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Guide Update and New Summary Page Added

posted Dec 31, 2018, 4:20 PM by David Brailey   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 2:18 AM ]

The Guide has been updated by us trying to simplify a few of the tasks.
To give you a quick overview of the programme a Summary page has been added.

As always your feedback most welcome.

Grandparent of the Year Award

posted Dec 17, 2018, 9:30 PM by David Brailey   [ updated Dec 27, 2018, 12:43 AM ]

Our G4G facilitator Ron Sunderland was delighted to be awarded the Port Stephens Grandparent of the Year Award for 2018. The award was presented by NSW MP Kate Washington at the Tea Gardens Library on Monday 10th December 2018.
The photo shows Ron (on the Left) with fellow G4G facilitator David Brailey.

The following article appeared in the local paper:

Aurora Article

posted Feb 15, 2018, 3:15 PM by David Brailey

Aurora,  the magazine of the Newcastle and Maitland Catholic Diocese, recently published a great article on Granddads - see the link below

Welcome to 2018

posted Jan 18, 2018, 2:50 PM by David Brailey   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 2:54 PM ]

2018 has started and with kids and grandkids visits over, it is good to consider what is ahead in a quieter atmosphere.

I had 2 close friends pass away over the holidays and it made me reflect that we can never know how long we have.   So my first point is:

The time to pray is NOW:

      - We don’t know how long we have

      - Our grandkids need prayer NOW – for what’s happening NOW

      - We can sow into their lives NOW things that will help them in their future

The second point is a reflection on what the New Year brings.  New challenges for our grandkids, such as schools, relationships, jobs, families.  May God go with them in all their ventures and adventures, guiding their footsteps.  What a great promise it is that God will do this.

With the holidays over there is much to be thankful for:

       - Safe holiday travel and adventures

       - Good family times

       - New friendships developed

Finally, as a Granddad we need to make that extra effort:

       - Just doing ‘normal’ won’t always set us apart in our grandkids eyes

       - It’s a great time to consider writing to, and praying for our grandkids to let them know we are travelling with them, and that we are interested in them (not                   just when they are with us or when we see them at holidays)

      -  It’s going the ‘extra mile’ that makes the difference

We can be the ones helping to make their lives count.

God bless as we start this year and enjoy the responsibilities of being a mighty “Granddad”.

Q & A's

posted Nov 11, 2017, 3:43 PM by Ronald Sunderland   [ updated Nov 11, 2017, 3:51 PM ]

Q. Why can’t we pray for people other than just our grandchildren?

A. Most definitely you can!  The emphasis to pray for your grandkids does not mean in any way you can’t pray for others e.g. their parents, teachers, friends – in fact anyone who may be associated with your grandchild.  Our grandkids are the glue that bring us together but if there are other things on your heart to pray for, go for it!  We suggest you let the others in your group know that this is what you are including in your prayers.  If the group transitions in to a more general group or prayer group that is great by us.  We are confident there will prayers for your grandkids somewhere along the line!  We have found that as our awareness of our grandkids’ needs grow so do our prayers increase for them.


Q. We can’t organise it to be three consecutive weeks - does that matter?

A. Not in the least. The important thing is to get together when you can.  We have found that when granddads do get together, though they might be hesitant at first they become more eager to meet again and again.  This is always great to discover.

4th Granddads Group Underway

posted Oct 11, 2017, 3:23 PM by Ronald Sunderland

The 4th Granddads4Grandkids group had its first meeting.

First Reunion comments

posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:27 AM by David Brailey   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 2:44 PM by Ronald Sunderland ]

At our first reunion for granddads who attended the first couple of groups came the following comments:
  • "I am certainly more aware of my relationships with my grandchildren and the need to pray for them."
  • "My teenage grandchildren couldn't read my best handwriting! I was amazed!"
  • "Communication with my grandkids has improved and I said to them 'text me if there is anything that comes up.' "
  • "Next month and also a few months later our first great grandkids are expected. Exciting but lots more to pray for!"
  • "I have an increased sense of my responsibility as a granddad, and my need for patience."

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