News & Announcements
Quiz Night, Friday 9th August
Join us for our Annual Quiz Night on Friday, 9th August 2019. Tickets are $20 per person, with 8 people to a table. We are fundraising for the Auckland City Mission HomeGround project. The Auckland City Mission has been fundraising for the development of their facilities on Hobson St. This will include a safe, permanent shelter “to stand against homelessness, hunger and poor health.”
The dress code is 1920s style, as Auckland City Mission was established in 1920. There will be prizes for the best-dressed table & best-dressed team.
It’s BYO drinks and nibbles, with hot drinks and slices available during a mid-quiz break. Our hall will be open at 6:30pm for a 7pm sharp start, to give you time to decorate your table and settle in.
If you’d like to book a table, please contact our office. Tickets will be on sale on the night by cash or Eftpos.
For more info about the Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project: https://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/homeground/
St Aidan’s Bake-Off , Sunday 8th September
Save the date – Garage Sale, 14th September
Our Famous Annual Garage Sale is back. Like to be involved this year? Please sign up to be a helper in the Gathering Area. Bags of all kinds are also needed and we are collecting them now. Please drop off to the Gathering Area.
Sri Lanka Fundraiser
To support the families of the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, we had reusable coffee cups on sale in the Gathering Area. $16 for one, $30 for two. The funds will go through the Salvation Army in Sri Lanka.
One Can – Two Can Appeal, June 2019
St Aidan’s was part of the City Mission’s One Can – Two Can Appeal again this year. City Mission are only able to meet the needs of so many people because of the support they receive from the Auckland community, through donations of staple food items and money.
Although the Appeal is over, we do have a weekly collection of food, so if you would like to donate some food, please bring drop them off in the Gathering Area. To find out more about the Auckland City Mission Food Parcels, click here.
We celebrated Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, with a bit of flair this year by picking up the old medieval church practice of Holy Spirit Holes…
Paper, Pens Pencils
We recently had a stationery collection box for Paper Pens Pencils, available at church. We were collecting contributions of new and unused stationery items (e.g. pens, pencils, colouring pencils, erasers, sharpeners, exercise books, etc.). Please check their website out if you would like to make a contribution!
Fishing Trip, Saturday 11th May
A dozen keen anglers arrived at the marina at 7am ready for a big catch. The fog kept us waiting and it looked like we might have to cancel, but fortunately, it cleared briefly and allowed us to head out into the bay a couple of hours late.
Going slowly through the fog we watched the fish jumping but they proved elusive. We arrived at our fishing spot around 11:30am near Motutapu Island and as the sun burnt off the fog the catch finally started coming in, however, they were all on the small side and we had to throw everything back until Lily Ashworth caught a generously sized snapper.
Sadly that was the only fish we brought home, but everyone had a great day out on the water enjoying the sun, sea and scenery.
A big thank you to George, skipper of “Marnine”, and Pete for organising the trip.
St Aidan’s Church Family Picnic, Sunday 3rd March 2019
Our first intergenerational event for the year was a lovely picnic in Cornwall Park. We had a range of parishioners come along to this event, which featured; a scavenger hunt, shared food, ice-creams, cricket, chatting and playing around in the trees. We look forward to our next event, and would love to see you there!
Let us be reminded of our Christmas challenge – to remember that as people who believe in God, we are called to walk a different beat to society; we are the ones who should be demonstrating God’s love to those around us, reaching out to those in need, and being God’s hand and feet here on earth. The drum is a reminder of this challenge.
The gift box reminds us of our call to be part of the ongoing gift of Jesus’ birth at Christmas, and be like Mary and the shepherds willing to see God in surprising places, willing to be part of the ongoing Christmas story that started over 2000 years ago.
Garage Sale & Spring Fair 2018, Saturday 15th September
The sun shone. The spring showers stayed away but the bargain hunters came in their droves.
Queues formed outside the Gathering Area – the temporary home to quality furniture items and other high-end goods ranging from antiques to Stihl gardening equipment. All priced to sell.
The 8am stampede in the Church hall didn’t disappoint either as shoppers jostled for the pick of the bargains – and there were plenty – linen, toys, appliances, kitchenware, bric-a-brac, household, tools, sports goods, clothing and jewellery & bling.
Our bake stall took pride of place at the entrance/exit to the hall and many a shopper was seen balancing a baked treat and a couple of jars of jam on top of already laden arms, as they made their way out the doors.
Again, we exceeded expectations – posting our best ever result. Always a good thing but especially so as this is our major fundraiser of the year and the ever increasing costs of compliance and maintenance associated with running a church and providing a community facility; make this endeavour all the more important.
A big thank to all those who gave willingly of their time to help make this another successful year. Thanks also to our local community who responded to our requests for donations of quality merchandise – we really appreciate your support. A special mention also to those local businesses and organisations that got right behind us with practical support and donations of merchandise. Thank you Remuera Rotary, Bed, Bath & Table – Remuera, The Sitting Room – The Village Green, Remuera and Gerard Charteris of Ray White, Remuera.
Last but not least – thank you to our shoppers – many whom we delight in seeing year upon year. Thank you all for making the St Aidan’s Garage Sale fundraiser such a great day.
Quiz Night, Friday 10th August
St Aidan’s hosted a Quiz Night on Friday 10th August and the proceeds went to the Hearts4Kids Trust, to help this year’s mission to Fiji where there is no heart surgical unit of its own and relies on intermittent visiting teams. Click here if you would like to donate!
Women’s Fellowship Evening, Tuesday 15th May
It was the Royal Wedding week so we celebrated by looking back on our own weddings. A fun night of memories and a lovely cake to enjoy with a cup of tea. Antoinette played beautiful wedding music and sang Handels “Let the Bright Seraphim”. We wished Prince Harry and Megan every blessing in a long and happy life together!
Fishing Trip, Saturday 7th April
Meeting at the Outboard Boating Club, some of our parishioners had a great day together on the water, on board the beautiful Marnine. Although fishing was a bit sparse they managed to come home with a feed and along with swimming, kayaking and banter it was an enjoyable day!