Tribute to Avonside – Holy Trinity Avonside

For those who, like Julie, weren’t able to be in Avonside today.

Holy Trinity Avonside hosted a service of thanksgiving this afternoon remembering and giving thanks for life in Avonside. After the service there was afternoon tea and a wide range of photo boards showing different aspects of Avonside from over the last 100 or more years. Photographs and the order of service are below.

To Rosalyn and the others who organised and supported this tribute, and did many other things for the people of Avonside, thank you. Matthew 25: 38, 40.

Opening Prayer

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Ed Hitchcock

Our Place photo board

Paint Your Memories

Mothers’ Union photo board.

Weddings photo board

Love Avonside chalk board

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

 Order of Service

Tribute to Avonside
Past, Present and Future

Opening:Revd. Jill KeirHymn:Now Thank We All Our GodVersicle and Response:Leader: Grace and peace to you from God.People: God fill you with peace and joy.Leader: The Lord be with you.People: The Lord bless you.Reminiscences:Ed Hitchcock (People’s Earden),Revd. Michael ColemanPrayers of Thanks:Rosalyn Deane (Bishop’s Warden) reproduced in full belowAnthem by Choir:Ave Verum by MozartReading:Philippians 4:4-9  Christine MaceyReflection:Bishop Victoria MatthewsPrayer and BlessingBishop Victoria MatthewsHymn:Amazing Grace  

Prayers of Thanks

God of our beginnings and endings, we share in celebrating together this place – Avonside.

We thank you for this day; that among friends, neighbours – past and present, we can come together with wonderful memories  of this area, Avonside.

If we have lived in Avonside, or if we have visited family, or friends that lived here, we have wonderful memories of this place. We have been for river walks, canoeing, swinging on the knotted willows into the water, we have been fishing, we have been eeling, and more. God you have given us these memories which help shape who we are, and what we value. Our memories strengthen us in our time of sorrow.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all who have lived here. For all those, for whom this place is or has been ‘home’. We thank you for all people who have shown love and care for those around them, and have been a major part of community life here.

May the love that is in our hearts be a bond that unites us forever, wherever we may be. You are the source of our love for each other; you have been with us through our hardest times; bringing comfort and support, bringing others to our aide. In quiet moments you soothe our fears, and encourage us to carry on. As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life, uphold us and comfort us. May we be given a sense of the presence of your risen Son and may we share in his resurrection, redeemed and restored to the fullness of life; this we ask, for the sake of Jesus our Lord.  Amen

Tribute to Avonside

On Easter Sunday (31st of March) Holy Trinity Avonside will be holding a tribute to Avonside, as the area undergoes the biggest change in its history.

The tribute will start at 2.00pm with a service of thanksgiving and blessing led by Bishop Victoria Matthews.  This will be followed by afternoon tea and an opportunity to view an exhibition of photographs displaying images of life in Avonside through the ages.

Holy Trinity Avonside is accessed via it’s entrance at 168 Stanmore Road.


An earthquake and its effect on children

Researchers from the University of Toronto, University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University conducted research into the effects of a severe earthquake in China (2008) on children aged 9 and 6. The results show that older children tend to have an increase in altruistic behaviour with the reverse in the younger group. Eventually both groups returned to normal behaviour for their age groups.

A crucial difference between the two age groups emerged one month after the disaster. The 6-year-olds’ willingness to share in a test measuring altruism dropped by a third, while among 9-year-olds, willingness to give to others nearly tripled. Three years later, children in the age groups returned to pre-earthquake levels of altruism. “The study provides the first evidence to suggest that experiencing a natural disaster affects children’s altruistic giving significantly,” said Kang Lee, university distinguished professor at the University of Toronto. “The immediate negative effect of the earthquake on 6–year-olds suggests that altruism at that age is still fragile,” Lee said.

More information on the study, which is to be published in the journal Psychological Science, is available on Science Daily here and Newswise here. .

N Z Red Cross – helping young people get through stress

From the NZ Red Cross website (here):

New Zealand Red Cross has identified a gap with regard to young people affected by the Canterbury earthquakes and their access to trauma recovery resources.  In response we have joined forces with Youthline and some of New Zealand’s top musicians, athletes and TV personalities to create an online community with advice and support for youth experiencing hard times.

You can find out more about this on-line community at the Address the Stress website here.