Rev. Laurie Richards:  With sadness we advise that the Rev. Laurie Richards died on Thursday 2nd May at Christchurch hospital.  At Laurie’s request a private family burial was held on Friday 3rd May.

A memorial service was held at Papanui, 2pm, Friday 10th May.

Age Concern – Steady as You Go, Falls Prevention Class:  We have arranged with Age Concern to offer a weekly, community-based Falls Prevention Class at The Village Church at Papanui.  Beginning date is Thursday 16 May, at 9.30am.  Koha of $3 per session.  If you have questions about this please phone Anna Tillman, Health Promoter at Age Concern, 331 7811.

Last chance to order cheese rolls today … I bet you are longing for our tasty cheese rolls. THEY ARE BACK. Made on May 18th and available for pick up between 11am and 12 that day or on Sunday May 19th.

Place your orders  by May 12th.($8 for 6 and $15 for a dozen.)

Roster Reminder – Sun 19 May:

Setup: Donald, Andrew.

Welcoming: Lynn & David, David C.

Reading: Ruth & Bruce.

Communion:  Nancy M, Lesley, Alison & John.

Counting: Christine A, Andrew.

Morning Tea: Christine & Wayne, Joy C.

Technician: Donald.

Grounds at Bryndwr (Sat 18): John.

“Fam Story” Have you been thinking about writing stories about your family and your life for future generations to know more about who they are, where they have come from, and what’s gone before?

Defyd Williams is offering a six-week course at The Village, Papanui (in the Creative Nest), tentatively planned for Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm. The course cost is $15 per session ($90 for course). Defyd trained as a history teacher and as a journalist for The Press (1986-1999).

The six sessions are:

  1. The Art of Storytelling – How I would like to be remembered (finding voice).
  2. The Main Idea – Childhood memories.
  3. What Works? – Who were my ancestors? Piecing the past together.
  4. Design and Art – Career path – publishing alternatives.
  5. Words – People in my life – proofing and editing.
  6. Gifts for the Future – who do I think I am? Turangawaewae and Whakapapa.

Course Objectives:

1, Develop storytelling, styles, and skills (your voice).

2. Identify story themes and content that are most likely to interest younger generations.

3. How will we pass these stories on.

Let Tracey at the Papanui office know if you are interested. Course participation will be limited to 8 to 12 participants.

May Time Event Venue
Sun 12 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
Book Stall Bryndwr
Mon 13 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.30am Painting Group in the Creative Nest Papanui
7.00pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tue 14 10.00am Fly-Bys Bryndwr
10.30am Creative Nest, drop-in (10.30am-12.30pm) Papanui
12.00pm Friendly Circle Lunch, Kenwyn Ave. ph. Pat
7.30pm Parish Council Papanui
Wed 15 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Thurs 16 9.30am Steady As You Go, Falls Prevention Class Papanui
10.15am Pop-ins Papanui
11.30am Midweek Worship Service, followed by lunch Papanui
6.00pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 17 11.00am GoGrans Exercise Group Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 18 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
  Cheese Roll making (collection 11am-12pm) Bryndwr
Sun 19 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
6.00pm Table Talk Papanui


Giving to The Village:  Some wonderful things happen through The Village, and people giving financially is an important way to support both our church activities and the initiatives we run to serve our communities.  An offering is made available during our Sunday worship but you are also welcome to give by automatic payment or envelope which means you can claim a tax credit of 33% for your donation.  Please contact Keren or Donella for more information.