Dates for March 2014

Sunday 2nd 10am Kids N All – National Children’s’ Day
Monday 3rd 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Tuesday 4th 7pm Come to Quiet Lindisfarne Lounge
Friday 7th 10.30am World Day of Prayer
Sunday 9th 10am Quiet Service
Sunday 16th 10am Service
Wednesday 19th 7pm Church Council Meeting
Friday 21st 12.15pm Roast Meet – Lindisfarne Lounge
Saturday 22nd 8.45am Come to Quiet – Retreat Day
Sunday 23rd 10am Communion Service
Friday 28th   Friday Fun Night – Easter Theme
Sunday 30th 10am Hymn Service
Tuesday 1st 7pm Come to Quiet Lindisfarne Lounge
Sunday 6th 10am Kids N All – Led by Team

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Duty Rosters – March 2014

  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
Mar 2 Nan Robin & Joss Val & Cam Margaret
Mar 9 Helene Malcolm & Margaret Jet Cleaning Robin
Mar 16 Mary B Andre & Helene Margaret Robin
Mar 23 Bruce Betty & Jimi Jet Cleaning Isabel
Mar 30 Robin Colin & Avis Pat & Colin Isabel
Apr 6 Liz Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Margaret

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Notices – March 2014

Contemplative Prayer Retreat

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Community of St Aidans, Presbyterian Church,

97 Onewa Road, Northcote

8:45 am – 1:00 pm

Bring and share lunch

Want to know what Contemplative Prayer is about?

Want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Contemplative Prayer?

Then come and join us!

The retreat will consist of the teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault on “Ways of the Heart” in three video sessions, each approximately 1 hour in length.  There will be also be a 20 minute practical session of Contemplative Prayer.

We will end the morning by having a Bring and share lunch together.

Who is Cynthia Bourgeault?

Cynthia is the principal teacher and advisor to the Contemplative Society. She is an Episcopal priest, a retreat leader, a teacher of prayer and the writer of several books on spiritual life. She is passionately committed to the recovery of the Christian contemplative path.


These videos of the course were made in 2012.We have the kind permission of Cynthia Bourgeault and of Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D, Founder and Director of The Empty Bell, a sanctuary for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, to use them for this retreat.

Contact person: Helene Muller      Tel: 09 480 9146

World Day of Prayer – Friday 7 March 2014

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement for informed prayer and prayerful actin.   For over 80 years services have been held around the world on the first Friday of March.  Overall it is administered by an International Committee in New York.  In New Zealand, a national committee is based in Christchurch –

Each year the celebration comes from a different country – the theme is chosen and the service prepared by the women of that country’s World Day of Prayer committee.  This year’s service comes from Egypt and has the theme, Streams in the Desert’.

In New Zealand, there will be around 250 services organised by local interdenominational groups – you are warmly invited.

The service in Northcote will be held at:

St Aidans Church

97 Onewa Road, Northcote

Friday 7 March – 10.30am

Followed by a shared lunch


Beginning Experience Weekend

Widowed, Separated or Divorced?

The Beginning Experience is a well-established, international support programme with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”.  A retreat designed to help people work through their painful loss and move towards a gentle closure.  In the programme of presentations, personal private reflection and small group sharing, participants find a new hope for the future, increased emotional health and renewed energy.

Starts Friday evening 25-27 April. Cost $300 includes accommodation and meals.

For a registration form visit or contact Nicola (09)523-0014, Bev (09)298-9943 or David 027-440-2105.

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – March 2014

GREETINGS –   We have certainly had some beautiful summer days – a bit too hot for some – with the beach beckoning for a cooling swim.  When Auckland was host to several major events in one weekend, the crowds reminded us of the Rugby World Cup.  Accommodation was at a premium – friends looking for a bed in Auckland had difficulty – everywhere full.  The Auckland Nines proved to be a highly successful tournament – interesting to compare with the Wellington Sevens, with the crowd actually watching the football!

