On Friday we had our Spring-themed FFN. 25 children attended an evening where their creative talents could be put to work making crepe paper flowers and paper sunflowers. They made pots out of newspaper and into them planted sunflower seedlings. There were also some indoor plant pots decorated beautifully. For those wanting to burn off some energy there was the usual table tennis. Some played tic tac toe with Bill, and others spent some quiet time at the colouring table. For dinner the cooks took a bit of a breather and ordered in pizza, to go with the veggie sticks, dip and coleslaw. Of course there was fruit followed by an icecream cone with sprinkles, before they moved upstairs for the activites.
Friday Fun Night is on again this Friday, 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. Children must be pre-registered by the end of Wednesday 25. Contact St Aidan’s or check under ‘upcoming events’ for details.
It’s time for Cafe Church again this Sunday 15 September! 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 ‘Beauty’, and Alf’s got some good questions to get us thinking in 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!
Just a reminder that our Floral Affair is on this Saturday 14 September at 2pm. Tickets are nearly sold out, so get in quick for your place at one of the beautifully decorated tables to enjoy a fabulous high tea, while listening to a concert put on for you at St Aidan’s. 2pm this Saturday. Contact Pat on 480 5749 or Margaret on 483 5680 to get your ticket.
This Sunday 8 September 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!
On Sunday we celebrated Fathers’ Day. We heard different memories people have of their fathers, with the aid of Alf’s ‘Memory Bag’ questions. Later everyone was invited to write a message on a balloon for their father, whether to give it to their father or in memory of him.
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!
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.
This Sunday 1 September we’re celebrating Fathers’ Day 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!