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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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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

July 11th, 2011 No Comments

What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‘end it all’ with morphine?  What are the implications of expectant parents having Down’s Syndrome screening for their unborn babies?  How do we cope when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? On Sunday we began a new series looking at some […]

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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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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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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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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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A Little Something for Parents

August 5th, 2010 No Comments

God be with the mother. As she carried her child may she carry her soul. As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form to her own, higher truth. As she nourished and protected her child, may she nourish and protect her inner life and her independence. For her soul shall […]

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EC10: Bring It On!

May 29th, 2010 1 Comment

From Matt C: About a month ago, Michael, Jacob, Nathaniel and me took the long trip down to Manfeild Park in Feilding for EC10. We had to fill in time in the 2 + hours car voyage so we played heaps of boring games. (e.g. Car Cricket which I won by miles, Llama Llama and […]

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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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A Tale of Two Texts: It Takes Two To Tango (and Forgive)

April 18th, 2010 No Comments

My Mum used to say to me and my sisters, whenever we were losing a fight and trying to get her to step in on our side, ‘it takes two to tango.’ She meant that it takes two to start a fight, so she wasn’t going to take sides.  I think Jesus would agree, and […]

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