Dates for June 2016

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
Sunday 12 10am Quiet Service
Monday 13 10am Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Monday 13 5.15pm Yoga
Wednesday 15 7.15pm Church Council
Sunday 19 9.30am Café Service:  Alf’s Farewell
Monday 20 5.15pm Yoga
Friday 24   Friday Fun Night
Saturday 21 2pm Operatunity – Fund Raising concert
Sunday 26 10am Communion Service – Alf’s final service
Monday 27 5.15pm Yoga
Sunday 3 10am Kids n All
Monday 4 10am Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Monday 4 5.15pm Yoga
Tuesday 5 7pm Come to Quiet


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Duty Rosters – June 2016

  Elder Door Duty Cleaning Flowers
June 5 Lynda Rachel & Robin Cathy+Jim+Dalia Robin
June 12 Helene Andre & Robin Jet Cleaning Margaret
June 19 Jeanne & Nan Isabel & John Matereta+Dalia Margaret
June 26 Bruce Cam & Val Jet Cleaning Isabel
July 3 Rachel TBA TBA Isabel

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On the first Sunday in May I was privileged to attend the service of Thanksgiving at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell conducted by the Rev Jayson Rhodes, ‘in recognition of those who have given the gift of life to others’ – a gathering of the families of donors with recipients of organ transplants.

The Heaven Bent Gospel Choir sang at intervals during the service music appropriate to the occasion adding a touch of beauty to a service charged with emotion.   The congregation was mixed in such a way that we did not know if we were sitting next to the family of a donor, or a recipient – the opening prayers reminded us to “give thanks for the beauty and wonder of creation in all its beauty and fragility” and “to remember those who in dying have given new life to others”.

The first person to speak was from a Donor family, telling us from the heart what it meant to have lost someone whose organs were able to give life to someone else.   A lovely poem was read by a member of a Recipient Family.  A Transplant Recipient then told us about her desperate plight, that there was no way she would survive with her body in the shape it was, and step by step we heard the story of her life saving experience.   A very moving occasion for us all.

Transplant recipients were invited to light a candle, assisted by members of the Transplant Co-ordinators’ team, and Heaven Bent sang a gentle Zulu Church Chorus.

A very moving address was given by Professor Stephen Munn, Transplant Surgeon of the N.Z. Liver Transplant Unit, in which he told the story of a patient, with the patient’s permission, whose life and that of her baby were saved by the last minute donation of a liver from an accident victim.

Members of the families of those who had donated organs and tissues were invited to come forward to receive a gift of a camellia plant from Donor Co-ordinators, the camellia variety is named ‘Donation’.  I was impressed by the number of women  who make up the branches of the Transplant Service who were acknowledged in a special prayer for all health professionals involved in the care and support of all those touched by organ and tissue donation and transplantation.   Their vocation requires them to work closely with people at the most vulnerable time of their lives. Their experiences are held in their memories for ever.

The Closing Prayer –   May we go out from this place, treasuring what has been, thankful for what is, and hopeful for what is to come, remembering always that at the heart of life and of death is eternal love –   Amen.



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.




This is the story of the young woman flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.

He has a heart attack and dies.

She, frantic, grabs the mike and calls out a May Day.

“May Day!  May Day!  Help me!  Help me!  The pilot had a heart attack and is dead and I don’t know how to fly.  Someone help me!  Please help me!”

She then hears a voice on the radio saying: “This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear.  I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground.  I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem.  Now, just take a deep breath, stay calm and everything will be fine!  Now give me your height and position.”

She then says, “I’m 5’4″ and I support Hillary”

“O.K.” says the voice on the radio, “Repeat after me: Our Father, Who art in Heaven”

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Grace Notes – June 2016

As I write this column on the last day of May – a May of wonderfully mild weather – I am suddenly confronted with the reality of winter. Its cold!!  The time has arrived for buckets of hot soup, a hotwater bottle, fires and cozy scarves.

Pat and Colin will be returning soon from their time in Spain but have sent this small paragraph of special interest.

‘We learnt from our guide book that the priest of the town we were in, Triacastela (named after 3 castles that used to be in that area), took a pilgrim’s service for everybody regularly at 1800 hours. We duly walked along and realized that quite a crowd of pilgrims were gathering for the advertised mass. The Church was locked so we all waited outside in the hot Spanish evening but as time went on there was no sign of the priest.

Among the crowd of 40 or 50 was a group of young Americans led by a slightly older priest who took it upon himself to produce a table and the elements, he then proceeded to take a mass outdoors in English. Eventually the town priest arrived, walked through the crowd into the Church without saying a word.

It was a simple but meaningful service with the casually dressed crowd repeating the responses, some kneeling on the grass. We left feeling we had experienced something very special.

