Table Talk presents…A singalong “The Lion King”!

As a fundraiser for Operation Refugee, we are running a family friendly, fun movie night.

When: Sunday 5th June (Queen’s Birthday weekend), 3.50pm for a 4.00pm start.  Finish time – 6.30pm.

Where: The Village Papanui

Pizza dinner, snacks and dessert will be provided. Please come and bring your friends and family.

Facemasks are encouraged when not eating. Facemask competition: We will be holding a Lion King themed facemask competition for some prizes, so time to start decorating a Covid mask!

Questions or need transport, please contact Linda C. Koha received will be donated to Operation Refugee (Christian World Service).

First Thursday Social Gathering: Everyone is welcome to join for drinks & nibbles at the Village Bryndwr, 5-6pm on Thursday 2nd June.  Byo drink.  See you there!

The Village Presbyterian Church Parish Council May Update

The May meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday 10th May in The Nest at Papanui.

Lesley C. was welcomed to the meeting and she outlined a possible scenario for the 25th celebration of the Community Centre later this year. Hopefully, this will be in September on a Thursday evening starting about 4.30pm.  It is envisaged that the event will include a short formal section along with a past and current photo collage/video of activities at the centres.

Sally led devotions with the focus on excerpts from a book entitled “Abide” by Macrina Wiederkehr. We heard of the “unseeing” eyes of the disciples who didn’t recognise Jesus on the road to Emmaus and how it is very easy for us to focus on negative aspects of an issue when we are surrounded by gifts and blessings.  We need to consider how we often look with our own “unseeing” eyes.

Judith S. presented the monthly financial report which was accepted.  The following were the key points:

•       Offerings are still down on the same period in 2021. 

•       We have received a grant from Presbytery to support the payment of our intern minister, Josh Olds.

•       We have received the last part of a grant to support our Youth Worker, Gene Kweon.

•       St Andrews at Rangi Ruru expenses are higher this month but include money for organ scholarship.

•       Printing: The contract for photocopier at Bryndwr is due in June. Judith is investigating the possibility of having both Papanui and Bryndwr copiers under the same firm.

The following reports from teams were tabled and accepted:


•       Thursday worship has recommenced.

•       Anne and Josh were involved with General Assembly.

•       Anne and Josh have been working out the services between them, with a little outside help.

•       The Market resumed 7 May.

•       Most pastoral work is being attended to by phone and email, but face to face where necessary and where safe. 

•       Josh has been busy with assignments, other study requirements and family demands.  His Ministry Reflection Group has met and passed on a lot of very positive feedback.  He is continuing to find his way really well within the parish.

Community Centre report from Lesley Compton:

•       We have seen the return of several activities in past weeks: The Market was held on Saturday May 7, the first for several months. The Clothing Shop re-opened on Saturday April 30 with a good response and the Foot Clinic will reopen at Bryndwr. Music Moments began again after several weeks in recess.

•       Many will know that Burnside Primary School held a mufti day and donated the proceeds to our Community Centre. This reminds us how reciprocal the care between our church and the school is. This community love going both ways was what we have always hoped for.  We are using the funds to replace a pedal car which we have the use of from the Multiple Birth Club.

•       We are excited to have the celebration of 25 years of CC later in the year.

Children’s Working Group Report:

•       All preschool music groups are operating again at Bryndwr and Music Moments at Papanui

•       Kid’s Club: This children’s outreach remains on hold while a new leader is sought.

•       Village Kids: While Sunday in-person worship was on hold, Easter activity packs were delivered to families. Planning is about to start for a volunteer-led programme. We hope to start the Village Kids worship programme this term. It was decided to trial livestreaming the service via a TV in the Annexe to allow parents of preschoolers the option to be able to follow the service while their children are playing.

•       Burnside Primary: Linda Cowan reports that the reading outreach in term one was only able to operate for three weeks due to Covid but will recommence during May.

•       Mary Jo reported that there has been a high demand for food parcels at Burnside Primary.

•       Mary Jo confirmed that the Caring for Kids in Community campaign (Givealittle) page raised $2001 as well as $238 cash (mostly from a mufti day at the school).

•       Lilliput Libraries: Regular borrowing, particularly of children’s books is continuing.

•       Gene reported that the Easter camp at Little River was a resounding success.

Other matters

•       Covid Response: The return to having morning tea after the service was discussed. There has been some difficulty getting enough people to carry this function out.  Anne has organised a modified form of serving Communion.  The congregation to be served in their seats and volunteers will gather used glasses.

•       Manses: Truman Road: The brickwork has been sealed and work on the roof completed.  Virtue Place: The rental lease is due for renewal in June. A revised rental rate in line with market rates is being established.  Valerie Place: We are awaiting confirmation of our application to sell the property.

•       Signage at Redwood: The blue canvas sign along with the white sign will be removed.  The glass noticeboard at the front of the property requires updating. The wooden “St. Lukes” sign is also to be removed. The cost of new signage is to be investigated.

Village Market: our next market is Saturday 4 June.  Donations of household items, furniture, books etc in good condition are welcomed – drop off to either office, or phone to arrange delivery if you have large items.  Thank you for your support, we hope to see you there (remember to stay and enjoy a coffee or tea for a koha).

Roster Reminder – Sunday 5 June

Setup – Andrew and Ken N.

Welcoming – Christine A.,

Alison and John C.

Reading – Jenny and Trevor A.

Counting – Hannie de B. and Mitch

Technician – Asher S.

Sat 4 June, Grounds at Bryndwr – Ken N.

Sun 2910.00amWorship ServiceBryndwr
11-11.30amCheese Roll pick up available after WorshipBryndwr
10.00amWorship ServiceRedwood
Mon 309.30amMusic MomentsPapanui
10.00amPre-School MusicBryndwr
10.30amPainting Group meet in the Creative NestPapanui
1.30pmBible Study and Prayer GroupRedwood
2.00pmSteady as you go, falls prevention exercisesPapanui
7.00pmIndoor BowlsBryndwr
Tue 3110.00amFlybys visitingBryndwr
10.30amCreative NestPapanui
Wed 1 June9.45amBadmintonPapanui
10.00amPre-School MusicBryndwr
Thur 211.30amMidweek Worship Service and lunchPapanui
5.00pmThursday HourBryndwr
6.00pmYouth GroupBryndwr
Fri 31.15pmIndoor BowlsPapanui
Sat 49.30amClothing Shop and the Village MarketBryndwr
Sun 510.00amWorship ServiceBryndwr
10.00amWorship ServiceRedwood
3.50pmThe Lion King movie (see notice above)Papanui