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Life in all its Fullness

1st January, 2015 When LifeWorks was still in its early planning stages, one of the hopes was that LifeWorks would be a place where people could come together to experience life in all its fullness. This comes from John 10:10 -  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). This verse indicates that there is something beyond merely living, that it is possible to have life, but in addition to have a “full” life. So what does it mean to “live life to the full”? Doing What you Love God created us with desires, passions and gifts. He gave each of us talents and abilities for a specific reason, and we each have something different to contribute to God’s Kingdom. Romans 12:6-8 says that we each have different gifts that have been given to us, and encourages us to do whatever gift we have been given. When we do what we love, we are working according to God’s will, and when we are working according to God’s will, we are able to reach our maximum potential. We are able to encourage others to do the same. Doing what you love feels good, because you are doing what you were uniquely designed to do. Part of living life in its fullness is recognizing and doing what God has created us for Loving People Once you know what it is that you love, you are able to use it to help others and to demonstrate God’s love for them, whether it be through time or your talents. Part of knowing Christ and living life in its fullest is sharing the joy, love and peace you receive through Him with others. Spending Time with God When we spend time with God - in prayer, in reflection, by reading the Bible, by worshipping him with our talents, we are living a life beyond the everyday and beyond ourselves. God is able to work through us and to speak to us when we take time out with Him. When Jesus is the center of something, suddenly anything becomes possible. Suddenly things that bothered us before or seemed important will slip away and over time we can build a fresh perspective on what it means to live an abundant life. From the very beginning LifeWorks vision is to help people see beyond living day to day, and step into a life that is abundant, rich and full of purpose. We recognize the importance of the arts in living an abundant life. God is creative by His nature, and Genesis 1:27 says that we are created in His image. This means that every single one of us has creativity inside of us, and it is our vision to see that creativity released and working to its fullest potential. By doing what we love, we aspire to show God’s love to people and worship God in the process. We aspire to see LifeWorks, as a living, breathing vibrant community, living life to the full, and inspiring others to do the same.

Mad Hatter’s (Un)Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015 This term’s Family Art Day fell on Valentine’s Day - this got us thinking about hearts, which got us thinking about the Queen of Hearts, which got us thinking about the Mad Hatter and Un- Birthdays and before we knew it we had an UnValentine’s Day planned. We had a day full of falling down the rabbit-hole into Wonderland, making love potions, Valentine’s Day Cards, cupcakes, Mad Hatter Hat’s and all sorts of wacky things for families to do together. The Queen of Heart and the Mad Hatter I must admit I have been a bit cynical in the past towards Valentine’s Day. I sometimes sympathize with those who dismiss Valentine’s Day as a corporate holiday (designed to make money from greeting cards and chocolate). I myself tend to be one of those people who dismiss it because every day should be an opportunity to celebrate love, not just the 14th February. Yet, as a kid I fondly remember baking heart shaped short bread with my mom, writing out personalized Valentine’s to each of my friends and going out in the neighbourhood to drop them into each person’s mailbox. Sure, we have every day to show our appreciation for our loved ones, but how often do we actually go out of our way to do this? 1 Peter says, “above all, love each other deeply”, that love “never fails” and that it is even greater than faith and hope. In fact, when asked to summarize God’s word, Jesus said “love God and love others”. If love is so important to us as Christians, why not use the one day a year that everyone is using the word “love” to show it to others? The great thing about the Mad Hatter UnValentine’s Day is that in all its “un-ness” it embodied all the good things about Valentine’s Day. At the Mad Hatter party, I was dressed as the Mad Hatter, walking around and being silly. It was so lovely to see children and families together, engaging in art and making things. As things were wrapping up, families were leaving with so many things that they had created together, and as I asked the kids about their creations, almost every single one told me about someone they had made something for. I was overwhelmed to see young people naturally making things for other people, not just themselves. A few kids even sacrificed their precious cupcakes to bring home to a friend or sibling! “Eat Me” - Yummy Cupcake Making! Looking around during our UnValentine’s Day I was happy to see that a day set aside for showing others you love them was being used to bring families together and to do kind things for other people. Any icy cynicism I might have had going into Valentine’s Day had melted away. UnValentine’s Day turned out to be a success, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t