What’s On This Week In November?

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What’s On This Week In November?

Family Friday Fun Night: Photos Now Up

On Friday we held our final FFN for the year, our Family Friday Fun Night. This was a family end-of-year celebration, where FFN families and members of St Aidan’s†got together for a shared meal and some fun with the kids.

At the door were our Three Kings presiding over gifts for the Auckland City Mission, and families donated generously.

Our evening began with a pot luck dinner, then we moved upstairs to help the children make Christmas goodies. On offer were table centerpieces, Christmas cards, gift tags and Advent paper chains. Children and parents could make a decoration for the St Aidans tree or decorate a gift bag to add to our Auckland City Mission donations. Those who wanted a break from making could play table tennis or do some golf putting.

We finished the evening off with a few Christmas carols, then it was time to say goodbye to everyone. An enjoyable evening, and lovely to get to know the parents of our FFN children a bit better.

To view photos of the evening go to Family Friday Fun Night 2013.

Communion Service 24 NovemberCommunion

This Sunday 27 October is our monthly 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!



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It’s our final Friday Fun Night for the year tomorrow, and this time we’re doing something a little different; a shared ‘pot luck’ dinner with the FFN families and members of St Aidans. It starts at the usual time of 6.15pm, but instead of paying $5 per child the child brings a parent and some food to share. After our shared meal we will all move upstairs to make decorations or cards for Christmas. We will also be collecting donations for Auckland City Mission, so bring along some festive food or an unwrapped gift to help make someone’s Christmas special.
Please let us know if you’ll be there- contact us on kids@staidansnorthcote.org.nz .

Cafe Church Birthday CelebrationSharing the Peace at our 125th Birthday Celebration Service

On Sunday the Community of St Aidans, Northcote celebrated our 125th birthday. †As it was our Cafe Church we enjoyed a celebratory breakfast/morning tea before the service started. †We began with a candle-lighting in honour of the past, the present and the future. †A Powerpoint presentation summarised the changes in St Aidans over the years from its early beginnings to all the variety St Aidans offers today. †Table talk was around ‘What does St Aidans mean to you?’ and later ‘What are your hopes and dreams for the future of St Aidans?’ †Of course we had to cut the cake, and this was dished up and placed on the cafe tables while everyone ‘shared the peace’. †We left in great spirit about the strength of our Community, and looking forward to what is to come.



November ARK@SARK@S November 2013

Last Saturday our ARK@S youth group met for the second time. Unlike the first time, when we helped out an elderly member of our Community, this time we all benefited as our young people worked hard to spruce up the church gardens.

Gardens were weeded, hedges trimmed, plants planted and the concrete path water-blasted, while the inside was decorated with balloons and bunting for the church’s birthday celebrations the next day.

After two and a half hours of working in the hot sun the nine young people and five adults moved inside for a well-earned feed. A job well done!



Cafe Church This Sunday: 125th Birthday!Happy Birthday (resized)

This Sunday is Cafe Church, and we’re celebrating the 125th birthday of our Community of St Aidans! Bring a plate to help us celebrate. Service starts at 9.30am with a shared breakfast/morning tea. See you there!


Service of Quiet ReflectionCandle Flame

On Sunday 9 November we have our Service of Quiet Reflection. With Alf on leave, Greg Morgan will be taking the service. If you prefer a more traditional service then this is for you. Service starts at 10am, followed by a cuppa at 11am.

Come to Quiet This Tuesday 5 NovemberPeaceful 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!

Drop Inn Morning Monday 4 November

Drop Inn Morning (smaller resized) This Monday 2 September 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: Role ModelsRole-model-Quotes-Role-model-quote-Role-models-quotes-291x300

This Sunday 3 November we’re talking about role models at Kids n All. Come along at 10am for our all-ages, family-friendly service, followed by a cuppa and a cake at 11am. See you there!