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Children’s Prayers and Artwork

March 16th, 2014 No Comments

Prayers and Artwork by the kids

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Sticky Faith

September 28th, 2011 No Comments

How on earth does a church integrate all ages into the faith community?  And should we? This is a hot topic around the country and around the world at the moment; at West we’ve been working hard at it for the last 17 years or so. If you’re curious, you might like to click on […]

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Luke and Rembrandt

December 19th, 2010 No Comments

This morning we had some help from the master painter, Rembrandt van Rijn, in hearing God. His painting of the events of Luke 2:22-38 is sometimes called ‘Simeon and Anna Recognise the Lord in Jesus’ (most other famous paintings of the scene are called the much less insightful ‘The Presentation at the Temple’, also this […]

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Eat This Book

June 9th, 2010 1 Comment

What’s your favourite food? Imagine biting into it, chewing it luxuriously, savouring the taste… mmm… That’s what we did with Acts 3:1-10 on Sunday morning, in a version of the ancient Christian practice of lectio divina, ‘holy reading’, and it’s something you can do on your own, any day of the week. Start by imagining […]

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E100 Launch

May 22nd, 2010 4 Comments

At Allan’s baptism the other week, I was thinking how one of the coolest things about the Church-with-a-capital-C is that we are part of a community that stretches throughout time and around the world. We are not alone. Tomorrow we have a chance to be reminded of that as many of us begin the E100 […]

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a tale of two texts: Jesus and divorce

March 28th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve been quite sick this week, and found it hard to do justice to the texts we looked at today.  Lucky for all of us, what the Holy Spirit chooses to do with preaching seems to be pretty independent of its ‘quality’!  If anyone would like to think further about what we discussed today, I […]

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Unplug and Plug In: One More Reason

March 15th, 2010 No Comments

One of the best things about unplugging from screens is that you can enjoy listening to great stuff while doing something else fun or productive.  I am in love with Radio New Zealand, and get heaps of their programmes as podcasts that I can listen to whenever I’m doing dishes or folding clothes or whatever. […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 8 kids’ special

February 24th, 2010 No Comments

If there are children in your life, you might like to make use of the Lent activity ideas at The Modern Sacred Family site. Maybe you could use Lent as an opportunity to rediscover classic children’s books? Wikipedia (of course!) has a list of older ones, and I found this list of more recent ones […]

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Unplug and Plug In

February 12th, 2010 No Comments

This Sunday, all will be revealed.  Come along!

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45 Weeks Till…

February 8th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve learned that the best time to think about any regular or annual event is straight after the last one, while the successes and lessons are fresh in your mind. I made awesome notes about next Advent and Christmas at West last December, for example, and now we have our good friend Robyn Mellar-Smith here […]

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