KidzArtz 2020

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6). I will admit I am tired. Life goes on, with or…

How to care for yourself and others

In these times of possible stress and anxiety, I read a great article the other day that I thought I would pass on in regard to pastoral care. It had a number of suggestions about caring for others during this difficult time, but could also be helpful in caring for ourselves too. Reach out –…

Food and Financial Assistance

The COVID-19 restrictions have affected everyone significantly, and of course that has affected Anglicare as well. As restrictions rolled out, we were affected early because the office downstairs is very small and couldn’t meet the social distancing laws. Later, the decision was made that Anglicare Community Services (the broad section that I sit in) would…

Be inspired to reach out…

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples” (1 Chronicles 16:24). I really enjoyed participating in virtual church last week. It was my first time without any glitches, just being a part of the congregation. The singing brought tears to my eyes – not because it sounded amazing (although it sounded…

How are you finding church online?

Well I hope you are finding it OK, but in a way we should be uncomfortable with it, as it is not how it should be! Church is the gathering of God’s people. We are sort of doing that over the internet, but it is not the same and we should feel the pain of…

Which group are you in?

It seems the current social isolation etc has divided us into two groups of people. Some people suddenly have time on their hands – time to do jigsaws, read, knit, garden and catch up on jobs that they haven’t had time to attend to before. Others are run off their feet, exhausted from trying to…

Noise

Last Sunday they broadcast the Easter service from St Andrew’s Cathedral on Channel 9. Being commercial TV, the one-hour broadcast was interspersed with 16 minutes of commercials, including ads for psychic services and programs for ‘mature’ viewers later that day. A number of people contacted the station to complain, but such is the world we…

He is Risen

Our lives have been transformed in recent months. Who could have ever predicted that across the world people would be self-isolating, medical staff scrambling, governments throwing money around in the billions of dollars, and churches closed and streets deserted in world capitals? Our world is almost unrecognisable because of an invisible bug. It is the…

Don’t be troubled, believe…

Remember what it’s like to start a new job? That overwhelming sensation of having no idea what you’re doing and long and exhausting days? I imagine many of us feel like that at the moment – it certainly describes where I’m at. So much is changing so fast. In the midst of it, though, it’s…

Keep in touch

Every new circumstance brings opportunities as well as challenges. I am certain that the disruptions we’ve seen in recent months have no doubt caused many to consider the frailty of life and are a great opportunity to point people to the security and surety we have in a relationship with our Lord and Saviour. They…