“Beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty,” Mr O’Donohue wrote in his 2003 book Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace.
The UCAF (Uniting Church Adult Fellowship) at St John’s Uniting Church in Phillip Island pondered on the words of John O’Donohue as they reflected on beauty as an expression of God’s presence.
In October, the Phillip Island UCAF gathered to learn skincare and make-up techniques from their new minister, Rev Ian Turnnidge.
Mr Turnnidge is a trained beauty therapist. Prior to his ordination in June 2016, he worked with cosmetics company Estee Lauder and taught beauty therapy at TAFE.
He shared skincare tips with congregation members and demonstrated make-up techniques for easier daily routines.
“Being mindful of our daily grooming can not only make us look and feel better, but also ensure we are caring for ourselves properly,” Mr Turnnidge said.
“One member commented how the discipline of taking care of yourself, especially when you are widowed or live alone, is an important part of remaining positive.
“Another member remarked how in taking care of your skin, even with the most simple and inexpensive of moisturisers for face and body, you can protect yourself from minor skin irritations. And with summer on our doorstep, it is a timely reminder for sun protection.”
Mr Turnnidge will also share his skills as part of the Look Good, Feel Better campaign, which helps women adjust to the effects of cancer treatments.
The fellowship continued over afternoon tea as members shared stories of the hard labour of hand washing before the invention of the electronic washing machine. The congregation remarked that beauty can also be captured in the gift of technology like the washing machine.