The Village Elders’ Hui – June 2023

The topic of Eldership is not something that comes up all that often in The Village, however, we are a Presbyterian Parish, part of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, and as such are inherently tied to the idea of Eldership. The term ‘Presbyter’ from which the name ‘Presbyterian’ finds its roots, is a word from the New Testament, often translated as ‘Elder’. We are a church governed by elders.

Dan is interested in getting together with all those who have been ordained as Elders to chew over what our current understanding of Eldership is, to get a gauge on how we feel about the current status quo, and whether or not we see a need to invest in that understanding more.

Dan invites you to a conversation on Eldership in The Village. Sunday 25 June, 4pm, The Lounge @ Papanui with Drinks and nibbles.

Stream Cleanup:  Sat 1 July 10am

BYO wellies or gummies… Anyone keen to help the fishies and wildlife in the stream (the Village – Bryndwr) by removing debris and rubbish, pop along during the July market. Let me know if you want to help or just turn up with gumboots!! (If you want to keep dry on the riverbank, you can help dispose of any rubbish we find!). An Eco-Church initiative. Megan

Our Clothing Shop:  The clothing shop is looking for more volunteers.  We are now down to the minimum numbers of helpers we can operate with.   If you can help one Saturday morning a month, I would love to hear from you.  This shop provides a great community service as well as helping the Church coffers. Please contact Janice C.

Kids Club is on each Monday 3-5pm.  If you have children or grandchildren that would like to join the Kid’s Club, you can get a registration form from the office, or contact Kate B or Dan.

We are looking for adult leaders to help volunteer, a flexible arrangement is fine.  We are in need of someone to run the kitchen in June, July and August – (or different people on a roster during that time).

Lego – we are looking for lego for Village Kids and Kids Club.  If you have any spare lego, please contact Kate B, or the office.

Situations Vacant: We currently have several positions within The Village that we need to fill.  If you think that you would be able to fill one of these roles, please contact Dan or David B. for a copy of a job description.

-Privacy Officer: 

The privacy officer is responsible for: Ensuring that an organisation complies with the Act; Dealing with requests made to the agency for access to, or correction of, personal information. Works with the Privacy Commissioner during the investigation of any complaints.

-Health and Safety Officer:

The health and safety officer will: Oversee health and safety policies and procedures. Have an oversight for building safety checklists. Ensure that an annual H&S review is carried out

-The Village News Co-editor:

We are looking for a second person to help organise the production of the quarterly newsletter. Contact Bryan W. for further details.

Cyclone Appeal for the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin hit Vanuatu within 48 hours of each other on March 1 and 3 2023.

The Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu has taken some time to gather information about damage to schools, churches, and other property as a result of these cyclones. Many rooves were ripped off and water damage was sustained as a result, along with other impacts. Due to the isolated nature of many of Vanuatu’s islands it has not been easy getting all these details together. But information recently received has estimated that repairs to PCV property on several affected islands will cost at least NZD $320,000.

PCANZ Global Mission has launched an appeal to help contribute towards this. Donations to the Cyclone Appeal:
Donations can be made online to 02 0500 0086963 10. In the reference put PCV Cyclone Appeal. Send an email confirming your donation to Katrina Graham,, so a receipt can be issued.

Thank you for your support for our Global Mission partner in Vanuatu.
Contact Global Mission Director Phil King

New Ministry and Mission Proposal. Notice of Congregational Meeting on 2 July at 11:15am

The Parish Council is excited to share an idea to create a new ministry and mission, based from The Nest space at Papanui. The heart of this is to create a consistent presence on this site & connect more with the immediate community. This builds on the significant history of The Creative Nest and links into a growing sense of energy around a few current activities. The initiative will need significant funding. The first avenue that we are pursuing is to make an application to utilise some of our capital funds. To make this application to the Church Property Trustees we need both Congregation and Presbytery approval. More detailed information on the plans will be made available before the meeting.

Roster Reminder for Sun 25 June

Setup: Kate and Liam B.

Welcoming: Janice and Ian C.

Reading:  Judith S. and Sharon S.

Counting: Jane A. and Amber M.

Morning Tea: Bryan W. Christine and Wayne A.

Technician: Liam B. and Grant M.

Grounds at Bryndwr: Mitch.


June Time Event Venue
Sun 18 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
10.00am Worship Service Redwood
5.00pm Table Talk Papanui
Mon 19 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
10.30am Painting Group meet in the Nest Papanui
1.30pm Bible Study & Prayer Group Redwood
3.00pm Kids Club Bryndwr
6.45pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tue 20 10.00am Fly-Bys Visitors Bryndwr
10.30am Creative Nest Papanui
Wed 21 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Thurs 22 8.00am Village Prayers in the Chapel Bryndwr
11.30am Midweek Worship Service, followed by lunch Papanui
1.00pm Foot Clinic Bryndwr
6.00pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 23 1.00pm Foot Clinic Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 24 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 25 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
4.00pm The Village Elders’ Hui Papanui