Work on building begins …

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309 DurhamThis week we celebrate the start of building construction on the site where the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake tragically demolished the former 1864 building. Ground remediation work has now been completed, and late-October 2019 is the anticipated completion date of the new Aldersgate Centre, which will house offices of the Christchurch Methodist Mission and Christian World Service as well as the church’s Chapel and auditorium for community use.


Holy Week and Easter Services

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Thursday 29 March Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service (the service of shadows) has been observed by the Christian Church from early times. Combined Worship with Knox at 7.30pm
Leader of Worship: Rev Dr Matthew Jack & Rev Stephanie Robson
Readers: Digby Prosser, Jill van de Geer

Friday 30 March Good Friday service – Combined Worship with St Marks at St Marks at 9.30am
Leader of Worship: Rev Andrew Donaldson, Jill van de Geer
Readers: Stephanie Robson, David Blenkiron

Easter Day Breakfast: The Knox congregation have invited us to share breakfast with them at 8.00am on Easter morning.  Please add your name to the list available at the back of the Hall.  Cost $5.00 to cover expenses.

Sunday 1 – April Easter Day – in the Knox Hall at the Knox Centre at 10.00am 
Leader of Worship: Rev Stephanie Robson
Readers: Warwick Mottram, Daniela Bagozzi
Prayers: Margaret Burnett

Special Day for Durham Street Methodist

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309 Durham

Press statement for immediate release

Work to begin on Durham Street Methodist Church complex


Seven years after the 2011 earthquake a blessing ceremony will be held on the site of the Street Methodist Church (309 Durham Street).  The ceremony will mark the commencement of the construction of a new multi-purpose complex.  Led by representatives of Te Taha Maori and Ngai Tahu it will be held at 6.15am on Monday 26 February.

The original Durham Street Methodist Church collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake causing the loss of three lives.  “The loss of the building has given the congregation an opportunity to build a new place of worship that is much more than a building. The new complex, which will be known as Aldersgate, will be a new place of gathering; of ministry and outreach to the community; a coming together of services to give practical support; a flexible complex where we can continue to evolve the way in which we live out our call as Methodists in Christchurch city”, said Rev Rob Ferguson, the Methodist City Chaplain.

Rev Ferguson who was appointed to the role of city chaplain two years ago established the StreeTs Ministry.  This engagement with the inner city communities has kept parish links with the inner city alive.  To further live out its commitment to public theology and social justice the parish will be sharing Aldersgate with Christchurch Methodist Mission and Christian World Service.

Wilkie and Bruce Architects have designed the building and the desired completion date is July 2019.

Since the 1850s there has been a Methodist presence in the City.  The Durham Street Church congregation felt it was right to return there.  The Church was the first stone building on the Canterbury Plains, built just 14 years after European Settlement.  It was opened on Christmas Day 1864.

“The new building with its multi-purpose layout will serve the needs of the Church, community and congregation for the next 150 years”, said Rev Ferguson.

For further information contact:  Rev Rob Ferguson Phone 029 770 8759, or Pauline McKay, Parish Steward 021 289 1225.


See also this article on as well as the story on the front page of this morning’s print edition of The Press …



A Special Sunday – 4 February 2018

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covenant serviceWe have a very special Sunday coming up on 4 February!

  • Rev Andrew Donaldson retires from his role as Parish Superintendent, after guiding the Parish through the changes of the last two years, as well as facilitating a visit from Rev Dr Lorraine Parkinson in October 2016, and initiating an English language programme for migrants who need assistance achieving the level required to begin preparing for their IELTS tests.  This latter is being undertaken in conjunction with English Language Partners, our own StreeTs Ministry (Rev Rob perceived a need and approached Rev Andrew) and Christchurch South (St Marks’) Methodist Parish;
  • Rev Jill van de Geer becomes Parish Presbyter, and continues her pastoral ministry as well taking on additional leadership tasks;  and
  • Rev Stephanie Robson will be inducted as Associate Presbyter, providing support for Rev Jill as well as bringing her own special skills to the Parish.

communionSo – on Sunday we will have a Covenant Service (also remembering Waitangi Day), a farewell service, a welcoming service, and a service of Holy Communion.  It will be a very special time of worship and celebration – led by Rev Kathryn Walters, Superintendent, Central South Island Synod.

All are welcome!

10.00am in the Hall at the Knox Centre, 28 Bealey Avenue

Morning tea to follow

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