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 6.00pm 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!

Notification of Congregational Meeting:  Notice is hereby given to hold a congregational meeting at the conclusion of church services at Papanui on Thursday 30 March and at Bryndwr and Redwood on Sunday 2nd April.  The purpose of the meeting is to put a resolution to apply for the use of capital funds to finance the bathroom renovations in the Bryndwr manse.

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

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

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 is 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.

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:

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.

Our  has had a refresh and is looking great with simpler navigation and the Community Centre info now integrated with the church site.

We also now have the ability to accept online donations which can be made to the church or the Community Centre. Go and have a look around!

Women’s Fellowship afternoon tea:  Vina has kindly offered to host afternoon tea in her home, Friday 31st March, 2-4 pm.  As parking is limited, we could car pool by meeting at the Village Church, Bryndwr at 1.45 pm.  Please bring a small plate of food to share. Any enquires to Vina or Catherine.

Church Donations:  A reminder that March 31 is the end of the financial tax year and a time to think about any additional giving we might make to the church, which will result in a donations tax credit of 33 cents in the dollar from IRD.

Roster Reminder for Sun 26 March

Setup: Kate and Liam.

Welcoming: Christine A, Judith & Andrew.

Reading: Mary Jo, Sharon.

Counting: Jane, Margaret M.

Morning Tea: Paula, Christine & Wayne.

Technician: Donald.

Grounds at Bryndwr: John C.

MARCH Time Event Venue
Sun 19 10.00am Worship Service Redwood
10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
6.00pm Table Talk Papanui
Mon 20 9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
1.30pm Bible Study and Prayer Group Redwood
6.45pm Indoor Bowls (begins at 7pm) Bryndwr
Tue 21 10.00am Fly-Bys Bryndwr
10.30am Creative Nest Tues drop-in Papanui
Wed 22 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Thurs 23 8.00am Village Prayers in the Chapel Bryndwr
11.30am Midweek Worship Service, followed by lunch Papanui
1.00pm Foot Clinic (by appointment) Bryndwr
6.00pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 24 11.00am Go-Grans Exercise Bryndwr
1.00pm Foot Clinic (by appointment) Bryndwr
1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 25 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 26 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
10.00am Worship Service Redwood
10.00am Worship Service, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru Rangi Ruru
5.30pm Evening Circle (ph Catherine for venue/details)