5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera  (09) 929 4670

News & Announcements

To keep up to date with what’s happening, take a look at our weekly Newsletter here and our latest Parish Magazine here.

Please click here to read more about what COVID-19 means for us and our community. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Coming Up:

Sunday Services (From 31 May 2020):

Due to the new Level 2 rules (from Friday 29 May), we are now able to gather up to 100 people. Therefore, we will be running our two Sunday services again at St Aidan’s Anglican Church – although there are still restrictions to adhere to. Please refer to our COVID-19 updates page for more information, or contact us to sign up to our mailing list.

St Aidan’s Live Streams

St Aidan’s will continue to host a variety of Live Streams on our Facebook page. They can also be found on our website here. You might consider joining with others in smaller gatherings in homes in order to participate in the service together.

Our Live Stream schedule:

Night Prayer with Bishop Ross:

Each Sunday evening at 7pm Bishop Ross Bay will be leading Live Stream Night Prayer. You can find him on Facebook at Bishop Ross Bay. You can find the liturgy for the service here.

Mission Shop update:

We have decided not to open our Mission Shop until we are at Alert Level 1. This is to ensure we can follow public health guidelines properly – in a way that keeps both our volunteers and customers safe.

If you’ve had a bit of a ‘Spring clean’ during the lockdown and have donations to give the Mission Shop, we will be accepting them from Monday 18th May at our church office during regular opening hours (9am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday) on Ascot Avenue. Feel free to contact our lovely Office Administrator, Anne, on (09) 929 4670 if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding and for any donations that come in!

Auckland City Mission Volunteers Needed:

A message from the Auckland City Mission: “The Mission continues to provide our services at the new Level 2, ensuring the health and safety of our clients, team members, volunteers, and supporters. We are however, experiencing unprecedented demand for food parcels during COVID-19 and are currently distributing 1,200 food parcels per week, instead of 450. During this time we have fast tracked as many people as possible into temporary accommodation. We appreciate your support as we navigate these challenges.”

There is an immediate need for volunteers to pack food parcels at the Distribution Centre off Khyber Pass. Get in touch with Anne in our office for more info/if you want to be involved (09 929 4670).

Recent Events:

Easter 2020

Easter Sunday Service:

Good Friday Service:

Resources:

  • The Grave to Garden Project is an alternative way to connect with God over Easter – click here to check their resource out.
  • The Resurrection Journey was created through the Anglican Diocese of Auckland to help us focus and reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what his risen life means for us today – click here to check their website out. 

Palm Sunday 2020

Watch our Palm Sunday service over on our Live Streams page – see some homemade Palm Crosses below, sent in from our parishioners.

Lent Series 2020

God at Work 
Being Christian in the everyday world

Whether we are paid for what we do throughout the week or not, we believe our relationship with God is to be the basis for how we live. So what does scripture have to say about our work? In whatever we do with our time, we all grapple with issues such as conflict, maintaining relationships, ethics, stress and seeking fulfilment – what might it look like to be a disciple of Jesus in those situations?

During lent our sermons reflected on our ‘Monday to Saturday’ from a biblical perspective. The sermons were accompanied by Q & A group sessions following Sunday worship to flesh that out into our own contexts. If you were unable to attend church during lent, or you would like to listen to our sermons again, click on this link.


So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering | Romans 12:1


Resources: 

God at Work website

Small Group Studies (on Theology of Work website)

Theology of Work YouTube Channel

St Aidan’s Church Family Picnic, 23rd February 2020

After the morning services, we met in Cornwall Park. From 11:30am until about 1:30pm, we ate some delicious food, played cricket, shared stories and generally caught up with one another in our first intergenerational event for 2020.

Find more photos from the picnic here.

Open Door, January 2020

It was great to catch up with people at our Open Door sessions, which were held on Wednesdays from 10am – 11:30am, throughout January 2020. During the first session, we had 21 people pop in! There was plenty of tea, coffee, herbal drinks and food, plus some conversation and some even got around to playing scrabble and mahjong. During our second session, the jigsaw got started, and lots of food got consumed.

Christmas 2019

Carol Service

Nine Lessons & Carols 🎶

Posted by St Aidan's Anglican Church Remuera on Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Blue Christmas

People were invited to do the following:

‘Take a candle to represent whatever pain and loss you’re experiencing most strongly tonight. When you are ready, light it and plant the candle down in the sand in the tray. As you do so ask for God’s help to keep on trusting him in the middle of whatever’s going on around you.’

Indaba Visit to St Aidan’s, Sunday 17th November

We had visitors to St Aidan’s by small groups from St Chad’s, St Andrew’s and St Thomas’ as part of ‘Indaba’.

St Francis’ Day Pet Service, Sunday 6th October

We had a short service at 4pm, with an array of dogs, teddies and pictures to be blessed. Keep an eye out for next year! Check out a video of the service below:

Our 2019 Pet Service, in celebration of St Francis Day

Posted by St Aidan's Anglican Church Remuera on Wednesday, 9 October 2019

St Aidan’s Garage Sale, Saturday, 14th September 2019

A massive thank you to everyone who helped make, bake, cook, sort, lift, deliver, dust, polish, sell, buy, serve, donate, stand, install, hammer, count, busk, blog, post and give in so many ways. Thank you also for your prayers and to all the shoppers who support our event. The day was a fantastic success – our best ever. Blessed with a beautiful spring day the bargain hunters arrived early and we did not disappoint. Each year the parish, aided with donated goods from the local community, offers up a vast array of good quality merchandise at great prices. It is this consistency, sense of community, charitable giving, camaraderie and a cast of well over one hundred volunteers, that makes the St Aidan’s Garage Sale an institution. Thank you all again and see you next year – Saturday, 12 Sept 2020.

Quiz Night, Friday 9th August

We fundraised just over $3,000 for the Auckland City Mission HomeGround project, which will include a safe, permanent shelter “to stand against homelessness, hunger and poor health.”

The dress code was 1920s style, as Auckland City Mission was established in 1920 and there were prizes for the best-dressed table & best-dressed team.

For more info about the Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project: https://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/homeground/

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.

Pentecost, 2019

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…

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Kids’ Church, Youth and our Young Adults also cooked marshmallows together and played a few games.

“Pentecost was bright and cheerful and I felt very happy to be there.  It was fun toasting marshmallows until they were so gooey you almost couldn’t eat them.” – Lily, 10y/o

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.

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