The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions is requiring all churches to urgently provide information.

For The Village Presbyterian Church, this would involve looking at any abuse that may have occurred in the context of our church life, at Papanui, Bryndwr, and St Andrews Rangi Ruru  – for example at Sunday School, Boys and Girls Brigade, Youth Group, the Community Centre or any other service that we provide or provided where children or vulnerable adults were involved.

For the purpose of the Royal Commission, “abuse” means physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse and neglect. We need to collect information that is held by our parishes that relate to informal or formal complaints or allegations of abuse from anyone who was in the care of a Presbyterian entity that was made either to a member of the church, or to someone outside the church like Police, a court or any other agency.

What we need from people who have been associated with the parishes for a long time, is any knowledge you may have of instances of abuse to help direct our search.  Contentious and upsetting issues are often not well documented.  We would appreciate it if you would call (numbers in the directory) or email one of the following people who have been tasked with putting together a report: Hannie, Jane A., Lisa M., lisa@villagechurch.nz

The FEBRUARY Market Day is CANCELLED:  This is due to Waitangi weekend and booking clashes for alternative dates. Our next Market Day is Saturday 6 MARCH! NB: The April Market Day will be on Saturday 10 April (due to Easter).

Lost Property:  We have a number of items in a box in the Bryndwr office. If you have misplaced something please contact Deirdre, 351 6664.

Volunteers needed: The Clothing Shop at Bryndwr is seeking volunteers for approximately one Saturday morning a month? Work involved is to help set up the racks on the morning, sort and hang any new donations, tidy the racks and the linen shelves, serve customers, and put away the racks at the end of the morning. Contact Janice C. or Adrienne R.

First Thursday Social Hour:  Join us for a fun and relaxed hour every first Thursday of the month.  Filled with great conversations and good banter!  All welcome ~ BYO drinks ~ nibbles are provided.  Held at the Village Bryndwr in the Common from 5.00 to 6.00pm – next gathering is 4 February.

Leisure Group: Our next get together is Wednesday 3 February, 1.00pm at The Village Bryndwr.  A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to join us for afternoon tea and an activity.  Contact Mary Jo for more information.

St Aidan’s Vege Co-op at The Village Bryndwr:  this isa weekly co-operative for fresh fruit and vegetables with labour provided by volunteers. The Co-op operates all year round (except from mid-December through to end of January recess).

Currently operating at The Village Bryndwr while the St Aidan’s church undergoes repair, for approximately 6-8 months.

$15 for a bag of fruit and veges direct from the growers, payment required in advance.  Weekly or fortnightly orders.  Pick up Wednesday mornings 8am to 11am.  For more info please take a flyer from either the Bryndwr or Papanui office.

Jan / FebTimeEventVenue
Sun 3110.00amThe Village Church Worship ServiceBryndwr
Mon 1 Feb9.30amMusic MomentsPapanui
2.00pmSayGo – falls prevention classPapanui
3.15pmKids ClubBryndwr
Tues 210.00amCreative Nest ‘drop-in’ All welcome!Papanui
Wed 3 (No Badminton today) 
1.00pmLeisure GroupBryndwr
Thurs 410.15amPop-InsPapanui
11.30amWorship (+lunch & activities)Papanui
5.00pmThursday Hour byo drink, All welcomeBryndwr
6.30pmYouth GroupBryndwr
Fri 5   
Sat 69.30amNo Clothing Shop on Waitangi Day (Also no Market this month)Bryndwr
Sun 710.00amThe Village Church Worship ServiceBryndwr
6.00pmTable TalkPapanui

Helpers @ Bryndwr 10am (7 February 2021)

Setup:                          Andrew and Judith Souness.

Welcoming team:           Andrew and Judith Souness, Mollie Woods.

Readers:                       Rudy and Rini Hidajat.

Technician:                    Alan Maxwell.

Counting:                      Christine Miller, Mitch Mitchell.

Morning Tea:                 Salilo and Jerry Teo, Fuatino and Sapu Lai Kong.

Grounds at Bryndwr:       Ian Satterthwaite.