More Service Details - Aria MacDonald

More Service Details

Aria’s Celebration Service will be
10am Friday the 1st of July 2011
St Andrews Presbyterian Church 150 Great South Road Manurewa
Please wear purple, pink or orange-Aria’s fave colours.  Sorry to the blokes, you are going to have to be creative
If you can help with sound, videoing, slide show please contact Tony Bracefield.
Children- please know this will be a kid friendly service.  We have a Kids Corner set up in the service were kids can colour a banner for Aria and draw pictures.  This will be staffed with supervisors.  Parents, your kids are welcome to help themselves to stickers and place them on Aria’s box at the end (sorry not coping with the other words to describe this)

Please stay for refreshments and visit with us.  Maybe there might be a lot of people, not sure.  But please know we are approachable and wanting to talk, there just might be a queue.

Music.  This church service will be different than normal and there will be singing.  Those who know Jesus and are used to this please please please sing loud for us!!!  Those who aren’t so used it just listen and enjoy, join in or not, it is ok to do whatever you want.

Anyway wanting to share a memory, particularly US people, about Aria please email Peter Boyd petethepastor (at) hotmail(Dot)com. Once I have his permission I will post his email or search for him on Facebook.

Dress- Hamish is wearing a tie and I am wearing a dress.  Purple!!  We want to do this for ourselves but beside our request of colour choices please wear what is comfortable.  Smart casual, I guess, a phrase that isn’t used in the US we learnt!

Please pray for us and our family, our hearts are heavy and grieving.
Most of all- please come on Friday!  It would mean a lot.


Aria’s service will be streamed live on the internet for those unable to be there.
There is a link to the live stream (Ustream Live) on the left column of Aria’s Facebook page.

40 Responses to “More Service Details”

  1. Joyce says:

    Will be with you in spirit and prayer.

  2. sarah leslie says:

    hey can you please post up details if you are goinbg to pod cast it in easy terms for the computer illiterate like me who would love to be there but can’t. Love and hugs chicky

  3. Cork and Carol says:

    Yes, we will be with your in spirit also! Just have to figure out what time this is in US. 🙂 Sounds like a marvelous plan for a way to honor Miss Aria!
    Lots of prayers and love coming your way as always!

  4. Rachel Schofield says:

    Anita and Hamish, your plans for Aria’s service sound lovely and reflect your love for your wee girl. I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. I hope your trip back to NZ goes smoothly.
    God Bless.

  5. Jen Cato says:

    I miss her lots and my heart is breaking…but we’ll get through this…we will. You will by His Grace!! I love you guys even though we haven’t met. I just feel closer to you all because Aria went through so much. *hugs* I want to say more…but I’m at work and don’t want to tear up. <3 Talk soon…God Bless!!

  6. Delwyn Cockrell says:

    Will try and get there, depends on work. New Zealand Time Friday 10am is Central USA time (ie Omaha) 5pm Thursday.

  7. Tiffany Keller says:

    I would love to be there, but I can’t. However, I will be wearing somethin orange in memory of Aria. Lots of prayers are being sent your way! God Bless!

  8. Jane says:

    Anita, Hamish and Asher, I just wanted to affirm your courage, in the face of your deep grieving at this time. And remind you of the thousands of people that are standing behind you as you face this part of your journey. I have an image of you and the family standing on a high hill looking out over the valley and you turn around and there we are, thousands of people behind you from all around the world. As we look at you we can see that there is a light all around you, It is the presence of our wonderful God to comfort and sustain you.
    Kia Kaha dear ones.
    I have posted Aria’s celebration on my fb page and invited everyone to wear her colours hoping to grt some pictures for you. AROHANUI <3

  9. Lisa Robertson says:

    I will be there and will gladly queue to give you a big hug. Travel home safely MacDonald family. Much love to you all xxx

  10. Joan Marshall says:

    Lovely tribute to Aria on The Sunday programme last night. Really happy photos of Aria on her better times. Altho can’t be with you, will wear purple and pray with you all. Can you post a blog or photos or a video of whatever you can for those of us who would like to be there but just can’t please? I know it’s asking a lot. Would love to give you all one of my warm fuzzies but you will just have to put your arms around yourselves and hug yourselves from me!
    Love to all from Joan.

  11. chrissy Hallberg says:

    I will be there in spirit xxx

  12. Anna Smart says:

    Ash cloud willing Emily and I will be there. I hope your trip home is uneventful. Thinking of you and sending you all our love xxx

  13. Raylene says:

    Will definately be wearing one of Arias favourite colours.
    much love xx

  14. Lyaine says:

    As I live in Sydney I can’t be their in person, but I will be there in spirit, na I will wear purple and pink on Friday in Memory of miss Aria. Lyaine.

  15. Olivia(Wellington, NZ) says:

    I would love to be here, I am 17 but Aria has touched me, I’ve followed her case since she was a tot and prayed for her and your family each night and still do. Will there be a livestream where the ones who would love to be there but can’t will be able to join in and celebrate Aria’s little life?, I will def. be in Aria’s fav colours on Friday too.

  16. Ruth says:

    Hey just wanted to let you know, I love how thoughtful you are being of everyone regarding the service. Letting us know what to expect, wear and that the service is child friendly is a great help. Also knowing that how your placed with talking etc is great to know too! So thank you and bless you! Praying for you!!

