Monthly Archives: April 2018

  • If you started humming a tune in your head when you read that question – then congratulations! You’re demonstrating right now the power of great songs that were sung when you were young to help you learn and have fun! And you haven’t forgotten!

    Our neighbourhoods have always been an important part of our lives – they directly impact our physical and mental wellbeing. Knowing the people around you gives you and your family a sense of belonging and the security of connectedness – which is important for coping with every day life as well as being vital in times of an emergency!

    Unfortunately, modern life has thrown many obstacles into our communities. We are working longer hours, commuting further away, building higher fences and using social media rather than participating in real social time. In fact, a Statistics NZ study in 2015 showed that 44% of New Zealanders felt they did not have any supportive people living close to them – and the same year a Social Wellness study found that only 4% of New Zealanders strongly agreed that they felt close to people in their local area.

    So how do we get to know our neighbours? Where do we look to find them?
    For those with young families, the mainly music and mainly play group run from the local church can be a place where community connections happen. From the largest cities to the smallest towns, mainly music and mainly play groups have become important community hubs – and places where life-long connections and friendships have been made.

    No where was this better demonstrated than in Christchurch, after the 2010/11 Earthquakes. The city centre and people’s homes were in ruins. However, where they could, many mainly music groups kept going – becoming places where families could gather, kids could sing and play, and adults draw strength.

    Our neighbourhoods are not just to be driven through – but to be a part of. Which is why at mainly music and mainly play, we see connection as one of our core vales: you can connect with your child and with your community through your local church. And, of course, at mainly music and mainly play your children will learn great fun songs that perhaps they’ll still be humming many years to come!

    From the Bible: “Each of us should please our neighbours for their good, to build them up.” Romans 15:2

  • One of mainly music and mainly play’s five core values is celebration. Celebration is dwelling on the enjoyable things in life – noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Looking out at the world, it’s easy to get dragged down with all the negativity that is thrown at us – so it does take some effort to stop and celebrate!

    So it is worth it? What is the point of celebration? Well it turns out that celebrating is actually good for us in a number of ways.

    Firstly, celebration allows us to focus on the important things of life – it gives us much needed perspective. Celebrating one another and special events recalibrates us to not lose sight of the important things in life!

    Celebrating also gives us a sense of belonging! Gathering together to celebrate a shared joy bonds us as a group. To belong is a core need we have as people – and we can do it through coming together in celebration.

    Finally – celebration is actually good for your health. Scientists concur that celebrating makes you feel better. It helps your body produce oxytocins and endorphins – natural chemicals which reduce stress, boost your immune system, allow you to achieve more and even live longer!

    Which is all why at mainly music and mainly play we choose to celebrate! Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, babies, children moving on to early childhood education or school, Chinese New Year, Matariki in New Zealand, Naidoc in Australia – there are so many reasons (or excuses!) to stop and celebrate!

    Celebration doesn’t need to involve an all-out party either. Just to stop and recognise is significant. Simple acts of kindness which are acts of love from the heart often have greater impact than bells and frills.

    So let us always find the reason and the room to put celebrations into our lives! It’s good for us!

    From the Bible: “... I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.”  John 10:10

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Fires, floods and other nasties
Families at risk
Bring connection during Covid-19
Fires, floods and other nasties
If there has been a natural (or man made) disaster in your country, like fires, floods or even terrorism, and you'd like to support the groups in that area, depending which country you give from, we'll make sure these groups get help. The money will go to celebration items (like Christmas books or birthday gifts) and financial support of the local groups affected.
Families at risk
We're connecting with families who don't always see the value of mainly music sessions first off - but when they attend other services provided by agencies and participate, their smiles return as they connect with their child. It fills mum's life and develops the bond with her children.
Bring connection during Covid-19
We have many stories where mothers say, "I went to my GP. I was told to go on medication. I found mainly music. I don't need medication at all." Post natal depression, social isolation, anxiety along with Covid-19 restrictions can stop anyone in their tracks. Contributing to this fund from anywhere in the world will help those mainly music groups who are struggling financially.
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