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Dates – September 2017

September
Sunday 3 10am Service- Rev Michelle Shin
Tues 5 Sept 7-9 pm Come to Quiet,Lindisfarne Lounge
Sun 10 10am Service Rev Michelle Shin
Monday Sept 11 10am Drop In Morning with residents from
Regency and Shoal Bay Vlla
Sat 16 7pm Dinner Club
Sun 17 10am Cafe Church Kids’ Friendly Team
Sunday 17 10.15 North Shore Hospital Chapel Service
Sunday 24 10am Rev Michelle Shin Communion Service

Saturday 23 2pm Floral Affair

Sunday Oct 1 10am Rev Michelle Shin

September 5, 2017 in Dates to Remember, Newsletter by

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Duty Rosters – September 2017

Dates for September 2017
Elder

Door Duty Cleaning
Anne W and Colin C Jet Cleaning

Flowers
Sept 3 Mary B Robin
Sept 10 Jeanne v Edith F and Robin B Margaret
Sept 17 Lynda Isobel Chambers &
Robin B
Jet Cleaning Margaret
Sept 24 Robin Cam & Val WI FLORAL
AFFAIR
Oct 1 Rosemarie Betty H and Val Wa Jet Cleaning Isabel

September 5, 2017 in Newsletter, Rosters by

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EULOGY JOHN CHAMBERS

EULOGY JOHN CHAMBERS
25 April 1934-19 August 2017
The Community of St Aidans will miss John’s
companionship, his technical abilities and his good advice
freely (and some may think often forcefully) given.
John was a busy person as you will no doubt hear from
close family, from the Morris Minor Club, of which he
was an enthusiastic and very involved participant; from
schools where he regularly supported grandchildren and
from the North Harbour Probus (now called Friendship)
Club for which for some years he was Secretary and
District Representative.
As for his presence and influence in this St Aidans
Community – all committee chairpersons waited annually
and anxiously for his points and queries to be raised about
their reports at the AGM – a feature which he almost
certainly would raise and to which he referred searching
questions to which he required adequate answers. Without
John’s questions it did not feel like a proper AGM.
When you go downstairs for refreshments following this
service, note the meeting rooms and well-designed kitchen
created through the expertise, assistance and initiative of
John.
Many St Aidans members contribute their offerings by
way of the envelope system which allows opportunity to
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claim 33% tax back. For many years John prepared the
envelopes, distributed them, organized the receipts and
was the only person able to link the person with the
envelope.
John has also for some years been a Trustee elected by the
congregation to the Management of the Iona Close
retirement village next door to the church, where he was
involved with detailed management matters. At his
express wish, he has over the last months of his life acted
for the Trust as Supervisor and Clerk of Works for the
refurbishment and renovation of one of the nine cottages,
which he was determined to have completed on time and
ready for tenancy before his failing health prevented his
involvement. This he has done, almost to the day,
continually contacting contractors and others from his
home and even from his hospital bed.
If a job needed doing – John would assist as he was able.
If advice was required, John would offer!
The Community of St Aidans are overwhelmingly grateful
and all will miss his contribution, his involvement and his
cheery presence.
(For those of us who went to the hearse to sprinkle some
rose petals as a last farewell there was a lovely little
surprise: on top of the coffin was the tiniest little blue
Morris Minor – how John would have loved that!)
—-delivered by Bruce Hay

