Youth Group Fundraiser Event: Youth group is excited to bring you Quiz Night + Entertainment showcasing our young people’s talents. This is a fundraiser event to help raise money for Easter Camp costs. Come join us!

  • When: Saturday 1 April
  • Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (doors open at 6.00 pm so you can find your seats and be ready to game)
  • Where: The Village Presbyterian Church and Community Centre at Papanui, 460 Papanui Road
  • What: Quizzes, live band, and improv theatre
  • Food: Light snacks and drinks provided
  • Ticket cost: $10 per person. Please bring cash to be collected at the door, no change is available.
  • Teams: You can round up your own team (up to 8 people) or request to be put in one
  • RSVP: Please email to be added to the guestlist- by Friday 31 March.  Please include your name and inform us of any dietary requirements.

We look forward to hosting you!

Indoor Bowls at Papanui has begun for the 2023 season.  1.15pm for a 1.30 pm start.  New members welcome.  Contact Margaret S. for further information.

Indoor Bowls at Bryndwr is starting again on Monday, March 20 at 7 pm (please note the new starting time).  Be there at 6.45pm for 7pm start.  New members welcome.  For further information please contact Mitch M. or Janice C.

Response to Cyclone Gabrielle – retiring offering today: Parish Council has agreed to make a contribution of $1,000 towards St Andrew’s Church in Hastings which has set up a service called genLend to bring equipment like generators, water pumps and similar items from around the country into Hawke’s Bay as part of the disaster response. As part of this, financial donations are also being accepted. The Rev Jill McDonald writes that “The clean-up is immense and the need is urgent”.  We would like to invite members of the congregation to join with us in support of this initiative by having a retiring offering today. Alternatively, donations towards this could be paid directly into our bank account  – please identify such donations with your name and ‘Cyclone’ in the reference field.

Donations for Burnside Primary school families:  We welcome donations of non-perishable food items (canned veggies, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, spreads eg peanut butter, jam, coffee, and tea).  We don’t need toiletries at this time.  Thank you for your generous support.

Book Launch for Joy Kingsbury-Aitken:  Joy’s second book “Prayers for Southern People: Prayers and Poems for Christian Worship and Devotions” is being published by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd.  Table Talk are hosting the book launch at The Village Papanui on Sunday 19th March at 6pm. A light meal to start, followed by Joy introducing the book and reading some extracts. Please come along to celebrate this occasion with Joy.

Copies of the book will be sold for $30.

Easter eggs for Pillars: As we have done in previous years, we are collecting Easter eggs to be given to Pillars who distribute them to the children of prisoners. (For information about Pillars, go to  Eggs can be brought to church up to and including Sunday 26th March, or left in the collection boxes at Bryndwr, Papanui and Redwood.

Roster Reminder for Sun 19 March

Setup: Andrew, Ken.

Welcoming: Barb & Mitch, Vivienne.

Reading: Alison & John.

Communion: Nan & John, Lesley, Keren.

Counting: Christine M, Andrew.

Morning Tea: Christine A, Kath, Judith.

Technician: Grant.

Grounds at Bryndwr: John C.

Listening people into life – the profession of Spiritual Companionship/Direction

Companioning someone spiritually is a role that’s been around for centuries. The ancient Celts called such people ‘anam cara’, or soul friend. Nowadays, the companioning role has become professionalised, but it remains a confidential and dedicated time for individuals to explore and deepen their spiritual life.

I liken it somewhat to being a spiritual life coach: we help people explore and develop a meaningful faith in the context of their life. Our time together is usually an hour once a month and is self-directed (what you do and don’t share and explore is up to you). My primary role is to listen and reflect back in helpful – and non-judgemental – ways.

Questions that might be niggling you at the moment: Does God feel a bit distant? Or is nudging you in some way?

How is your faith impacting your daily life, and vice versa? What is bringing you purpose and meaning?

What spiritual practices bring joy? What’s in need of a change?

For a free initial conversation, get in touch. Megan B., qualified Spiritual Companion (with Spiritual Growth Ministries) email:

MARCH Time Event Venue
Sun 12 10.00am Worship Service Redwood
10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
11.00am Book Stall Bryndwr
Mon 13 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
1.30pm Bible Study and Prayer Group Redwood
Tue 14 10.00am Fly-Bys Bryndwr
10.30am Creative Nest Tues drop-in Papanui
12.00pm Friendly Circle Lunch  
7.30pm Parish Council Papanui
Wed 15 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Thurs 16 8.00am Village Prayers in the Chapel Bryndwr
11.30am Midweek Worship Service, followed by lunch Papanui
6.00pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 17 11.00am Go-Grans Exercise Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 18 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 19 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
10.00am Worship Service Redwood
6.00pm Table Talk Papanui