God and Creativity - Small Group Resource

Published: Monday, 13 October 2014

This Small group or quiet prayer resource was prepared by Keren McClelland to accompany her address presented at ABC on Sunday 12 October 2014.  

Blessing of hands mid morning - Macrina Wiederkehr

Sit in your favorite chair, stand by a window, or choose some soulful place for this blessing prayer.

Hold out your hands in gratitude for their many uses. Reach out and touch the things that are near you.

Feel the texture of the things you touch.

Think of some of the tasks you have done and will do this day. How important are your hands for these tasks?

Now bring your hands to a comfortable resting place on your lap or held up in a gesture of praise.

Time to Pray 5 October 2014

Published: Friday, 03 October 2014


In the Celtic tradition 2 main features are prevalent.

It is marked by the belief that what is deepest in us is the image of God. Sin has distorted and obscured the message but not erased it.

It is also marked by a belief in the essential goodness of creation. Not only is it viewed as a blessing but as an expression of God. The great Celtic teachers refer to it as the “book of creation” in which we may read the mystery of God.

The light of the first day is seen as an expression of the divine light that is at the heart and origin of all life.

'God and our Earth' - discussion questions

Published: Friday, 03 October 2014

Time to Talk in the Lounge with Geoff

‘God and our Earth'

11.00-11.30 am 5 October 2014

1. Where are the major connecting points between God, the earth and you?

2. God has appointed human beings to be caretakers of the earth. What practically does this involve for you?

3. How might we develop a more meaningful connection between our faith, our earth and this amazing universe?

Check out the ‘headlines’ developed by John Weir entitled, ‘Caring for the Earth in Practical Ways’ (posted on the ABC web site).

New Book for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers

Published: Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Knowing Me'Knowing Me Knowing Them' is a helpful new book for parents, grandparents, teachers and other caregivers wanting to unlock their child’s potential. The vision of the authors is high: to assist their readers to “do the most important task in the world: raising children to be the very best they can be.”

The Aussie authorial trio—Tracy Tresidder, Margaret Loftus and Jacqui Pollock—is knowledgeable about the Enneagram tool and their presentation is practical, not overly technical and communicated with passion. They write with Aussie humour and earthiness but they connect regardless of the culture of their readers.

Why another book on parenting? Because the vast majority of people assume a generic personality on the part of parents and caregivers. The authors’ approach in this book is that insight into the personality type and style of the parent is paramount to knowing how best to relate to your children.

Transforming Initiatives – What Do You Mean by “Turn the Other Cheek”?!

Published: Thursday, 22 May 2014

Here are some background notes on Matthew chapter 5 that might be helpful for your small group discussions.

With thanks to Keith Dyer, Professor of New Testament at Whitley College.


Eating Heaven

Published: Friday, 28 March 2014

Eating HeavenLed by Dianne Taylor, a group of us have been meeting to discuss a recently published book “Eating Heaven”, by Rev. Simon Holt, Senior minister at Collins Street Baptist Church.

Simon Holt not only writes of the experience of eating and enjoying food, but of the significance of sharing food together.  Previously an experienced chef, in his book Simon Holt gives us glimpses of elegant cuisine in high social circles.  He also describes a fascinating variety of eating experiences at many levels of Australian society.  He suggests that it can be a way of meeting people on ground where they feel comfortable, and a natural way of sharing the Faith, when an opportunity arises.

Our Insights Group agreed that this was happening in their experience, too, and stories were shared about some of those special moments.  On this first meeting of the Insights Group- a wonderful collection of home-grown herbs was on a display table- ready to be shared at the end of the session.

The group keenly looks forward to a future meeting when “Eating Heaven’s” author  Simon Holt, has promised to join us.

                                                                                      Margaret Perrin.