What’s On This Week In October?

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What’s On This Week In October?

Friday Fun Night20131025_200139

Last Friday we had a record 42 children attend Friday Fun Night, and despite worries about the number it actually ran very smoothly.  Children were fed burgers with salad and dips, followed by fruit and icecreams in cones, then moved upstairs to a selection of Christmas crafts.  Dinner took longer than with 20 children, which left less time to do the activities, but children still had a chance to make several items. Crafts included Christmas cards, gift tags, decorated Christmas bells, miniature gift boxes and individualised wrapping paper. Those who wanted to burn off a bit of energy played table tennis or Twister, while those who wanted to relax could sit at the colouring table with a picture of their choice

 

 

Communion Service This Sunday October 27Communion

This Sunday morning 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!

 

 

 

Friday Fun Night 25 October 6.15pmChristmas Decorations FFN 2012

Friday Fun Night is on again this week, open to primary and intermediate school aged children. It’s a night of fun activities and crafts, starting at 6.15pm with dinner and winding up at 8pm, all for only $5. This month we’re making a start on Christmas decorations, cards and gifts.
Children must be pre-registered by the end of Wednesday 23rd. Contact St Aidan’s or check under ‘upcoming events’ on our website for details.

ARK@S Working Bee Last SaturdayARK@S (resized)

Last Saturday our new youth group met for the first time.  ARK@S stands for Acts of Random Kindness at St Aidan’s and is our service group for the young people of St Aidans’s.  The idea is to create a group where those aged 11 years and up can get together and experience how it feels to help others in the community, while at the same time enjoying themselves.  We want to make a footprint in the community as well as a footprint in their souls- in other words, make a difference in the lives of all involved.
Our first ARK@S activity was a working bee at the house of one of the elderly members of our community, where her overgrown garden was transformed by some diligent weeding, and her letterbox sanded down and repainted.  The difference after two hours of work was obvious and appreciated.
There were nine young people, aged 11 – 15 years, supervised and aided by Liz, David and Andrea. Alf and Robin provided a delicious afternoon tea back at St Aidan’s afterwards, where the young people had a chance to relax, and to discuss future projects for ARK@S.

New Youth Group Starts this Saturday 19 October:  ARK@S

Are you aged 11- 18 years?

You can now HAVE FUN WITH FRIENDS while HELPING OTHERS in our community.  Acts of Random Kindness at St Aidans is a new group for teenagers who’d like to get together and have fun while helping people.

Our first ARK@S is on this Saturday 19 October.Helping Hands

* Meet in Church carpark at 1pm.
* We’ll transport you to our ARK site. (Wear old clothes & bring gardening gloves for this one.)
* Then we’re back to St Aidans for a good feed before pick up from Church @ 5pm.

If the weather forecast doesn’t look good and we need to cancel we’ll call you on Friday evening. Rain day will be 2 November.

All you need to bring is yourself and your helping hands.
Everything else will be supplied.

If you’re interested in coming along or have any questions please contact St Aidans or one of the coordinators (Liz, David or Andrea).

Cafe ChurchDifferent Kinds of Apples

This Sunday 20 October it’s Cafe Church.  That means we meet at the earlier time of 9.30am and share breakfast together before sitting down to discuss our theme of the day.

This week the theme is ‘Celebrating Difference’, and Alf’s got some good questions to get us thinking during our table-talk discussions.

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 you this Sunday!

 

Sunday’s Friendship BouquetsFriendship Bouquet

At Kids n All we explored what friendship means to us.  As part of this we wrote what being a friend means to us and made two ‘friendship bouquets’.  These have been put up in the Spencer Lounge if you’d like to have a look at them.

Kids n All  This Sunday 6 October : ‘Friends’

This Sunday 6 October we’re exploring friendship 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!

Come to Quiet – Tuesday 1 OctoberPeaceful 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!