Dates for November 2015

Sunday 1 10am Kids n All – Christian Saints
Monday 2 10am Drop Inn Morning with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa
Tuesday 3 5pm Yoga
Tuesday 3 7pm Come to Quiet
Wednesday 4 7pm Kids Friendly Team
Sunday 8 10am Quiet Service
Tuesday 10 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 11 7.30pm Finance Team meeting
Sunday 15 9.30am Café Service St Aidans Birthday
Tuesday 17 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 18 7pm Church Council Meeting
Saturday 21 6.30pm Dinner Club
Sunday 22 10am Communion Service
Tuesday 24 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 25   White Ribbon Day
Wednesday 25 2pm Renewal Team
Friday 27   Friday Fun Night – Christmas Party
Sunday 29 10am Hymn Service – Advent 1
Sunday 29 6.30pm Justice and Action
Tuesday 1 5pm Yoga
Wednesday 2 7pm Kids Friendly Team
Sunday 6 10am Kids N All – Advent 2 – Tree decoration
Sunday 6 6.30pm Justice and Action


November 2, 2015 in Dates to Remember, Newsletter by

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Duty Rosters – November 2015


  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
Nov 1 Mary Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Robin
Nov 8 Helene Betty & Jimi Cam & Val Margaret
Nov 15 Rachel & Robin David & Liz Jet Cleaning Margaret
Nov 22 Liz Isabel & John Colin & Pat Anne W
Nov 29 Rosemarie Andre & Margaret Jet Cleaning Anne W
Dec 6 Lynda Avis & Robin Dinar Isabel

November 2, 2015 in Newsletter, Rosters by

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A Little Extra – November 2015

Smile for the day

For those who haven’t heard, Washington State recently passed two laws. They legalised gay marriage and legalised marijuana. The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalised on the same day makes perfect Biblical sense.

Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned” Apparently we just hadn’t interpreted it correctly before!

A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in our eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognise that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Pope Francis


Published in Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’



The Train

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.   Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live   in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love.

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

November 2, 2015 in A Little Extra, Newsletter by

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From Nan – November 2015

From Nan

This year, our plan was to have a longer than usual trip to Scotland and other parts of Europe, and to take our New Zealand grandsons (aged 12 and 14) with us for the first three weeks, leaving New Zealand at the end of March. Unfortunately, as you may know, I had to leave earlier than expected because my sister Fiona was very ill in Scotland; I was able to spend some precious time with her before she died. This was a sad start to our visit. However, Kerr then arrived as planned with the boys, and we had an exciting, and exhausting time, staying with our daughter, Eileen, in London, and seeing all the sights. We walked miles, steeped ourselves in history, and were amazed at how quickly the boys learned to use the Tube network. The boys also had a quick trip to their ‘roots’ in Scotland and crossed by Eurostar to Paris, before we sent them home. An unexpected highlight for me was our visit to Harry Potter world, a vast film set full of amazing artefacts, fascinating to fans, and interesting even if you had only read the first book or seen the first film.

Kerr and I then toured London at a more sedate pace before going to Findochty, a little one-time fishing village in the North East of Scotland, where we house-sat for several months. The house was on the shores of the Moray Firth, and we enjoyed watching the changing movements of the water, and the many boats – and dolphins – going past. It was also a great base for exploring parts of Scotland we didn’t know so well, and for visiting friends and relations both North and South. Highlights included visiting a number of Scottish islands: Orkney with its amazing Neolithic village at Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar standing stones, the Italian Chapel painted by prisoners of war and the 12th century cathedral of Saint Magnus; the Isle of Skye, moodily beautiful, where a friend showed us some of the island’s ‘secret places’; Mull, and a marvellous bus driver who regaled us with tales of history, geography, geology and biology as we crossed the island, and who sang ‘Child in a Manger’ as we went past Bunessan and the memorial to Mary Macdonald there; Staffa, with its dramatic basalt columns and Fingal’s Cave, and the wonderfully fearless puffins waiting at the top of a steep slope; and beautiful Iona, known as ‘the cradle of Christianity’, with its wealth of Celtic spiritual history and its current ecumenical community.

Other memorable places included Berlin, an exciting modern city, and with all its 20th century history, stories of the Berlin wall, escape attempts at Checkpoint Charlie, an underground bunker from the time of the Cold war, and the Jewish Museum, the most powerfully moving museum we have seen. The walled city of Chester showed us English history from Roman times; there are ancient shopping streets, and a magnificent cathedral, and of course we visited Chester Zoo (possibly even better than Auckland Zoo). From Chester we also made day trips to Liverpool and Manchester. We were briefly in Edinburgh during the Festival so we experienced the excitement of street performers showing their singing, dancing, drumming and other talents, and we managed to fit in a number of excellent Fringe shows, as well as seeing old friends. Prague was magnificent, with its castle, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas square, the astronomical clock and many mediaeval streets and buildings. In Prague we also enjoyed a splendid concert of Mozart’s music in the Mirrored Chapel. Prague was the starting point for our boat trip on the Danube – a wonderful experience, in spite of low water levels that made river cruising difficult at times. We went from Nuremberg to Vienna, and were thoroughly spoiled with excellent food, great scenery, beautiful old villages, towns and cities and very good company.