  17. Olivia(Wellington, NZ) says:
    such a fitting and beautiful song

  18. Jill Marshall says:

    Anita and Hamish, we will not be able to be there in person on Friday, but we will all be thinking of you, and will be continuing to pray that His grace will be sufficient for all you need, both on the day and in the days ahead. We hope that we will be able to meet you at some stage in the future, to tell you in person how much your posts and your journey with Aria have meant to us and to people who have “met” her and prayed along with us.
    David and Jill, Becky, Ruth and Abby Marshall, Hamilton.

  19. H Wilkie says:

    What a beautiful service it will be. Thank you for making us feel welcome and a part of Aria’s life. May God comfort you all xx

  20. Shirley Davy says:

    We will be there in this special service and I look forward to joining the queue to see you again my dear friend. Much love and prayers at this tiring and sad time for you and your extended family.

  21. Bland family says:

    I so wanted to come, but now find I can’t. I am very down about not being able to be there on Friday morning. I am so sorry to not be there in person, as I feel that this is the most important thing those of us who live in or near Auckland could do to show you our love. All I can say is that I will certainly be there in heart and spirit, and that we love you. May God keep you strong dear MacDonald family. The service sounds like it will be absolutely wonderful and deeply right for Aria. With love XXX

  22. Angela Robinson says:

    I will be there would love to help in some way so more than happy help with the childrens banner in the form of supervisors, I am a qualified teacher with PORSE so well used to large groups of children. so please contact me by email if you need help in this way. Travel safely on your journey home, my heart is with you all the way.

  23. Jan P. says:

    wish I could be there but I will be wearing all Arias favourite colours on Friday. Hope to meet with you sometime. Stay strong and feel all the love & support coming. love to all

  24. Robyn says:

    Will definitely be there. I think you could be inundated with people on Friday. Better get the Pastor to push out the walls and lift the roof.

  25. Linda Crosbie says:

    Hi Anita, Asher and Hamish. Your FPF Team are with you in heart with prayers and thought for your well being and strength. We will be there on Friday. Kia kaha.

  26. lisa says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher, all the best for your return to NZ. We will be there. Thank you for letting us know the details of the service. Having it kids-friendly and with lots of singing sounds wonderful and a fantastic way to say goodbye to Aria. She will always be in our hearts even though we have never “met” her in person. Thank you for sharing her with us. We feel so privileged. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you embark on this part of your journey. Love to all of you.

  27. Wayne says:

    Anita and Hamish, I can’t be there but will be wearing some of Aria’s colours when I teach my classes at Hamilton’s Fraser High School on Friday!
    I have followed your postings since Clare and I met you in Auckland and often prayed…if you get a chance sometime see if you can have a listen to “Light Princess” by Terry Scott Taylor. It would be an appropriate song for Aria, now with her Heavenly Father. But, I grieve with you, too.

  28. Belinda (LF-Aus) says:

    I can’t be there in person as I live in Brisbane Australia, but I have been following sweet Aria for a long time now and a friends mum is whipping me up a bright orange scaf to wear to work on friday in honour of Aria. xxx

  29. Emma & Gremlins says:

    I’ll be there in my best pink dress! (unless the Chilean volcano interrupts flights again). The girls will have to stay in Sydney with Daddy, but I’ll be sure to lay out their pink, purple and orange for them to wear. Sienna actually has a skirt that is pink, purple AND orange… Praying for you all, and looking forward to raising the heavens to give the amazing Aria a fitting send-off xx

  30. Ruth says:

    Big hugs to you, Anita and Hamish. I will be wearing pink for Aria. Ruth in Christchurch

  31. LeeAnne says:

    Thinking of you tonight as you head home and holding you in my prayers for safe travels and solace. Will be wearing your precious ^Aria’s^ colors on Friday and thinking of you…
    God Bless,
    LeeAnne, Sammi and family

  32. Fifi says:

    Thinking of you all.

  33. Jo says:

    Safe travel guys!

  34. R od & Margaret says:

    Safe journey home dear Anita, Hamish & Asher. Our love, thoughts and prayers will be with you on Friday. Although we sadly can’t be there will be with you in spirit.xx

  35. UNMC P.A. says:

    Thank you, Macdonald family, for allowing us to care for your daughter. I consider it an honor, and a learning experience I shall never forget. Aria meant so much to us. I will never forget Aria, Asher, and of course, Green Dolly. There are not enough words to express my condolences to your family. So, I will leave you with lyrics to a beautiful song I once heard at a very special funeral mass:

    Sing Me To Heaven – by D. Gawthrop

    In my heart’s sequestered chambers lie truths stripped of poet’s gloss.
    Words alone are vain and vacant and my heart is mute.
    In response to aching silence memory summons half-heard voices,
    and my soul finds primal eloquence and wraps me in song.
    If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby. If you would win my heart, sing me a love song.
    If you would mourn me and bring me to God, sing me a requiem, sing me to heaven.
    Touch in me all love and passion, pain and pleasure, grief and comfort.
    Sing me a lullaby, a love song, a requiem. Love me, comfort me, bring me to God;
    Sing me a love song. Sing me to heaven.

    I know whatever songs you choose for Aria’s final celebration, everyone will indeed be singing her to heaven.

  36. Marie says:

    Anita & Hamish, as much as I would love to be there to remember and celebrate with you on Friday, I will have to do it from a distance in spirit. My girls and I are all going to wear Purple and Pink for your beautiful girl!! Loads of love from Brisbane coming your way!

  37. Nicky Large says:

    Thinking of you all … sending our love from Sunny Nelson (Nicky Large) and Christchurch (Scott Large)

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