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.

Rev Heather Simpson is retiring from her time as Minister in Paeroa, and coming to live in Christchurch.  Her own home is unavailable until July 2020, so she would love to hear from anyone who would like a house sitter, or has a bach they would like to offer as an interim home, from the end of January to end of June 2020.  Even part of that time would be considered.  She is happy to live anywhere in the wider Canterbury area, preference Christchurch city.  Contact either church office for Heather’s contact details.

Operation Christmas Child:  Thank you to those who have taken Christmas boxes to fill.  There are still some boxes available.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thank you, Kathleen Anderson.

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.

The Village Market:  It is springtime!  Is it time to sort out bits & pieces you no longer need?

Our market always needs replenishing.  We are happy to do pickups!  Please feel welcome to contact either office or drop things in!

Ten Billion (TVNZ on Demand) As mentioned by David Coster at the Meet the Candidates evening, here is the link to the show:-

A reminder that the Annual Meeting will be held at the conclusion of the service (followed by morning tea) at St Andrew’s on Sunday 13th October.

End of Term reminder:  Friday 27th September is the last day of the school term – so many of our regular activities will take a two-week break.

Global Mission Newsletter:  The latest edition of the newsletter (Vanuatu mission) can be read by going to this address:-

Nambawan! is Global Mission’s newsletter specifically dedicated to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand’s partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. Nambawan is Bislama (one of the three official languages of Vanuatu) and means Number One, or as we might say today, “Awesome!”

An excerpt: Some members from St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Church in Christchurch have been supporting the wages for a librarian at Seaside School in Port Vila for a few years. This has helped to establish the role of the librarian in the school. The project is now coming to an end and the responsibility for the librarian’s wages will be included in the school’s annual budget. Schools in Vanuatu are generally under-resourced and so the principal has been very grateful for the support. Thanks to the members of St. Margaret’s who have faithfully supported this.

A couple of Notices from the St Albans Community News:-

Mairehau Family Library Second Hand Book Sale:  Saturday, September 28th from 10am to 2pm at 42a Kensington Avenue.  Children’s and adults’ books.  Also, jigsaw puzzles, magazines, DVDs and other ‘odds and ends’.  For more information phone Lorna at 980 1225 or Doreen at 355 7431.

Meet the Election Candidates – St Albans:  September 30th at 7pm, Bailies Bar and Restaurant in Edgeware Village.  Candidates standing for Mayor, council and community boards   will join Environment Canterbury candidates to tell us why we should vote for them and answer written questions, email to or supply on the night.

Date Time Event Venue
Sun 22


10.00am Worship StAC
4.30pm The Gathering Bryndwr
5.30pm Evening Circle Ann’s home
Mon 23 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 24 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest “drop-in” Papanui
Wed 25 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Preschool Music Bryndwr
11.00am Midweek Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club

Celebrate Spring!

Thurs 26 10.00am Preschool Music Bryndwr
6.30pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 27 10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
  Last day of school term  
Sat 28 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 29 10.00am Worship StAC
12.00pm The Gathering

End of term picnic


Helpers @ St Andrew’s College 10am (29th September)

Welcoming team:     David and Lynn Brown, Ian and Janice Cundall.

Reading:                   Catherine McKellar, David Brown.

Technician:              Grant Muir.

Counting:                 Margaret Shields, Andrew Souness.

Morning tea:            Ian Satterthwaite, Bill McMaster, Keren Ritchie, Paula McNoe.

Musician:                 Murray Compton

Grounds at Bryndwr: Jim Hudson.