Parish Fundraising Meal 9 June:  – it’s not too late to join in!  Come to the Village at Papanui after Worship today.  Tickets $20.  An opportunity to help fundraise for the Parish, while enjoying good food, fun and fellowship.

Book Stall:  Our book stall for the month of June, will be available after church on Sunday 16th June – 11am at StAC.

Looking for a group of folks who like a bit of banter with their brew?  Look no further than – The Village Leisure Group.  Meets each Wednesday (during term time) from 1.00 to 3.00pm.

Games, quizzes, crafts, speakers, outings and of course – afternoon tea!  Come along and join a fantastic group of ‘Young at Hearts’!  For further information, contact Mary Jo at the office at maryjo@thevillage.org.nz.

The Lilliput Library at Papanui is being well used – if you have any books to donate, there is a box in front of the office where you can leave donations (9.30-11.30am weekdays).  Thank you.  Donations of books for our Bryndwr library are also welcome, thank you very much.

“First Thursdays”:  A relaxed conversation hour 5pm on every first Thursday of the month @ Bryndwr, for anyone in and around The Village to catch up and enjoy some “downtime” together. BYO drinks (some bring beer/wine others bring juice/soft drink) a Koha will be collected to cover costs for supplied nibbles.  All welcome.  Our next get together will be Thursday 4th July.

Community Centres:  We have a good range of community groups sharing our spaces at both Bryndwr and Papanui.  Some of the new ones are an art class for children, a computer club for children, with robotics! (now running at Bryndwr and Papanui), and we now have dance classes every Sunday afternoon.  On Friday’s there is a Weight Watchers meeting at Bryndwr, and at Papanui a Women’s Toastmasters group meet.  Contact Tracey at Papanui office for contact information if you are interested in knowing more.

Christian Meditation – a new group:  First meeting Tuesday 11th June at 7pm.  St Martins Presbyterian Church, 43 St Martins Road.

Jesus often withdrew to places of stillness and solitude to re-orientate his life in God. Early Christians practiced mediation. Today this practice has often been ignored, yet passages like “be still and know that I am God” attract us. Spiritual teacher of our time Fr Thomas Keating said “silence is God’s language”. A new group is starting with the aim of learning and practicing the art of Christian Meditation.

Christian Meditation is based on: stillness, silence and simplicity. The aim is to move closer to union with God by sitting quietly. We come in simplicity, not asking for anything, or seeking to tell God anything, just wanting to be open to God. We are leaving busyness and self-consciousness aside to let God transform us deep to deep. We’re not thinking about anything, spiritual or otherwise, just seeking to be in the presence of God and to be wholly present to God. Those who persevere will inevitably see the results in their lives, “the fruits of the spirit” (Galatians 5): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Meditation does need to be regular, and it does require discipline.

The group is not for experts, but for people interested in exploring a form of prayer that is much needed in our time. Our aim is to meet weekly for those who can make it, but to also encourage a daily personal practice of mediation. For more information make contact with Dugald at dugaldwil@gmail.com  or go to www.christianmeditationnz.org.nz  &/or www.wccm.org

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 (excluding ticketing fees).  Info re purchasing to come soon.  Venue, the Auditorium at the McFadden Centre, 64 McFaddens Road, St Albans.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 9 10.00am Worship StAC
11.30am Parish Fundraising Lunch Papanui
7.00pm The Gathering Bryndwr
Mon 10 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-school Music Bryndwr
2.00pm Falls Prevention Class Papanui
3.15pm Kids Club Bryndwr
7.00pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tues 11 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-in’ Papanui
12.00pm Friendly Circle Lunch the Richards’
7.00pm Parish Council Papanui
Wed 12 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club Bryndwr
Thurs 13 10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
10.00am Pop-Ins Papanui
6.30pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 14 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 15 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 16 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
11.00am Book Stall StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Bryndwr

 Next week’s helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (16th June)

 Welcoming team:      Ken Newton, Paula McNoe, Keren Ritchie, Kath Newton.

Readers:                   Ruth Churcher, John Simpson.

Technician:               Alan Maxwell.

Counting:                 Margaret McKenzie, Allan Marshall.

Morning tea:             Rowes, and Sounesses.

Musician:                  Margaret Nelson.

Communion:             Gavin James, Ruth Cooper, Elvidges, Bryan and Alice Wright.

Grounds @ Bryndwr: Ken Newton.