We feel very privileged to have been able to spend such a long time away from New Zealand, and to be able to catch up with friends and relations, re-visit places we enjoy and see so many great places new to us.

November 2, 2015 in Foreign Correspondents, Newsletter by

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – November 2015

GREETINGS – Sport would seem to be the topic of the month, especially the RUGBY WORLD CUP, and as we go to press we await the result of the Final between the All Blacks and the Wallabies. Many Kiwi athletes have been doing well on the world stage in their individual sports – Linda Villumsen claimed the World Time Trial title in cycling; Lydia Ko continues to amaze with another good LPGA performance in Malaysia, finishing tied for second; Triathlon athlete Andrea Hewitt claimed second place in overall season standings having raced eight international Triathlons this season.   We look forward to the summer with plenty of tennis, cricket, swimming.

The countryside is looking beautiful, with lots of good grass and flowering trees along the roadside. It would appear to be a record lambing season in South Auckland, with hundreds of healthy lambs frolicking about. The buffalo milk yoghurt was selling well at the Clevedon market, as were all the delicious looking home-made, and locally grown delicacies. It has become a very busy market and makes an interesting early Sunday morning activity.

Pleasing to report that MALCOLM has been enjoying life quietly at home, with a little gardening and enjoying the spring sunshine.

Again we have had an interesting month with a variety of activities: the A.G.M was well attended; the WORKING BEE was also well attended and many tidying/cleaning jobs done; we were treated to amateur theatrics at CAFE CHURCH, a good way of getting a point across and appreciated by all. We look forward to the NOVEMBER Church programme with interest.

BIRTHDAYS – We say HAPPY BIRTHDAY this month to Betty R; Jean Biggers (USA); and Andre.   We hope you all have a great day.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – Congratulations to Dalia and Gerald– enjoy.

FUND RAISING IDEA – Edith attended a fun evening organised for the Probus Clubs of the North Shore in the form of a TRIVIAL PURSUITS competition.   It was a relaxed yet orderly evening with a wide variety of questions, plus three additional pages of questions circulating during the evening, and the results were quickly tallied by a team, progress totals appearing at the end of each round. People came along armed with their nibbles and liquid refreshments (no food to organise and no washing up) and competition was keen.   Each Club paid $30 for their team to enter – in a different situation there would be an entry fee, with modest prizes.   Interested – ?

ROBIN SAYS after two whole months away it is nice to be safely home.   She stayed well for all that time which is no small feat as one ages! No moving parts failed her and she is still friends with her travel companions!

Robin and her niece visited the Northern Lake District of Italy – very beautiful – even if George Clooney wasn’t in residence to greet them on Lake Como. They stayed in Florence, Venice and a week in Nice doing the odd day trip from there. Monaco is a must and in exploring Menton to see the residence where recipients of the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship get to live, they spotted the Rue Webb-Ellis.     This was pertinent to the fact that Robin has to attend at least one game in each Rugby World Cup. On this occasion it was versus Tonga at St. James Park. The result was much better than her Cardiff experience in 2007.

Lest you dismiss Robin as a Rugby nut, she did dream up another challenge. One of two sisters who provided accommodation for injured servicemen in WW1 was an artist and Robin has a number of water colours that she painted. “View at Gisors in Normandy, France” and an inscription that simply reads “Stromness” took her to both of those places to see the scenes for herself. The Orkney Islands are magic, as much for the inhabitants as the scenery. Robin would promote travel to anyone who can still move!!             Thanks Robin.

Ralph accompanied Rosemarie, who was a delegate at a three day freight logistics conference in Sydney. They extended from there to tropical Northern Queensland to spend a pleasant week in Townsville, an impressive city of 193,000 and growing. Their stay in a modern apartment on the banks of the Ross River enabled them to engage in wider voyages of discovery covering in excess of 1,000 km by car in balmy weather on excellent roads with many highlights and new experiences.

Watch out for our other World traveller – NAN – who shares a little of her travels in Scotland and Europe elsewhere in this issue.

SITUATION VACANT – Would a kind person like to take over writing “Meanderings” next year? The first edition for 2016 will be February. Please email or phone me if you have any questions. It takes perhaps two half days per month of preparation.   Thanks, Edith 419 0264.



“Enjoy the day – live life to the full;   make the most of what you have.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.

It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections”

Go well and safely,       Edith.

November 2, 2015 in Newsletter, St Aidans Meandering by

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