Auckland once again embraced the Chinese Lantern Festival which was as pretty as ever, drawing even bigger crowds, with thousands enjoying the huge variety of Asian food on offer.  Young people turned out in their thousands to the concert at Western Springs, while Villa Maria hosted another successful outdoor concert.   The weekend weather smiled on all events – pleasing to the organisers.

Not only were the gardens at Manurewa Botanic Garden a mass of brilliant colour recently, it was the scene of the biennial sculpture exhibition – always a favourite – and a Begonia Festival.  Begonias being a particular favourite of mine (memories of Butchart Gardens and Ballarat Festival) a visit to the exhibition was a must.  They were exquisite – flowers the size of a plate in every shade and variation you could imagine to tempt the buyer to order tubers for next year. There were also living plants in pots and baskets for sale – how amazing that these huge beautiful blooms grow from that little tuber!

Takapuna Boating Club is a recognised venue for international sailing competitions and recently held a beach carnival of races for outrigger waka.  85 teams, men and women, competed – six crew per boat – so there were hundreds of fit paddlers racing for the Takapuna Beach Cup.  The races were 35 and 42kms and there were crews from all over the Pacific.  The waka all seemed to have been built at Tutukaka. Good to see so many enjoying our lovely beach.

Because of the uncertain weather on the 22nd the BIG DAY OUT picnic was transferred to the Church. Some still had their swim before lunch.  A big thank you to Liz and David and Andrea for their efforts in organising the day – there was plenty of fun and fellowship despite the weather.  Apologies to those who missed the picnic.  Alf is still recovering from his fall in the sack race!

BIRTHDAYS:  We say Happy Birthday to Jocelyn, Malcolm and Nan and hope you all have a special day.

OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH Joan who is in Ward 11, North Shore Hospital; with Kay in Beachhaven Hospital; and Paquita who is recovering at home.

Connie had a few days out of action when she received a bite from one of our friendly insects and her foot was so swollen she could not wear a shoe.  Happily the foot is returning to normal.

Helene and Andre were pleased to have a visit from Johan, over from Melbourne.  He enjoyed a couple of swims while he was here.

The Greenwood/Fyfe household returned to normal (whatever that is) after two months of activity (including a wedding in the garden) with all daughters home from overseas for all or part of the time.  Not easy returning to the cold of London and the heat of New South Wales from our lovely summer, but everyone enjoyed their stay here and made the most of the good weather.

At time of writing we look forward to the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER ON FRIDAY 7 MARCH, 10.30am which is being hosted this year at St. Aidans.  The service has been written by the women of Egypt.  Everyone is welcome.

A thought for the day:



Benjamin Franklin.

Blessings –    Go well and safely.


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Keeping you Informed – March 2014

Earthquake Prone Building – An Update

The Building (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill was introduced into the House on 9 December 2013 but is yet to have its first reading. So there is a long way to go before this Bill becomes law and there does not seem to be any push for urgency.

Until this Bill becomes law it would not be prudent for St Aidans to commit to any expenditure on this issue. With the steps already taken we will be ready to act when the time is right. – David

World Day of Prayer

St Aidans is hosting the World Day of Prayer Service for local Churches on Friday 7th March from 10.30 a.m.  All are invited to attend; please bring some food for a shared lunch.

Contemplative Prayer Group Retreat

The Contemplative Prayer Group is planning a Retreat to be held at St Aidans on Saturday 22nd March from 8.45am till 1pm.  The retreat will feature video teaching by Cynthia Bourgeault followed by a shared lunch.

Alf’s Leave

Alf will be on leave from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th March

Giving and Finances

The finances of the Community of St Aidans are closely monitored. Here is a snap shot of how the monthly offerings compare to the budget drawn up last year.

Did you know that if you participate in the ‘envelope system’ – for every $100 you donate, you are able to claim $33 back with your annual tax return?  Talk to John about how you can participate in this confidential donation system.



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