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Grace Notes September 2017

NEWS CORNER
There are no Grace Notes this month as Grace is
recovering at home after her op. She was in hospital for
shorter than the expected two weeks and is doing well.
Instead here are some snippets of news for you to enjoy:
Robin, Isobel and Marion attended the finals of the High
Schools choir competition held in the Aotea Centre. Robin
had been following the competition all along. Marion felt
quite strange as she had to change her loyalties: she has
been a supporter of Westlake Girls for many years and this
time had to hold thumbs for St Kentigern. The reason was
Bella, her great granddaughter who at 12 and still in
middle school was the youngest member of their senior
Choir. Marion’s presence must have helped as they were
awarded Silver.
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Pat and Colin have recently returned from their annual
pilgrimage to Wanaka for Colin to ski. Pat also walked on
her own around the lake, experiencing the wonderful
mountain views.
They attended the Wanaka Presbyterian Church and were
pleasantly surprised to see it had grown from last year
with a number of new families. This congregation focus
on the community with men’s dinners, prayer groups and
Mainly Music among other things. Colin and Pat were
especially impressed to hear about their fortnightly
dinners for the Ski Workers. These are free and attract 100
people from the three ski-fields in the area.
Nan and Kerr Inkson “The highlight of our recent trip
overseas, and the main reason for it, was the wedding in
London on July 15
th of our daughter, Eileen, to David
Harold. It was a most joyful day. They are so very happy
together, and it was wonderful to share their day with
family and friends. Beforehand we were able to spend
time with David’s family, and to catch up with friends and
family in England and Scotland. This included a big
family party in Beauly, in the Scottish Highlands, for
Nan’s extended family – another happy occasion. We also
spent a few days in Lisbon, a beautiful old city, with
historic buildings, beautiful squares and narrow twisting
streets, with amazing patterned paving. The sun shone
most of the time we were away, but without any
heatwaves, and we really had a wonderful time.
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A few snippits from Fyfeshire:
A nice touch of international relations was enjoyed when
the parents of the French exchange student Martin came
to stay with Kathryn and Brett to join Martin at the end of
his exchange. He and Grandson Baxter had enjoyed good
fellowship and it was nice to meet his parents. July not
the best time to visit N.Z. but they had good weather and
even walked the Tongariro Crossing. We enjoyed their
company.
As a special treat Edith and her three daughters and had a
“Girls’ Weekend” @ Tinopai, on the Kaipara, at Deb’s
holiday home. A bit of serious walking, lovely sightseeing
to Bayley’s Beach on the rugged west coast, excellent food
and lovely long sleep-ins. ———. Interesting to visit the
swamp kauri workshop where beautiful artworks are made
and to learn that the supply of swamp kauri will probably
run out in 5 years!
Extract from letter from John Biggers in Sedona AZ ,
7 August -We are doing reasonably well; and
manage to keep up with our growing (in age) family.
We know that the church will continue with the
meaningful ministry that we experienced on two
visits.
We wish your new pastor the best of luck in her
work.
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From Church Council – September 2017

Thank you
Our thanks to Barbara Westra who has taken on the
role of ‘Informer’ editor.
Saint Aidans AGM
The AGM will be held on Sunday November 5th at
the end of a shortened worship service. All reports
for the AGM booklet should reach the Secretary
inksons@kiwilink.co.nz by the end of September
please.
Li
ndisfarne Lounge
Please tell anyone who might be interested that this
room is available for hire on a Thursday morning.
Contact Val Windross
val-w@xtra.co.nz for details.
Training Day/Retreat
A Training Day/Retreat has been organised for
Saturday 30th September from 9 till 3, with a shared
lunch. This is intended for all elders, and anyone
else from the congregation who would like to attend.
The day will contain some practical ideas for helping
with worship services, and it will also be an
opportunity to dream and vision the future of Saint
Aidans. Please consider attending, and contact
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Michelle michelle.hcuc@gmail.com or your elder or
any member of Church Council.
Connections with other Shore Churches
Working Together – Team Ministry A number of
people from Saint Aidans attended the August
meeting of Shore Churches where Michelle spoke
about her experiences as a Minister at Hutt City
Uniting Congregations. These meetings are growing
inter-church connections on the Shore.
Saint Andrews Birkenhead We remain in contact
with the Birkenhead parish, and Michelle will preach
there on Sunday 17
th September (our Café Church
service).
Saint George’s, Takapuna A very cordial meeting
took place at St Georges on August 25 between
some of our members and some of theirs. It looks
like there is potential for ongoing collaboration
between the 2 congregations.The church council will
be considering this further.
Pastoral Letter
During the next few weeks, Michelle intends to send
a Pastoral letter to all of the Community of Saint
Aidans, opening opportunities for conversations
about our aspirations and vision for the future of
Saint Aidans. Please look out for this and feel free to
respond. Your ideas are very important.
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Working Bee
A HUGE thank you to all who came to help with
gardening tidy up, and those who provided the
excellent morning tea. The work done has greatly
improved the appearance of the Church garden and
carpark area – and we worked in (almost) sunshine
all morning, then it rained heavily all afternoon.
Nan, for Council

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