A Floral Affair – August 2012



(previously Floral Afternoon)

                                                     Flowers, Concert, High Tea

is to be held on

SATURDAY 15 September at 2pm at St Aidans

Tables will be set in the Church. Concert Items will alternate with the serving of the High Tea.

The Church will be decorated as usual with Flowers to the Theme: Lavender and Lace

Tickets will be sold for this fund-raising event

$20 adults, $10 children

                                                             Helpers are needed

Can you volunteer for

       1.    Being in charge of setting and/or hosting


       2.    To make & bring along a plate or plates of small        sandwiches, savouries, or cakes.

Enquiries to: Margaret King    483-5680

Pat Reid              480-5749


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St Aidan’s Meandering – August 2012

Greetings –  What a wonderful sight it was to see the picture of the Magic netball win in the Trans Tasman League – and what a fitting conclusion for a brave Irene van Dyk who must have had to draw on every ounce of her resources to play the match when she really wanted to be in South Africa.  Even the confetti that shot out of the canons during the presentation of the trophies was in Waikato colours !  Thank you, Magic for the excitement of a win.


Eyes will be on the Olympics as competition gets under way and thoughts will be with our athletes as they take on the best.  An interesting documentary on TV1 late July presented a picture of the Lydiard/Halberg/Snell golden era and the unsophisticated background and training of N.Z. athletes embarking on the Olympic scene.  Though barred from accompanying the team to the Games, Lydiard attended under his own steam, kept contact with the athletes (through the fence) and saw his coaching methods proved best in the medal winning performance.  Later they were adopted all over the world.


Our dear Don was farewelled in a fitting service of love in July, when folk came from near and far to pay tribute to Don.  He and Anne had been a great team for over 60 years and one of Don’s colleagues recalled attending his ordination 62 years ago.  He had touched many lives and been a friend to many.

Betty is undergoing further treatment at Auckland Hospital, assisted by the Cancer Society with transport.  She sometimes requires back up transport from friends.  Good on you Betty for your positive attitude.

Kath is in our thoughts as she recovers from surgery.  Mary is at home after a spell in hospital and welcomes visitors.


We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY this month to Sheila B, Don M, Mary B, Muriel J (97), Joan S, Lucy B.  Have a happy day folks.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY congratulations to Margaret & Malcolm and Nan & Kerr.


It was interesting at REFRESH 2 to look at how far we had come since the first meeting.  The outreach to the community was evidenced by the number of activities listed in the back page of our flyer for the Jazz concert.

The Friday Fun Nights will be held once a term now, the first being on 27 July.


A big THANK YOU  to all who supported our JAZZ CONCERT on 14 July.  It was good to see our church full, enjoying the music of the Vintage Jazz Band, as well as the (famous) St. Aidans afternoon tea. The bonus was seeing folk leaving the concert with a smile on their faces.  The fund raising was successful too, being over $2000.  Great to be part of the “Team” in action – all departments – Thank you.

BUILDING BRIDGES continues with volunteers helping at Northcote Primary with coaching maths, reading etc. Always room for more helpers.



Andre and Helene spent two months in parts of the U.S.A.  They were fortunate to have warm seaside holidays as part of their trip. Their son Johan was able to join them at Panama City Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida and they loved the white sands and warm sea.  While with Johan in Dallas they visited the Aboretum to view an exhibition of glass sculptures, which was one of the highlights of their trip. Helene plans to share this with the Roast Meet lunch folk.  Daughter Karen flew from France for a week with them in Dallas, also celebrating her birthday there.  Karen is settling down in her new home in Lyon.  Andre and Helene had ten days in Fiji with Paul, Annalie, Hannah and Christina before coming home, and enjoyed a day trip on a catamaran, with the whole family snorkelling.


Liz and David are off on French Adventure #2, leaving in August and returning sometime in 2013. They will again look after a small chateau near Carcassonne in the south of France where they lived in 2009, maintaining it for the American owners.  They hope their knowledge of French will improve and intend to do more exploring and travelling. They will keep a ‘blog’ which you will find on, if you would like to keep in touch. David will have monthly meetings via Skype and they will follow St A’s news via the website.  Good luck Liz & David


Our Robin is off with a group of friends to celebrate the 50th birthday of one friend at the Eiffel Tower and a cruise on the Seine.  She will be away five weeks in Europe, visiting parts of the south of France, northern Italy and Switzerland, flying home from Zurich.  We look forward to the tales she will have on her return.  All the best Robin.


