- Who are Playjays?
- What are cartophiles?
- What might happen on September 26th?
- What have mushrooms to do with St John's?
- Who in the congregation was born in Parramatta?
- What are those things in the photo?
Next Monday (August 2nd) at 7:45pm at the Manse - our next "imagining the future" discussion will focus on how we might go about building a worship service that will be accessible to all ages - with a special focus on families with pre-school and primary-school aged kids. Come along and help shape this exciting new direction! Read More
By popular demand - here's the recipe we use to make play dough for Playjays! 2 cus plain flour 4 tablespoons Cream of Tartar 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 cup salt 2 cups boiling water food colouring mix everything together in a big bowl, then knead it until the colour and texture are consistent. Keep it in air tight bags in the fridge and it lasts for weeks. Read More
Teach us to pray. That’s probably a request every one of us would want to ask of Jesus. For few – if any – of us does prayer come naturally and easily. We sense that it is so important, but struggle to make sense of it, struggle to stick at it, even struggle to get started in the first place. So “teach us to pray” had to be a request worth making. On the other hand, their tradition was full of prayers. The Jewish people had a rich collection of prayers for public and private worship – not least, those collected in the psalms. Prayers for every situation, prayers for every emotion. Prayers of praise and lament and mourning and celebration, prayers for new birth, for entering adulthood, for marriage, for death. Prayers for morning and for night. There was no shortage of words for those who wanted to pray. As indeed, there is no shortage of words for us. Walk into a Christian bookshop and browse the section on prayer. Or type ‘prayer’ into Google – it returns over 57 million web pages. Read More
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What have we done here today? I wonder when you last stopped to wonder what we are doing; we, as a congregation, as the people of God in this place, when we allow someone to be baptized amongst us. What have we done? Each time we have a baptism we, as a congregation, make a promise. We promise to so live out our lives as the people of God that those who we baptize will be given every opportunity to grow to maturity in the faith. And in doing so, we accept the awesome responsibility of passing on the faith to the next generation. In this moment we acknowledge that we are not the beginning and the end of the faith story; that we are a link in the chain, one part of the great cloud of witnesses who surround us – those who have come before us, and who will come after us. For four thousand years the story of the people of God: for two thousand years the story of the people of Jesus Christ: this story that we are part of has been passed on from generation to generation. It has taken on many different forms, and been expressed in many different ways, but the story of Jesus Christ and of his people, the story of the Kingdom of God, has been kept alive – because at every step along the way, people have accepted responsibility to pass it on. Read More
The story of the Good Samaritan is probably one of the best known and most loved passages in the New Testament. It is part of the Australian tradition to favour the underdog and it warms our hearts to read of the outcast Samaritan being the hero of the tale. Not the priest or the Levite, the religious official, but the outsider. In contemporary Australia, Jesus might well have said: on the one hand a much loved Uniting Church moderator and a highly respected Parish Councillor as the ones who passed by; and as the one who helped, an asylum seeker of dubious background. Read More