Progressive dinner: On today, (6th May) this event will begin with starters at 5.30 pm at our Papanui site, where you will receive instructions as to where you are heading for your main, and then we will gather again for dessert at our Bryndwr site.  There will be a $5 charge to help with the hosts costs.

Jubilate Singers: present a celebration of choral music written for, by and about mothers from the Renaissance to the present day. Today, Sunday 6th May 2018 at 2.00 pm. The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street.  Tickets $25 ($20 unwaged), includes afternoon tea.  Children free.  Door sales (cash only).

Bookstall: A reminder that the bookstall will be available next Sunday (13th May) after the 10 am service.

Garage Sale: Saturday 12th May, at Papanui Village Church.  Storage is available at Papanui for anyone wanting to ‘offload’ things prior to this date, or contact Martin.

St Ninian’s Centenary: This parish event is being celebrated at Queen’s Birthday this year.  Organizers are keen to contact past members or those who have had an association with St Ninian’s, who might be interested in attending all or part of the programme. We invite anyone interested in getting more information to notify the office by phone – 3486418, or by e-mail

The Village Leisure Group: Don’t let wintry Wednesdays get you down. Warm up with a cuppa and company! Wednesdays from 1-3pm at The Village – Bryndwr starting 2 May for school term; enjoy activities, outings and afternoon tea. For more information, contact Leone on 351-6664 or Mary Jo Chase at

Cheese rolls – June:  This is advance notice that these will be available in June only this year.

Receipts to year ended 31 March 2018 are ready today. Please collect from Donella.

Help with Reading at Burnside Primary School:  The Village Church runs a programme at Burnside Primary School on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 9.15am and 10am, where volunteers go to the school library and read one on one with two children (referred by their classroom teachers for some encouragement and support).

Typically they are children who do not get a lot of help at home with their reading. In some instances they are children for whom English is a second language.

Our volunteers do a great job with this programme. However during the winter (due to illness, or holiday breaks) some are not available, so we are looking for people willing to be relievers.  Firstly we need someone to cover May 21 – June 30 (Wednesday mornings).

It would also be a great help to have people who could be on standby to fill in as required. If this is something you would consider, please contact Linda Cowan at

You don’t need to be a teacher to do this. You just need to like children and be willing to read a story with them.

Outstanding Young Musician series for 2018: Every Tuesday (June 5th to November 27th) from 12.10–12.50pm at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.  $10 per person for each concert.  Showcasing some startling young musicians, be prepared to be amazed!  First concert June 5th 2018 features St Andrews College – ‘Voices, Choir and Soloists’.

Falls Prevention Exercise Group:  Anyone wanting to learn skills to help avoid falls, is welcome to join us for the programme which runs at Papanui.  Monday’s at 2pm, for approximately an hour.  Suggested koha $2 per session.

Book Night Event: Mark your calendars for Tuesday May 22nd 5.30 – 6.30 pm at the Village Bryndwr.  Bring your children/grandchildren and come along and join in with Lilliput Library enthusiasts as we celebrate our love of reading in this nationwide event.  Food for the body and mind – pizza to start and then fun reading/book activities for all ages from 6pm. Contact Annie Boardman for further details.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 6 8.30am The Gathering Village
10.00am Worship StAC
5.30pm Progressive Dinner Papanui, to start
Mon 7 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
  10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
  2.00pm Falls Prevention Papanui
  3.15pm Kids’ Club Bryndwr
  7.15pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tues 8 10.00am Fly Bys Bryndwr
  10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-ins’ Papanui
  12.00noon Friendly Circle Lunch Papanui
  5.30pm Grounded Papanui
  7.00pm Parish Council Bryndwr
Wed 9 9.30am Badminton Papanui
  10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
  11.00am Mid-week Worship Papanui
  1.00pm Village Leisure Group Bryndwr
  4.00pm Buddy Zone Bryndwr
  6.00pm Line Dancing Bryndwr
Thurs 10 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Fri 11 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
  11.30am Weight Watchers Bryndwr
  1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 12 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
  9.00am Garage Sale Papanui
Sun 13 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC


Next week’s helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (13 May)

 Welcoming team:       Maureen Alabaster, Margaret McKenzie, Gavin James, Margaret Beaver

Readers:                    Keren Ritchie, Maureen Alabaster

Counters:                   Murray Compton, Nicole Hill

Technician:                Donald McKellar

Morning tea:              David and Lynn Brown, Frances Coburn, Barbara Mitchell

Musician:                   Margaret Nelson

Grounds @ Bryndwr:   Ken Newton

Next week’s readings

Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26     Psalm 1         1 John 5: 9-13      John 17: 6-19