In recent weeks many of the freedoms we take for granted have been taken away from us while we find ways to protect as many as possible from the virus.

Those who know me are aware I am the privileged owner of a motorcycle.

 Harley Davidson has often been marketed as a Freedom Machine, and I have to admit it does give you a sense of freedom. 

With open throttle releasing fuel through the 50 mm carburettor you over take the car or truck, with the sun on your back and the wind in your face cruising down the open road, riding the sweeping curves and open stretches of sealed road with the v-twin throbbing through fishtail exhaust for a brief moment there is a sense of freedom that pauses the cares of the day  if only temporally.

Once you’re home again and the helmet, gloves and cut has been removed the reality of life kicks in and the ride slowly becomes a memory, one that you hope can be revived another day.

Freedom true freedom does not, or so it appears to me to come from mere symbols of freedom, such as a motorcycle.

We have many symbols in our house, some of which are shown below.

But as I look at them, they don’t conjure images of freedom. They may represent the idea of freedom, but do they bring freedom?

There is one cross at the bottom, which we purchased while on the NSW South Coast a couple of years ago. Sadly, the town where the artist live was decimated during the fires last summer.

The artist is portraying the cost of, and sacrifice of war.

Toy soldiers lie at the base of the cross, the carcass of a dead sea bird has been placed on one side while in the other a $ symbol.

Freedom, true freedom comes at a cost, the other symbols one a cross the other a crucifix  these are also symbols of freedom, but again these of themselves are not what brings freedom, much like my desire to be free while riding, perhaps they represent a freedom which comes via the actions of one person, that is so much more than the mere representation of objects.

I wonder if in these trying times we gain comfort from the symbols around us, those things which are familiar, I know I do, BUT, what really inspires me more is the reality that true freedom and the thing that gets us through difficult times in that reality that true freedom comes from Jesus, who is the icon of God and who sent the Holy Spirit and here where true freedom is found.

Freedom that brings Peace, Joy and Love, in spite of the trying circumstance.

Distractions R Us

Dear Friends,

Firstly a quick check in. Are you doing ok? Take a little time now to sit quietly and just check that you’re doing well. Any signs of anxiety or stress? If so reach out to someone. Make a call, talk to someone. Give me or one of the ministry team a ring and just have a chat. 

So how is isolation for you? Many people are finding it difficult to fill all the time productively. I spent some time last weekend looking at various options of things to do while at home. 

If you are reading this via the Dawn and don’t want to type the search suggestions, and want actual links, in just email the office and we’ll send you an email with all the links ready to go.  In the meantime, move your mouse to the line below the suggestion and click when the words or link appears! Like magic.

So there are loads of things to do at this time. 

How about a virtual tour of the major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria? Interested? Move your mouse to the line below and click when the words Virtual Tour appear.

If looking at art isn’t your thing what about making it? The NGV has drop by drawing classes – give one of them a go here – (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

While doing your art how about a nice glass of wine. Innocent Bystander are doing virtual wine tasting. I have no idea how It works but here’s the list and and the link to their Facebook page with more info. Fri, Apr 24: Gabbin ‘bout Gamay Fri, May 1: Chatting Chardonnay ((move your mouse to the next line to see the link))

When did you last visit Melbourne Museum? Well here’s your chance to have a virtual look round. Here’s their link – (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

When you’ve finished at the museum virtually cross the city and head for a walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens. Their information is here. (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

Fed up of the gardens – well learn to play an instrument. Fender have free guitar lessons for bass, guitar or even ukulele. Sign up here (move your mouse to the next line to see the link):

What about helping computers learn? You can play virtual Pictionary at Quick Draw. It’s an experiment to see if computers can learn to recognise human doodles. Try it here – (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

Yoga class?

Want to visit a new city try here (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

The State Library has loads to offer – books, music, learning. Go here and explore. (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

One of my favourite things to do is head to Melbourne Zoo. They have cameras set up on loads of animals – (move your mouse to the next line to see the link)

These are just some ideas. A quick google search will find loads more. Send in your favourites and I’ll update this list. Send your ideas to and mark them Stuff to do inside. 

Stay safe and keep washing your hands. 


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So how are you today?

Good morning, how are you?

This is the kind of question we often ask.

It has become something we do, often without really being prepared for any in depth response.

I’m just as guilty of this as anyone.

So what are we really asking?

Are we just being polite, just polite enough to appear interested in another’s wellbeing, or are we asking something which requires an honest and considered response?

In 2016, Ruth and I, along with our good friend Doc, had the opportunity and privilege to take a trip to New Zealand.

As part of that trip, we attended the NZ Chapter of God’s Squad cmc, National Run.

These times are held all over the parts of the world where God’s Squad have Chapters.

This particular year, the NZ Chapter President had arranged for us to meet at Parihaka.

Parihaka is located in the Taranaki region. (near New Plymouth for those who went to NZ with MWC).

In the 1870s and 80s reported to be the largest Maori village in NZ. (for those interested in history you might like to read up on the story)

The only other time I’ve been so emotionally connected to place was in the dessert in outback Australia, but that’s a story for another time.

I have included some photos from our time at the Marae. (meeting place).

I have maintained contact with the Marae’s Queen’s daughter and son in-law.

Below is the response I received back when I asked how they were….

We are on day one of shut down.

Dallas is an essential worker and has to go to work.

I’m an essential worker able to work from home so financially were okay.

Spiritually and mentally great for now and physically well…..

One could do with a bit of exercise.

What a great and considered response, a we’re doing ok, or fine thanks but, no, the response is very personal and honest. It covers so much more and is very personal. ( I sought and was given permission to use this).

During these times of life where what we are so used to has been interrupted by circumstances so out of our control, how will we respond when asked the question “how are you”? what will be your response? (and mine?).

It might be time for both the enquirer and enquiree to be a little more interested and honest. Of course this kind of personal and intimate conversation comes with trust and a relationship of mutual respect with people we know and trust.

Mount Taranaki has snow on the peaks all year.
The Hangi preparation @PW
The Meeting room @PW

The Meeting room was where stories are told, people connect through stories and sharing life. We all slept in this room, no shoes food or drinks allowed. Artefacts and pictures telling the history of the peaceful resistance of colonial invasion. 

So how ARE you today?

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Upcoming Events

11:00 am Tuesday Tea Too
Tuesday Tea Too
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stage 4 version: a second tea added during the six week Stay At Home order. Please contact the Elders, Ministers or Church Office for the Zoom information.
4:00 pm Tuesday Tea on Zoom
Tuesday Tea on Zoom
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please reach out to the church office, one of the Ministers or Elders for the meeting information!
10:00 am Bible Fellowship
Bible Fellowship
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The event occurs on Zoom until further notice.  Contact the office or one of the ministers for the Meeting ID and password for the information!
2:00 pm Cooking Chat
Cooking Chat
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
10:00 am Bible Fellowship
Bible Fellowship
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The event occurs on Zoom until further notice.  Contact the office or one of the ministers for the Meeting ID and password for the information!