Male-only God? Exploratory session on the feminine aspects of the Divine.  Sunday 26th May, 4pm-5pm. Koha.  Women and men are welcome to join this 1-hour exploratory session that invites us to expand our concept of and language about God. Session hosted by Megan Blakie, Bridie Boyd and Kathryn Fee and we welcome anyone from the Christian tradition, whether churched, on the fringes, or post-church.  There will be time for prayer and reflection, as well as discussion. The Village Presbyterian Community Centre (lounge), cnr Papanui Rd and Frank Street.

Parish Visitors Get-Together:  Wednesday June 5th at 7pm in the lounge at Papanui. We haven’t met together for some time and think the opportunity to hear from you and to discuss this important aspect of our church life is valuable.

Parish Fund-Raising Lunch: Sunday June 9th after church.  Venue, Papanui building.  Cost $20 (tickets available soon).  Our High Tea last year was a happy occasion and we are hoping that this lunch will provide the same opportunity for fun and friendship.  Please “keep the date free”.

GA18:  Copies of the report prepared by the General Assembly Doctrine Core Group on the matter of the Euthanasia Bill are now available – a few printed copies here today, or by email if preferred (please phone Tracey at Papanui for email).

Cleaner/Driver required:  A person is required for 7-9 hours per week for household duties and driving to appointments, shopping etc.  The hours are paid for by the Ministry of Health, on behalf of the client, a young woman who lives in the Redwood area.  To enquire please phone the client’s mother (Lesley) 021 0488 778.

The Village Market at Bryndwr on 8th June:  The June Market day will be on the 8th June as the first Saturday in June is Queens Birthday weekend.  If anybody has tidy goods to be sold at the market please leave them at Bryndwr or contact me to arrange pickup.  Thank you, Andrew Souness.

Preserving Jars:  Thank you for the great response, we now have all the jars we need.

Reading Relievers needed:  Would you be able to help occasionally on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (between 9.15 and 10.15am) when one of our regular Burnside Primary school reading people is unavailable?  Please ring Linda Cowan or email  We would really appreciate some help.

Prayers for Southern Seasons:  Poems and prayers for Christian worship and devotions – published by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd.  A collection of prayers and poems crafted by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken over the years as she has led services in many different congregations.  Of particular interest is that this book has taken into account the ‘down under’ experience we have living in New Zealand.

Copies of the book will be sold for $25, with $5 going to The Village (if purchased by a Village member).  Please contact Joy if you would like to purchase a copy.

Duty Roster July – September: The duty roster is about to be prepared for the period 1 July to 30 September 2019.  A note to those who are on our list of folk for rostering: “If you know of any days that you will not be attending church during this period, please let me know so I can ensure you are not rostered on those days. Obviously, there will be other days that your availability will change and these will be adjusted as they occur.

If you wish to assist in reading or counting please let me know and I will include you on these rosters.  Thank you for your assistance and support”.  Andrew Souness.

Upcoming events you may be interested in: – The Belfast Community Network and Robbie Drew present “The Golden Years of Music” – Thursday 20 June, 12 noon (doors open at 11.30am) at the Belfast Bowling Club.  Come to an afternoon of nostalgia with the smooth voice of Robbie Drew.  Refreshments available.  No door sales.  To purchase tickets please phone Ashleigh 323 9731.

August 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2019:  Local composer Tony Norriss has written a musical “Living the Dream” which is loosely based on the prodigal son story.  It is written to be non-religious, but it focuses on the underlying themes of compassion, reconciliation and acceptance.    Tickets $10, info re purchasing to come soon.  Venue, the Auditorium at the McFadden Centre, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans.

Dr Ray Hidayat will be one of the guest speakers at a Science Careers Evening Wed 29th May 2019 from 6.30-8.30pm.  Central Lecture Theatres, University of Canterbury.   Free entry.  To register:

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 26 10.00am Worship StAC
11.00am Cheese roll pick up StAC
4.00pm The Gathering Bryndwr
4.00pm Male-only God? Papanui
6.00pm Evening Circle Papanui
Mon 27 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 28 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-in’ Papanui
Wed 29 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club Bryndwr
Thurs 30 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
10.15am Pop-ins Papanui
6.30pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 31 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sun 2 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Bryndwr
Mon 3 Queen’s Birthday – Village offices closed

Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (2nd June)

Welcoming team:      Denis Elvidge, Janice Cundall, Susan Peake, Ian Cundall

Readers:                   John Simpson, Judith Souness

Technician:               Grant Muir

Counting:                 Vivienne Jackson, Allan Marshall

Morning tea:             Boardman family, Salilo and Jerry Teo

Musician:                  Estelle Elvidge

Grounds @ Bryndwr: Mitch