Blogs: Spirituality in Family Life

11 great ways to celebrate Advent with kids

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Yay! Advent is my favourite season in the church calendar, and it’s here! I love to celebrate Advent and so I’ve put together 11 great ways to celebrate Advent with kids.  Continue reading »

Giving thanks at mealtimes

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What are mealtimes like at your place? Do you have family ways of serving, eating or talking together? Would you like some fresh ideas to make the most of the gift of family meals? Here are some ideas for giving thanks at mealtimes.  Continue reading »

The art of prayer: Five creative ways to pray with kids

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Kids specialise in concrete thinking. The idea of praying and concepts like gratitude and forgiveness can be pretty hard to grasp – even for adults! You can help everyone in your household connect more easily with God by making prayer something that’s active and visual and concrete. Continue reading »

7 Simple Tips for Throwing a Pancake Party

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Would you like to know your neighbours better? When I was a little girl, our elderly neighbours had spare keys to our house. We fed each other’s pets during holidays, and were in and out of each other’s houses. Am I right in feeling like that’s not so common these days? Continue reading »

Christmas books for kids

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From Rudolf and Santa to Slinki Malinki and the proverbial Pukeko in a Punga Tree, there’s a Christmas-themed picture book for everyone. In most bookshops, though, Baby Jesus is hidden behind Grinches, trains and elves. If you’re in the market for Christmas books for kids that tell the story of God coming into the world as a baby to join with humanity – you know, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and maybe even a newborn in a manger – then here are my top five. Ask your local bookshop to order them in if they don’t have them on hand – they’re worth it! Continue reading »

Five Ideas for Fun with God

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Do you remember when you first heard your baby giggle? Or when a game of chase or peekaboo or tickle-the-toes turned your toddler into a bubbling heap of hysterical laughter? Continue reading »

The meaning of Easter for kiwi families

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Do we have the Easter Bunny to thank for a couple of days off each autumn? Does the New Zealand government have such sympathy with chocolate lovers that we have an annual state-sponsored festival of indulgence?

While adults will confidently answer ‘no’ to those questions, many kids today may have no idea what’s behind the celebration of Easter in modern New Zealand.

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Joy Cowley’s The Easter Story

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After the sad death of Margaret Mahy last year, the title of greatest living children’s author in New Zealand must go to Joy Cowley, author of literally hundreds of books.

How lucky we are, then, that she has teamed up with Catholic priest Donald Morrison to produce the best Easter picture book I’ve come across.

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Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever

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What’s really important to you? Could someone tell by looking in your diary or on your household calendar? Do you spend time on what you think is most important, or does other stuff crowd it out?

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Celebrate Jesus’ Whakapapa with a Jesse Tree

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How well do you know stories of your ancestors?

I go back five generations in this land, on each side of my family, but what came before that is pretty hazy for us. I know that one of my sets of great-great-grandparents farmed what is now the suburb of Northland in Wellington. I know that one ancestor who emigrated from England was a French polisher, according to census data. Continue reading »

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