Sunday 10 April 5pm – Upper Riccarton Methodist Church. Guest Preacher – Ian and Margaret Stehbens. Ian and Margaret are from the organisation Peacebuilders International and have been working in various parts of New Zealand over the past month leading courses in Peacebuilding.
Sunday 10 April 7pm – Upper Riccarton Methodist Church – Regional Youth Service.
Sunday 17 April – Palm Sunday. Combined Service 10.00am Upper Riccarton and Durham St congregations. Combined men’s choir from both congregations.
Services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday: further details to be confirmed in next Sunday’s bulletin.

AFTERNOON THEOLOGY GROUP: Meets at the Piper’s home, Wednesday 13th April, 2pm. The group will watch the second DVD from ‘Answering the questions.’ Every one is welcome.

PRESBYTER CONTACT DETAILS: Over this week Mary Caygill has moved out of the parsonage at 54 Chester Street West and is now staying in Rangiora. The parsonage phone number 374 9751 can still be used for the next few weeks and calls this number are diverted to Mary’s cell phone, 027 251 8611. For any written correspondence the parsonage address 54 Chester Street West, Christchurch , 8013 can be used as mail is being diverted to the Rangiora address. During the week Mary is either based at Rangiora or at the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, ph. 348 9260, email.

FROM ASH WEDNESDAY (March 9th ) TO MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 21st): There is a warm invitation extended to Durham St congregation members to be part of the following Lenten Studies being offered by the Hornby Riccarton Methodist Parish.

The studies will be based on 5 studies taken from Elizabeth Rundle’s book Twenty questions Jesus asked. Each study is based on one question and asks us to respond as if Jesus were questioning us, his 21st Century disciples. The studies are ‘stand-alone’ so it is fine to come to one or two if you can’t manage them all. They will be held in the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church lounge at 7.30pm on the following Thursdays:

Thursday April 7th – John 9:1-23. Do you see this woman?
Thursday April 14th – John 11:17-27. Do you believe this?

PARISH COUNCIL: Next meets on Tuesday April 12th 7.30pm, at Jean and Bob Pipers’ home.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ROSTERS: As we settle ourselves into a new place and pattern of worship we need to re-establish our rosters for our weekly tasks to maintain our worship and congregational life. I have placed the rosters for the month of April and May on the table at the back of the church. We need volunteers for the following activities:

  • Cup of tea/coffee/juice following the 5pm service
  • Monthly shared meal on the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Communion Servers
  • Readers for the scripture readings in weekly worship
  • Prayers of Concern in weekly worship
  • Stewards
  • Greeters
  • A couple of people to be trained for the use of the sound system used at Upper Riccarton Methodist Church.

COMMUNITY TRAINING RESOURCE: POST EARTHQUAKE SEMINAR – “TRAINING FOR MINISTRY TO A TRAUMATISED COMMUNITY: Christchurch, Tuesday April 12th to Wednesday April 13th, 10am to 4pm, at Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, corner Yaldhurst Rd and Brake St. Koha is invited, not to exceed $30. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. This course is considered essential for both ordained and lay parish leaders, as we see it as necessary training for ministry to traumatised and dislocated church folk and communities at this time. Ian and Margaret Stehbens from Peacebuilders International, who will lead this workshop, have worked significantly with community trauma in Bougainville and Solomon Islands and have been in touch with the experience of peace builders who worked in the aftermath of 9/11 in the US. Margaret is a Clinical Counsellor with post graduate qualifications in Christian Counseling. Ian provides the biblical and theological framework and the experience relating to the practice of ministry in a traumatised community.

BLESSING OF CHURCH SITE: On Monday April 18th. the Reverend Diana Tana, Tumuaki Te Taha Maori, Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa, The Methodist Church of New Zealand, will be leading a service of blessing and the lifting of the tapu from the Durham St Church site. This is an important and significant occasion to both acknowledge the sacredness of this site and all it represents for Durham St Church members and also recognising the sad reality that in this recent earthquake three men died whilst working on the removal of the pipe organ. This is a time to honour them and offer an invitation to their families to be present at this time. The actual timing of this event has not been finally settled and the invitation is extended to all who would like to be present for this sacred occasion to attend.


Why “Forgive and Forget” is wrong

What does the Bible really say about peace, forgiveness and reconciliation?

Saturday April 16th 2011, 10am to 3pm, Beckenham Methodist Church, Malcolm Ave, Christchurch. No charge or registration needed. Morning & afternoon tea provided. Please bring: Food to contribute to a shared lunch, Bible, notepad and pen. This is a unique opportunity to explore some well-known Bible passages in a new way with Revd’s Ian and Margaret Stehbens from Peacebuilders International. Come ready to be inspired and re-energised, this is Bible study as you’ve not experienced it before.