Back on the home front, Edith was turning the clock back by taking a walking weekend with family and friends at Scandrett’s Regional Park on the Mahurangi Peninsula – she will be in a sleeping bag, in a bunk !!  Will she survive? Watch this space ………..



(J.C. Watts)


Go well and safely    ……………………………………………


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2012 Winter Speaker Series


St Aidans Presbyterian Church

2012 Winter Speaker Series


Abortion        Euthanasia       Suicide


 This year the topics are ones that are in the ‘not easy’ basket.

What is your opinion?

Do you have an opinion?

How much do you know?

An opportunity to:

      be informed

          have ideas challenged

           have questions answered

Each evening will start with coffee and sweets,

a guest speaker,

and time for questions and discussion


St Aidans Presbyterian Church

97 Onewa Road

(parking off Woodside Ave)

12, 19 and 26 August

6.30 – 8pm


For any queries please

call 480 2193


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Connections & Communications – August 2012

  • Pilgrim Productions-  Social & Fund Raising Opportunity- By pre-booking 45 seats or more, St Aidans has the opportunity to obtain a “deal” price for a group booking to attend the production of the on stage comedy  “GLOURIUS”. ( This play with music is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a soprano of doubtful talent).  If sufficient interest is shown by Sunday August 12th. a booking will be made. The price is $22.

Date planed is either, Saturday September 29th. at 2 p.m., or Friday 28th at 8 p.m.


A schedule to record your interest is available at the Church each Sunday up to 12th August .


  • Vote for Moderator Designate- The Church Council has indicated its vote for Moderator Designate of PCANZ (two years hence) in the following  preferential order of those nominated :-  1. Rev. Fakaofo Kaio (Onehunga); 2. Rev. David Brown ( Ashburton); 3.  Rev. Martin Stewart (Bryndwr, Christchurch); 4.  Rev. Andrew Norton (Botany Downs Ak.);  5. Rev. Emma Keown (Glenfield).



  • Rev. Alf certified as in “GOOD STANDING” –  New regulations require all practicing  Presbyterian Ministers to  undergo an intensive “REVIEW” process every five/six years. Our Minister, Alf Taylor, has recently been subject to such a “check”, and has now received an official certificate declaring him to be a Minister in Good Standing. This qualification applies (other than serious catastrophe) for six years, when a further review is due. Congratulations Alf.   WE knew you were an O.K. guy anyway!


  • Alf has also been appointed as the official Presbyterian Church Representative for North Shore on the Waitemata Hospital Chaplaincy Board.


  •  AUGUST Winter Speaker Series – Following on from the success of previous years, a further series of speakers and discussions on topical subjects and Community concerns is being arranged for the Sunday evenings in August of 12th., 19th., & 26th.

The topics to be covered are Suicide, Abortion and Euthanasia. Details of these evenings will be advertised separately. There will be no charge, but a Koha basket will be available.



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Kids Stuff – August 2012

Hi kids,


What a funny winter this is turning out to be – cold, wet, sunny, mild, windy, foggy….I think it is a good thing not to have the same sort of weather each day. It makes you enjoy the sort of weather you like even more. But whatever the weather, there is always something for you at St Aidans.


At Kids n All sometimes things are very different – like having little round tables in church. This month on 5 August it will be different again and also on 2 September. Come along and enjoy this special type of all age service – it’s the time when kids help to ‘rule’!


Rise and Shine always has a yummy breakfast and like Kids n All it is always different. Remember it’s an earlier start – 8.30am but come along and find out how Rise and Shine is different.


Friday Fun Nights has started on its new once a month schedule.

July was all about the Olympics.  I’m sure there are no events at the London Olympics quite like FFN Olympics!  The next FFN will be on 31 August starting at 6.15pm. Cost is $5 which includes dinner (and there is always icecream for dessert J) After dinner there is an hour of fun activities with a finish time of 8.15pm.  For more information email or visit

or ring 480 2193 (Church office).


And wait…there’s more!


MESSY CHURCH is on again on 10 August – 5.30- 8pm. This is for everyone –BIG, little, middle-size. It’s a very different sort of church.

Here we worship, we have dinner together and we enjoy lots of fun being creative and sometimes messy. Bring your family, bring your friends and come and enjoy a new experience.


This will be my last letter to you for a while as I am off to live in France for a year. I will miss being at St Aidans but I will be keeping in touch with what is going on here.


So until next time take care of yourselves and all those you love,

Au revoir

Liz (for Kids Friendly @ St Aidans)

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