News & Announcements
To keep up to date with what’s happening, take a look at our St Aidan’s Calendar
Our Lenten study series this year will be centred around the book, “The Radical Disciple” by John Stott which studies eight characteristics of Christian discipleship that are commonly neglected yet deserve to be taken seriously. You can purchase the book online (it has been taking about 8 days to arrive) or from local Christian bookstores.
All are welcome to join in the study each week from 5pm on Sunday. Each topic is relatively standalone so join in when you can.
Come along to St Aidan’s for our annual cleaning bee! All the help is greatly appreciated.
Holy Week, April 2017
Evening services: 10th – 13th April at 7.30pm every night.
Good Friday: 14th April – reflective service at 9.30am.
Easter Sunday: 16th April – come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection at 8am & 9.30am services.
E-Fest, Friday 14th April – Monday 17th April 2017
Cost: Early bird $175 (by 20 March) or Full cost $195 (by 3 April)
2017: THE GAME IS ON! Our annual Easter camp, E-Fest, is for Year 7 to Year 13 students. It’s held at willow Park in Eastern Beach. Our camp is just the right size to be able to provide a great worship band & speakers, while still having opportunities to get to know your youth group better.
Get ready for BEARS v SHARKS v DRAGONS v WOLVES + E-Fest Band +mini golf + tribal games + worship + senior space and much more
The men had a fantastic day out on the water, once again on ‘Marnine’ a classic 50 ft wooden boat. The haul might not have been large but the men had a fantastic time on the water! To read all about it, and to keep your eyes open for future ‘Men’s Ministry’ events – click here.
St Aidan’s Christmas Services 2016
The Christmas services began for us with a Kids service at 4pm, Christmas Eve. We all piled in a makeshift tent to hear the account of Jesus’ birth, to sing carols (joining in with shakers) and to finish with a bit of a dance.
We then had communion services at 7pm & 11pm which were well attended. Christmas Day saw the Priest in Charge, Glen Ashworth, attempt to cut a hole in an A4 piece of paper big enough to fit through – sorry no video but click here to hear the message.
On 21 December, the second team of St Aidan’s parishioners spent the day at Auckland City Mission, packing food parcels, restacking shelves and sorting other donations in the lead up to Christmas. The team reported that they had a busy but fun day with the team at the City Mission!
Baptisms on the Beach and Worship by the Water! 18 December 2016
Kids and Youth left shortly after the start of St Aidan’s 9.30 service to continue worship on St Heliers beach. A number of the congregation then joined them for the baptisms of Cameron and Brandon, as well as Will Richardson. The baptisms were followed by food, fun and games with a BYO picnic/BBQ. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday!
Christmas blessings received from St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Leeds, UK
We received the following email on Tuesday 6 December:
St Aidan’s Church in Leeds wishes a Holy and a Happy Christmas to the folk of St Aidan’s churches throughout the world. Having established contact with you earlier in the year when we celebrated the centenary of our mosaic we are happy to acknowledge your response and to continue the friendship..
Prayers and Love to you all.
Revd Andrea Hofbauer, Vicar of Leeds St Aidan’s
Barrie Pepper, Parish Communications Officer
Pet Service Sunday 2 October 2016
A wonderful array of pets, their humans (and the odd teddy) joined together to worship at this service. Glen led with help from Conor and Kate.
St Aidan’s Day Celebration!
On 28 August, we commemorated our Patron Saint, Aidan. The theme of the celebration was Te Ahi Ka Roa (Keep the flame burning). The history behind this saying is that Maori would need to return after a certain time to any part of land they had a connection with and light a fire there in order to keep that connection. At St Aidan’s we want to see the flame of faith, the flame of ministry continue on this site beyond our time here. So our service on the day was a celebration and an opportunity – a celebration of the ministry that is currently going on in this place and an opportunity to bring others, whether family members or friends, along to share in our community here. In true ‘birthday’ tradition, parishioners brought gifts – food for Auckland City Mission or clothes for ATWC. The children carried balloons and…
As St Aidan is the patron saint of firemen we had a fireman come along and talk to us about the ministry of St Aidan, answering questions (some of them curved!) from the kids of St Aidan’s.
And following the morning’s services, there was a shared lunch in the hall, a great occasion for us all from both 8am and 9.30am congregations to get together for some fun and fellowship.