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Sunday morning - weekly worship engaging with the ancient faith and its radical heart of grace at 10 am followed by morning tea.

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Wednesday and Friday - Op Shop sorting.  Come from 9-12 and help sort the treasure from the trash.  First picks and free morning tea, too.

Friday - Op Shop open from 4 30 to 6.

Saturday morning - Op Shop open from 9am til 12pm, Frilly's from 9:30 til 11:30am and the Mulch Pit Community Garden open indefinitely.


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Report from Camp - Creating Sunday morning (Part 1)

We gathered at 9 30 in the main shed at Riyala campsite, around two tables pushed together and covered in blank newsprint. We threw a metal biscuit tin full of crayons out across the blank field. There was a cup in the middle of the papers, bursting with bright bouganvillea and red and yellow croton leaves.

The first question to the group circled around the tables was to confirm that we felt confident to start with a truly blank page. We were creating a special gathering time without any props, prompts or prior thinking. Everyone said, "Yes!"

Then we asked ourselves, "What do we want to feel at the end of our gathering time?" The answers included - connected, at peace, belonging, happy, part of community, and connection to nature. The follow-on question was, "What do we want to know at the end?" We said we wanted to know belonging and community.

We filled the pages with everything at hand and what we could imagine doing together to arrive at these visions. What was in that place and in that moment that we could use creatively to get to where we wanted to go?

We divided into two groups and "worked it." One group would focus on getting us into the gathering time, the other on taking us out of it. We would trust the process and meet in the middle...

Here's what emerged.

The gathering group drummed us into the gathering area, a clearing down the track a bit from the shed. Far enough away to be special, but close enough and accessible to all abilities.

A couple of people from that group greeted everyone at the entrance to the clearing, and invited us to take 2 pieces of smashed pottery with us as we simply entered the space and were to just be there for a bit, looking, smelling, sensing, feeling, being there.

Part of the setting was a drum circle of 3 drummers and two people pouring water from one vessel to another. People walked, danced, sat and took it all in, bringing themselves to the space and the moment. 

When everyone had gathered, we were invited to move in closer around the drumming circle. A blank tile was placed on the ground by the drummers. We were invited to put our shards onto the tile. A pattern emerged as we created it collectively. We were asked to step back and, while the drums played, look at the creation from different angles. When the drums stopped a couple of times, we were to pay attention to this new perspective on the creation.

We were led in singing, Jubilate Deo, a lively and rich Taize community chant as a round.

We listened to a reading about the universe being about energy, not structure.

This was the end of the first half, the coming in.

A second installment of the story, the going out half, will be here soon.



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