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 Sunday, 11 December (instead of the normal second Tuesday) at midday.  All are welcome.  Child friendly and easy access.

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

 Fundraising Calendars: If anyone has ordered a calendar and hasn’t paid or picked it up, could you please see Martin or Anne Stewart. Thanks

 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 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 11 December after the service.

Clothing Shop at Bryndwr: This is now closed for the holidays. Business will resume on Saturday, 22 January 2017.

 Birthday Offering: At The Village we have a practice of offering a special thank-you to God and God’s work in celebration of our birthdays. In the March issue of The Village News you should have received envelopes, for those in your household, for this purpose.  If for any reason you don’t have an envelope please contact either office.  The suggestion was made that you might like to include $1 for every year you have been alive, but if this limits or stretches you too much then please remember this is a suggestion only.

On our birthdays we are often the recipient of much generosity and kindness. This invitation enables you to offer something back in thankfulness, if you wish to do so.

These envelopes can be placed in the offerings on Sunday’s or dropped into either office, or given to your visitor if that is an easier method of getting them to the church.

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.

 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.

Papanui High School Night Classes: Papanui High have released their night classes for next year and can be viewed at

December Services

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 11 11am Bookstall after worship STAC
  Midday Parish potluck luncheon See notice over page
  2pm Walk-through church building Bryndwr
Mon 12 10am Pre School Music (final for year) Bryndwr
  12.30pm Zumba Gold Fitness Bryndwr
  3.15am Kids’ Club Bryndwr
Tues 13 10am Fly Bys (final for year) Bryndwr
  10am Multiple Birth Club Bryndwr
  7.30pm Yoga Bryndwr
Wed 14 10am Pre School Music (final for year) Bryndwr
  11am Midweek Worship (final for year) Papanui Villa
  1pm Fendalton Leisure Club (final) Bryndwr
  7.30pm Parish Council Meeting Bryndwr
Thurs 15 10am Pre School Music (final for year) Bryndwr
Fri 16 10am Craft group Bryndwr
  1pm Foot Clinic (final for year) Bryndwr
Sun 18 10am Worship STAC
  6pm Table Talk (final for year) See notice over page



Helpers @ STAC (18 December):

Welcoming Team:   Katharine Shaw, Keren Ritchie Derek & Annette Benfield

Piano:                  Estelle Elvidge

Readers:              John Simpson & Estelle Elvidge

Counters:             Gordon Shields & Ken Newton

Technician:            Liam Boardman

Communion:          Derek Benfield, Margaret McKenzie, Ian & Janice Cundall

Morning Tea:         Boardman Family, Susan Peake, Peter Reid

Cleaning:              Donella Duff & Catherine McKellar

Bryndwr Grounds:  Clive Morriss

Bible Readings for Sunday (18 Dec):

Isaiah 7: 10-16

Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19

Romans 1:1-7

Matthew 1: 18-25