Saint Aidan’s Church Council – March 2020

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Saint Aidan’s Church Council – March 2020

Combined services
Our February combined worship services with Saint Andrews have been well attended
and enjoyable. If anyone is staying away from Saint Andrews because of concerns
about parking, please speak to your elder, or to anyone from Church Council, and we
will try to organise transport for you.
Offerings at combined services
Just to let you know – the ‘giving envelopes’ for each congregation, are being recorded
for the respective congregation and banked into their bank account. Where there is
cash offering placed in the collection plate, this is being split evenly between the two
congregations and banked accordingly.
World Day of Prayer
This will be held at Saint Aidans Church on Friday 6th March at 10.30 a.m, followed
by a shared light finger lunch. All are very welcome to this service.

A Big Thank You
For many years, Shona Ripley has voluntarily carried out one of the very valuable
‘behind the scenes’ tasks at Saint Aidans; she has printed and collated the monthly
‘Informers’ and put them into folders, ready for elders to distribute. This has taken a
good deal of her time (sometimes assisted by her children), and she has dealt well
with our somewhat temperamental photocopier. Shona will not be continuing, and so
we take this opportunity to thank her, and her family, very sincerely for all that she has
done. We really appreciate your work, Shona.
Privacy
Our newsletter is put on to the church website, and so is in the public domain. We
know that people enjoy hearing news of the church family, particularly in ‘Grace
Notes’. In recognition of privacy people’s surnames are not used. However, if you do
not wish your name to be used at all, please tell the editor, or one of Church Council.
Sunday 29th March
This is the fifth Sunday in the month, so we will have a Three Churches combined
service at Zion Hill Methodist Church, 237 Onewa Road, at 9.30 a.m. People from all
three churches are involved in planning this service, and it should be a very good
worship experience.
Stated Supply
Saint Aidans will be funding the appointment of Rev Lorraine Francis as a ‘stated
supply’ Minister for a period of time while Rev Colin Gordon is away. Her exact role
is still being negotiated, but we welcome Lorraine to our combined Church family, and
look forward to hearing more about what she will be sharing with us, particularly in the
time leading up to Easter.
Easter services
As you know, Saint Aidans has a tradition of joining with our friends at Saint Lukes
Methodist Church for Christmas and Easter services. This year there is the exciting
possibility of a FOUR churches celebration of Easter, with Saint Lukes and Zion Hill
worshipping with Saint Andrews and Saint Aidans. At the moment we hear that there
could be a Good Friday service at Zion Hill, and for Easter Sunday an outdoor service,
possibly at Greenslade Park, with Saint Luke’s Church as a back-up in case of bad
weather). Good Friday is 10th April, so there is some time yet for detailed
arrangements to be made, and we will keep you informed as we hear
more. Something to look forward to.
Ministry Settlement Board
At a special meeting of the congregation the following were confirmed as Saint Aidan’s
members of the combined Ministry Settlement Board: Jeanne van der Merwe,
representing Church Council, and David Hansen, Rachel Hurr and Edmund Sharrock
from the congregation. We hold them, and the representatives from Saint Andrews,
in our prayers as they set out on this very important task.
Nan, for Saint Aidan’s Church Council