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CompassionFest Island Bay


Wed 3 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Thu 4 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 5 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Island Bay Presbyterian Church, 88 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: office181

Welcome to this festival of compassion oriented on the life and works of Mother Suzanne Aubert.

We have a real feast of events celebrating an extraordinary woman who devoted her life to the poor and sick.

"During her life, Mother Aubert, as well as founding a religious Congregation, greatly influenced progress in such areas as health, education, women’s rights and social welfare. Her work in the fields of medicine, Maori language and an evolving New Zealand spirituality was pioneering and far-reaching."

Here's the programme of stimulating events incorporating this theme of compassion, inspired by Mother Aubert (more details on the Facebook Page):

Fri 5 Oct
Festival Opening: Taize reflective service. Simple words and music provide a space to be with God. 7-8pm, Home of Compassion chapel, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay.

Sat 6 Oct
‘Kids Fest’ A feast of fun, craft, cooking, food and learning activities! For under 12s. 10am - 2pm, Presbyterian church, 88 The Parade, Island Bay

‘Small Steps in Big Shoes’ 2pm. Children trolley food donations from KidsFest to the Home of Compassion to be guided through a Mother Aubert experience!

Pop-up Soup Kitchen - Nourishing soup on the street. Koha – coins or a can of food for the Compassion Soup Kitchen on Taranaki St. 6pm, Baptist church, 284 The Parade, Island Bay.

‘Suzanne’s Island Bay’ Local life in the late 1800s. Mother Aubert knew her community intimately. Take a virtual trip with the Historical Society. 5pm, Baptist church, 284 The Parade.

Splendid Drop: A Night of beer tasting, local historical narrative, and live music. Taste your way through a variety of home-brewed beers that tell a local story. Entrance $25 and a can for a Wellington charity.

Buy tickets at St Hilda’s Anglican church, 311 The Parade. 7:30pm, St Hilda’s, 311 The Parade, Island Bay.

Sun 7 Oct
Native tonics workshop - Make curatives from local flora, as found in M. Aubert’s kete! Ever wondered how rongoā (traditional Maori medicines) are made? Join our fun field experience and learn how to identify, harvest, prepare and use native plants. Limited spaces. Email to register. Free.

2 -4pm, Tapu Te Ranga Marae, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay.

Combined Island Bay churches service - Contemporary worship celebrating the life and legacy of Suzanne Aubert. 10am, Presbyterian church, 88 The Parade.

Compassion Mass - Celebrate the legacy of Suzanne Aubert with Cardinal John Dew. 10.30am, St Francis de Sales, 11 Mersey St, Island Bay.

Symposium: “What’s compassion got to do with running a country?” - Hear politicians and theologians in a public conversation. Featuring Hon. Paul Eagle, Hon. Cris Finlayson, Prof Chris Marshall, Janna Dennison and Sister Catherine Hannan. 7.30pm, Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay.

Until 7 Oct
‘For Compassion’s Sake’ art exhibition. Showcasing the artistic vision of Compassion in 2D & 3D media. Open entry. for details.
Official opening, 4pm, Sunday 30 Sept, Presbyterian Centre, 88 The Parade, Island Bay. Open until 7th October.

This festival is organised by Island Bay Presbyterian Church along with local community groups. Please contact pastor Nathan Parry, or the Administrator for further information.

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