The Methodist Women’s Fellowship have extended an invitation to the ladies of our parish to an ecumenical afternoon to hear Christine Lloyd speak.  Christine is a dental nurse who has worked on Mercy Ships in Africa.  Wednesday 1 September at 2pm at Christchurch North Methodist, Chapel Street Papanui. 

Newcomers event – on Friday August 20, from 6pm, we will be holding a pot-luck shared meal at our Papanui site, for anyone who has made their way into The Village since September 2018, when we last had one of these events.  We will endeavour to make contact with the people in this category but if by some awful chance we miss anyone, please do make yourself known and feel welcome to join in.  It’s a great way to meet a few more people in a relaxed and fun environment.  Please contact Anne Stewart if you need any further information.

Games evening – The Village invites you and your family/friends to an ‘Olympic themed’ games evening on Friday August 27 at the Bryndwr site.  We can even have spectators and no social distancing (hope that’s not speaking too soon!).  So, keep this date free and more detail will emerge over the next few weeks.

Tata School Vanuatu fundraiser – Soap now available for $2 bar: The Ecostore soap bars are available from Papanui and Bryndwr offices, from the Clothing Store and from the Village Market 7 August.  Also, after Worship each Sunday – until sold out.  Two scents on offer, ‘Lemongrass’ and ‘Grapefruit and Mint’.  Friends and family are welcome to buy too – thank you for your support as we fundraise to help rebuild Tata School after the devastation the 2020 cyclone caused in Vanuatu.

First Thursday social hour:  Our ‘First Thursday’ for August (5th) will be a mid-winter pot-luck Christmas celebration meal.  We’ll gather in the old hall at Bryndwr at 5pmplease enter by the driveway door directly into the hall as there is another function on in the Common at that time.  If you are planning to attend, can you please let Mitch and Barbara know what you plan to bring.  Everyone is welcome!

The Village parish council held our July meeting on Tuesday 13 July 2021 at The Nest in Papanui.

We were pleased to welcome Sally T. from the former Christchurch North parish onto Parish Council and also Alistair P. who was not able to be with us on this occasion.

The community centre continues to function well, and most of the activities have enjoyed a well-earned break during the school holidays.  The Bryndwr and Papanui buildings are busy and well-used in their interactions with the community.

A Young Adults group (18’s-30’s ish) is being kickstarted at the end of July.  We have a few in our midst and feel that it is time to get something started.  Please make this known to any young adults in your wider families who could be interested. The purpose of the group is to explore what faith and church is for this stage of life.  Dan is happy to meet with anyone who might be interested in exploring this with us, so spread the word!

It was noted that Rev Anne Stewart has completed her Ministry Development Review, as is required on a three-yearly basis.

It was noted that our offerings have not kept up to our budgeted figures, based on last year’s giving.   Some thought was given to possible ways to help keep the congregation informed of how we are tracking.  It was noted that we have lost a number of members over the last year and this may account for some of the decrease in giving.  The need to encourage people in their giving was noted along with thought to other possible methods of funding.  We have had a number of repairs needed and also some overdue maintenance and improvements have been undertaken.  It was noted that the insurance renewal is required and that a 10% increase in this cost is expected.

We are thrilled to report that $5000 has been raised and sent to Tata School in Vanuatu for use in repairing their buildings broken in a cyclone a year or so back.

We would like to remind everyone that biscuits are needed for the General Assembly.  If you have any queries or are able to assist with this please talk to Lesley C.

Voting was undertaken for the National Moderator Designate and we await the outcome of this.  What we do know is that the next Moderator will be a woman – we had six to choose from and no men!

We spent some time looking at various vision options around our future, a conversation which will continue.

Sun 19.30am 10.00amLight Breakfast, followed by Worship ServiceBryndwr
6.00pmTable TalkPapanui
Mon 29.30amMusic MomentsPapanui
10.00amPre-school MusicBryndwr
10.30amPainting Group meet in the NestPapanui
1.30pmSt Luke’s Bible StudyRedwood
2.00pmSteady as you go, falls preventionPapanui
3.00pmKids ClubBryndwr
7.00pmTeo Reo classBryndwr
7.15pmIndoor Bowls 
Tue 310.00amCreative NestPapanui
Wed 49.45amBadmintonPapanui
10.00amPre-school MusicBryndwr
1.00pmVillage Leisure GroupBryndwr
3.00pmKids ClubBryndwr
Thur 510.15amPop-insPapanui
11.30amWorship (followed by provided lunch)Papanui
5.00pmThursday Hour midwinter potluckBryndwr
6.00pmYouth GroupBryndwr
Fri 610.00amCraft GroupBryndwr
1.15pmIndoor BowlsPapanui
Sat 79.30amClothing Shop and Village MarketBryndwr
Sun 89.30am 10.00amLight Breakfast, followed by Worship ServiceBryndwr
10.00amSt Luke’s Worship ServiceRedwood
11.00amBook StallBryndwr

Helpers at Bryndwr 10am (8 August 2021)   

Setup:                          Donald and Catherine McKellar.

Welcoming team:           ‘Found Youth’.

Readers:                       Margaret Weiss, Sandra Wright-Taylor.

Technician:                    Donald McKellar.

Counting:                      Margaret McKenzie, Andrew Souness.

Morning Tea:                 Claire Cruickshank, David Smail, Christine Arnold.

Grounds at Bryndwr:      Ian Cundall.