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 Dear First Church folk,

Recently, members of my family arrived from Auckland and Australia for a function here in Dunedin.  It was a great time to catch up. I particularly appreciated long conversations with my mother recalling      memories of mine and my siblings’ childhood and how she observed our development. It also provided an opportunity to talk of hopes for the future. Sharing together our stories (including the good and bad) had a powerful effect upon our relationship. Love and appreciation for my mother has grown immensely.

I came across an article that affirmed what I had experienced. In sharing it with you I hope that storytelling may encourage your relationships both in and outside of the congregation.

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