Family Christmas Services
We will be holding two family Christmas services next week; our Christmas Eve Service at 7pm on the 24th, and our Christmas Service at 9.30am on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Eve Service will tell the Christmas story through carols and readings (and a video clip!), while on Christmas Day we’ll have a short service to mark this special day, finishing in plenty of time for people to go home to cook their Christmas dinners!
Our family services then take a break through January, with our first Kids n All of the year held on Sunday 2 February, and Cafe Church on 16 February.
This Sunday 22 December is our Advent Communion Service, beginning at 10am and followed by a cuppa at 11am. For those who prefer a quieter, more traditional service, this is for you. Welcome!
On Sunday 15 December we enjoyed a shared breakfast and plenty of Christmas carols as we celebrated the third Sunday of Advent. As usual there was plenty of good food and fellowship.
This Sunday 8 December we have our Service of Quiet Reflection. If you prefer a quiet, more traditional service then this is for you. The service starts at 10am and is followed by our usual cuppa at 11am.
Sunday was the first day of Advent, and we marked it by decorating St Aidans with Christmas decorations made by the Friday Fun Night children and members of St Aidans.
‘Mary and Joseph’ began their Advent journey, being hosted one night at a time by members of the congregation. These are a set of dolls symbolising the long journey made all those years ago by Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph will finish up at St Aidans on Christmas Eve. If you would like to host them for a night please contact us, as there are still a few nights left where they have nowhere to stay.
Last Saturday the annual Iona Close Christmas Dinner was held in the Lindesfarne Lounge of St Aidans. Present were the residents of Iona Close Retirement Village and the volunteers who make up the board of the St Aidans Property Trust, which runs the non-profit retirement village.
While the Trust provided a turkey and a leg of ham the rest of the dinner was provided by members of the Trust, who treated everyone to delicious salads and vegetables, followed by lovely Christmas desserts.
It was a good occasion for everyone to get together socially, and was also a good opportunity for the two new board members to be introduced to the Iona Close residents.
We are very lucky to have a wonderful group of people in our St Aidans Family who enjoy helping others. Recently two of them had their deeds officially recognised.
Margaret King was presented with her Queen’s Service Medal for Community Service by the Governor General, Sir Jerry Matepare. She was recognised for her work as President of the Hospital Auxiliary (which looks after the comfort of patients and staff at North Shore Hospital), her church activities (which include Roast Meet lunches and the Drop Inn mornings), choir work including costume-making, and her contribution to the ANZAC Committee. Margaret also volunteers each week at Northcote Primary School.
Bruce Hay has just been awarded the Northcote College Board of Trustees Medal of Excellence for 2013. This is awarded each year to a past student or teacher who has brought honour to themselves and the college through their outstanding achievements. Bruce has spent his working life involved in local government and was involved in many changes around Northcote, including the development of the shopping centre, Onepoto Domain and the Harbour Bridge. Bruce has been an essential part of the Northcote RSA, and like Margaret is involved in the Northcote ANZAC Day Service. Bruce’s contribution to the Round Table, Rotary, Guide Dogs, Northcote Citizens’ Centre, St Aidans and the Iona Close Property Trust has been invaluable.
May we continue to have a great bunch of ‘good sorts’ in our community! Each and every one of you is appreciated, no matter whether your involvement is big or small.
This Sunday at Kids n All we’re celebrating the start of Advent! We’ll be decorating the church, including our big Christmas tree. Kids n All starts at 10am and finishes at 11am with cake and a cuppa.
If you’d like to bring along some festive food or an unwrapped gift then you can add it to our collection of donations for the Auckland City Mission.
Our Contemplative Prayer group will not be meeting this month or in January. It will start up again in February 2014.