• Most of us agree with the sentiment that it’s good to give! But the reality is that giving is not always easy. So why is giving ‘good’?

    Firstly, giving is good for those who are getting! Who doesn’t love a gift – no matter how small? A simple smile and word of encouragement can be enough to turn your day around. When we see others doing something for us – or giving something to us – we feel loved. We feel a connection to that other person, and feel as though that other person cares for us.

    Sometimes, though, it can be hard to receive. Sometimes we can feel uneasy or unworthy of someone else’s gift. But being able to receive a gift is being able to receive someone else’s care and affection.

    But giving is also great for the givers! The old saying that ‘it is better to give than to receive’ is true – and it’s been scientifically proven! Studies have shown that giving makes the giver feel good – so much so that volunteering and helping others is often suggested as a treatment for people suffering from depression.

    But like receiving, it can be hard to give. We can have so many insecurities about what we are going to give – will they like it? Will it be enough? Will it be accepted? Being able to give a gift is being able to consider your care and affection as something worthy of receiving.

    You see? Giving and receiving go hand in hand. Both acts require both people to understand their worth – that what I have to give has worth – and that I am worthy to receive such a gift.

    Both givers and receivers need each other – because no matter who we are, we want to belong and share life with others. The act of giving is at the heart of what it means to belong.

    One of the five core values of mainly music and mainly play is generosity. As volunteers, our mainly music and mainly play teams each week give so much of their time, energy and heart into their sessions. Parents and care givers give their time and attention to their little ones each week in music, story and song. And the little ones give us all their smiles, their giggles of contentment, and give us the joy of watching them grow and learn.

    And with of all of this giving to one another – we are all receivers!

    From the Bible: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

  • 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

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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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