Church Donations:            A reminder that 31 March is the end of the financial tax year and a time to think about any additional giving we might make to the church, which will result in a donations tax credit of 33 cents in the dollar from the IRD.

Youth Group ‘Baked Goods sale’:  Our Youth Group are fundraising for Easter Camp, and invite you to support them by purchasing baked goods after the 10am service at St Andrew’s College Chapel on Sunday 22nd March.

First Aid Course:  There will be a basic first aid course (4 hours) on Saturday 16th May from 9am at Papanui.  If you are interested in attending (cost $75) please contact Frances Coburn, or Tracey or Deirdre at the office.

J.S. Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’:  Good Friday 10th April, 8pm at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Manchester Street.  Programme Donation $20 & $15, purchased at the door.  CBS Choir and Orchestra.

History of The Village Presbyterian Church:  We want to find out who would like to work together to compile a history of our church from photos and memories you may have. We will approach people that we know have photos and/or memories but if you have even one photo that you can name and date, we would love to hear from you.   If you have computer/technical skills, you would be most welcome to join the group.

Ring Tracey or Deirdre at either office and tell them your name and what photos or memories you have.  If you know someone whose memories can be shared, we need you to put us in touch with them. “Your children will ask you, “What do these stones mean?”

A Congregational Meeting: will be held after the 10am service at StAC on Sunday 22 March to vote on the proposal that the parish of Christchurch North (St Luke’s) incorporate into The Village. If anyone has any more questions on the proposal please speak with Dan or one of the team.

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.  Eggs can be brought to church up to and including Sunday 5th April, or left in the boxes at the Bryndwr or Papanui offices.  Thank you!!

Village Leisure Group:  Wednesday 18 March at 1pm, at The Village Bryndwr – ‘Wearin’ O’ the Green!’.

Chess at Burnside Primary School:  Mrs Wray, one of the teachers at Burnside Primary School, is keen to start a chess club.  She is looking for chess enthusiasts who might be able to spend one lunchtime (12.40 – 1.10pm) each week helping children to play chess.  If you are interested either text Mrs Wray (021 261 0973) or contact Linda Cowan.

Food Parcels and Hygiene Packs: Again, a big thank you to all who contribute items for Burnside Primary School. Currently the most needed items are:  Canned spaghetti and baked beans, canned vegetables (corn, tomatoes) and canned fruit, pasta, rice, canned tuna fish, breakfast cereal, toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo and dishwashing liquid. Thank you for your continued support.

Relieving readers needed:  We need a few people who can step in when regular Burnside Primary school reading helpers are ill or away. Currently, we have people helping with reading at Burnside from 9:15 – 10:15am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you could assist at any of those times, please contact Linda Cowan.

March: Time Event Venue
Sun 15 8.30am The Gathering Bryndwr
10.00am Worship Service StAC
6.00pm Table Talk Papanui
Mon 16 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-school Music Bryndwr
2.00pm Falls Prevention Class Papanui
3.15pm Kids Club Bryndwr
Tues 17 10.00am FlyBys Bryndwr
10.00am Creative Nest ‘drop-in’ Papanui
Wed 18 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-school Music Bryndwr
11.00am Mid-week Worship Papanui
1.00pm Village Leisure Club

‘Wearin’ O’ the Green!’

Thurs 19   Papanui office closed  
10.00am Pre-school Music Bryndwr
5.00pm Thursday Hour Bryndwr
6.30pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 20   Papanui office closed  
10.00am Craft Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 21 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 22 10.00am Worship StAC
11.00am Youth Group ‘Bake Sale’ StAC
5.30pm Evening Circle Rosey’s

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

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

Readers:                       Estelle and Denis Elvidge.

Technician:                    Alan Maxwell.

Counting:                      Margaret Shields, Andrew Souness.

Morning Tea:                 Keren Ritchie, Christine Arnold, Peter Reid.

Grounds at Bryndwr:       Mitch Mitchell.