What’s Happening This Week in December?

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What’s Happening This Week in December?

December Cafe ChurchDecember 2015 Cafe Church

Today was Advent 4, with love the focus, and we had a full house for our Cafe Service.
We farewelled Roxy and her husband Mark with gifts and a cake, and at the end of the service we marked Alf’s special birthday with another cake. (Thank you to Jimmie for her beautiful cakes!)
Our next service will be on Christmas Eve at 7pm.

Cafe Church: Farewell Roxy


This Sunday 18 October is Cafe Church, our family-friendly service which starts at 9.30 am with a shared breakfast/morning tea, then the service at 10am. We will be farewelling our wonderful intern Roxy at our Christmas Cafe Church.
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!


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On Saturday 12 December the ARK@S team got together with some adult helpers to cook up a storm of Christmas baking. By the end of the morning we had about 50 plates of sweet treats nicely wrapped up ready for gifting. The youth group then took plates across to the residents of Iona Close retirement village. The rest of the plates were given out at the service on Sunday.

Service of Quiet ReflectionCandle Flame

This Sunday 13 December 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!

ARK@S Baking

Just a reminder to ARK@S members and helpers that tomorrow morning we’re having our Christmas baking session so we can gift plates of goodies to older members of our community. Meet downstairs at the church at 10.30am. Helpers, please bring ingredients, baking tins and utensils. ARK@S members, bring your enthusiasm!

Christmas GivingChristmas Giving

Christmas is a time of giving … and receiving. These gifts under our tree were given by our Community for families in our area to ensure that they have a happy Christmas too.







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Last Sunday was our Kids n All service, where we enjoyed decorating our Christmas tree. We also paid tribute to Don, who retired as one of our service pianists after many decades of wonderful service to St Aidans. While Don will no longer be playing at services we are glad that he will continue to entertain visitors at our monthly Drop Inn mornings.

Drop Inn MorningDrop-Inn Morning

This Monday 7 December is our monthly Drop Inn Morning for residents of the Shoal Bay Villa and Regency rest homes. It’s going to be a special Christmas morning tea, and I hear Santa’s coming to visit! (He might look a little familiar to some of us…)
If anyone is able to come along and join in with a chat over morning tea it would be appreciated. It is held in the Lindesfarne Lounge (downstairs at St Aidan’s) at 10am.

Friday Fun Night: End of Year DinnerFFN December 2015

Last night we had a lovely relaxed dinner as we enjoyed our last Friday Fun Night for the year. We started the evening with a great selection of delicious food, then Bill read a story to start off the activities. Adults and children had fun making a variety of decorations and cards. The evening came to an end all too soon, and it was time to extinguish our FFN candle until our next Friday Fun Night in February 2016.

Friday Fun Night 4 DecemberChristmas Decoration

Our final Friday Fun Night of the year is on this Friday, 4 December, and this one’s a little different. As well as our usual Christmas crafts we’ll be celebrating with a shared dinner, and we invite all your children to bring parents &/or a friend if they’d like.
Please let us know if your children will be attending, whether they’ll be bringing a friend with them, and whether or not you’ll be joining us. There is no entry fee, but instead please bring enough food for all those attending as part of your group. (So large groups please bring more food than if just one child is attending.) That way there’ll be a lovely spread for everyone to enjoy!
We won’t be registering attendees this time, but it would be great to know approximate numbers so we have enough craft supplies for everyone.

So if your children would like to attend, or you would like to join them for an evening making Christmas decorations, gifts and cards, please email us on staidanskids@gmail.com as we’d love to make this end-of-year Friday Fun Night a good one!

Another Face of Christmas: Child Poverty

Join the discussion on ways YOU can make a difference to the problems of child poverty.
Sunday 6 December: Guest speaker at 6.30 pm followed by discussion and supper, finishing up at 8.30 pm.


Kids n All 6 DecemberAdvent

Kids n All is on this Sunday 6 December, and we’ll be decorating our Christmas tree for Advent!
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!

Mary and Joseph begin their journey…Mary and Joseph

Now that the Advent has begun, Mary and Joseph will be starting on their travel around the Community of St Aidans staying in different homes each night. They will finish travelling when the Nativity will be received and blessed at our Christmas Eve service.