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Pride Sunday

Pride Sunday

We celebrate Pride this month and it is very special for us as a church because we are an affirming ministry. It is not just wearing the colours, it goes beyond into actions and words.

It can be hard to remember but there were times when people had to hide who they loved and even who they were. It is still not perfect and there is much to do but we are celebrating how far we have come.

I found some pages to colour that make me happy. I love this one because it is for everyone, we should all

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May 30 - Sagwa (forgiveness)

May 30 - Sagwa (forgiveness)

It's the end of May now and the sun has started to come out with more frequency; I hope you are getting the chance to go outside after being indoors for so long.

In May, we honour Asian Heritage and today's activity comes from a Korean tradition. The word "apology" in Korean is sa-gwa but sa-gwa has another meaning, "apple". In Korea, schools celebrate Apple Day. On this day, you think of friends you have not been getting along with. Then you visit them (from a safe distance) to say sorry and fix your broken friendships.

It is not an

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May 23 - Pentecost

May 23 - Pentecost

It's the long weekend! It might not be the warmest weekend we have had in May but it is traditionally when people first get the chance to go out camping.

Because it is also Pentecost, I thought of something that might combine the bothm and something that would be useful while camping: a lantern!

This might be a bit more involved, but you can decorate it as much or as little as you want! You need to buy a container (I suggest one that had a good handle, like in the photo) which you could get from the dollar store,

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Dance (and more) for Tomorrow

Dance (and more) for Tomorrow

Happy Sunday!

This weekend it has really felt like spring and even summer! (It even rained a wee bit.)

Today, I wanted to briefly chat about something that we all deal with, but can be hard to really understand and see: mental health. I am participating in a fundraiser for Kids Help Phone. This is an amazing resource to help out our youth and even adults when they are struggling and they don't quite know who to talk to. Mental health is as important as physical health because it impacts us in ways that we might not see or

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May 9 - Christian Family Sunday

May 9 - Christian Family Sunday

Happy Christian Family Sunday everyone!

This week, I wanted to find a family activity, or at least something that most would enjoy. I stumbled across something I had saved for a possible Easter treat and I think it could work for today.

This day is about celebrating all those who are part of your family. And right now, that might just mean those in your household "bubble". It can be hard to find new and exciting things to do with people with whom it seems like you have been stuck forever!!!

Hopefully, this will be something fun to do: colourful

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May 2 - Spray Bottle Art

May 2 - Spray Bottle Art

Good morning/afternoon/evening!

I am trying to stay on top of things this week!

Here is an activity that I thought might be fun to do. It might be a wee bit messy but hopefully now, we can go outside more and enjoy the warm weather (at last).

We talked about Jesus as the true vine today in church and this kinda ties into it but it is also about seeing beyond what we can see.

It can sometimes be hard to really understand what Jesus meant with all of his teachings and lessons. But a lot of them deal with

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April 25 - Camping Sunday

April 25 - Camping Sunday

Hello all!

Please forgive me but I forgot to post this on Sunday! And with our missing service, I wanted to bring some camping fun to your homes!

I like to do different things with kids in Sunday School, especially because we have kids from age 3 to 10 (usually). These look delicious and fun!

A lot of camping is with the different food that we have because, often, the fire is the only way to cook and prepare food. Now these marshmallows won't have that smokey flavour but I hope the extra fun of cookie cups makes up for

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Earth Day

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone!

We are called to be the Church.....to live with respect in Creation (from A New Creed).

Are you being a stewart of the Earth? Now is the time to start! I found a mini booklet that you can fill out with 1, 5, 10, or even more things that you can do to help the Earth. We all live here and we want to live on a healthy, beautiful Earth. Check it out here.

There is a second part to this activity with books you can read to find more ideas to help the Earth.

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Easter Sunday - Raising the Alleluias

Easter Sunday - Raising the Alleluias

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

I hope you had a chance to look at my previous post about burying the alleluias. I also included links for colouring pages of alleluias. If not, no worries.

During the season of Lent, we usually don't say alleluia and we think about all the hard things we do. It can be quite a somber time for many people. We talk about 40 days of Lent.

Well those days end today! We can celebrate again because Christ is risen and the alleluias can ring once again!

