The Village Presbyterian Church Parish Council April Update

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

The devotion was provided by Bryan Wright who described some of his experiences with hymns and we listened to his favourite, “God be in my head, and in my understanding”.

Redwood Congregation and Building:

Gordon D. was welcomed to the meeting and asked to comment on the current position of the proposed upgrade to the Redwood building.

Gordon described several possible scenarios comprising a complete upgrade including the upstairs room and the kitchen.

A price had been received some time ago for this work but, in the current building climate, was likely to have increased markedly.

Gordon then explained what would be required for a fire upgrade with minimal alterations.  The upstairs room would just be a storage area.  This would mean this room could not be used for any other purposes including meetings. The reduced scope of work would still cost approximately $150,000 and would take around about 2 to 4 months to complete.

Sally T. and Alistair P. spoke about discussions with Redwood parishioners about the future.  Further discussion regarding the future of Redwood is scheduled for the Parish Council Meeting in May.


Judith Souness presented the monthly financial accounts.  These were accepted. She then reported on the past month’s accounts and noted the following points:

  • Monthly offerings in March were approximately $1,000 above budget, but down for year.
  • Donations during this period were a combination of Cyclone Relief and Easter Camp contributions along with higher rental income for buildings.
  • Expenses during the month showed little deviation from Budget apart from repairs and maintenance.
  • A revaluation of the buildings needs to be completed for insurance purposes.
  • One oven in the Bryndwr kitchen needs to be wired into a new circuit. The possibility of upgrading the old stove will be investigated.


Reports were received from the Community Centre and the Ministry Team.


  • The importance of thanking our volunteers was discussed. The possibility of doing this in conjunction with one of the feast events was considered.
  • Nominations for National Moderator: Following discussion at our March meeting two possible candidates were approached, however, both declined to have their names put forward.


There is a vacancy on the roster that takes Margaret S. from Ngaio Marsh (Grassmere Street, Papanui) to church at Bryndwr on Sunday.  Margaret enjoys coming to church.  If you are able to join the roster, please contact Bryan W.  Thank you.

The Bryndwr Manse garden: We plan to tidy up the garden at the Bryndwr manse on Saturday 29th April starting at 9am.  Please contact me if you can help, Andrew S.

Autumn Combined Service and Feast Sunday 30 April, at the Village Bryndwr:  We look forward to combining as a whole Village for fellowship, worship, and a shared ‘feast’.  The service will start with Bagels & Hot Drinks at 10am, followed by worship (10.30am), and we aim to share food at 12pm.  We look forward to celebrating together!

(Surname A-L please bring a dessert, M-Z please bring a salad). Meat will be provided.

You are also invited to bring non-perishable food for donation as part of the Autumn Harvest celebration.  Canned fruit and vegetables, pasta and rice, sauces, breakfast spreads etc would be appreciated by those we help.

Laidlaw College Campus OPEN NIGHT, Thursday 4th May, 7-8.30pm

Are you wanting to deepen your faith or prepare for ministry?  Or do you sense a call to inspire young people as a primary or secondary school teacher?  Would you like to serve others through healing hearts, minds, and relationships as a counsellor?

Join us to explore your study options for Semester 2 2023 and 2024, at our Open Night on Thursday 4th May, 7pm at our Christchurch campus.  Or register for our Online Open Night on 15th May, 7.30pm.

Whether you’re interested in theology, biblical studies, mission, ministry, teaching or counselling, we’ll have staff available to talk with you and answer your questions.  Join the story of what God is doing in the world through study at Laidlaw College.  70 Condell Avenue, Papanui.

Roster Reminder for Sun 30 April

Setup: Donald & Catherine.

Welcoming: Alice & Bryan, Paula.

Reading: Claire & David.

Counting: Jane, John.

Morning Tea: Lesley, Christine & Wayne.

Technician: Donald.

Grounds at Bryndwr: Donald


April Time Event Venue
Sun 23 10.00am Worship Service Bryndwr
10.00am Worship Service Redwood
10.00am Worship Service, St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru Rangi Ruru
Mon 24   Papanui office closed today  
9.30am Music Moments Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
1.30pm Bible Study and Prayer Group Redwood
6.45pm Indoor Bowls Bryndwr
Tue 25   Anzac Day  
Wed 26 9.45am Badminton Papanui
10.00am Pre-School Music Bryndwr
Thurs 27 8.00am Village Prayers in the Chapel Bryndwr
11.30am Midweek Worship Service, followed by lunch Papanui
6.00pm Youth Group Bryndwr
Fri 28 1.15pm Indoor Bowls Papanui
Sat 29 9.30am Clothing Shop Bryndwr
Sun 30 Combined Autumn Service and Harvest Feast Bryndwr
10.00am Bagels & Hot drinks
10.30am Worship Service
12.00pm Shared Meal



Evening Circle ph. Catherine for details/venue