Bryndwr church building walk-through: We have arranged a walk-through in the new Bryndwr church building for Sunday, 11 December, at 2pm. Afternoon tea will follow at Anne and Martin’s place next door from 2.30pm.  We hope people will take the opportunity to come and have a look.  As it is still a building site we will need to adhere to health and safety instructions.

Parish Finger Food Potluck Luncheon: December’s Potluck lunch will be held on Sunday, 11 December (instead of the normal second Tuesday) at midday. All are welcome.  Child friendly and easy access. For more information phone Kathy on 351-6197.

 Fundraising Calendars: Martin is undertaking a fundraising for The Village Church by selling quality colour A4 (opening to A3) sized 2017 calendars with images and words I have created. The calendars have light card quality front and back pages and glossy paper for each month. These are available for $20 each! $10 from each calendar sale will be donated to The Village. If you would like to order one or some, please contact Martin and he will arrange the order with you. A sample calendar and clipboard for orders will be available at church services.

 The December Village News and 2017 Directories: Visitors – please note that these are available for pick up today.

Table Talk – discussing and acting upon a range of issues around faith, the environment and social justice.

In December we are meeting at Frik and Hannie de Beer’s home at 6pm for dinner on

Sunday 4th December: discussion about Child Poverty and how we can help

Sunday 18th December: Christmas get together. Please bring a plate.

Frequency: 6pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday nights

Who: Everyone is welcome

Why: We want to fix the world, but no pressure!

If you are interested in coming or need assistance with transport, please contact Leone on 351-6664 or

Bookstall:  A reminder that the bookstall will be available on 11 December after the service.

Need to do some Christmas Shopping?  The Village Community Centre is partnering with ‘The Warehouse Bags for Good’ to support the Kids’ Club after-school programme.  The Warehouse at Northlands Mall (only) is donating proceeds from the purchase of checkout bags to the Kids’ Club. Pick up a voting token at the end of the checkout lines, and place the token into the slot marked The Village Community Centre by the store’s entrance/exit. Tokens can be placed in The Village Community Centre’s voting container until the end of January 2017.

 Clothing Shop: The last opportunity for making purchases from the Clothing Shop at Bryndwr will be next Saturday 10 December.  Business will resume on Saturday 22 January 2017.

 Zumba Gold Fitness: This is a fun, low impact, easy to follow exercise for active older adults and beginners that lets you move to the beat at your own pace. Every Monday 12.30 – 1.30pm, at The Village Bryndwr. Cost $5. For more information contact Zumba Instructor Mel on 021 216 5039. Come along and join us for a fun filled hour of exercise.

 The Cecilian Singers presents: ‘Christmas Cracker’ with guest artists, The Richmond Handbell Choir, on Sunday, 11 December, 4pm, at the Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church, Cnr Rugby St & Papanui Rd.  Entry $15.

 Carols at Riccarton Bush, 6.30pm, Sunday 11 December 2016. Come early, bring a picnic tea then join us in singing Christmas carols with Addington Brass.

December Services

7 Dec 11am Wednesday service, the Villa @ Papanui
11 Dec 10am Carol & Reading Service @ STAC
14 Dec 11am Final Wednesday Service for the year, the Villa @ Papanui
18 Dec 10am Communion @ STAC
20 Dec 5.30pm Service of Remembrance, St Lukes, Main North Rd, Redwood  
24 Dec 6.30pm Children’s Christmas Eve service @ Bryndwr
  9.30pm Candlelight Christmas Eve service @ STAC
25 Dec 10am Christmas Day service @ STAC
1 Jan 10am Combined service at STAC with the people of St Mark’s, St Margaret’s, St Luke and Knox

Weekly Calendar

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 4 6pm Table Talk See notice over page
Mon 5 9.30am Music Moments Papanui – final for year
  10am Pre School Music Bryndwr
  12.30pm Zumba Gold Fitness Bryndwr
  3.15am Kids’ Club Bryndwr
Tues 6 9.30am Music Moments Papanui – final for year
  10am Fly Bys Bryndwr
  10am Multiple Birth Club Bryndwr
  10.45am Creative Nest Papanui Villa
  7.30pm Yoga Bryndwr
Wed 7 9.45am Badminton Last one at Papanui
  10am Pre School Music Bryndwr
  11am Midweek Worship Papanui Villa
  1pm Fendalton Leisure Club Bryndwr
Thurs 8 10am Pre School Music Bryndwr
  10.15am Pop-ins (final for year) Papanui Villa
  1pm Foot Clinic (final for year) Bryndwr
Fri 9 10am Craft group Bryndwr
  1pm Foot Clinic (final for year) Bryndwr
Sat 10 9.30am Clothing Shop (final for year) Bryndwr
Sun 11 8.30am The Gathering Breakfast McDonalds Merivale
  10am Worship STAC
  11am Bookstall after worship  
  Midday Parish potluck luncheon See notice over page
  2pm Walk-through church building Bryndwr



Helpers @ STAC (11 December):

Welcoming Team:   Ken & Kath Newton, Bruce & Ruth Cooper

Piano:                  Margaret Nelson

Counters:             Gordon Shields & Ken Newton

Technician:            Frik de Beer

Morning Tea:         Bill McMaster, Peter Reid, Donella Duff & Paula McNoe

Cleaning:              Mitch & Barbara Mitchell

Bryndwr Grounds:  Mitch Mitchell

Bible Readings for (11 December):

Isaiah 35: 1-10

Psalm 146: 5-10, or Luke 1:47-55

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11: 2-11