The Way of the Heart – Lent in The Village:  The Stations of the Cross are a long-standing tradition among Christians who choose to hold a vigil in their hearts during Good Friday—the day Jesus suffered, died and was buried. Images of different memorialised milestones of Good Friday (points of vulnerability, strength, love, compassion, etc.) are typically set up as prayer or meditation stations for people to walk through, remember, pray, and experience Jesus’ marathon of suffering and ultimate death.

Instead of trying to cram these all into Good Friday, I will instead email through, once per week throughout the season of Lent an easy way for all of us to engage with each of these. The ‘stations’ will come in the form of a video clip for you to watch, and a short guided reflection for you to pray with in your own time.  In total there will be 10 ‘stations’ with most weeks having just one video, and some having two. The videos and prayers have been produced by www.theworkofthepeople.com

An initial email with further information has been sent this week. The first ‘station’ will be emailed out next week. I pray this is an enriching experience for us all.

Harvest Festival Service:

On Sunday March 10 we are planning to hold a Harvest Festival service at 10am at St Andrew’s.  More information about delivery of items at the service next week, but please start to polish your pumpkins and talk to your tomatoes in anticipation – as well as thinking about suitable harvest groceries, jams and relishes.  All the items given will go to Presbyterian Support.

Easter eggs for Pillars: As we have done in previous years, we are collecting Easter eggs to be sent to Pillars who distribute them to the families of prisoners.

‘On any given day more than 23,000 children are affected by having a parent in prison in New Zealand. Without the right support these children are over nine times more likely than other kiwi kids to end up in prison as adults. Children of prisoners are among some of the most vulnerable children in our community. They are in a situation they didn’t choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. They become the invisible victims of crime and can become socially isolated and deprived. They need our support to live positive lives.’  What seems like such a small thing for us is so appreciated by these often-forgotten families and we thank you for your continued support of this project.

Eggs can be brought to church up to and including Sunday 7th April, or left at either Bryndwr or Papanui office.

Music Moments helpers:  The Pre-School music group at Papanui on Monday mornings is looking for some people to go on the roster to serve morning tea.  Please talk to Christine Arnold for more information.

Women’s Fellowship:    You are invited to morning tea at the Strange Bandit Cafe, 175 Roydvale Ave, at 10 am on 16th March. All very welcome. RSVP to Catherine McKellar cdmckellar@yahoo.com

Barista Training: Josh Stewart is available to give people barista lessons on the coffee machine at Bryndwr.  His email is joshuawadestewart@gmail.com

Reading at Burnside Primary:  Extra Reading Helpers needed. No teaching experience necessary. Reading times are currently 9:15 – 10am Monday – Wednesday. You will read and be read to one on one with a Burnside pupil. Contact Linda Cowan lindacowan@xtra.co.nz for more information.

Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa New Zealand: – Special Collection.   In support of PWANZ a retiring collection will be taken on Sunday 17th March.  Contributions will enable administration, and activities, to continue over the next 12 months.

Large Font Notices & Order of Service:  For anyone who would appreciate having the Notices and the Order of Service in a larger print size for ease of reading, we are very happy to do this for you.  Please let either office know, so we can have that available for you each Sunday.

Please send your notices totracey@villagechurch.nz

Dance 4 Us:  We are very pleased to be welcoming a new group who will be partnering with us at Bryndwr each week.  They offer a ‘Dance Movement Therapy Group’ for youth and adults with special needs.

Travellers’ Tales:  On Sunday 24th March there will be an opportunity to hear about Hannie and Frik de Beers time in Samoa.  This will be held at Papanui after church with a ‘bring a plate’ lunch.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 3 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
Mon 4 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
2.00pm Falls Prevention

(‘Steady-as-you-go’)

Papanui
3.15pm Kids Club Bryndwr
Tues 5 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-in’ Papanui
Wed 6 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club Bryndwr
Thurs 7 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Fri 8 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 9 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 10 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship / Harvest Festival StAC
11.00am Book Stall StAC

Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (10 March)

 Welcoming team:      Ken Newton, Donella Duff, Bruce Cooper, Ruth Cooper

Readers:                   Trevor Agnew, Kath Newton

Counters:                  Christine Arnold, Barbara Mitchell

Technician:               Liam Boardman

Morning tea:             David Smail, Ken and Kath Newton, Susan Peake

Musician:                  Estelle Elvidge

Grounds @ Bryndwr: Mitch