The Bible and the Newspaper

For a number of years now I’ve loved the Karl Barth quote about how we as Christians are called to hold the “Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” I think it holds a number of ideas pertinent to living as the people of God in 2017.

We believe that the scriptures reveal truths about who God is, but also about how he calls us to live as his peculiar and redeemed people. Continue reading

My Year of the Hermit Crab

10999507_10205023825688086_6181972284642536584_nI tend to refer to 2014 as my Year of the Hermit Crab. I finished High School at the end of 2012 and left my church of 10 years soon after. I then spent 2013 and 2014 ‘church hunting’, also known as ‘only going to church when I feel like it so every couple of months’. I didn’t ever think going to church was something you could get out of the habit of, but I very much got out of the habit of going to church. I didn’t walk away from the church in terms of my faith – during those 2 years I was still very active in youth ministry, worship and young adults’ ministry – I was just no longer part of a church community. Continue reading

Hot Chocolates

As we are well and truly in the throws of winter (cue ‘winter is coming’ references and memes all over your Facebook newsfeed), I have taken upon myself the difficult task of compiling the best Hot Chocolate recipes the internet has to offer for winter 2015. From salt to exotic spices, there’s something here for everyone:

Aztec Hot Chocolate:


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The recipe for this spicy goodness can be found here. Continue reading

Meet The Team: Katy


Kate is married to Tom and pretends to work in a bookshop (reading books, reading about books and getting paid to do it!). She enjoys travelling and just returned from an epic trip to Europe, including cycling around Barcelona, a riot in Berlin and touring the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Western Isles. She is passionate about encouraging leaders and loves to talk about what makes a great church for young adults.

 Currently reading: “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”, “The Post-Evangelical Debate” “God Wins (a response to Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’), but mostly just reads murder mysteries by Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh.

Meet The Team: Eleanor


Eleanor is a full time student and the University of Auckland, studying a conjoint Commerce and Music degree. Eleanor also works part time for AYM as a ministry assistant, including work with the Grace Collective! Eleanor works with Charlie to maintain our Facebook page, Instagram profile and blog (if you would like to contribute to any of these – let her know!). Eleanor has also been involved in organising the live music for the Grace Collective café events; if you play any kind of music she would love to hear from you! Eleanor’s life goals include being a drummer in a heavy metal screamo band and meeting Taylor Swift. She can be reached at
Currently reading: Relevant Magazine and WNTLM.