Category Archives: church calendar

Advent in Art 2013: Shall We?

    Probably my favourite season of the church year is coming up soon. Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we prepare ourselves for celebrating Jesus’ arrival in our world. There’s lots to like about Advent (even if you don’t have calendars filled with chocolate). It’s not often we engage deeply in old-fashioned anticipation, […]

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God, Kids and Parents: My Eighty-Two Cents

In case you missed the biggest news of the (/my) blogosphere last week, I have a guest post up at the glorious Lulastic and the Hippyshake. It’s an exciting week for this fangirl! She’s running a brilliant series of guest posts, How to be a ______ Parent, and she asked me to do ‘How to […]

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Pentecost resources for everyone! And a Fresco by Andrea di Bonaiuto (sometimes called Andrea da Firenze), photograph, Ben Miller | Sacraparental.com

Pentecost Is, Like, For Everyone

Lord, Holy Spirit, You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks, Inside and outside the fences, You blow where you wish to blow. A superawesome cartoon activity sheet and a poem from a wild, long-haired Catholic pilgrim, James K Baxter. That’s something for everyone, right? I’ll even throw in a link to some flax […]

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God, Kids and Parents: Call for Questions

You may have spotted Michael/SKATERAK’s comment on Tim’s first Not Only A Father post. It reads: This will definitely be an interesting series. Thanks for whetting my appetite already. Is there any chance you could throw in some advice on how to present God to children, as well? Just a little question, eh, Michael? I […]

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Easter, Sort Of

You’d think the task of ‘explaining Easter’ would not be a tough one for a minister. Hm. I have the privilege of writing occasionally for the parents’ resource website Kiwi Families. Mostly it’s great fun, but sometimes it’s flippin’ hard work, like the other week, when the editor, Rochelle, asked if I could write something […]

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A Generous Lent, Act 31: Listen

A good listener is never short of friends. Some people are naturals at this popular skill, and you might be lucky enough to know one or two. Plenty of us have to learn the skill of being a good listener, though the kind intention does go a long way, too. The headline ‘act’ for the Do […]

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The Only Easter Storybook You’ll Need

I’ve just reviewed a stunningly good Joy Cowley book for the Kiwi Families website: As Easter approaches, and shops are already full of hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, I know plenty of families would like to bring some balance. Exploring the original story of Easter isn’t just for Christian households, either. If you’d like […]

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A Generous Lent, Act 13: Share the Bible

It took me some courage to decide to blog on this activity from the 40 acts of generosity Lent challenge. Is there any book in the world that provokes such diverse and heated reactions as the Bible? Among Christians there is an enormous range of responses, from obedience to respect to frustration. Fans of the English language […]

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