Food Bank Report – May 2012


Come into the Kauri Glen – make it your inner room for just a while

See the dappled sunlight on the barks of many trees standing in rank and file

Smell the damp, dank darkness, feel the shade that cools

The way where steps lead to a stream of quiet pools

Come sit a while. Don’t ponder what or why

Just see the straight tall masts reach endless to the sky

Come witness just how dwarfed the human life midst timeless giants like these

And give your praise to God who has made man and trees




Food Bank Report


If you think the food bank would like it, be rest assured you are correct! We have some extended families to help recently and such parcels are inclined to run the stocks low rather rapidly. In some instances we are out of stock completely, and these items have an asterisk beside them in the list which follows:


*Sugar                                       *Tinned beans                                        Biscuits

Tinned vegetables                  *Rice                                                          *Tinned Fish

All jams                                       All tinned fruit                                       *Instant coffee

*Vegemite                                 *Honey                                                    Peanut Butter

*Clothes washing powder                                                                       *Pasta

*Pasta sauce                             *Spaghetti                                              Dishwashing liquid

*Drinking chocolate/Cocoa


Matthew Davies

p.s.  The food  bank was closed for three weeks, recently because they had run out of food.


April 30, 2012 in Notices by

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Floral Afternoon 2012 Style – May 2012

In 1933 the Northcote Presbyterian Church (it was not then called St Aidans) was in financial distress and unable to afford to pay the council rates. The women of the church took it upon themselves to raise the money for the rates by holding a Daffodil Day. This was a great success and Daffodil Day was held annually. Several years later the name was changed to the Floral Afternoon. The church was bedecked with floral arrangements made from the parishioners’ gardens. Women from the other churches and throughout the district were invited to attend a Thursday afternoon concert in September followed by a lavish afternoon tea. The rates were paid!

It is now 79 years later and the Floral Afternoon still continues. Of course there have been changes over the years. The date was changed from the third to the fourth Thursday. Some years ago another change was to discontinue selling cut flowers from a stall. No doubt there have been other changes that we in 2012 do not know about.

It is time to make another change to fit in with modern people’s lives. The church will still be decorated with masses of flowers to a theme. There will still be a concert with items of a high standard. There will of course be heaps of food offered.

But it will have a change of name, not yet decided upon. Perhaps it will be called, “A Floral Affair”, or “A Floral Feast” – feast of flowers, feast of items, feast of food.

The afternoon tea will be in the form of a High Tea with the audience seated at tables and concert items interspersed with servings of savouries and cakes. Robin Baxter is intending to set up a table at church on 6 May to show people what is envisaged for the somewhat dramatic change of style.

It will be held on a Saturday – 15 September – when families are more free to attend. Flowers and items are not just for women to enjoy, but men and children alike. Men are welcome to participate in the arrangements and the organizers hope that, with a little tuition, children will make the window arrangements the night before – another Friday Fun night!

A hostess will be required to set and preside over each of the tables and we invite volunteers to fill this role to speak to a member of the committee – at this stage Margaret King, Robin Baxter, Mary Boyd or Pat Reid.

Pat Reid, Finance Committee




April 30, 2012 in A Little Extra by

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Kids’ Stuff – May 2012

Hi kids,

I hope you all had a good holiday. The weather was so lovely and warm wasn’t it? Perhaps it was the summer coming late!

Now that it is the second term we have a busy time for you at St Aidans.

First of all there is MESSY CHURCH on 4 May – an evening for all the family. It starts at 5.30 and ends about 8pm. There will be a short worship, dinner, and an activity hour.

Those who came to the first MESSY CHURCH enjoyed a lovely dinner of macaroni cheese followed by the yummiest chocolate cakes. Everyone enjoyed getting messy making our Palm Sunday donkey and other activities. These were used in Kids n All the next Sunday. Maybe the donkey will be with us at Christmas time.

Kids n All follows on Sunday 6 May at 10am. This time we will be getting in a big tangle! Come and find out what this is all about. Bring the whole family and your friends too.

For those who enjoyed our Friday Fun Nights last year we have another series starting on 11 May and going through to 1 June. Look elsewhere in this newsletter for more details.

Registration forms are available at Church or by emailing me at .

Tell your friends about Friday Fun Nights – but we need to know who is coming so we have enough dinner for everyone.

The First Friday Fun Night on the 11th will be making things for Mum for Mothers’ Day.

And then there is Rise and Shine on Sunday 20 May at 8.30am. This time we will have a challenge for everyone to see how strong you are!

I hope we will see you at some of these Kids Friendly events. They are going to be a lot of fun!

This month smile at everyone you meet and see how many smiles come back to you J J J.

Take care everyone,


April 30, 2012 in Kids Stuff by

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St Aidans Meandering – May 2012

Greetings –  What a beautiful spell of weather we had in April.  Easter stayed fine for the campers, despite forecasts for rain.  Great for school holidays.  Gisborne had a rough time with major flooding and huge slips, one of which destroyed the railway line, causing major transportation problems for harvested crops.

