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Sister’s Day 2016 – Celebration

The annual Sister’s Day in Solihull had it’s 10 year birthday this year! To recognise this, all the activities and thoughts of the day were themed around Celebration and thanksgiving.

It was a refreshing, uplifting and positive day full of wonderful and inspiring thoughts to carry away with you. Included in the day’s line-up was a talk about the benefits and spiritual foundation of eating meals together and nourishing others by providing food (there will hopefully be another post on this theme soon), followed by a presentation about the Christadelphian charity Meal-A-Day, which attempts to fulfil this need for many vulnerable people overseas. Do go and visit the link and read about this fantastic charity work – especially if, like me, you find yourself eating and drinking three or four meals a day without even noticing!

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We also did a 100’s-strong crowd-craft! The picture above shows a beautiful board-garden of origami lilies, crafted by all the sisters present at the gathering, excellently led by Mary Ryder. It was such a fun and inclusive craft, and we all benefited from creating together as a collective body. We wrote something down that we wanted to celebrate or give thanks for on the petals of the flowers, and Mary read out some of the themes that arose from this – and it was heart-warming to hear all of the thanksgivings.

If you happened to be there, tell us your thoughts and favourite memories from the day 🙂

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Children’s eyes

Children’s eyes

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As parents, we need eyes in the back of our heads. Perhaps, as Christians, we need eyes lower down – around knee level. I was thinking last Sunday about this bit,

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

Matt 11:25,26

and this bit,

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Matt 19:13-15

Jesus seemed to think that children have a unique view on things that adults really find quite hard and mysterious. Perhaps, then, if our Christianity is not working out how we’d like it to, we should lower our perspectives, and not our expectations. I don’t fancy the idea of becoming a parent and suddenly my Christianity has to be less somehow – that’s just going to be disappointing. But if it could be on a different level, equally challenging, then that’s ok with me.

Mum of two and part-time editor Kate Pearce says,

“Mums are busy people. FACT. There are always clothes to be washed, dinners to be cooked, lunchboxes to be made, and the list goes on. To this end, I find myself somewhat time-poor. I no longer find time to do the Bible study that I would like to do and perhaps had the luxury of time to do pre-children. Instead, I try to look at God through the eyes of my children. We read simple Bible stories together and I attempt to answer their questions. I try to see God in the world around us. On a muddy puddle hunt we admire God’s creation. The beauty of the flowers and the buzzing of the bees. At the moment, I may see God at a child’s level, but what an awesome lesson that is. I hope to learn and grow in my knowledge of God along with my children.”

Esther Worboys commented on a previous post saying,

“I know my two are older, but I also find that I often feel closer to God when I see Him through their eyes, when we have conversations about what He has done for us, and their simple trust and belief is quite inspiring.”

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