Halloween. Remembering our ancestors especially the saintly ones appeals to me. As does sharing in safe trick or treating with adults involved and meeting our neighbours. My favourite twist on trick and treating is a Dunedin youth group, under the guidance of a certain cop related to my husband, who gathered tins of food for the local food bank and put some safety into the streets for unsupervised kids. The worst thing about Halloween for me is that it’s a foreign holiday imposed through retailers making a buck. I’m not sure if the “guy fawkes” nights of my childhood were any better in the foreign way – what does a NZ holiday look like? The fact that thoughts turn to what is after this life is interesting too as is people’s perception of what that will be like – a party, something to celebrate?

Last year we were involved in the first light party held in Kaiapoi. Before hand I wondered if it was too “come to us” focused but my view changed as the event unfolded. So I am looking forward to it more this year.

It’s held in a park by the river and it’s all free - Bouncy castles, horizontal bungy, rides, fancy dress competition etc. Last year about 300 people joined in. The great thing was lots came when they got a text from a friend who had just stumbled upon a free gift.

So join us
Outside the Railway station – Charles St Kaiapoi
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tues 31 October

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Want or need

As church we are doing a series on praying and giving to others in need. Other Baptist churches have done it at different times during the year. Each year there is an object given out to help with the focus and this year it’s a clay pair of empty hands. I struggle so much as to what is a “need” for us in the rich west. One thing we as a family are supposed to be saving for is a computer that doesn’t crash several times a day. We got broadband a while ago and then the system seemed to slow down even more!! I am trying to use my waiting time when using the computer to pray for those who don’t have access to education let alone technology …

In our Family

In our Family

We are honest and tell the truth

We are kind to people and animals

We use manners – please, thank you,excuse me

We are patient and wait our turn

We use nice words and encourage each other

We are gentle

We say “sorry” and “I forgive you”

We love each other and our friends

We welcome strangers

We serve God

By Beky and Mum 5-10-06

This grew out of a discussion I had with Beky about telling lies. I had heard of doing family values but it seemed corny until it arose naturally. They are goals – we are not this perfect!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

A Franciscan Benediction

Paul copied this for me this week and I like it ...

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to compfort them and
To turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.