'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.

Introducing the COACH Programme at ABC

Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

You're Invited

COACH PhotoLiz Jones (ABC Community Ministries Coordinator) and I are convening a meeting this Sunday 29 March at 9.00am in the Church Lounge and we'd love you to come. Should be finished by 9.40am although the coffee may carry on until 9.55am!

This is an open meeting but it follows a session we had at ABC when we had a Community Ministries Expo (August) and a one later in November when Mark Matthews came to ABC.

You may have expressed an interest in finding out more about COACH Community Mentoring but you may know nothing so here's your opportunity to find out more.. 

Cultivating Community through Gardening

Published: Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Ashburton Garden PhotoYou’re Invited

Feel free to join a small group of people who are becoming a part of the Ashburton Community Garden (Markham Reserve).

This Monday 31 March 2014 at 2.30pm the group is attending an orientation at the garden run by Shau Teo (Craig Family Centre) so we understand the principles and practices of working in this garden.

There are plots that have been allotted and you can go anytime with your key.

The Vision

It’s about growing lettuce and tomatoes but because it’s a community garden it’s about striking friendships and propagating new relationships.

Do you have to be an expert gardener with green fingers to be involved?

No, in fact the greatest qualification we need is to be a learner and this is a great opportunity to learn about gardening.

To learn about people and to engage with people where they are planted.

Digging Deeper

Check out these introductory slides on the Ashburton Community Garden (private plots) and within this the Growing Together Project (community plots).

The Northcote Baptist Church has found that gardening is a great way to connect with people in their community. Check out their growing story.


Speak to Liz Jones or Geoff Pound if you’d like to share in the orientation next Monday afternoon or at some other occasion.

Geoff Pound