show our love to others every day of the year. So instead of dismissing Valentine’s Day, I’m going to try to challenge myself to live out every day as if it were (Un)Valentine’s Day and spread  a little love in the world. - Jenna For more Photos of Mad Hatter’s UnValentine’s Day, Click Here March 10, 2015 For today’s blog, we have a special guest, Tony Holden, who writes beautiful poems which can be found at http://www.tonyholden.org/. Here’s a little bit of what he has to say about his work: If asked why I write poems I would say something like this. I started writing poems when I was 20 and they have kept coming. I can identify four personal backstories to do with my poems as: a version of my diary; an alternate voice over the years to my very public voice as Methodist Minister; as concerned with ultimate human issues expressed in direct language; and, in retirement, as aimed at family occasions and our four grandchildren. All this is true but the poems are to do with my passion and commitment to ideas, imagination and truth-telling. I write them on the page and readers come to them in their own heads, by speaking them aloud or by listening to someone reading. Our website has a selection to 2010 and poems by year thereafter. There is also a selection kindly printed by a friend titled ‘Poems for people’ – these are all at  http://www.tonyholden.org/poems-th/ . Here is one of my poems – and then a few comments about it: 646 Reading not speaking, January 2013 Some lyricists play Their own songs; Some poets read Aloud their work; My words imprint The white space, For I think and write I touch and type On a digital page – Here my poems fit My ideas sit Waiting to be read; For the rhythm and rhyme Is in the line And the meaning - heedless of earlier drafts - Waterfalls down the page: And so I say Never doubt our human appetite For cruelty and killing, Never doubt our human capacity For laughter and compassion, I start a poem because of an idea, or some words I read, or something that happens to me. I number the title because my poems are numbered and dated! I do many drafts and alterations and thanks to word-processing there is no record of earlier versions. But for me, my poems are written on the page; much is left out; somethings, for me at least, are hidden in the margins. After some days or weeks when I am satisfied I print the poem off. I am mostly pleased with what I write and I hope others enjoy what I’ve written. And a second poem: 665 Being happy, July 2014 Happiness doesn’t always overflow It rests meniscus-like on the surface Sustaining my love of life; then Unbidden, it rises unconscious-like A joyful presence staining my whole being – Many thanks to Tony for his blog contribution!

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1st January, 2015 When LifeWorks was still in its early planning stages, one of the hopes was that LifeWorks would be a place where people could come together to experience life in all its fullness. This comes from John 10:10 -  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (NIV). This verse indicates that there is something beyond merely living, that it is possible to have life, but in addition to have a “full” life. So what does it mean to “live life to the full”? Doing What you Love God created us with desires, passions and gifts. He gave each of us talents and abilities for a specific reason, and we each have something different to contribute to God’s Kingdom. Romans 12:6-8 says that we each have different gifts that have been given to us, and encourages us to do whatever gift we have been given. When we do what we love, we are working according to God’s will, and when we are working according to God’s will, we are able to reach our maximum potential. We are able to encourage others to do the same. Doing what you love feels good, because you are doing what you were uniquely designed to do. Part of living life in its fullness is recognizing and doing what God has created us for Loving People Once you know what it is that you love, you are able to use it to help others and to demonstrate God’s love for them, whether it be through time or your talents. Part of knowing Christ and living life in its fullest is sharing the joy, love and peace you receive through Him with others. Spending Time with God When we spend time with God - in prayer, in reflection, by reading the Bible, by worshipping him with our talents, we are living a life beyond the everyday and beyond ourselves. God is able to work through us and to speak to us when we take time out with Him. When Jesus is the center of something, suddenly anything becomes possible. Suddenly things that bothered us before or seemed important will slip away and over time we can build a fresh perspective on what it means to live an abundant life. From the very beginning LifeWorks vision is to help people see beyond living day to day, and step into a life that is abundant, rich and full of purpose. We recognize the importance of the arts in living an abundant life. God is creative by His nature, and Genesis 1:27 says that we are created in His image. This means that every single one of us has creativity inside of us, and it is our vision to see that creativity released and working to its fullest potential. By doing what we love, we aspire to show God’s love to people and worship God in the process. We aspire to see LifeWorks, as a living, breathing vibrant community, living life to the full, and inspiring others to do the same.

