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Thalia’s Top Five #4: How to be Friends

March 26th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here is number 4: one of the 5 things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. Don’t tell numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5, but this is my favourite!  Especially […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 33

March 21st, 2010 No Comments

Unplugging is particularly hard if you live by yourself. Other people are great sources of alternative entertainment – you can play games with them (or play tricks on them, I suppose), have relaxed chats, do some cooking or a jigsaw, eat dinner together with some great music playing, and if you live with other people, […]

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Thalia’s Top Five: #3 Head meets Heart meets Hands

March 18th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here is number 3: one of the 5 things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. #3 Head meets Heart meets Hands It’s still a huge buzz for me that […]

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Thalia’s Top Five: #1 Shelter, Faith, Laughter; #2 Making Room

March 12th, 2010 No Comments

Each year I write a ‘Pastor’s Top Five’ for our Annual Report.  This year I thought I’d serialise it on the blog, so here are numbers 1 and 2, the things I am most grateful for in 2009 at West. #1 Shelter, Faith, Laughter Our identity as ‘a place of shelter, faith and laughter’ has […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 18

March 6th, 2010 No Comments

Ruby Duncan is a provocative thinker and local hero.  She’s lived in New Zealand, Australia and the slums of Manila, and is now the head of Iosis, the family support service of the Baptist Union in Aotearoa.   I mention this because she was invited to speak at Parachute this year as part of a […]

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Making Room: Soul Food 1

January 15th, 2010 4 Comments

“Fear is always with us: that we are not good enough or strong enough, and so will fail; that we will be hurt.  Fear that what we love will be taken from us.  Fear of dying, even fear of God, or of no God.  But God surprises us by giving us strength to bear what […]

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Christmas Day Hilarity

January 2nd, 2010 3 Comments

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Christmas Day was fun! I forgot to say, unfortunately, that the mad, mad nativity play we enjoyed was of course adapted from Nicholas Allan’s masterpiece of a picture book, Jesus’ Christmas Party, which we read last Advent (without the French accent we were treated to on Friday!). Thank you to all the […]

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