We warmly welcome the Reverend Barry Jones and Jennifer Jones this week as Barry preaches at our evening worship tonight. Barry is here in Christchurch for the next 10 days to offer support and care to parishes and presbyters affected by the recent earthquake. We are most grateful to Barry for taking this time and offering his gifts and wisdom to us here in the region.

Sunday 1 May – 5.00pm. Service of Worship led by the Reverend Jill van de Geer. Following the service there will a cup of tea/coffee and a special acknowledgement made to one of very special congregation members.

Sunday 15 May – 5.00pm. Service of Holy Communion followed by a shared meal. Please bring items of food to contribute to the shared meal. Following the service we will gather also for a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – an opportunity for us to have time to talk together and give voice to our thoughts and feelings as to our current situation.


A special edition of the Durham St Newsletter is currently being prepared around the theme of the Rev W T Blight’s Durham St Church Anniversary History – A House not made with human hands. This newsletter will contain snippets of people’s special memories of Durham St Church, maybe of particular occasions, or personalities and leaders both lay and ordained, or special photographs. The compiling and production of this newsletter is taking place currently and the timeline for publication towards the end of May, 2011! So please if you have a contribution or know of someone who would like to contribute in some way please let Mary Caygill know by phone – either the Upper Riccarton Church Office, ph. 348 9260, through the parsonage contact, ph. 374 9751, at home in Rangiora, (03) 313 9519, or by email

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 May and June 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 3rd Sunday of the month
– Communion Servers
– Readers for the scripture readings in weekly worship
– Prayers of Concern in weekly worship
– Stewards
– Greeters
– Sound System

BULLETIN NOTICES: Please send these to Mary Caygill either by email, by telephoning her at home [ph. (03) 313 9519], or at the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church Office [ph. 348 9260.]

PARISH COUNCIL next meets Tuesday, 10 May, at Wallace and Beverley Woodley’s home.

Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Digby and Judith Prosser as they depart NZ in these next days for a most exciting biking holiday in Europe. Look after yourselves and enjoy every minute of your time away. Don’t even think of the word ‘earthquake.’
We think also of Barbara Peddie as she is travelling to the UK and further abroad over the next 6 weeks as well. Safe travelling Barbara and have an inspiring and fulfilling time away.

Welcome back Ian and Chris Clark as they settle back into their home in New Brighton. Our thoughts and prayers surround you both as you both grieve – Ian for the loss of his sister last week and Chris, the unexpected death of her nephew over the past days.

Let us be especially mindful of the differing needs congregational members now have as they are situated in the various parts of the city, some still struggling with basic resources following the earthquake. There may be some very practical things we can do for each other, so we need to say alert and keep in touch with each other.