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Stuff Kids Ask: How do I know my new friends are nice?

IS dark chocolate yummy or yuck? Do strawberries taste sweet or disgusting? Are swings fun to play on or do they make you sick? What do you think? Did someone else tell you or have you tried these things for yourself and made up your own mind? Sometimes we just have to give things a go and discover what they ...

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Learning together

OUR daughter, Naomi, teaches prep in Proserpine. Last week I asked her if the children were learning letters and numbers yet. “Mum,” she replied, “first they have to learn how to sit on the carpet, put their hand up and take turns to ask a question.” A lot of learning happens before the learning can begin; you need to build ...

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What does belonging as part of the Uniting Church mean to you?

Gathering together and celebrating God’s will. Amelie Toop, 9, Wynnum. Fun, praying and singing songs about God. Andie Lang, 6, Moura. To have fun and praise God. Finlay Niemi, 10, Charters Towers. Being connected. Finn Jewell,10, Oxley. Caring for each other and God’s world. Gillian Watson, 10, Indooroopilly. Belonging to Jesus’ family. Isabella Lamb, 8, Tingalpa. Sing and learn about ...

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Your church’s valuable real estate

HOW often do you receive emails with funny photos of church signs? They’re often very witty, clever and laugh-out-loud funny. While browsing Twitter recently, I came across a similar topic (if you’re a Twitter user, search for #churchsigns). Curious, I followed the hashtag and found a whole list of church signs, some of which were mildly amusing, some confusing, and ...

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More than just a name tag

YOU know that you belong when you turn up and they have a name tag for you. At the very least they will feed you. But is that the same as belonging? It might just mean that the efficient electronic registration system has you on the list. It doesn’t mean that you will feel welcome and included. I recently attended ...

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Belonging to the body

IN the synod offi ce we are calling 2012 the year of belonging. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Back in July our communications team, now known as Uniting Communications, got together to nut out our mission statement. What we came up with inspires everything we do. Here it is: In serving God, Uniting Communications will inspire, ...

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On the way, together

WHEN I was in Year Seven at Moggill State School I started attending the Rays Group at the local Methodist Church. One evening we played a game in which we were issued five matches each. We were given the challenge of circulating the hall asking questions. But the rule was that you could not answer using either “yes” or “no”. ...

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Signs of consensus

TWAS THE night before Synod and all through the house everyone wanted to hear how the consensus model of voting worked. After a fascinating day at Pilgrim Learning Community’s REFUEL: School of theology, at Caloundra Uniting Church, I spent the night with family who have never been part of the Uniting Church. Perplexed by what I was about to embark ...

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