From Andrea.  In mid-May Tim and I flew down to Wellington with Tess, leaving James and Emily home alone for the first time. Tess was collected at the airport by a Ranger friend while Tim and I caught a taxi into town to find our hotel. We were able to enjoy a night out ‘on the town’ without kids to celebrate our anniversary! The next morning we met Tess as she got off the cable car then took her out for breakfast. We spent a couple of hours at Te Papa viewing the wonderful Gallipoli exhibit before heading back to the hotel to get ‘glammed up’ for our trip to Government House. Here Tess joined about 30 other Rangers who were awarded the highest order in Girl Guiding, the Queen’s Guide Award. It was a very special occasion, we have the official photos to show for it, then of course we had to have dinner out to celebrate. On Sunday Tess joined her Guiding friends for breakfast while Tim and I enjoyed the Art Gallery down by the waterfront. We were delighted to get home to two kids who’d enjoyed their time without parents and to a house which Emily had vacuumed and tidied for our return home. We might even do it again sometime…………………

From Yvonne.  My son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Naoko, are visiting their daughter Wakana in Lucena, southern Spain. Neil has waxed lyrical about the landscape, ‘The countryside in this area is stunning – huge open vistas rivaling South Island landscapes; craggy bare mountains of grey rock jutting up with rolling countryside in between – not continually up and down like NZ but long, steady, slow gradients rising and falling, ridges steadily cutting a line as far as you can see. The space filled with Olive trees everywhere except for fields of hay, cut at the moment, the dry yellow contrasting with the dotted dark green olive and red soil underneath’.

From Jeanne. (Welcome back Jeanne, we are so pleased to have you back with us again.)

It was wonderful being back at St Aidans for the hymn service last Sunday after ten months in Canada. My niece (15) and nephew (13) have become very independent and strong after their mum passed away in September last year. I am confident that they are now better able to come to terms with their grief and solve most challenges that may arise. To be honest, those early months were much harder than I ever imagined it would be, but I have come back to NZ much wiser, more resilient, with lots of new friends. I want to thank Anette Hay from the bottom of my heart for organising a parcel from St Aidans. Annette went to great trouble to put together little bags, each containing an uplifting quote, personal message and a chocolate kiss from my friends at Church. I can hardly imagine the time and effort she put into collating that, but at the same time I need to ensure you that that parcel was the highlight in a very dark time. Annette’s instructions were to open one bag every day to get a virtual ‘hug’ from a St Aidan’s friend. I have to admit that on days I found particularly hard to cope, I allowed myself TWO hugs from the box!! I treasured each and every message and just after Christmas when all the hugs were used up, I made a scrapbook with the quotes and names – so I can be reminded forever of the generosity, love and support from all my dear St Aidans friends.

From Edith. Considering she has been teaching over 30 years, it was a special day in May when my youngest daughter Jill (55) graduated with a Bachelor of Education in the ceremony at Aotea Centre. Like many other families we celebrated with a special lunch and a neighbour’s party in the evening. Jill paid a vote of thanks to husband Rick for all the evenings during the winter when he made the dinner and watched TV by himself!!

The Writers Festival was an exciting place to be during May even if you only managed one day. Hundreds of enthusiasts lined up for the free sessions and the auditorium was almost full for the paid session in which author Paula Hawkins was interviewed on stage. She has written many books and is particularly well known for ‘Girl on a Train’. At the free session she was one of four authors who read a passage from their book – each one quite different, everybody listening intently. I realised what a treat it is to be read to, I just wanted them to keep going.

On a similar track, our local libraries often have evenings when authors talk about and read passages from their recent books. Recently at Glenfield library, Prof. Kerry Howe talked about his book ‘To the Islands’ exploring, remembering the Hauraki Gulf, meandering in a 50 yr. old wooden yacht, reflecting on his lifelong engagement with the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

Now for some gossip !!

Margaret K. has had 8 stitches in her foot due to having a skin cancer removed.

Avis has a new great granddaughter, her 4th. Ivy Anahera. Anahera is Maori for Angel.

Beverley has also had a new great grandchild, a boy who lives in Australia. She tells me she is expecting 2 more great grandchildren before September.

From Fleur. Granddaughter Sanja (4) sang with her dancing group.

‘Hey Good Lookin’, What you got cookin’, Howza bout cook’n something up for me”

She looked amazing in her little Tutu dress with a little pinafore over. Sanja remembered all the actions and steps.

Your prayers and support have been much appreciated, Annalie is in remission preparing for her next round of treatment.

Our prayers and best wishes go to Bruce as he prepares for surgery.


Dalia. (1st),  Barbara W (4th)  Fiona (5th) Margaret K. (11th)  Barbora S (23rd)  Edmund. (28th) Janet C. Linda B. Gerald D. Shona R.


Alf & Fleur.

Quote. Music – a language other than paint that says the unsayable things inside you. – Sylvia Ashton Warner.



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Fund Raising Concert – June 2016

Our fund raising concert is scheduled for

Saturday 25 June commencing 2pm

At St Aidans

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.

See Dahlia for tickets.

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