What’s Happening This Week in November?

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What’s Happening This Week in November?

White Ribbon DayWhite Ribbon Day

This week we are making a stand against domestic violence by marking White Ribbon Day, a Presbyterian-led initiative held on 25 November each year. Talking about family violence can be the first step in getting this often hidden problem out in the open.
You will see the billboard publicising White Ribbon Day outside Saint Aidans, and ribbons tied outside it. If you are passing please take a moment to take a ribbon from the white pottle and tie one on our fence to show your support of White Ribbon Day.

Communion ServiceCommunion

Sunday 27 November will be our Communion Service, lead by Rev Martin Dickson. It is Advent One, and we will be also marking White Ribbon Day, in support of the campaign against domestic violence. Beginning at 10am, and followed by a cuppa at 11am, this is for those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service. Welco

Dinner ClubDinner Club

Our next Dinner Club is on this Saturday 26 November, at 7pm at Genghy’s , 31 Northcote Road. (I notice it now has a nice new sign renaming it ‘The Khan’.) This is part of the Poenamo, with parking around the back reached from Sunnybrae Road.
The cost is $29.95 for all you can eat, or $24.95 for those of us over 65 yr. (Or $1 if your birthday is within 7 days of that Saturday. Bring any ID needed for your birthday special!) Drinks are extra.
Please contact Dale by Wednesday so she can book the appropriate number of places at the table.

Friday Fun Night: Christmas Shared DinnerFFN December 2015

Our final FFN for the year is this week, on Friday 25 November. We’ll be having a shared dinner, with parents and siblings all welcome. Please bring enough food to feed however many people are attending from your family, and we’ll put it all together for a lovely shared meal.
The evening starts at 6pm. There is no charge.
After dinner there will be a variety of Christmas crafts and cards to make, as well as a couple of games for any kids who want to burn off some energy.
Parents are invited to join in the crafts with their children, or just relax and have a chat. If parents just want to drop their children off for the evening that is OK too – just let us know your plans, and bring a plate of something tasty with your child.
So that we have some idea of numbers and what food our helpers should bring, please could you RSVP Andrea at staidanskids@gmail.com with who will be attending, and what food you’ll be bringing? That way we should have a good balance of mains and desserts.

Cafe Church 20 November 9.30amHappy Birthday (resized)

This Sunday 20 November 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 we’re celebrating our church’s birthday!

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!

Service of Quiet ReflectionCandle Flame

This Sunday 13 November 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. Rev Kylie Provan will be leading the service for us.


Come to QuietPeaceful Trees Picture

This Tuesday 8 November is something for the adults; Come to Quiet at 7pm, in the Minister’s Office. 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 MorningDrop Inn Morning (smaller resized)

HELPERS NEEDED This Monday 7 November†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 in with a chat over morning tea it would be appreciated. It is held in the Lindesfarne Lounge (downstairs at St Aidans) at 10am.