St Aidan’s Meanderings – September 2015

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St Aidan’s Meanderings – September 2015

GREETINGS – What glorious magnolias we are seeing this year. They must like the cold wet winter to bloom so beautifully in what we call spring! A walk in the Parnell area recently took us among some grand old houses and their fully laden blossom trees as well as a field of tall daffodils in the grounds of the old St. Stephens chapel which had been recently painted white and sparkled in the morning sun. It made a charming picture.   Rather surprising to find a patch of good old fashioned gorse at the bottom of St. Stephens Ave where we looked out over the Baths.

HEALTH   It was good to see that Malcolm was resting at home after a short stay in North Shore Hospital. Bev A. Is coping with her new hip and reckons it will take a while, but she’s smiling. Anne G. enjoys visitors at Green Valley Lodge in Glenfield.

BIRTHDAYS – We belatedly congratulate Helene M, whose birthday on Sunday, 23 August passed unnoticed. This month we celebrate Happy Birthday with Bev A; Robin B; Colin R. – a little bird tells us that it is a milestone for you this time, Colin, and we say congrats on your 80th.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES -   Congratulations to Diane & Trevor; Roxy & Mark. Make sure you celebrate folks – always a special occasion…

BAPTISM STUDY – We had an interesting evening, over soup and bread, as we discussed all kinds of things about Baptism, which helped our understanding and appreciation for one another in the journey of faith.

CAFE CHURCH (1) saw the moving Baptism of Emily and James and celebrated their step in faith. A celebration of another kind was that of the 60th Wedding Anniversary of Malcolm & Margaret. Again, congratulations from us all.

ORDINATION OF NEW ELDERS – Communion Sunday was an appropriate time for us to share in the Ordination of Dalia, Lynda and Rachel – a special occasion for us all.

CAFE CHURCH (2) was an especially enjoyable service taken by our young people, ably led by Barbora. They gave us some searching questions to take home and think about. A big thank you to all who took part.

MURIEL’S 100TH We mentioned last month that Muriel Johnson was turning 100 on 26 August. She had a lovely party in one of the lounges at Northbridge, with family and friends who had travelled great distances to be with her. While proposing her health, Muriel’s son mentioned several facts that depicted changes in her lifetime – being born in 1915 – one of which was the world population had almost doubled over those years! Food for thought. Many interesting things came to mind, especially the changes in the electronics world.

OUT AND ABOUT – Mary B is to travel to Dunedin to visit her brother John in hospital.

As mentioned above, Colin has a special birthday this month. Pat and Colin are taking the family out on the Round the World yacht ‘Steinlager 2’ for a Harbour Cruise. Great way to have a picnic to mark the occasion – enjoy.

For those who managed to see the Documentary film on the Camino Pilgrim Trail, not only were they treated to an excellent pictorial and spiritual experience, but they caught a glimpse of our own Pilgrims, Pat and Colin, on the Trail. A lovely surprise. Not often we know the movie stars!!

Andre and Helene spent most of their ‘winter getaway’ in Hawaii where they made the most of the warm, crystal-clear waters by swimming in the sea every day. They also managed to visit an active and an extinct volcano, wondering at the expanse of the craters. Both Karen and Johan joined them in Hawaii, while Annalie and her family were savouring the warmth of Port Douglas. On a short excursion to mainland U.S.A. they visited several desert parks and saw a very different spectacle of nature in the colour and formations of the Valley of Fire in Nevada and Bryce National Canyon in Utah. The rocks in this smaller version of the Grand Canyon have been shaped by erosion to look like people, almost being reminiscent of the terracotta warriors of China. The local Indian tribes call them hoodoos and consider them to be their forbears who had been turned into rocks because of their transgressions and are now doomed to watch over the valley for ever.

Edith enjoyed a brief return to camping days when she drove to Raglan for a Rotary Caravan Rally. In pouring rain, she (literally) threw her gear into her friend’s motorhome and then they were off to spend a long weekend at the Raglan Holiday Camp, catching up with old friends, from all over the North Island, and meeting new members. There is always a good programme arranged, this time a tournament was held over bowls, Snooker and darts! Teams were drawn. How is it that men always seem to have played all these games and are good at them! My participation resulted in our team winning a booby prize (the good players only got praise!) and I returned with the resolve that I would learn to play at least three new sports !

A hearty welcome back to Rinny and Barbara after a nine months absence to house sit a castle in the south of France followed by a most enviable trip including southern, central and northern Europe and North America. With insufficient time to meet the deadline for this edition, we hope to receive a more detailed report for the next issue of the Informer.

We expect to be hearing of Robin’s travels in Europe and expect a detailed account of the All Blacks match in Newcastle. She makes a point of attending at least one of the A.B’s matches in the World Cup, wherever it is played!!

We look forward to all the interesting things that Alf and Roxy have for us this month; to the participation of our newly ordained Elders; to the interesting activities of our young people.

THE FLORAL AFFAIR – Let’s all get behind this fund raising occasion – invite your neighbours, people who live alone and perhaps don’t get out much – it is an enjoyable activity for them; people who like flowers, music and home cooked goodies. It’s our chance to make a difference.

Please check the rosters – you may be needed for flowers, cleaning, morning tea – be a volunteer.


When you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment

That comes from knowing you are working to make things better

Go well and safely,       Edith.