What’s Happening This Week in August?

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What’s Happening This Week in August?

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On Sunday was our youth service, which was held as a Cafe Church with some interesting table talk questions. We also viewed our entry for the ‘Love Reaches Out’ Presbyterian art competition, which was made from contributions from our Friday Fun Night children. It looks great!




FFN PhotosFFN August resized

On Friday we had a quiet FFN, where children made gifts and cards for Fathers Day. We also completed the hearts for our ‘Love Reaches Out’ art competition entry, which has now been assembled ready for entry to the Presbyterian competition.

For more photos see our Facebook album.

Youth Service 29 August: Dreams

This Sunday is a Youth Service, planned and run by our youth (with help from Roxy and Alf and plenty of scones!). The theme this time is ‘Dreams’.
It will be a Cafe Service, so will start at 9.30am with a shared breakfast, followed by the service at 10am. Toast, cereal and drinks are provided, but you are very welcome to bring a plate of something tastier to share if you would like!
Hope to see you there.

Friday Fun Night 28 August: Father’s DayFathers Day (resized)

This FFN the theme is Father’s Day and there’ll be the opportunity to make cards and gifts for Dad (or another important person), plus the big boys will once again be running checkers and balloon badminton for those who’d like to take a break from making something!
Friday Fun Night is for children aged 5-12 years. It starts at 6pm, with dinner at 6.15pm and activities winding up around 8pm. Please ensure all children are collected by 8.15pm. Cost of $6 per child includes dinner and activities.
Please RSVP by Thursday morning (to kids@staidansnorthcote.org.nz) to ensure your child’s place, as spaces are limited.

Communion Service and Induction of EldersCommunion

This Sunday 23 August is our Communion Service, beginning at 10am and followed by a cuppa at 11am. This week is a special service, with the induction of four new elders into our Community! For those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service, this is for you. Welcome!

Dinner Club 22 AugustDinner Club

Dinner Club is on again this Saturday, at the earlier time of 5.30pm. This time we are going to the Turkish Cafe, on Ponsonby Road, then most of us are moving on to Theatre Pitt to watch the play ‘Scrubbers’.

The St Aidans Dinner Club meet up once a month for a shared meal at a local restaurant, where we order a variety of dishes (mix of mild and spicy, meat and vegetarian, as needed) and split the bill at the end of it. We choose BYO so those who wish can bring a bottle of wine. Part-way through we get up and move around so we don’t sit next to the same people all night. It’s a great way of getting to know people better, and a fun way to spend the evening. Carpooling is available for those who’d like a lift.
If you would like to join in this Saturday then please contact Andrea (by phone) or email kids@staidansnorthcote.org.nz) ASAP so we can book the right number of spots.


Cafe Church PhotosAug 2015 Cafe Church (resized)

Sunday was a very special Cafe Church, with the baptism of James and Emily. We also marked Malcolm’s and Margaret’s wedding anniversary – 60 years together! †For photos see our Facebook page.



Cafe Church with Baptismsbaptisms

This Sunday 16 August is Cafe Church, our family-friendly service which starts at 9.30 am with a shared breakfast/morning tea, then the service at 10am. This month there will be the baptism of two of our young people, and we’d love you to come and celebrate this very special time.

Cafe Church is held on the third Sunday of each month, and has a focus on discussion and interaction. Toast, cereal and drinks are provided, but you are very welcome to bring a plate of something tastier to share if you would like!

Upstairs-Downstairs Movie Night

Coming up – something for the whole family!†Our UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS movie night this†Saturday 15 August at 6.30pm.

UPSTAIRS ….. for adults showing The Theory of Everything (the story of Stephen Hawking).†Enjoy a glass of wine & nibbles and coffee & sweets to finish.

WHILE†DOWNSTAIRS …….. for the children there will be a showing of Despicable Me.†Wear your PJs, bring a blanket and a cushion or bean bag.

There will be popcorn & juice and something sweet to finish.

A time for the whole family to enjoy a movie and for us all to get to know each other better.

Service of Quiet ReflectionCandle Flame

This Sunday 9 August is our service of Quiet Reflection. This is one of our more traditional services, starting at 10am and concluding with a cuppa and a chat at 11am. We’d love to see you there!

Come to Quiet 4 August 7pmPeaceful Trees Picture

On Tuesday is something for the adults; Come to Quiet at 7pm. 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!

Drop Inn Morning 3 August 10amDrop-Inn Morning

This Monday †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 Sunday 2 August: Global MissionAll Saints High School, Trichy (resized)

Kids n All is on this Sunday 2 August, and this month our theme is Global Mission, when we’ll be launching our sponsorship of All Saints High School, Trichy, in India.
Starting at 10am, our all-ages Kids n All service is great for those who like a more interactive service. It will be followed at 11am by our usual cake, cuppa and a chat. Hope to see you there!