Dates for May 2016

Sunday 1 10am Kids n All
Monday 2 10am Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Monday 2 5.15pm Yoga
Tuesday 3 7pm Come to Quiet
Sunday 8 10am Quiet Service
Monday 9 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 11 7.30pm Finance Team
Sunday 15 9.30am Café Service: Pentecost
Monday 16 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 18 7.15pm Church Council Meeting
Sunday 22 10am Communion Service
Friday 27   Friday Fun Night
Sunday 29 10am 5th Sunday Service
Monday 30 5.15pm Yoga
Sunday 5 10am Kids n All
Monday 6   Queen’s Birthday
Monday 6 5.15pm Yoga
Tuesday 7 7pm Come to Quiet
Wednesday 8 7.30pm Finance Team


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Duty Rosters – May 2016

  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
May 1 Rachel Isabel & John Jet Cleaning Margaret
May 8 Mary Cam & Val Dalia & Margaret
May 15 Dalia Margaret & Malcolm Jet Cleaning Isabel
May 22 Nan Bev & Edith   Isabel
May 29 Robin Betty & Jimi Jet Cleaning Robin
June 5 Lynda Rachel & Robin   Robin

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More Notices – May 2016


Saturday 17 September 2016 – 2pm

Mark your calendars now –

Plan to be there –

The world famous in Northcote St Aidans Floral Affair.

The committee is working to ensure another memorable day incorporating Flowers, Music, and Afternoon Tea.







A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, “So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That’s very commendable.  What does she say?”

The little boy replied, “Thank God he’s in bed!” 




ANZAC Day 2016

St Aidans was again proudly represented at the Northcote ANZAC Day service.  Thank you to everyone involved.

The following was posted on Neighbourly by Caroline Milner

‘A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could re-position mine – while doing so, he told me that women should wear their poppy on the right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much.  The leaf should be positioned at 11o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended.  He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them – lest we forget”.




Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment.  It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.  We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.  (Thich Nhat Hanh)

The present moment is the most profound and challenging teacher we will ever meet in our lives.  It is a compassionate teacher; it extends to us no judgement, no censure, no measurement of success and failure.  The present moment is a mirror; in its reflection we learn how to see.  Learning how to look into this mirror without deluding ourselves is the source of all wisdom. In this mirror we see what contributes to the confusion and discord in our lives and what contributes to harmony and understanding.  We see the relationship between pain and its cause on a moment-to-moment level; we see the bond between love and its source. We see what it is that connects us and what it is that alienates us.  (Christina Feldman & Jock Kornfeld).

Lighter moments

Murphy says to Paddy, “What ya talkin into an envelope for?”

“I’m sending a voicemail ya fool!


I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature. She said she would like to come back as a cow.

I said “You’re obviously not listening.”


When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkers saying that they wouldn’t feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the pilot was a woman.

What a pair of sexists. I mean, it’s not as if she’d have to reverse the bloody thing!


An Irishman is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon, he asks the drunk, “Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk shouts, “Yes, I am.”

So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him back and asks, “Brother, have you found Jesus?” The drunk replies, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!” The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him again but for a little longer. He again pulls him out of the water and asks, “Have you found Jesus, brother?” The drunk answers, “No, I haven’t found Jesus!”

By this time, the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk again – but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds, and when he begins kicking his arms and legs about, he pulls him up.

The preacher again asks the drunk, “For the love of God, have you found Jesus?”

The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath, and says to the preacher,

“Are you sure this is where he fell in?”



During the minister’s prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy’s mother was horrified.  She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, “Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?”

Tommy answered soberly, “I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!”

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Grace Notes – May 2016

Grace Notes

May is the last month of autumn with the winter already knocking on the door making for an easier cooler sleep.

Thanks to Pat for gathering this month’s news for Grace Notes as I had a few days away when I visited my niece to hear her give an organ recital on the Pipe Organ in St. Georges Anglican Church in Thames. Some of you may remember my niece, Alison Shannon who boarded for a time with Rev Alison Grey & Sister Helen Arndt in the old manse next door; she also attended services here at St Aidans.

Pat & Colin are off for a few weeks to walk the Camino Way once more. They have walked this path before and felt the pull to do it again; I believe it can be an uplifting if not always easy, walk.

