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Matters of Life and Death #4: Disability

August 10th, 2011 2 Comments

‘But we have this treasure in clay jars…’ On Sunday we looked at the clay fragility of human life from a couple of angles.  How can we accept our own flaws so we can welcome other flawed people?  How do our modern expectations of perfection and comfort get in the way of hospitality to the […]

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Matters of Life and Death #2: Crisis Pregnancy and Hospitality

July 24th, 2011 1 Comment

When thinking about the issue of crisis pregnancy, we could spend all our time on trying to find the exact moment when a collection of human cells becomes a human person.  When does a small human being start to bear God’s image and deserve protection and hospitality? Or we could instead ask what Christian hospitality […]

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Joy’s story

July 13th, 2011 No Comments

“Finally I have come out of the cave I have been hiding in for years.” Fresh Perspective is a national family mentoring agency that works with churches to train people to come alongside others as mentors.  West is embarking on a partnership with Fresh Perspective to be part of changing the world in Jesus’ name. […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Neighbours 2 (Roi M)

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

On Tuesday at 12.51 pm most of New Zealand stopped what they were doing and joined together to observe 2 minutes silence for the victims of the recent Christchurch quake and it doesn’t seem that long ago we joined to remember the 29 men who lost their lives in the Pike River Mine. The country’s […]

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Act of God

February 27th, 2011 No Comments

The Christchurch earthquake was “not an act of God”, it was just “the Earth doing what it does”. These are great words from the Dean of Christchurch Cathedral, Peter Beck. He said to 3 News, “For me as a Christian, the act of God is in the love and compassion that people are sharing among […]

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February 24th, 2011 No Comments

(‘Light’ by xkcd.com) Eternal God, shepherd of your people, we feel the fleeting passage of life, and we know how fragile is our existence on this tiny planet amid the spinning galaxies. We confess with the prophet: “All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers […]

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Neighbours (Roi M)

February 9th, 2011 3 Comments

From Roi M I have been thinking about the whole “Stepping out the boat” thing and what is churning around in my head is the “love thy neighbour” command. I guess it is pretty important because Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight: An Open Letter to Whittaker’s

May 9th, 2010 No Comments

Jocelyn is famous at West for her letter-writing. When we spent a service in 2008 writing to Members of Parliament, in support the Millenium Development Goals, Jocelyn went home and wrote to eight more MPs, and got responses from them, too! Well, she’s done it again, and we’re putting her letter on the blog so […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight at West

May 2nd, 2010 2 Comments

Who should pay for the enjoyment I get from chocolate? Me, or a child working in slavery in Ghana, without adequate food or education? That’s the question raised by global free trading practices, where God’s daughters and sons around the developing world are exploited to produce goods we in the West buy for low, low […]

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Coming Soon to Spotswood: The Marriage and Relationship Course

April 20th, 2010 1 Comment

‘Whether your relationship is strong, or you are struggling,’ is what our advertising will say when we go to the printer this week.  The Marriage and Relationship Course we’re running with Northpoint is for any couple who wants to invest in their marriage in a comfortable, non-threatening way. You don’t have to talk to anyone […]

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