Operation Christmas Child: A big thank you to all who filled the gift boxes for overseas children. I have heard that 8187 boxes were collected from around the South Island, so that is a wonderful effort, from which over 8000 children will benefit. I have received email notification that my boxes are on their way, somewhere mid ocean, heading for Fiji. Once again, thank you. Donella.

 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 (20 Deepdale Street) at 6pm for dinner on Sunday 18th December: Christmas get together. Please bring a plate. This is the final one for the year.

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.

Christmas Remembrance Service: This will be on Tuesday 20 December at St Luke’s Church, Cnr Main North Road and Daniels Road, 5.30pm.  In the rush and bustle of the Christmas season it can be difficult to find an appropriate time and way to remember those who have died.  This quiet reflective service allows us the space to do this.  It is open to anyone so please be encouraged to tell others and to bring a friend if you would like.

Biscuits: At the beginning of this coming school year we are planning to have biscuits ready for the borders at STAC. These will be needed in the last week of January but more details will follow later.  Any queries see Frances Coburn or Dan.

Evening Circle – The first Evening Circle for 2017 will be Sunday, 22 January, at 5.30pm at Rosemary Braithwaite’s home.  If you would like to attend, please phone Kathy on 351-6197.

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.

Commencement dates for the following activities:

Zumba Gold – 9 January

Multiple Birth Club – 10 January

Clothing Shop – 21 January

Evening Circle – 22 January

Yoga – 30 January

Creative Nest – 7 February

Fendalton Leisure Club – 8 February

Pre School Music, 8, 9 & 13 February

Craft Group – 10 February

Music Moments – 13 & 14 February

 Papanui High School Night Classes: Papanui High have released their night classes for next year and can be viewed at www.papanui.school.nz.

December/January Services

20 Dec 5.30pm Service of Remembrance at 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 Lukes and Knox
8 Jan 10am Worship at STAC
15 Jan 10am Worship at STAC
22 Jan 10am Worship at STAC
  5.30pm Evening Circle

Weekly Calendar

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 18 6pm Table Talk (final for year) See notice over page
Mon 19 12.30pm Zumba Gold (final for year) Bryndwr
Tues 20 10am Multiple Birth Club (last for year) Bryndwr
  5.30pm Service of Remembrance St Lukes, Redwood
  7.30pm Yoga (final for year) Bryndwr
Sat 24 6.30pm Children’s Christmas Eve service Bryndwr
  9.30pm Candlelight service STAC
Sun 25 10am Christmas Day service STAC
Sun 1 Jan 10am Combined service STAC
Sun 8 10am Worship STAC
Mon 9 12.30pm Zumba Gold Bryndwr
Tues 10 10am Multiple Birth Club Bryndwr
Sun 15 10am Worship STAC
Sat 21 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 22 10am Worship STAC
  5.30pm Evening Circle See notice