Walking Group – Tuesday, 7 June. Sign of the Kiwi to Sign of the Bellbird. Meet at the Summit Road 1st Car park after Sign of Kiwi, at 10.00am.

Theology Group – Wednesday, 8 June, at 2pm in the Faulkingham Centre, Wesley Care. The afternoon theology group and the Wesley Care group will be meeting together for a SILENT Communion Service. After experiencing this there will be time to talk about our reactions to it. For further information contact: Margaret Burnett.

WEEK OF SUNDAY 12 June – 18 June

Sunday 12 JunePentecost Sunday. 11.00am Service of Worship at St Stephen’s Methodist Church, 376 Yaldhurst Road.

This will be our first time of worshipping at this new time of day and venue. There is plenty of parking at the back of the church and on the road. When you arrive, the St Stephens Congregation, who have met for their worship at 9.30am, will be having morning tea in the hall, and all are most welcome to join them prior to the Durham St worship service beginning at 11.00am. Because we will be gathering again at 2.00pm in the city, we will not have a cup of tea/coffee following the service on this day.

Pentecost Sunday, 12 June, 2.00pm. Looking Back – Looking Forward. Taking time to remember and give thanks. On Pentecost Sunday there will be an opportunity to share a time of worship, remembering, giving thanks for the heritage and life of the Durham St Methodist Church and its place in the city. An invitation is warmly extended to members of Durham St Methodist Church, the wider Central South Island Methodist Synod, the immediate neighbourhood and staff members and friends of the Christchurch Methodist Mission. Come and share this important time of remembering. Bring a chair to sit on, and if windy and cool, dress warmly.

Parking is available in nearby Montreal, Armagh Streets and Cranmer Square, and for those with special mobility needs you can park directly opposite the parsonage – 54 Chester Street West. The arrangements for this service are always subject to change at short notice if the earthquake risk situation changes for any reason. For further details please contact Reverend Mary Caygill – ph. (03) 313 9519, cell 027 251 8611, or at Upper Riccarton Methodist Church Office ph. 348 5519, or by email

Walking Group – Tuesday 14 June – Sign of the Bellbird to Cass Peak. Meet at the Summit Road, lst carpark after the Sign of the Kiwi at 10.00am.

Parish Council – Tuesday 14 June – 7.30pm. Meeting at the Upper Riccarton Methodist Church Memorial hall. The central item on the agenda for this meeting is a review of our Presbyter Reverend Mary Caygill’s first 18 months of ministry. This review will be led by Hamish Ott and Cherryl Brown appointed by the Central South Island Methodist Synod. All parish members are invited to attend.

WEEK OF SUNDAY 19 June – 25 June

Sunday 19 June – Service of Worship – St Stephen’s Methodist Church, 11.00am. We acknowledge this Sunday in the Church Calendar as Disability Sunday.

Walking Group – Tuesday 21 June – Mid Winter Lunch at Bob and Jean Piper’s Home. Time and walk to be advised.

WEEK OF SUNDAY 26 June – 2 July

Sunday 26 June – Service of Worship – St Stephen’s Methodist Church, 11.00am – Refugee Sunday.

Men’s Group – Monday 27 June – 7.30pm. A speaker is yet to be finalised. Further details from Warwick Mottram.

Walking Group – Tuesday 28 June – Kennedy’s Bush Track. Meet at the top of Kennedy’s Bush Road, new subdivision, at 10.00am. Grade 3 walk.


If you have not received a copy of the June Parish Newsletter, further copies are available on the foyer table. If you know of someone who would like a copy, please take an extra copy and make sure this is delivered to any who may not have received a copy.

The next edition of the July Parish Newsletter will be being assembled around the beginning of the 4th week of June – beginning 27 June, in order to be available on Sunday 3 July. If you have any items of interest or would like to write an article, please send these to Mary Caygill by email. It would be helpful to let her know in advance that you have some news so she can plan accordingly. Remember to include any people news.


We are overjoyed to hear the news that Tasman Davids has been invited to join the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St Petersburg. This is an unexpected surprise and one we are thrilled to hear of. The legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy is in St Petersburg and according to records this is a first for NZ, certainly it is for a New Zealand male. This is the school that trained Nijinsky, Pavlova, Nureyev, Baryshnikov and today’s stars. It is the school for the Kirov Ballet Company, which has reverted back to its pre-communist title of the Mariinsky Theatre! It is a huge honour and will open all company doors to Tasman, apart from being the best training available in the world.

Every year 3000 children aged 10-11years audition and only a very few are taken into the first year. A few years ago they opened up auditions to senior students from outside Russia. They must be a minimum of 17 years, as they consider the training and language difficulties are too intense for a less mature person. All international trainees are in the ‘performance’ course, which means they are considered good enough to dance rather than teach. The school makes it as cheap as possible for its International trainees, of which only 20 are accepted from the many hundreds who apply. The costs for the year are approximately NZ $29,000 for the entire year. Tasman will begin on 1 September this year and end on 30 June 2012, with only a few days off at Christmas. So, Durham St members, let’s think of some creative ways in which we can assist with some fundraising, particularly over the winter months, to add our contribution along with that of other funding sources, to make sure Tasman gets to St Petersburg. Well done Tasman and our support and care surrounds you.

Mary Caygill.