Mad Hatter’s (Un)Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015 This term’s Family Art Day fell on Valentine’s Day - this got us thinking about hearts, which got us thinking about the Queen of Hearts, which got us thinking about the Mad Hatter and Un-Birthdays and before we knew it we had an UnValentine’s Day planned. We had a day full of falling down the rabbit-hole into Wonderland, making love potions, Valentine’s Day Cards, cupcakes, Mad Hatter Hat’s and all sorts of wacky things for families to do together. The Queen of Heart and the Mad Hatter I must admit I have been a bit cynical in the past towards Valentine’s Day. I sometimes sympathize with those who dismiss Valentine’s Day as a corporate holiday (designed to make money from greeting cards and chocolate). I myself tend to be one of those people who dismiss it because every day should be an opportunity to celebrate love, not just the 14th February. Yet, as a kid I fondly remember baking heart shaped short bread with my mom, writing out personalized Valentine’s to each of my friends and going out in the neighbourhood to drop them into each person’s mailbox. Sure, we have every day to show our appreciation for our loved ones, but how often do we actually go out of our way to do this? 1 Peter says, “above all, love each other deeply”, that love “never fails” and that it is even greater than faith and hope. In fact, when asked to summarize God’s word, Jesus said “love God and love others”. If love is so important to us as Christians, why not use the one day a year that everyone is using the word “love” to show it to others? The great thing about the Mad Hatter UnValentine’s Day is that in all its “un-ness” it embodied all the good things about Valentine’s Day. At the Mad Hatter party, I was dressed as the Mad Hatter, walking around and being silly. It was so lovely to see children and families together, engaging in art and making things. As things were wrapping up, families were leaving with so many things that they had created together, and as I asked the kids about their creations, almost every single one told me about someone they had made something for. I was overwhelmed to see young people naturally making things for other people, not just themselves. A few kids even sacrificed their precious cupcakes to bring home to a friend or sibling! “Eat Me” - Yummy Cupcake Making! Looking around during our UnValentine’s Day I was happy to see that a day set aside for showing others you love them was being used to bring families together and to do kind things for other people. Any icy cynicism I might have had going into Valentine’s Day had melted away. UnValentine’s Day turned out to be a success, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t show our love to others every day of the year. So instead of dismissing Valentine’s Day, I’m going to try to challenge myself to live out every day as if it were (Un)Valentine’s Day and spread  a little love in the world. - Jenna For more Photos of Mad Hatter’s UnValentine’s Day, Click Here March 10, 2015 For today’s blog, we have a special guest, Tony Holden, who writes beautiful poems which can be found at http://www.tonyholden.org/. Here’s a little bit of what he has to say about his work: If asked why I write poems I would say something like this. I started writing poems when I was 20 and they have kept coming. I can identify four personal backstories to do with my poems as: a version of my diary; an alternate voice over the years to my very public voice as Methodist Minister; as concerned with ultimate human issues expressed in direct language; and, in retirement, as aimed at family occasions and our four grandchildren. All this is true but the poems are to do with my passion and commitment to ideas, imagination and truth-telling. I write them on the page and readers come to them in their own heads, by speaking them aloud or by listening to someone reading. Our website has a selection to 2010 and poems by year thereafter. There is also a selection kindly printed by a friend titled ‘Poems for people’ – these are all at http://www.tonyholden.org/poems-th/ . Here is one of my poems – and then a few comments about it: 646 Reading not speaking, January 2013 Some lyricists play Their own songs; Some poets read Aloud their work; My words imprint The white space, For I think and write I touch and type On a digital page – Here my poems fit My ideas sit Waiting to be read; For the rhythm and rhyme Is in the line And the meaning - heedless of earlier drafts - Waterfalls down the page: And so I say Never doubt our human appetite For cruelty and killing, Never doubt our human capacity For laughter and compassion, I start a poem because of an idea, or some words I read, or something that happens to me. I number the title because my poems are numbered and dated! I do many drafts and alterations and thanks to word-processing there is no record of earlier versions. But for me, my poems are written on the page; much is left out; somethings, for me at least, are hidden in the margins. After some days or weeks when I am satisfied I print the poem off. I am mostly pleased with what I write and I hope others enjoy what I’ve written. And a second poem: 665 Being happy, July 2014 Happiness doesn’t always overflow It rests meniscus-like on the surface Sustaining my love of life; then Unbidden, it rises unconscious-like A joyful presence staining my whole being – Many thanks to Tony for his blog contribution!
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