There seemed to be many bright spots in the early season of winter sport – the Black Sticks raised our hopes by beating Australia early in the tournament, only to be pipped by them in the final.  The highlight had to be the Breakers’ win over the Perth Wildcats – that gave everyone a lift.  Early season netball was exciting, with games won and lost by one goal – hopefully Auckland Mystics will come back to winning form!

Much has been happening in our church community. While Alf was on leave we welcomed Greg from the Methodist fellowship to lead the service on 15 April, after an enjoyable ‘Rise and Shine’ breakfast.  We hosted N.S. Presbytery at the end of April when there was a presentation on Community Ministries and Kids Friendly and our other activities.

We continue to uphold Anne and Don as they cope with health problems.

Our sincere condolences to our dear Mary in the loss of her son Don.  Nothing prepares us for the loss of a son or daughter and Mary Arblaster and Don were specially “good mates”.  Our love to you Mary.

BIRTHDAYS   Ralph celebrates his 75th milestone this month, as well as the 40th anniversary of his arrival in N.Z. Congrats Ralph – we glad you decided to come to Kiwiland.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY  Gerald and Kay  make their anniversary this month – congrats and good wishes.

OUT AND ABOUT  Margaret Shepherd enjoyed her tour of the North with Travelwise (not Moa Trek as previously mentioned) and the cruise in the Bay of Islands aboard ‘Ipipiri’ was delightful.

Andre & Helene talked on Skype with daughter Karen, now living in Lyon (France) for her work as a Scientific Editor. She had fun showing her parents round her apartment  by phone so that they can now picture exactly where she lives. Karen says she has very little French but is learning fast !!

Don had the pleasure of having No. 2 son Greg to stay for a month while he was involved in the transport side of a film production called “Emperor”.  This is based on the time just after WW2 when General McArthur ruled Japan. The location sites chosen to represent outdoor scenes in Japan were amazing:  Monte Cecilia was a stand-in for an Embassy in Tokyo;  cement works, Warkworth, and the wreck of a freezing works fire at Southdown for bomb damaged areas of Tokyo;  even the local Hato Petera was used for one scene.  Most of the filming was done at night because the lighting could be controlled, so Don didn’t see much of Greg as he slept during the day !!

Ralph & Rosemarie attended a memorable concert for Easter.  In spite of a slightly negative review in the Herald, they thoroughly enjoyed the performance of “Et Resurrexit” by the Graduate Choir and Auckland Baroque at Holy Trinity Cathedral.  It was a glorious Easter celebration on a scale that was not lost on the appreciative audience that filled the Cathedral.  Lovers of sacred music were well rewarded for their attendance.  It was a rich cultural experience not to be missed.

Pat and Colin had enjoyable sailing in the Hauraki Gulf over Easter, making the most of the good weather.

Edith has been exploring a few of the local tracks in Le Roy’s, Kauri Glen and Chelsea. On one of those magnificent ‘blue’ days she had a sizeable walk over Shakespeare Park, Whangaparaoa.  Tiritiri was ‘just over there’, Coromandel a little further away, and the yachts below were having a vigorous sail in a strong sou’-easter. Great panoramic views from the top of the track.  We are so fortunate to have these places to enjoy.

Alf tells us that, along with brother John from England, son Daniel and son- in- law Antony, he planned to walk the Tongariro Crossing.  Alas, after walking from Whakapapa to the Mangatepopo Hut, carrying a 15kg pack, he was unable to complete the crossing.  The rest – younger and fitter – completed the tramp.  Alf says “sometimes a man has to know his limitations!”  Good on you Alf.

Be sure to mark your calendar with coming events.  Here’s one for ‘forward notice’  – – – There will be a fund raising JAZZ concert at St. Aidan’s with the Vintage Jazz Band on SATURDAY, 21 JULY AT 2 PM.  Tell your family and friends.


Go well and safely.

It is vain to say human beings might be satisfied

with tranquility; they must have action, and they

will make it if they cannot find it.

Charlotte Bronte (1816 ~ 1855)

April 30, 2012 in St Aidans Meandering by

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Roster April 2012

 1 APRIL *Mary Boyd
Audrey Walton
Robin Baxter
 Mary Boyd  Isabel Chambers
5/6 APRIL *Robin Baxter (7 pm)

*Jeanne van der Merwe(9.30 am)

Margaret King

Malcolm King



*Rosemarie Dawson

 Isabel Chambers

 John Chambers 
 Margaret King  Margaret King
 22 APRIL *Malcolm King

 Robin Baxter

Margaret King

 Avis Warren  Margaret King 
 29 APRIL *Margaret King

 Val Windross

Cam Windross

 Val Windross  Isabel Chambers

    6 May       *Nan Inkson

                           Kathleen Nicol                                          Nan Inkson          Isabel Chambers

Audrey Walton



April 6, 2012 in Newsletter, Rosters by

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