Dates for April 2017

Sunday 2


Service – Rev Rebecca Connor

Sunday 9


Palm Sunday –Café Service – Kids Friendly Team

Sunday 9

North Shore Hospital Chapel

Monday 10


Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

Wednesday 12


Finance Team

Thursday 13


Maundy Thursday service & meal at St Andrew’s Birkenhead – see notice elsewhere

Friday 14


Good Friday service – Rev Martin Dickson

Sunday 16


Easter Sunday service & communion at St Lukes Northcote– see notice elsewhere

Wednesday 19


Church Council

Saturday 22


Dinner Club

Sunday 23


Service – Rev Martin Dickson

Sunday 30


Service – Dr Greg Morgan


Sunday 7



Monday 8


Drop Inn Morning

with residents from Regency & Shoal Bay Villa

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Duty Rosters – April 2017


Door Duty



April 2


Malcolm & Margaret

Jet Cleaning


April 9


Isabel & Robin

Jim, Pat & Colin


April 16


Edith & Val

Jet Cleaning


April 23


Andre & Robin

Cathy & Nan

April 30


Cam & Val

Jet Cleaning

May 7




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A Little Extra – April 2017

When God Sends You Help, Don’t Ask Questions

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys inside.

The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”

She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, Driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag. He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help.

She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?” 

He said, “Sure.”

He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute, the car door was open.

She hugged the man and through tears, softly said, “Thank you, God, for sending me such a very nice man.”

The man heard her little prayer and replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.”

The woman hugged the man again, sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a professional.”

Is God great or what!?!



Its definition: Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.

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 present 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 pour 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 or failure. The present moment is a mirror, in its reflection we learn 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 confusing 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 connects us and what it is that alienates us. Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfeld

When the future seems overwhelming, remember it only comes one moment at a time.

Skill Focus: Learning to be in control of your own mind, rather than letting your mind be in control of you.

When you touch one thing with deep awareness you touch everything.

In a lighter vein

An Irishman was walking about the local cemetery, reading the epitaphs. He paused before one tombstone on which were carved the words “Here lies Donald McDougal, a pious man and generous father”. “Just like the Scots” mumbled the son of Erin. “Three in one grave.”


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Letter from America – April 2017

Letter from America

Dear Ralph and all our NZ family:

Once again we are pleased to receive the newsletter, bringing us up to date on “the community of St. Aidan’s.” We are always glad to read names of our friends who are still part of the SA family.

Each edition finds you providing a relevant and challenging message about the current and future ministry of SA.

Being several years and thousands of miles removed from you, we cannot fully appreciate what the church and its neighbors are going through with the continuing call for responsible leadership; from the perspectives of both the ordained ministry and the lay membership. But, having formed our own relationship to St. Aidan’s over many years, with the interim pastorate in 1982-3 (nine months) and the visiting pastorate in 2007 (four months) we feel that we do know what are some of the difficult moments you are facing.

The overwhelming secularism of any country will cause the institutional church to constantly seek a frank review of just where it is headed; how, when, and by whom. (Here in the U.S. we can only imagine what the Church (big C) will have as its challenges, considering the kind of national leadership that has taken over.)

Obviously, this is the situation that St. Aidan’s and some of its neighbors are confronting. (Of course, you well know that New Zealand, and the U.S., as well as European countries share in this phenomenon). The younger generations are leaving us, and we keep wondering what we did wrong? There is a resurgence among the more conservative and fundamentalist organizations, but, in my own humble opinion, their portrayals of our basic Christian heritage and beliefs have resulted in more personal-gratifying emphases, rather than what I consider the real mission of the Church, namely seeking a just society for everyone.

But a look at church history shows that there have been major changes in the Church’s (big C) ministry, and in the end, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still alive, in spite of our own discord in the way we deliver the “good news.”

I wrote a major paper during my seminary and early years in the ministry; the concept of a “larger parish”, whereby several ministering “stations” or local parish sites would compose one cooperative ministry; with perhaps a small ordained and more broad support staff, such as teachers, counselors, administrators, social workers, etc. Sorry to say, my bright idea did not get past my paper!

What your newsletter seems to mention is the need for St. Aidan’s and its neighboring churches to consider such a cooperative effort.

I think this would be a good idea, and then this larger parish would be able to make itself heard in the surrounding areas as one coordinated ministry that could confront the kinds of problems facing a changing society. This sort of ministry can still recognize traditions that had a real place in the past (such as denominational loyalties), however, it could build upon those still-relevant beliefs and actions that each cooperating group brings to the larger parish.

I like this idea very much. (And wish “age” would allow me the opportunity to participate in such a program.)

We do have St. Aidan’s in our thoughts and prayers, and wish the best to all of you as you find the means to see new visions and have new dreams that will continue the heritage and legacy of this wonderful Christian family and community “on the Shore.”

John and Jean Biggers

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Notices – April 2017

Dinner Club

The next dinner club will be Saturday 22 April 2017. Those who have participate in the past will receive an email with details.

To reserve your seat please contact Dale – 418 3793 or text 021 02345 087, or email


We need more money

Some folk have expressed curiosity about the cost of running St Aidans.

At 30 June 2016, we declared 80 members of the congregation.

The total cost of running the building, paying for a full time Minister and paying our obligations to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa was $134,592; this means, for the year, the cost per person was $1,682.40. Included in this is $121.66 per person that was paid to Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa and Northern Presbytery as affiliation.

We are fortunate to have income from interest on our investments and from other parties who use the church building to assist us in paying expenses. Last year all our income did NOT cover our expenses, so we had to draw down on our reserves. This means we have a reduced amount of money to earn interest from.

As you know, we have not had a full time Minister this year, which has enabled us to conserve some expenses – but at what cost? We see a reduction in free-will giving; reduction in community outreach activities; reduction in people available to do things and so on.

Everyone continues to experience increases in expenses and we understand that some have fixed incomes.

We encourage you to review and increase your financial contribution to St Aidans. We remind you that by being a part of the envelope system, you will receive a donation receipt at the end of every financial year to enable you to make a taxation refund claim of 33.3% from the Inland Revenue Department.


Treasurer, for the Finance Team

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