What’s On This Week in August?

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What’s On This Week in August?

Another Successful Friday Fun NightFFN August 2013 Dinner

Well another Friday Fun Night is over for the month, and what a marathon effort it was!  In the end there were 34 children, which was about all we can fit in for mealtime and activities.  The kitchen team did a phenomenal job cooking, dishing up and cleaning up after all of us, and we really appreciated the range of salads, fruit pieces and even chocolate cake that so many contributed.  Then there was the job of scooping over 40 icecreams…  After handwashing it was time to move upstairs and be introduced to the activities.  Nearly everyone chose to make a wooden spatula and a Fathers’ Day card, and most decorated a notepad.  The colouring table was also popular, where children filled in and coloured a certificate to give to ‘the best dad in the world’.  The table tennis was great for those who’d had enough ‘making’ and wanted to burn off a bit of energy before pickup time.  The children seemed to enjoy themselves and went home clutching their Fathers’ Day gifts and cards.

Communion Service This Sunday 25 AugustCommunion

This Sunday we’ve got Communion Service at 10am.  Alf is away but Bob Scott will be conducting the service for us.  If you’d like to come along then please be seated by 10am for the service, followed by the usual cuppa and a biscuit at 11am.


Friday Fun Night On Again This Friday – 23 AugustFathers Day Ahead

It’s time for FRIDAY FUN NIGHT again!  This Friday at 6.15pm we’re putting on another activity night for primary and intermediate school aged children.  For $5 children are provided with dinner and then a fun-filled hour of activities.  This week they’ll be making dad gifts and a card for Fathers’ Day. There’ll be woodwork as well as the usual paper crafts and I’m sure the children are going to be proud of their creations.  If you would like your child to attend this Friday then don’t forget to register them ahead of time so we can make sure we have enough supplies.

Diane Robertson’s Talk Last NightDiane Robertson's Talk

Last night was the last of our Winter Speaker Series.  We had a very interesting talk by Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner, who discussed poverty in New Zealand- who is affected, what is being done about it and what should be done about it. Diane talked about attitudes to and misconceptions about the poor.  Poor people can no longer use education as the key to getting out of poverty, because they can not afford to gain a tertiary education.  The current generation of young adults are unlikely to ‘do better’ than their parents due to the high levels of debt incurred in gaining tertiary education and buying a home.  Diane explained that our reliance on debt results in everyday New Zealanders being plunged into poverty following unexpected job loss.  It was a thought-provoking discussion which left many of us considering what we will do as our part in reducing poverty in New Zealand.

Winter Speaker Series:  Diane Robertson 6.30pm 18 AugustDiane Robertson (cropped)

Tomorrow 18 August is our last speaker in our Winter Speaker Series on ‘Greed as a Current Virtue’.  We are fortunate to have Diane Robertson from the Auckland City Mission speaking to us.

Bring your friends, as this is sure to be a stimulating talk, with plenty of question time afterwards. Supper will be available at 6.30pm, please be seated by 7pm. Entry by koha/donation.  Hope to see you there!


Cafe Church 9.30am This Sunday 18 AugustI am Thankful For

It’s time for Cafe Church again this Sunday!  That means we meet at the earlier time of 9.30am and share breakfast together before sitting down for a discussion about our theme of the day.

This week the theme is ‘Being Thankful’, so hopefully we can get some good ideas flowing over the coffee cups.

As always you’re welcome to bring a plate of something tasty, or else just bring yourself to join in the fellowship. (There’s always more than enough food!)

Looking forward to seeing many of you this Sunday!

Roast Meet Lunch This Friday 16 August

This Friday 16 August is the St Aidans monthly Roast Meet Lunch, at 12.15pm. If you’d like to come along for some good food and good company then ring Margaret to book your place!
(If you don’t have her number then contact St Aidan’s and we’ll put you in touch.)


Don Brash’s Talk Last NightDon Brash Talk 11 August 2013

Last night was the first of our Winter Speaker Series, and it was certainly wintery! Unfortunately the weather impacted on numbers somewhat, but there were still plenty of people to keep the discussion going once Don Brash had delivered his talk. A variety of views were expressed, and Don answered many questions. Thanks to the helpers who provided the tasty supper beforehand, as well as to those who organised the evening, and of course to Don Brash for giving up his Sunday evening for a sometimes lively debate.

Winter Speaker Series 6.30pm This Sunday:  Don BrashDon Brash (resized)

Just a reminder that our Winter Speaker Series starts this Sunday 11 August. Don Brash (Economist and politician) will speak at our open forum:

“Once again New Zealand house prices are rising rapidly – especially in Auckland. Should we rejoice or be worried, and in either case, what does the future hold?”

Come along to what are sure to be stimulating talks, with plenty of question time afterwards. Supper will be available at 6.30pm, please be seated by 7pm. Entry by koha/donation.

Service of Quiet Reflection- Sunday 11 August 10amCandle Flame

This Sunday 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- Tuesday 6 August 7pm Peaceful Trees Picture

On Tuesday is something for the adults; Come to Quiet at 7pm (in Alf’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!

Kids n All: Peace SundayPeace Tree

Today we held Peace Sunday at St Aidan’s.  As part of exploring what peace means we each wrote a message of peace on a paper dove and hung it on our tree, which will remain on display for the rest of the month.  For more photos see our Facebook page.



Drop Inn Morning Monday 5 August 10amDrop-Inn Morning

This Monday 5 August 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 This Sunday 4 August 10am: ‘Peace Sunday’Peace Doves

This Sunday is our Kids n All Service, an interactive service for young and old and all those in-between! The service will be followed as usual by a cuppa and a chat at 11am.