News & Announcements
To keep up to date with what’s happening, take a look at our St Aidan’s Calendar
Men’s Breakfast, 29th June 2017
Join the Men’s group on Thursday 29th June at 7:30am for breakfast at Brown’s café. Contact Glen for further details.
Movie Night, 2nd July 2017
We will be showing a documentary film “On the Backs of Women” on Sunday 2 July at 7:30pm. It is an award-winning documentary film that shares the stories of three entrepreneurial women in Kalaymyo, Myanmar. All three are clients of Zozam Microfinance (ZMF), a successful project established and supported by ADC Microfinance, a New Zealand-based charity started by 3 young Aucklanders who were once members of St Aidan’s Youth Group.
The film is a reflection of millions of women experiencing poverty around the world, and demonstrates the power of microfinance as a catalyst for change. It was produced by Auckland-based Borderless Productions, and won best New Zealand Short at the 2016 Doc Edge Film Festival. “On the Backs of Women” is a “forpurpose” film to raise funds for the work of ADC Microfinance.
AAW meeting, 4th July 2017
The next AAW meeting is on Tuesday 4th July commencing at 1.30pm with a service in the church, followed by a short meeting and afternoon tea. Our speaker is Storm Deuss from Sibuns speaking on “Ideas to help your Family”.
One Can – Two Can Appeal, 18th June – 2nd July 2017
St. Aidan’s is involved in the Auckland City Mission’s One Can – Two Can Appeal this winter! We’ll be collecting nonperishable food and funds to help support Auckland families struggling to put meals on the table and in their children’s lunch boxes this winter. Two Can Appeal is a huge part of the Mission’s Winter appeal and they rely heavily on the donations they receive from churches like us, even a gold coin, or a single can, provides vital support and nutrition to a family in crisis. Bring in a can of food or funds to cover the cost of a can to Church on Sundays 18 June to 2 July. Look out for our collection boxes in the Gathering Area!
Pentecost, 4th June 2017
Popcorn, marshmellows, fire and a whole lot of kids and youth came together to discuss how popcorn transforms through heat; and so we also transform and change with the power of the Holy Spirt.
Our Lenten study series this year was 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 or from local Christian bookstores.
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, 2nd 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.