Aria’s service - Aria MacDonald

Aria’s service

Hello to everyone from New Zealand.

Aria’s service is tomorrow, Friday 1st July at 10am at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Manurewa (150 Great South Road, parking available across the road behind the shops).

To those in another part of the country or the world, Aria’s service will be available for viewing on the internet HERE or on Aria’s Facebook page. (Thanks to Jono for sorting this out, you’re a champion).

Just a reminder if your coming to please wear purple, pink or orange-Aria’s fave colours.

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 towards the end of the service.

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.

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.

Hope to see a bunch of you there and please record some thoughts or memories for us on the pieces of paper that will be available before and after the service.

Please pray for the day tomorrow that God will be glorified, His gospel preached and Aria’s life remembered for the amazing journey that it was and Aria as the amazing girl she was.

Also pray for our adjustment back to New Zealand and for our life here as it begins anew.

See you tomorrow.

35 Responses to “Aria’s service”

  1. Judy Palmer says:

    I will be thinking of you in the morning and praying that God will help you in the days and weeks to come. I will wear purple and some pink for Aria tomorrow. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

  2. Rehina says:

    I wish more than anything to be there tomorrow but it is just not possible as I am in Perth. I will be wearing
    my bright pink scrubs to work tomorrow as a tribute to Aria. My parents in the Philippines wish they could be there too. Thank you for posting the video, I will be sure to watch this. I have
    been praying for you guys in the past, present and most certainly
    will be in the future (especially tomorrow)
    Rehina Gill xxx

  3. Laurie says:

    Praying for you all. Sending my love from the States.

  4. Fiona McNair says:

    Good luck and all the best for tomorrow, I’m sure there will be hundreds of people there. Go well and take good care of your precious selves.

  5. Bland family says:

    All our love to you for tomorrow, so sorry we could not be there. Will be watching on the Internet (Thank you so much or providing this facility for us.) Precious Aria, we will NEVER forget and we will particularly always remember her wonderful smile and Spirit. May God be with you tomorrow and for the days to come. May the love of family and friends and your family in Christ cover you like a warm cloak. Selah. XXX

  6. Coralie says:

    I feel so much love for your family Aria. Fly high tomorrow. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Leticia says:

    Will be praying and thinking of you all tomorrow. May Gods arms be round you during what is one of lives worst times. Is there an address for cards and the like to get to the family?

  8. Gabby Hogg says:

    I wish I could be at Aria’s funeral tomorrow but I am in Napier. I will be wearing bright pink hat and bag and a purple scarf for Aria.I will be thinking of you and the family tomorrow and pray to God that it will go well and tomorrow night when I am at church working in Childrens Ministry, i will get the kids and leaders to pray a prayer for Aria and for the family, so you get adjusted back to New Zealand life. God Bless your whole entire family and Aria. Aria is with God now, she is safe and is having fun with Jesus and all the children in Heaven!

  9. fiona says:

    I also wish I could be there- but I am in Canterbury. But I WILL be wearing her colours- and I WILL be thinking of you. We can certainly rejoice for all that Aria has brought into your lives and ours. And we can rejoice in where she is and what she is enjoying now. But it is also true that we- and especially you mourn and grieve for a HUGE loss- and what a big adjustment you have to make. Please be kind to yourselves and let yourselves feel what you feel- it is very real- and very hard. Love you lots

  10. Cary Farrington (GRC) says:

    Praying for you today, tomorrow and in the future.

  11. Cork and Carol says:

    Thank you for allowing us in the US and elsewhere to be participants in a VERY special time! Cork is wearing a pink shirt today and I am wearing purple. Loving you and praying for you!

  12. Doc and Sharon says:

    We are praying for you as you celebrate Aria! What a precious and brave little angel. She touched so many lives, in ways that will keep reaching out, unknown to us. She taught so many, lessons on love and hope. It has been our privildge to be a tiny part of your lives,and we will contine to remember and pray for you.

  13. Taryn says:

    We are praying.

  14. Roberts family says:

    Will be thinking of you all and wearing Aria’s favourite colours. Have never met you in person, just followed your blogs since day 1 of Aria’s journey after watching you on the first “Attitude program”. Your life will be sooo different now and I’m sure your little ‘angel’ will follow you every step of the way from above.

  15. brad and stephanie says:

    The Dexters are in purple and orange today. And we’ll be watching from the other side of the world. Wish we could be there!

  16. Maree says:

    I will wear Aria`s colours to school tomorrow.

  17. Bex & Jonno Robinson says:

    We are in Aria’s colours today, our daughter Jaya is in all 3. Sorry we can’t be there today but we are thinking of you and praying for you xoxo

  18. jeannie overall says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher-I am sorry to say I cannot attend the celebration today but my heart will be there with you. I am about to walk up the top of the Mount and from there I will view God’s glory and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for Aria’s life and eternal joy with her beloved Father, and your victory in the battle you have all fought. I am sure that much rejoicing is to take place today in the service. May God continue to bless you and comfort you and help you to settle into your new life back in NZ. May God bless little brother Asher with beautiful memories of his big brave sister, that will stay with him forever.