Take some time to read the raising the

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Learn from the past - Sankofa/Adinkra

Learn from the past - Sankofa/Adinkra

Today I am talking about the symbol that you see here: the Sankofa or Adinkra. In the Akan Twi language, "SAN" means to go back, "KO" means to go, and "FA" means to look and take. So together the word "SANKOFA" means to go back and take what you need to move forward. The Akan people of Ghana represent that with this image of a bird reaching back to take an egg from its back.

Sometimes we need to go back and remember what we've already been given before we ask for something new. We might find that we already

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Lent 1 - Burying the Alleluias

Lent 1 - Burying the Alleluias

This is the first Sunday of Lent. I did part of this activity last year and wanted to bring it back.

In many churches, Lent becomes a period of austerity, even when you look around the space. Images are covered and even alleluias are silenced.

I thought we could do something similar to that: burying alleluias. Now I don't mean that you should try to dig a hole in the frozen ground, just look at the idea of hiding away these alleluias for the rest of Lent. So when we get though the difficult moments, we can open up that

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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

I am sorry to be late this week but at least I made it before the end of Sunday!

I hope that you have been able to stay warm this weekend. I have been spending my days with my cat, inside.

This week's image brings up some interesting ideas: unsearchable. When we live in a world where we all use that handy search bar nearly every day. But to have something that is unsearchable. It won't just pop up with a thousand hits. And that is difficult to put into words. How can we explain what we do not know?

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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

This is the last week of January, wow it has gone by quickly. Some good news, some not-so good news but we are still moving along.

I am looking at the image for this week and the words that pop out right away are "teaching" and "astounded". I am astounded with all who are teaching right now. They have had to find a new way to do something that was already difficult at the best of times.

I am taking a couple classes right now and it is hard for me to get motivated and they are each only once

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Fishing for people

Fishing for people

This is the third Sunday after Epiphany. Last week was not the best for me but this week I am feeling much more comfortable. And this story is a favourite of mine.

Most of us can imagine fishing. It is something that we can easily see. But when we talk about fishing for people, it is something different but I can see the similarities.

When we fish, we want only the biggest. It has to feed and sustain us. For Jesus, he didn't care about their size. They could have been anyone but they were the ones who chose to

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It's sometime after Epiphany

It's sometime after Epiphany

The weeks are already blending together and we have spoken about the next season: Lent....shh, not yet! Just stop, stop and think.

We are looking at a time between two powerful seasons, just a few weeks and it feels like a time of uncertainty. We just left the celebration of a birth, a new time. People have come together (maybe late, maybe just for a short time, maybe without touching) and now what? The child is here, now what?

It just feels like a time of the unknown. We are being transformed and being prepared for something, but what? Remember

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Baptism of Jesus

Baptism of Jesus

This is usually the week that we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, full of symbolism and characters.

When it talks of a dove descending, I imagine the image of a single feather, floating down to the ground. Maybe you haven't seen that yourself but think about a leaf falling off a tree. It seems to fall unevenly and we have trouble predicting where it will land.

The Spirit came down and maybe called a dove because that was how it was seen by people. It could have been like a feather, falling without knowing where it would land.

Think about

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Epiphany

Epiphany

An epiphnay star....the symbol that we mostly associate with Christmas. It is after a long, long journey that the wise ones came to see Jesus, the not-so new born King. Some estimates place this journey at 2 years!

I was looking online this week and found that the longest distance that one could travel by foot on Earth would take about that long, walking from the tip of Africa to the North of Siberia. Could you imagine? I have trouble just imagining walking to work and that might just be a few hours!

So we celebrate the end of this

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2nd Sunday After Christmas

2nd Sunday After Christmas

This is the 2nd Sunday after Christmas. It is generally when we talk about Epiphany and the arrival of the wise ones or magi.

We talk of being overwhelmed with feelings. At last, an arrival, or the end of a journey. We have gone so far and finally have reached the destination. We might not know what will happen but we are finally at that place we were seeking.

It is a new year and we expect new things to happen and change. It might not be right away and it might not be what we expect. But something will

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1st Sunday After Christmas

1st Sunday After Christmas

I know the First Sunday After Christmas was nearly a week ago now....it was a tough time for me. Today was the first day I felt awake and ready for the time.

I read the words on this page and smiled. I was able to take some time to look up at the sky this year. I searched for the bright star on the 21st, I watched as the moon shone on the snow, and I counted the lights I could see from my window.

Praise God in every way and in every place you can. It might not be

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