Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

United in our Grief

As I’ve been creating (and recreating) resources, and as I’ve been listening to you all share what you’ve been up to, I’ve been struck by something I couldn’t quite name until I was part of a collegial conversation – one of my colleagues said we were currently ‘united in our grief’.

Family Easter Charades by Zoom

Charades is a family tradition in our family over at least 3 generations. It is based on the charades from the ABC Argonauts radio program in the 50’s. I’m sure some of you will remember it. We have to guess a 3-syllable word from 3 short scenes where each syllable is used as a word

ANZAC Mountaintop Experience

The driveway of my house is far from being a mountain top. Everything around is flat and low lying, there is a creek across the road. Nevertheless, on ANZAC Day this driveway became a kind of mountain top.

The Bush Ball

There was great excitement in The Bush. It was the summer solstice, by far the biggest day in the bush calendar, for it was the day of the Bush Ball. It was the day when all enmities were put aside and all living bush things, fauna and flora, come together to celebrate their luck in being born into the great Australian Bush. What a range of creatures were in attendance. The biggest were the massive gumtrees, they were very popular…

A Strange, Secluded Time

How have we found these past weeks, during this time of isolation? What has sustained us, or pained us, during this period? We have had so much time on our hands. It has been possible to sit back, and quietly consider our current situation. There have, for all of us, been highs, and lows. By this last week of April, I feel that the highs have, so far, outweighed the lows, and hope that this has been the case for…

YOU NEVER KNOW

“You’ll never know what you can do till you try”, is a saying that Frank and I have come to understand since we have been doing ‘outside’ volunteering, with Outback Links, Blaze Aid and joining a work party to Tonga. It all started in 2005 when we were touring in South Australia. We heard on the radio about a volunteer group needing helpers to rebuild fences, plant trees and clean up after a bushfire on the Ayre Peninsular. This was…

MUC Prayer Offering #6

Just saying your name makes me breathe out and feel calm You bring stillness and clarity in troubled times You are our refuge and our strength To you I bring my greatest fears and my deepest concerns To you Lord I share my dearest hopes and my cherished dreams To you I pray for guidance and hope To you Lord I ask for love and forgiveness God, there is so much beauty and goodness in your Creation Help us to…

Holy Habits resource

Holy Habits is written by Rev Andrew Roberts and is a form of spiritual disciplines based on Luke’s model of a church of all ages in Acts 2:42-47. It focusses on ten practices and invites us to reflect on how they can be lived within gathered church community and wherever we live our day by day lives

How we celebrated Easter

We participated in the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service online We attended Easter Sunday church online We did the Intergen activity We pulled out a wall and put a new one back in We ate Easter Eggs and the walked of the chocolate

Easter Bag Delivery

Members of the Young Explorers team travelled from Greensborough to Forest Hill, Warranwood to Surrey Hills and in between, where we home delivered Easter surprise bags to the 26 Young Explorers and Playgroup families.  The bags have craft activities with craft supplies, recipes, an activity book, an Easter card to make, the Easter story, chocolate Easter eggs and more.  We’ve heard from some other families and they were very happy to receive theirs too.

MUC Prayer Offering #5

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Guide me to choose common sense and reason over anger, fear, racism Open my ears to the daily wisdom of the global medical world May I receive this with calm, gratitude and a sense of community Help me to dismiss the media hype while staying very aware Thank you for your peace and grace to us all God grant me the courage to change the things I can…

Seeing New things

In the past activity has shielded our poverty of spirit or pushed the spiritual aside..Since the virus struck I have noticed the church council, for the first time, put an encouraging verse from Isaiah at the end their communication. So perhaps this virus is doing something about the concern you [Claire] expressed earlier that MUC seemed big on committees and activities but seemingly slow to nourish and express our spiritual beliefs. Do you think change is happening? At the begining of Lent you asked…

MUC Prayer Offering #4

Lord, your world is in the middle of a health crisis that spans the globe and is shared across the internet and media as never before. We know more about the horrors, medical battles, struggles and mounting deaths than was previously possible. We mourn the loss of people, jobs, businesses, income, and the daily freedoms we take for granted in Australia. We are saddened as people are selfish; as health workers, teachers, carers are stressed; as people are alone and…

A Gift for the Least …

Instead of buying gifts for each other this last Christmas my husband and I decided to buy a gift for the birds who frequent our garden. We sourced and bought a birdbath which was made of terracotta. We soon realised the dish and stand could be separated. I had visualised we would put the whole unit in a garden bed, but when the birds seemed reluctant to go there, my husband placed the dish filled with water on the pavers…

Living hopefully in troubling times

This is a reworking of an article written by Ian Anderson and published in the MUC Magazine in 2017. We feel that it is even more relevant today. Living hopefully in troubling times A meme doing the rounds on the internet at the moment that our daughters have shared with us, suggests that 2020 has started so badly – with bushfires, floods and the corona virus that we should call a halt to the year and start afresh with 2021…
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