The Creative Nest Exhibition: We are launching this exhibition today.  The display will be open at our Papanui building 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri for three weeks.  The exhibition tells the story of The Nest but also invites you into an engagement with your own creative possibilities.  A koha donation towards costs would be appreciated.  Please see this as an opportunity to take a friend along, it is a great story!

Sunday 7 October: The PCANZ General Assembly is being held at St Andrew’s College this year.  The final service is in the Chapel at 11.15am on Sunday 7 October.  Because the Assembly will need set-up time the Chapel will not be available for The Village that day.  St Luke’s Christchurch North have invited those at The Village who wish to attend a 10am service to join them, in a service led by Rev Phil Wall.  Alternatively, those wishing to join the Assembly for the service at StAC at 11.15am will be most welcome.

General Assembly – 3-7 October – in Christchurch.  The Opening Service will be held at St Andrew’s College on Wednesday 3rd October at 7pm, and is open to everyone. People are invited to gather for the opening powhiri at 6.45pm, and everyone is welcome to attend. The incoming Moderator, Rev Fakaofo Kaio, will be installed during the service.

Evening programmes open to the wider church are: Thursday 4th October at the StAC Chapel at 7.30pm – “Building a Platform for Hope” A series of stories about re-building churches and launching new initiatives over the past few years in Alpine Presbytery. Stories will include actual church re-builds post-earthquake and some reorganised churches and some new church-plants (including The Village!).

Saturday 5th October at St Andrew’s College Chapel at 7.30pm – “Going Deeper – Rising Stronger” A TED Talk / Panel discussion about making changes to the culture of our churches so that we can set a new direction in our relationship with God and each other. Instead of talking about the latest programme or idea to ‘fix’ the church we will ask our key speakers to take us deeper and look at what may help us make a more lasting difference.

Speakers include:  Pastor Amy Page-Whiting, Rev Gary Mauga, Bishop Paul Martin SM.  Please note – a koha will be received to bless our keynote speakers.

The Village Annual Meeting 2018: Will be held on Sunday 28 October at The Village Bryndwr after worship at St Andrew’s College.  This will also be Phil’s last Sunday with us so there will be a shared lunch following the meeting.

Get Together for former members of St Giles Bible Class / YPS / Young Marrieds:  Village Community Centre Papanui.  Tuesday 2nd October 2017 from 1.30pm.  Bring a small plate of food for afternoon tea.  Further information from Mollie Woods.

Village Market:  A reminder that this will be on Saturday 6th October at Bryndwr from 9.30am till 12 noon.  If you have goods to donate please contact the offices or drop them in.  Linked with the Market is what has become a Village Church drop-in coffee ‘shop’ – why not come along for a catch-up and bring a friend!

Also at The Village Market will be – by popular demand… another Boomerang Bags Workshop:

Come along and join in this Table Talk initiative and learn how to sew these environmentally friendly bags that can be used for grocery shopping, instead of plastic bags.   https://boomerangbags.org/

You will need to bring: a sewing machine, neutral coloured thread, scissors etc. We will provide: fabric, morning tea, expertise!

For further information, contact Kate boardman.nz@outlook.com

Biketober: Pedal to prayer:  October is bike month, better known as ‘Biketober’.  The weekend of 11-14 October is ‘pedal to prayer’ weekend.  One suggestion is that those who can bike to church, do so on Sunday 14 October.  If you need any help with this, talk to Megan Blakie.

We are having a quiet showing of this Welsh film while we have the Pontypridd Rev among us!!  It will be held at Bryndwr on Thursday 18 October gathering from 7pm with the movie starting at 7.30pm.  BYO drinks and nibbles!

The Village Camp 2018: Will be at Raincliff (South Canterbury) on Show weekend, 16-18 November.  There is plenty of room and unless we get huge numbers there should be no need to share rooms.  This is a great opportunity to really connect with people and ‘play, pray and enjoy’ one another in a relaxed setting, and for a minimal cost. Queries to Kath Newton or Anne Stewart.

Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting Guild are holding their Bi Annual Exhibition from 10 – 14 October 2018 at Papanui High School Hall (30 Langdons Road)  Open 10am to 4pm with entry $5 and children free.  Ample parking.

School Holidays:  The following events are on hold until the week beginning Mon 15th Oct:- The Gathering, Music Moments & Preschool Music, Kids Club, CreativeNest, Village Leisure Group, Mid-week Service, Pop-Ins and Fly Bys.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 30 10.00am Worship StAC
Tue 2 2.00pm Falls Prevention Class Papanui
7.15pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
5.30pm Grounded Papanui
Wed 3 9.45am Badminton Papanui
6.00pm Line Dancing Bryndwr
Fri 5 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
Sat 6 8.30am Village Market Bryndwr
9.30am Boomerang Bag making Bryndwr
9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 7 10.00am Worship Chch North
11.15am Assembly Service StAC

Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (7 October) 

No helpers needed.

Parable for October 7thLuke 19:1-10 Zaccheus – acted parable