    Love from Jeannie Overall and family

  19. Glenda Parsons says:

    Hi Hamish and Anita. I am sorry I cannot be there but will be wearing Aria’s colours today. Thinking of you and praying for you.

  20. Katrina says:

    I have been following Aria’s story and my heart broke when Aria lost the fight. I can’t be there today but am wearing Aria’s colours and you are in my thoughts.

  21. Lester says:

    Hamish & Anita,

    I was so looking forward to attending Aria’s service,and had even planned my wardrobe, but cannot as have come down with the flu.
    Will however offer my own personal prayers at 10.00 am today, and will follow the service on the net.
    My prayers are with you, for you, and I know that right now Aria is surrounded by the most lovely grace and peace up there in Our Father’s kingdom, and is looking down at her beloved mum, dad and brother.

  22. Mel Dixon & family (Wanganui) says:

    Am wearing my brightest purple for Aria today. I pray that God will wrap you in his love and give you strength today, and in the coming months as you settle back home in NZ. All our love and prayers. xxx

  23. Steph VG says:

    So sorry that we can’t be there, but will be watching online and we are wearing pink/purple for Aria. xxxx

  24. Tiffany Keller says:

    Sorry that I can’t be there, but I am wearing orange in Aria’s honor/memory! May God comfort you! God Bless!

  25. charleen thorner says:

    sending my love to you all. sorry i can’t be with you. i’m wearing pink, for aria. i cried when i read aria had passed on, but also rejoiced, knowing she is healed & well. i will be praying for you, as you adjust to being home in NZ, and life without precious aria.

  26. Pauline says:

    Thank you (from Michigan) for the opportunity to share the memorial celebration for Aria via Ustream. It is a privilege and inspiration to come to know your family without ever being together physically… and I will continue to pray for strength and healing for you. Aria and all of you have been a blessing to sooo many of us with your testimony ! !

  27. Jane says:

    Having a sick day today in a bright pink jersey, but I have to get dressed in my purple top and pink skirt and bright purple scarf for Miss Aria, and her dear family. Close to my heart and in my prayers today dear ones. Knowing that the next part of the journey will have challenges as you readjust to life in the now: be kind to yourselves, taking each moment as it comes, allowing whatever feeling is there ‘to be’. <3 Above all know that our Lord who has been your portion thus far is there to comfort and lead you beside the still waters to restore your souls, and gently guide you on. Love you heaps.

  28. Olivia(Wellington, NZ) says:

    Absolutely beautiful service for a very special girl. Thank you so much for allowing my tribute to be read at todays service-it means so much and bought a tear to me eye whilst watching it on the internet. I will always pray for your family and Aria will always be in my thoughts.

  29. Joan Marshall says:

    Thank you for allowing me to share with you all. Please keep your site open for a while to share with us all. Love you and more warm fuzzies!

  30. Linda Crosbie says:

    A very special and beautiful celebration service today. Very uplifting and sad at the same time. Anita, Asher, Hamish, extended family and supporters be very proud of the tributes, prayers and praise that was shared for Miss Aria today with so many people. Its a privilege to know you and to share a small part of Aria’s life when she came into work. I have the lovely picture in my mind of Aria sitting on the chair being wheeled around the office and her pretending to do work at Daddy’s computer. Please know you are held dear in our hearts and that you will be supported. XXXX

  31. Renee says:

    Thank you Anita and Hamish for sharing the short and turbulent life of your most beloved daughter Aria. Your heartache and pain can well be imagined as you now embark on a familiar journey lost over the last 5 years of sadness and toil. Death brings a grief that is hard to overcome and the sadness will continue to follow you through the days. May the good and merciful Jesus Christ give you solace and strength to bear this heartache as you try to live a normal life. Aria is now in good hands and soaring free and happy without any pain and strife. Could’nt be there in person this morning but have watched the live stream and share your grief in equal measure. May God bless you both and your loving son Asher. Aria will always always live on in our memories and in your hearts. God bless.

  32. Leeann says:

    Thank you for sharing the livestream. It was 8am Australian time and I sat through it. I have no idea of the heartbreak you must be feeling. Please know that I prayed for you and Aria many times, and will continue to do so. I hope you leave this site up so I can visit it sometimes to remember little Aria and the impact she had on us all. May the Lord bless you and heal you in time. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  33. Cork and Carol says:

    What a beautiful service…. meaningful, sad at times and happy at others and the music was wonderful! Thanks for making arrangements so we could “be there” with you!
    With tears, thoughts, prayers and love,
    Carol for us both

  34. Laura says:

    Thank you for letting us who don’t live in Auckland join the service. Your own words were poignant. You are still in my prayers. Please give yourselves some space and time – decisions can wait while you adjust to life as it now is. “He is able to keep you from falling.”

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