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Forty days and 40 prompts

Being able to digitally connect with our communities is not only helpful for communication, but also can be another way to engage our community in spiritual practices. Lent gives us an opportunity to take up a faith practice for 40…
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New year, new beginning

This past year has seen Chris Phillips develop a new digital book club: Progressive Pages. Out of a desire to create ‘a space for people to dig deeper into Christianity’, Chris thought a book club could be a perfect way…
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What’s up with WhatsApp?

Staying connected with parents, leaders or just the church community has always been important. Navigating the world of online communication is still a daunting task, however, many communities are using WhatsApp as a simple way to build and connect community.…
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You, me, Christmas and the internet

This year the Revised Common Lectionary has us exploring the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Luke, particularly looking at Luke 2:1-14, verses 8-14 which go something like this: 8 The Shepherds were not at Jesus’ birth as they were…
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Child safety and Christmas pageants

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and the storytelling, pageants, nativity plays, and stage shows are around the corner. These are great opportunities for the children in our communities to be seen up the front, participating in the retelling of…
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Parental guide to digital safety

By Kelly Skilton The internet is full of the fun, creative and joyous memes, videos and dances, however, it is also full of the scary, adult-only and dangerous corners of the dark web … so where do you start when…
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Holistic digital practices

By Kelly Skilton When reading The Gospel reading from the RCL this week, I was left with the question, ‘How are you to give to God what belongs to God in the digital world?’ Often people are so easy to…
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Digital community strategies

By Kelly Skilton By gathering together we create opportunities for people to build connections, regardless of whether we are onsite together or online. Our Digital CARPETS remind us that our digital ‘rooms’ need to be safe and welcoming by addressing…
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Social media and justice

By Kelly Skilton A globalised world has not only connected people together everywhere, but it has also helped us to see the impact that we can have when we advocate for others. The coming month, there are two justice campaigns…
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Act2 and our future

By Kelly Skilton If you have not heard what the Act2 Project is about, feel free to click on the links below: What and Why is it called Act2 Act2 Project Information Act2 Project Plan Hopefully these links have helped…
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Communication made easy

By Kelly Skilton When it comes to family connections and digital media, computers do not always get a good rap. The stories are usually along the lines of children being ‘glued’ to their phones, games and tablets rather than spending…
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Zoom in and connect online

By Kelly Skilton Through the ‘Connecting with Community Series’ I hope to introduce to you a range of digital mediums, however, it may also be about reminding you of things that our communities are frequently using to connect. In this…
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Fun times with Kahoot!

By Kelly Skilton There is more to the digital world then sharing information into the ether. There are many ways we can connect with each other, build communities and help learn more about who we are, who others are and…
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Habits transform our faith

By Kelly Skilton In his book, Surprise the World. The Five Habits of Highly Missional People, Michael Frost explores five ‘regular rhythms or habits that transform our everyday lifestyles’ (P.17): Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn and Sent. Some of these practices…
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Safe ‘Digital’ Church

We know children today are connecting across the digital landscape, but how are we able to recognise safe and supportive digital spaces? Getting our heads around Safe Church in the digital world can be overwhelming; luckily we have some digital…
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Digital rooms and CARPETS

By Kelly Skilton When we gather together we create opportunities for people to build connections. The digital world is no different, and there are an abundance of places people meet in. For these digital “rooms” to be safe and welcoming…
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NAIDOC 2020 resources

Below is a ’boutique’ list of resources to engage young people in conversation around the significant of NAIDOC week. As always, if you think something is missing, please get in touch! The NAIDOC website seems a good place to start…
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A Framework for Online Intergen Worship

In Victoria, churches have been gathering online in various ways for six months, and the end of this season remains beyond the horizon. Digital church gatherings may continue to be part of our communities going forward, as many have discovered…