PARISH ADMINISTRATION: Given the Parish Office is now based at the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church, corner of Brake St and Yaldhurst Road, Parish Council has approved the employment of the Hornby-Riccarton Office Administrator, Sue Chappell – for 5 hours weekly to deal specifically with some of the administration assistance required for the Parish and Presbyter. These hours will be added on to the work Sue does already for the Hornby-Riccarton Methodist Parish. Sue will prepare the weekly bulletin and order of service, receive messages for the Presbyter, and other such important work in the running of the weekly life of the congregation. If you have notices for the bulletin could you please send these through to Sue by email or phone the Parish Office, 348 9260, Fax: 348 9560, and/or send mail to the Presbyter and Parish at PO Box 6347, Riccarton, Christchurch 8442. There are future plans to bring in another phone line for Durham St Church purposes. We are very grateful to Sue for agreeing to this increase in her work hours.


Sunday 22 May, 5pm – Service of Worship at Upper Riccarton. We will focus on the theme of world peace and the overcoming of violence in acknowledgement of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, on this Sunday and into the following week.

Sunday 29 May, 10.00am – Combined Service of Worship with the Riccarton-Hornby Methodist Parish at the Upper Riccarton Church. A celebration of Wesley Sunday and Confirmation. Preacher – Central South Island Co-Superintendent Reverend Norman West. A Combined Choir (Durham Street & Upper Riccarton) will sing a Wesley anthem, rehearsing on the previous Wednesday, 25 May, at 7.30pm in the Upper Riccarton Church Hall.

Sunday 5 June, 10.00am – Combined Service of Worship at Upper Riccarton Church. Service of Holy Communion. Preacher: Reverend Mary Caygill. Celebrant: Reverend Marcia Hardy.

PENTECOST SUNDAY, 12 June. Arrangements are being put in place for an outdoor service at Durham St Methodist Church site. It is likely the time will be either 2pm or 2.30pm and Mary Caygill is in conversation with Civil Defence and city officials as to this taking place, weather permitting. This will be an opportunity to give thanks for the Church that was on this site and the ongoing future ministry and mission of this church as it embraces a new form and future from this site. Further details will be circulated within the next week.

EASTER PONDERING – in the light of the death of Osama bin Laden.

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. – Martin Luther King JR