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

The first ‘station’ has been emailed out this week.  (Please let Tracey know if you would like to be added to the email list).  I pray this is an enriching experience for us all, Dan.

At the Nest during the Season of Lent:  The Creative Nest at Papanui will be open each Tuesday 2pm-3pm during the season of Lent, for anyone who would like to reflect creatively after watching ‘The Way of the Heart’ video and prayers.  Margaret Harvey will be there, and available to assist or talk with.  All materials supplied.

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.

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

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, 10am on 16th March. All very welcome. RSVP to Catherine cdmckellar@yahoo.com (Or just turn up!)

HELP URGENTLY REQUIRED for ‘letterbox delivery’ of Community Centre circulars over the next two weeks.  We will be delivering 4,000 in the Bryndwr area, and 6,000 in Papanui.  If you can help with delivery, please see Ken Newton for Bryndwr, or Christine Arnold for Papanui, after the service. After today, they will be available from both offices. Thank you very much.

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.

Indoor Bowls:  Bowls will start at the Village, Bryndwr on Monday 18th March.  Please be there by 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.  Everyone welcome.  Any enquiries please see Janice Cundall or Mitch Mitchell.

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.

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

Martin’s blog address:  For those with access to the internet, Martin and Anne’s travels can be followed by going to: – marttherev.com

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 10 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Harvest Festival Service StAC
Mon 11 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 12 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-in’ Papanui
7.00pm Parish Council Bryndwr
Wed 13 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club Bryndwr
Thurs 14 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
10.15am Pop-ins Papanui
Fri 15 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 16 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
10.00am Women’s Fellowship – meet at the Strange Bandit Café 175 Roydvale Avenue
Sun 17 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Bryndwr

 Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (17 March)

 Welcoming team:      Andrew Souness, Anne Foote, David Coster, Joy Coster

Readers:                   Judith Souness, Anne Slaughter

Communion:             Simpsons, Ken Shields, Anne Slaughter, Browns

Counters:                  Christine Arnold, Barbara Mitchell

Technician:               Donald McKellar

Morning tea:             Rowes and Sounesses

Musician:                  Murray Compton

Grounds @ Bryndwr: Ken Newton