St Hilda’s and Anglicare – partners in care

Today we welcome Roger Green from Anglicare to all our services as we celebrate our partnership together and reflect on the needs of those struggling to make ends meet during wintertime. Earlier this week much of south Katoomba was leafletted with the help of our keen volunteers from camp MMM. We’re asking people to put…

Stupid Religion?

So, how do you respond to this news clip I received this week? Ms Ricchi raised her three children with pagan values, but now as young adults aged 17, 18 and 20 they were free to choose their own beliefs. One has chosen the Greek pantheon, another the Nordic gods and the other has embraced…

The water we swim in

There’s a story of two fish in a bowl and one says to the other, ‘How are you finding the water?’ and the other answers, ‘What is water?’ We can be so immersed in our society, our culture, that we don’t see it. We are blind to the effects of it, its influence on us,…

The most important part…

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it, but there is an astonishing account in Matthew 11 of the results of Jesus’ teaching. We’re so used to stories of crowds following him and the miracles he did, but this particular passage comes as a great surprise. Matthew 11 recounts how the towns north of the…

Playing a part

Our Bible passage today recounts how the apostle Paul is keen to race in and address a large crowd of angry people in Ephesus. I take it because he saw it as a gospel opportunity to explain to many people just exactly who Jesus is. The text, Acts 19:30-31, implies the desperate nature of the…

Pentecost

We had what appeared to be a troll visit our Facebook page this week. Love hopes all things, but when people make derogatory comments, you have to wonder why they take the trouble to grind the axes they do. It reminded me again as to how the story of Jesus can’t help but polarise people.…

Hearing the Melody

I came across this parable recently: “Imagine a family of mice who lived all their lives in a large piano. To them in their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony. At first the mice were impressed by it. They drew comfort and wonder from the…

From the community chaplain

Our church has a lot going on. Every ministry we do has an aspect of outreach and even though there are 21 valuable ministries that fall under the ‘Share’ portfolio, these only just scratch the surface. We always need to be looking for ways to further connect with people in our community, but our default…

Motherhood – from a man’s perspective

The times, they are a-changing. My father’s role was to pace the waiting room and pass out the cigars. Apparently, these days men simply get to pass out. Prenatal classes will show you a video that is supposed to prepare you for birth. It doesn’t take long to realise childbirth involves…pain, screaming, heavy breathing, fainting,…

Sharing the Love of Jesus… in Kyrgyzstan

Through the generous support of members of St Hilda’s, we have been able to continue supporting two babushkas (grandmothers) and a dedushka (grandfather) in Kyrgyzstan over the last few years. The elderly of Kyrgyzstan often struggle to have money to pay bills, buy food and live a simple but comfortable life. Babushka Adoption Foundation is…