We were sorry to farewell Connie last Sunday. She and her husband are moving to Papamoa, Tauranga. Her new address will be published in the new Church Roll, due to be printed shortly. We enjoyed one last rendition from Connie’s Ocarina.

Although she wasn’t well enough to go herself Andrea’s Mother gave her four daughters a week’s holiday together in Melbourne, the 3rd most livable city in the world. Andrea says it was an amazing time together.

David has gone to Vanuatu assisting in a Rotary project of rebuilding a school. He will report on this next month. David thanks all those who gave donations of Bibles, glasses, balls and children’s toys. He has a great collection to take with him.

Pat & Colin’s grandson Nick, who has played the trumpet and ukulele at our Floral Affair, recently competed in the National Starling Sailing Championships in Lyttleton. His final result was 21st out of 60 yachts competing.

In April Cam & Val felt privileged to be part of a small group when two Coromandel Kiwi were released on predator free Motutapu Island. Their daughter Annette and partner Mark dropped them on the island before flying on to Whenuakite returning with two kiwis. Hauraki and Auckland iwi, DOC, and the Motutapu Restoration Society are all involved in this initiative. There are now 25 Kiwi on the island and the target is 40, which makes a sustainable population.  An Auckland Kaumatua officiated, the birds were blessed and named (Whenua and Kite), before being released into the bush. Val realized a lifelong ambition to see a Coromandel Kiwi up close and was not disappointed.

Helene had a most enjoyable visit to see family in South Africa. She was accompanied most of the time by her daughter Karen; son Johann was able to join them for a week also.

All our thoughts are with Annalie, who has received further treatment in North Shore Hospital.

Edith was able to enjoy a week long chartered cruise on the Murray River, South Australia with a group from OPERATUNITY. They flew to Adelaide, and then took a coach to Mannum to join the Paddle Steamer “Murray Princess” gliding amongst pelicans, cockatoos screeching in the trees, holiday homes and houseboats, green bush contrasting with orange cliffs carved out by the river over thousands of years.

Activities each day included visits to wineries, a good Australian BBQ in a bush setting and spotlighting wildlife from a ‘Wild West’ type wagon.

Edith says the music was amazing.” Six singers entertained us with concerts of different eras of Show Music- bringing laughter and tears- as we relived our favourite shows.”

It was a full and interesting week with like-minded people, cared for by their OPERATUNITY hosts and the excellent crew of the Princess.

Also from Edith. CORNWALL PARK – Have you been to Cornwall Park recently – it is a lovely place for a family picnic. The magnificent trees provide a good ‘nature’ lesson and there is lots of room for little ones (and big ones) to run and play games. Plenty of room to spread the rug or set up the table and car parking is not too bad. Also excellent café service nearby. It is quite a long time since we visited and I’m sure the trees had all grown quite a lot. A nice change from the beach, especially in spring and autumn.

Marion’s daughter Elise Bradley is heading back to NZ in July to lead a children’s choir under the NZ Choral Federation ‘Young Direction’ course. The federation hope to form a choir of 9 – 14 year old children which will be called “Kids of Note”. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for children within that age bracket who might have an interest in singing.

The website “NZ Choral Federation” has details of the course, the leaders and the music specialists involved.  Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested.

Rosemarie and Ralph are off to Australia again and on the way to a conference in Coffs Harbour will visit friends in Sydney and spend a few days in the Hunter Valley.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Anne W.

Happy Birthday this month to Christina 11th, Paul 1st, Roxy? David 1st, Ralph 6th, Marion 13th, Betty C. 18th.

Wedding Anniversaries.  Congratulations to Gerald & Kay, Andrea & Tim, Fiona & John 12th.

We are saddened by the death of Margaret S, who was recently released from hospital.  Further information will be forthcoming.

Faith in God’s goodness puts a song in your heart.


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Fund Raising Concert – note in your diary now – May 2016

Advance notice – our fund raising concert is scheduled for

Saturday 25 June commencing 2pm

We are privileged to have

celebrated singers from Operatunity to perform

Spotlight on the Stage’.

Afternoon tea will be served at the end of the programme.

Please mark your calendars and tell your friends.

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