What’s On This Week in March?

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What’s On This Week in March?

Friday Fun Night Photos Now Up on Facebook

Making Easter baskets at Friday Fun Night

Making Easter baskets at Friday Fun Night

On Friday we had a busy evening, with 32 children attending our Easter crafts night. †Children started the evening with a dinner of nachos, salad, fruit and icecream then moved upstairs to make cards, baskets, craft stick chicks, a foam ‘hatching chick’, ‘stained glass’ egg and flax crosses. †If they wanted a break from ‘making’ they could take a turn at the table tennis tables, or relax with some colouring-in. †It’s hard to fit everything in, but they all managed to make a lot of lovely things to take home! †For more photos go to our Facebook page.

Hymn Service this Sunday 30 March

There are five Sundays this month so we’ve added in a special service for all those who love hymns: a hymn service! †The list was on the noticeboard for the last couple of weeks, and hopefully all those who had a special request wrote it up on the list. †Pat is busy practising and will be busy playing for us this Sunday!

Friday Fun Night this Friday

This week it’s Friday Fun Night again, and we’ve already reached full capacity with 32 children booked for the night. †Our theme is Easter, and we have a variety of crafts organised to keep the children busy for the evening. If anyone still wants to come you can contact us on kids@staidansnorthcote.org.nz to put your child on the waiting list. Also, if anyone booked can’t make it then PLEASE contact us so we can give your child’s spot to another. We’d hate anyone to miss out!

Communion Service 23 MarchCommunion

This Sunday 23 March is our 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!

Roast Meet Lunch

This Friday 21 March is the monthly Roast Meet Lunch, a two-course roast meal hosted by Malcolm and Margaret for those living alone. †It is held downstairs in the Lindesfarne Lounge. †Bookings are essential. †If you would like to attend please contact Margaret, or else phone St Aidans on†480 2193 to be put in contact with her. †Bookings need to be made by Wednesday 19 March at the latest.

Skating for ARK@S Youth

On Sunday afternoon Andrea took a group of seven young people to Glenfield’s ‘Activzone’ for some roller-skating. The group consisted mostly of St Aidans youth, with a couple of their friends. There they met with some youth from the Mairangi Bay Presbyterian youth group. After an hour’s skating our group stopped for some refreshments, then some went back to skating while others tried out the new Trix Triker scooters, and some took turns shooting goals for in-line hockey. Our group was the last to leave!

March Cafe Church: Compassion

At Cafe Church we enjoyed some good food and fellowship before we sat down for our service. Here we got thinking about what compassion is and how we can demonstrate it in a practical way in our community. There were plenty of good ideas, which will be written up in the next St Aidans ‘Informer’.

This is a link to the video which Alf showed us:



Cafe Church 9.30am Sunday 16 MarchCompassion Rice Heart

This Sunday we’ve got Cafe Church. †This is our family-friendly service which starts at 9.30 am with a shared breakfast/morning tea. Our theme this week is ‘Compassion’.

As always youíre welcome to bring a plate of something tasty, or else just bring yourself and join in the fellowship. (Thereís always more than enough food!)

Service of Quiet Reflection Sunday 9 MarchCandle Flame

Tomorrow at 10am is our Service of Quiet Reflection. Alf comes back from his short period of leave to lead us in this service.

For those who prefer a quieter, more contemplative service this one is for you. We conclude with a cuppa and a chat at 11am.

‘Come to Quiet’ Tuesday 4 MarchPeaceful 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.


‘Drop Inn Morning’ Monday 3 MarchDrop-Inn Morning

This Monday 3 March 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 ‘Children’s Day’Children's Day

Today we marked National Children’s Day with a service largely run by our young people. We enjoyed listening to two interviews with older members of our community who shared their memories of childhood, and what they thought the greatest difference was in the lives of children today compared with their childhood.

Of course Kids n All is not complete without a good morning tea, where we shared fellowship and our thoughts on the service.

To round it off the kids had a lolly scramble, after which they shared out their lollies fairly.

We hope our young people will continue to take an active part in our Kids n All services.