Editorial – August 2017

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

Editorial – August 2017

EDITORIAL
What do you understand by
Community?
To me a community is where you know you belong: a place where you are accepted.
About 12 months ago our community at St Aidan’s was faced with major heavy events. (Loss of
2 leaders and an Assembly decision that cast a cloud over our future.) Much energy has been
used to draw us together, to regroup and support each other.
Several ongoing activities like the Dinner Club, Come to Quiet, and Cafe Church give us an
opportunity to know each other better.
In another response we are also talking to other Presbyterian churches in our area about a
possible Team Ministry round a Hub.
Now, it’s a year on.
I believe this is the time to look outward at our wider community again.
Our website describes the Community of St Aidan’s as “an all age, friendly, inclusive church that
embraces a range of local community activities and offers a regular cycle of varied worship
every month.”
When we have lived up to this it’s because people have been friendly, have gone out of their
way to welcome and include others in the church,have provided food and hospitality, have put in
the effort to plan for worship and participate in it.
As a Christian community we focus on the teaching of Jesus.
Look at the story of the Good Samaritan. This parable (Luke 10:25-37) illustrates that loving our
“neighbour” means not only those similar to us but others who may not come near St Aidan’s in
the usual course of events.
Currently a group provides a much appreciated monthly Drop In morning for groups from two of the local rest homes.
Other activities we have been involved in previously may not be the thing now.
But there will be some specific thing(s) we at St Aidan’s can do NOW to make our wider
community a place where more people on the margins feel they belong. ?????
What particular project(s), small or large, might we as a congregation be involved in ?????
This Month’s Group is the Hospital Auxiliary.
THE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY
This very active charity was set up 45 years ago to provide care and comfort for staff and
patients in the hospital . It involves both North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals .
Its President for the last 25 years (retiring this month) is our Margaret.
We heartily congratulate
Margaret on 25 years in this job of organisation!
Other members have also been involved: Mary for nearly 10 years and Dale now.
The Hospital Auxiliary
has rooms on the hospital grounds .
At present a group of librarians sort and distribute the magazines, puzzle magazines and other
reading matter they have obtained; Week 1 to the day rooms in wards, Week 2 to clinics.
Another group, knitters and sewers, meet weekly to produce hand made items as requested by
the wards and social workers. This includes knitted garments,baby blankets,knee
blankets,layettes. Clothing and bedding is also given out to various whanau.
The Hospital Auxiliary
also links to other community groups who provide items.Since our local hospitals are amongst the fastest growing in the country this all takes a tremendous ;amount of coordination( think administrators/ charge nurses/ social workers/ volunteer groups) so that
1.what is needed = what is produced
AND
2. it gets to the right place in time to be of use!
Where might St Aidans fit in to this?
>Collect items needed -see pamphlet available on the Church Noticeboard.
>Collect items for Christmas presents for children (80 sets of gifts to under 15s given out in
2015.)
>sometimes requests come in to the Auxiliary which don’t strictly comply with the terms of the
Trust but which could be met by us instead. e.g. from schools