Help for Village people who are self-isolating. Alongside the wonderful connections that the Pastoral Visitors continue to make, we are creating a list of people who could be available to help members of the Village who need support when they are self-isolating. Support would involve (but is not limited to) picking up and dropping off groceries, medicine, books, jigsaw puzzles, soup or baking etc. Walking dogs (or other non-contact pet care), making soup or baking.

The Ministers, clerks and parish councillors would then ask for assistance from people on the list, as requests for help are received.  If you think you might be able to help, please contact Annie or Kate B. who are collating this information. 

Food donations for Burnside Primary: Our supplies of food for the school have been well-utilised over the past weeks as families cope with the realities of a pandemic, in their own lives. Our stocks are very low. In light of this we are wanting to concentrate on unperishable food items such as: rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, spreads (such as jam and peanut butter), canned spaghetti and baked beans, and biscuits. 

Donations can be left at the Bryndwr or Papanui offices (apart from Wednesday when the Papanui office is closed).  Many Thanks!

Cheese rolls: This year we are again offering cheese rolls as a church fundraiser.  Orders can be placed from 24 April.  The rolls will be made at Bryndwr on Saturday 28 May from 8.30am for those in the kitchen and 9am for those assembling the rolls. 

The rolls will be available for collection from Bryndwr any time after 11am on Saturday 28th, May.  They will be in packs of 10 for $10 per pack.  Please note on the order form if you are available to help with the making on the 28th.  Last time we had 25 helpers which made the task very much easier for all concerned. Any queries please contact Kath N.

Harvest celebration – Sunday 15 May the service will have a harvest theme.  You are invited to bring whatever symbolizes this for you.  The food collected will be used to help the Burnside Primary families and our contribution to the City Mission.

The clothing shop: is opening again on Saturday 30 April.  We have had two retirements and are looking for more volunteers to help out.  Time required is 9.15 am to approx 12.15pm on a Saturday morning, approximately once a month.  Duties include sorting donations of clothing, tidying the racks etc and serving customers.  There are always at least two people on duty.  If you think this is something you would like to do, please contact Janice C.

The Village Presbyterian Church Parish Council April Update

The April meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday 12th April in The Nest at Papanui.

Kate provided a reflection in which she considered climate change and based her thoughts on Laline Paul’s book ‘The Ice’. The importance of standing up and speaking out about important issues was emphasised, just as Jesus did on his journey to Calvary. 

The following reports from teams were tabled and accepted:


•     Dan is on his 8 week block of Study Leave. April 11 to June 5.

•     Anne spoke on the World Vision Matthew 25 Challenge.

•     Burnside Primary has given The Village a wonderful, heartfelt endorsement on their Facebook page.

•     The first ‘Pathways’ retreat day was held on March 26 with 5 parish members. It was a wonderful day that was very well received and appreciated.

•     The Youth Groups head away on their own ‘Easter Camp’ over the Easter weekend.

Community Centre report from Lesley C.:

•     Many of the usual activities have not been operating because of the uncertainty that Covid has presented.

•     The two preschool music groups at Bryndwr and The Nest at Papanui have continued with protocols in place.

•     The Community Centre committee met this month and is looking forward to celebrating 25 years of operation later in the year.

•     The Community Centre treasurer reported that income has declined because of the effects of Covid. This has meant that the usual level of financial support to church operations has been reduced.

•     The Community Centre has paid for the new camera used for online church services.

•     Mary Jo’s work, especially with the Givealittle Page, raising funds for children’s programmes, was acknowledged.

Other matters

•     Covid Response: Thanks to the ministers for creating services for us – some positive feedback had been received about these. At present there will be no morning teas and the doors are to remain open for ventilation.

•     Redwood Manse – a valuation has been completed and it was agreed that a small steering group would work on progressing the sale.

•     Discussion about rosters addressed needs for 17 April to 30 June. 

•     Social Media Policy.  It was agreed that the current procedures be formalised in a written policy.

Birthday celebrations: Because of the risks in gathering over the past few months there have been no birthday gatherings since January.  To catch up with these we are planning a pot luck lunch on Sunday May 22nd at Bryndwr, for anyone with a birthday in February, March, April or May.  Those we are aware of will be contacted but if you haven’t come to one of these before and you have a birthday within this period please come along!

First Thursday – The Village Bryndwr: Our next ‘Thursday Hour’ social get together is at 5pm on Thursday 5th May.  Bring your own drinks, nibbles are provided, along with pleasant company – everyone is welcome!

Soap – last sales at the extremely good price of $5 for 3 bars:  The funds from these sales will be donated to the Tongan Relief Fund. The remaining 150 soaps are available to purchase after church at Bryndwr and Redwood, or from either Papanui or Bryndwr offices.

Sun 2410.00amWorship Service  Bryndwr
Mon 25 Anzac Day   School Holidays 
Tue 26   
Wed 27 Bryndwr office closed today 
Thur 28 Bryndwr office closed today 
  NO Midweek Worship Service today 
 6.00pmYouth GroupBryndwr
Fri 29   
Sat 309.30amClothing shop re-opensBryndwr
Sun 1 May10.00amWorship ServiceBryndwr
10.00amSt Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru Worship ServiceRangi Ruru
6.00pmTable Talk