What’s On This Week in May?

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What’s On This Week in May?

 May Friday Fun NightFriday Fun Night Friends Mobile

Last Friday we had 32 children attend our Friday Fun Night. Our theme for May was ‘friends’, and there were plenty of friends enjoying the evening together. After a dinner of frankfurters, salad, fruit and icecream the children moved upstairs where Rachel taught them a phrase about friends in sign language. Children then had a choice of activities and crafts. They could make a yoghurt pottle ‘friend’, a spinning top or a doodle-art card, and were asked to decorate a miniature version of themselves to add to a Friday Fun Night Friends mobile. Those who wanted a more physical activity had a choice of table tennis or golf putting. To finish the evening Alf then had a lucky draw, and gave away four tickets to the Auckland Zoo which had been donated to him. Two girls were very happy to be given two tickets each. A nice end to the evening!  (For more photos view them on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.321431031322817.1073741837.192290054236916&type=1&l=45d42ae6ea .)

Communion Sunday- May 26Communion

April 28th is our monthly communion service, beginning at 10am and followed by a cuppa at 11am. For those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service, this is for you. Welcome!

Friday Fun Night – Friday 24 May 6.15pmFriends

Friday Fun Night is on again this week, providing dinner and activities for primary and intermediate school aged children. The theme this month is Friends, and there’ll be plenty of things to make and things to do with your FFN friends! FFN starts at 6.15pm and costs $5. If your child would like to attend please make sure you contact us to pre-register.


Cafe Church – This Sunday 19 May 9.30amPentecost Dove

This Sunday it’s Cafe Church! Come along at 9.30am for a shared breakfast, and join in a service focused on fellowship and discussion around a theme.

This month the theme is Pentecost.

Toast, cereal and drinks will be provided, and whoever feels like it is welcome to bring a plate to make the food a bit more exciting!


Roast Meet Lunch – Friday 17 May 12.15pm

This Friday at St Aidan’s is the monthly Roast Meet Lunch, at 12.15pm. It’s a popular lunch, with many returning each month for some good food and good company. If you’d like to come along for some good food and good company then ring Margaret to book your place!
(If you don’t have her number then contact St Aidan’s and we’ll put you in touch.)


Messy Church – PentecostDecorating for Pentecost

At Messy Church on Friday we decorated the church for Pentecost!  We started the evening around 5.30pm and at 6pm moved into the church for a short informal worship.  Then it was downstairs for a yummy dinner of macaroni cheese followed by cakes and coffee.   At around 7pm we started making the Pentecost decorations, which we then put up in the church.  We were supposed to finish at 8pm but we got a bit enthusiastic and kept going until nearly half eight!  The decorations brighten up the church with the spirit of Pentecost and seem to have been well received at Sunday’s service.


Service of Quiet and Reflection – Sunday 12 May

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Service of Quiet and Reflection, at 10am.  It is followed by our usual cuppa and a chat at 11am.

Messy Church – This Friday 5.30pmPentecost (resized)

This Friday we’ve got Messy Church, something a bit different…take some time out for dinner, a short service and fun activities together. Messy Church is for families and people of all ages!  Meet upstairs at 5.30pm this Friday 10 May.  This time the theme is Pentecost.  We’d love to see you there!


Come to Quiet: Contemplative Prayer

7pm Tuesday 7 MayPeaceful Trees Picture

On Tuesday night is something for the adults; Come to Quiet at 7pm (in Alf’s office). This is our monthly session of contemplative prayer, which includes a short discussion on a reading, a time for fellowship with a cuppa, and of course a period of contemplative prayer.   If you have never done contemplative prayer before, we will explain the basics to you before you put it into practice.   Contemplative prayer has much in common with meditation. “The root of prayer is interior silence…Deep prayer is the laying aside of thought. It is the opening of mind and heart, body and feelings-our whole being- to God…During the time of prayer we consent to God’s presence and action within…It is designed to deepen our relationship with Christ.” (Quotes from Father Thomas Keating)   Take some time out from your busy life and find some time to be still with God. You will be very welcome!


Kids n All May 2013Kids n All May 2013

Today’s Kids n All celebrated mothers, and gave everyone a chance to write a heartfelt note of appreciation to give their mother on Mothers’ Day next week.  Those whose mothers are no longer with us were invited to write a note for some other important person in their lives, or simply to write what they appreciated about their mother.




Drop Inn Morning May 6Drop Inn Morning (smaller resized)

Tomorrow is our monthly Drop Inn Morning for residents of the Shoal Bay Villa and Regency rest homes. If anyone is able to come along and join them for a chat over morning tea it would be appreciated. It is held in the Lindesfarne Lounge (downstairs at St Aidan’s) at 10am.



Kids n All This Sunday- May 5

MHappy Mothers' Dayay 5th is our next Kids Friendly service, and we’ll be celebrating Mothers’ Day.  Starting at 10am, our all-ages service is suitable for all those who like a more active service, with an activity mid-way for the kids (and adults!) to take part in.  This is followed by our usual cuppa and a chat at 11am.

Communion Sunday- April 28

CommunionApril 28th is our monthly communion service, beginning at 10am and followed by a cuppa at 11am. For those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service, this is for you. Welcome!


Friday Fun Night- April 26  ”Mothers’ Day”

Making Mothers' Day gifts at April's Friday Fun NightLast night 22 children attended our Friday Fun Night where they had the opportunity to make gifts and a card for Mothers’ Day, or just have fun playing table tennis or making paper planes.  This time we had the church set up for the activities, while the meal was held downstairs in the Lindesfarne Lounge where we used to hold the entire FFN.  There was much more space, and will allow for the greater numbers we see during term time.

Making Mothers’ Days gifts at April’s Friday Fun Night


ANZAC Day Parade 25 April 2013Laying the Wreath

There was a good turnout at the Northcote ANZAC Day parade today, including many from our Community of St Aidan’s.  James and Don represented different generations as together they laid the wreath from St Aidan’s.