Very Rev Andrew Norton

This week the church lost a great friend and mentor in Andrew Norton, who died on Monday 9th September.

As PCANZ Moderator Andrew spent a lot of time being alongside and inspiring our Presbytery but also our Village Parish Council. These occasions were always deeply profound as he encouraged us to connect more deeply with our imaginations and our creativity and to find our way to expressing this, as we are each gifted to do.  You will remember too that just a couple of years ago he brought his photography and poems to The Village in a very successful exhibition.

This prayer was included in the email sent from St Columba church where Andrew last ministered:-

Gracious God

We have such huge love and respect for Andrew

We have anguished over this pain and suffering

Yet, time and again ‘Andrew’ rose up to amaze and delight us afresh

We salute his courage, his wisdom, his deep faith and his generous love

We will never forget this man for he lives in our hearts

We release Him into Your loving care.

Be warned, he will have bold ideas about how heaven could be better!

I guess you already know that


Meet the Candidates –  Sunday 15th September 2019 at 7.00pm at the Village Bryndwr – an invitation has been extended to the 13 candidates who are standing for election in the Fendalton / Waimairi and Harewood wards as City Councillor or Community Board member, to come and speak to the community.  They have been invited to give a five-minute address on “What I have to offer as a City Councillor/Board member” and to outline the values which have motivated them to stand for elected office.  There will be a time for questions from the floor.  David Coster will be moderating the meeting, and there will be supper afterwards.

And for those in the Papanui Ward:  The Redwood Business and Residents Group are hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event on Tuesday 17th September at 7pm – Christchurch Function Centre, Redwood Hotel, 340 Main North Road.

Women’s Fellowship: Our next meeting will be hosted by Pat Angus on Saturday, 28th September at 2pm at Pat’s home.  Pat has a very interesting bell collection which she will tell us about. Any enquiries or if transport is required, please phone Catherine.

Operation Christmas Child:  Thank you to those who took Christmas boxes last week, and especially to the person who had it filled and returned to the Bryndwr Office by Tuesday.  That must be a record!

There are still some boxes available after the service this morning, or at either office during the week.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thank you, Kathleen Anderson.

The Bryndwr Community Garden is running a Spring Picnic at Morley Street Park on Saturday 21st September at 12 noon.    BBQ, Animal Rides/Pats, Bouncy Castle, Games and Face Painting.  If raining, postponed to 28th September.  Contact Kate Boardman for further information.

From the Hospitality team:  An evening is being arranged on Saturday 5 October at the Village Bryndwr.  This will be a pot luck dinner and a chance to hear Martin and Anne talk about their trip and see some images from their time away.  More details will follow.

Please note – the Burnside Primary School ‘Table Top Sale’ has been cancelled.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 15


8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Bryndwr
Mon 16 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Preschool Music Bryndwr
2.00pm Falls Prevention Class Papanui
3.15pm Kids Club Bryndwr
7.00pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tues 17 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest “drop-in” Papanui
Wed 18 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Preschool Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club

Bring along a funny story or a joke

Thurs 19 10.00am Preschool Music Bryndwr
10.15am Pop-Ins Papanui
1.00pm Foot Clinic Bryndwr
6.30pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 20 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.00pm Foot Clinic Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls – final for 2019 Papanui
Sat 21 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 22 10.00am Worship StAC
5.30pm Evening Circle Ann’s home

Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (22nd September)

Welcoming team:      Anne Slaughter, Mollie Woods, Gordon and Margaret Shields.

Technician:               Donald McKellar.

Counting:                 Margaret McKenzie, Murray Compton.

Morning tea:             Keren Ritchie, Christine Arnold, Bill McMaster.

Musician:                  Estelle Elvidge.

Grounds at Bryndwr: Jim Hudson.