Sunday 24 July – 11.00am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Led by Reverend Dr Mary Caygill. Prior to the service beginning there is an opportunity to share morning tea with members of the St Stephens congregation in the hall.
Monday 25 July – 7.30pm – Men’s Group – meeting at Jim Lovell-Smith’s place, 23 Joyce Cres, off Ilam Road. All men welcome. Jim will be talking about NVC (non violent communication) – in particular about two workshops that he has attended in the past year. Any queries please phone Jim on 351 7432.
Tuesday 26 July – 10am – Walking Group – Meet at the South end of PMH (Angle parking).

Tuesday 26 July – 7pm – Aurora Centre Burnside High School – The Dame Malvina Major Foundation presents a delightful concert featuring young talented artists who are now emerging in the performing arts.
This concert is the brainchild of 19 year old Tasman Davids, ballet dancer, and a recipient of a Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award. Tasman will dance the pas de deux from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ with Katie Hurst-Saxton as well as a crowd pleaser before leaving for Russia to study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. He is the first New Zealander to be accepted.
Pianist Tony Lin returns from Freiberg, Germany where he is studyin,g and Rachelle Pike, mezzo-soprano, is home from her studies at The Manhattan School of Music in New York.
All of the young people featured in this concert want to raise money to help rebuild Christchurch. Christchurch West Rotarians will serve mulled wine at the interval. Dame Malvina Major will be joined by a chorus of young singers to close the evening.

Sunday July 31 – 10.00am – Combined Service of Worship with Hornby-Riccarton Parish at St Stephens Methodist Church. This is a Service of Worship for the 5th Sunday of the month where the different congregations making up the Hornby-Riccarton Methodist Parish and the Durham St Methodist Parish come together in a combined service of worship. Morning tea will be available following the service.
Tuesday 2 August – 10am – Walking Group – details to be announced.

Friday and Saturday – 5 and 6 August – Central South Island Methodist Synod – meets at Dunsandel.
Sunday August 7 – 10.00am – Combined Service of Holy Communion with the Upper Riccarton congregation at Upper Riccarton Methodist Church. Preacher – Reverend Dr Barbara Peddie and Leader of Worship/Celebrant – Reverend Marcia Hardy. Morning Tea following the service.
Tuesday 9 August – 10am – Walking Group – details to be announced.
Wednesday 10 August – 2.00pm – Afternoon Theology Group – meets at Jean Piper’s home.

Sunday 14 August – 11.00am – Service of Worship at St Stephens. Preacher and Leader of Worship – Reverend Dr Mary Caygill. Prior to the service beginning there is an opportunity to share morning tea with members of the St Stephens congregation in the hall.
Tuesday 16 August – 10am – Walking Group – details to be announced.
Tuesday 16 August – 7.30pm – Parish Council Meeting – meets at the home of Jean and Bob Piper.

Mary Caygill will be away from Saturday 30 July to Thursday 11 August 11, attending the World Methodist Council Meeting and the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa. Mary is the Co-Convenor of the Social and International Affairs Committee of the Methodist World Council and this will be her last meeting in this role.

If you have any pastoral concerns please make contact with either Barbara Peddie, ph. 377 0246 or the Parish Stewards – Digby Prosser, ph. 379 1828, or Lorraine Goffin, ph. 337 4942.

PARISH NEWSLETTER – No 3 August 2011:
The next edition of the Parish Newsletter will be published in mid August following my return from the World Methodist Conference in Durban South Africa. Any items of news you want added to the newsletter please send through to me either at the Parish Office – Upper Riccarton Methodist Church or via email. Any items of people news, something interesting to ponder, or any of your future thinking about the future place of Durham St Methodist Church and a Methodist presence in the city as it emerges – any contribution is valuable.


The following items were considered and decisions made:

  • Refreshments WILL be available for those wanting to remain after the 11am services at St Stephens.
  • There has been a good response to the request for members to fill in the Rosters.
  • The sum of money so far donated specifically to Durham Street Church in recent weeks has now reached close to $5,000.
  • Property. There has been some movement with respect to action soon to take place at the site of the Church, but it seems that there will need to be two separated contracts made to cover the removal of the debris, due to the state of the foundations.  It is understood that the parts of the organ safely removed to the container are currently officially the property of the insurers. The Parish Council is requesting a meeting of representatives of the Parish Council, the Mission Board and the General Secretary to discuss matters associated with property.
  • Finance. A Parish bank account has now been established. The Council has accepted the offer of the Connexional Office to administer Parish accounts. A letter to members is being prepared concerning the new banking arrangement and financial contributions.
  • The Parish Council accepted the Parish and Presbyter Review recently undertaken and minuted the following: Parish Council wishes to record that the review is very affirming of Mary’s ministry. Parish Council is very happy with the appointment. Expectations have been more than met.  These are extraordinary times and expectations have broadened considerably because of circumstances.
  • A Future’s Work Group will shortly be convened to look at visioning the future of our congregation and all associated matters. The Council invites members who would like to be involved in the discussions to indicate their interest to a member of the Council.
  • Pastoral cover is being arranged to cover the period of Mary’s absences — 30 July to 11 August, and 22 to 29 August.

Wallace Woodley